By Don Skillman
Paddle the superior inland waters of the Western States, the place the surroundings levels from the fjord-like Ross Lake, nestled within the shadow of Washington State's Cascade diversity, to the eroded, red-rocks of Utah's Lake Powell. specialist kayaker Don Skillman describes a number assorted journeys to meet all types of kayaker.
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While shading timber is sparse, there is sufficient for shade, and the view is good. 5 from Hozomeen, this camp is situated in a patch of lodgepole pines, just a couple of feet above the water level. There are three sites and access to a hiking trail, but no dock. Lightning Creek Boat Camp—Lightning Creek Horse Camp, located a short distance away on the south side of the bridge over Lightning Creek, is not intended for boat campers. 5 miles from Hozomeen. There are six sites here, with bear boxes, trail access, and a dock.
Safety Harbor— (7 miles; 25 miles) Great shelter from both up-lake and down-lake winds makes this a popular site, with a floating dock for access to four sites, two tables, two fire rings, and a toilet. Its location is on the north shore in a small cove at the inflow of Harbor Creek. Abrupt cliffs just up-lake plunge beneath the surface making the water near shore quite deep. A small cove at the entrance to nearby Coyote Creek, on the north shore, provides some wind protection. It is possible to go ashore here, but landing would be on boulders and camping would be problematic.
There is nothing peaceful about the winds accompanying the waterfall. A wet spray, created as the falls emphatically meets the lake surface, blasts out across the water. Dripping with spray after playing in the current, we left the spectacle to resume our paddle. Gracing a rocky point, a tall shoreline snag terminated in a large osprey nest. The quick, swooping of a kingfisher marked its flight past us to an overhanging limb. Flying higher, its neck curved back in a question mark, a blue heron crossed the lake.
Adventure Kayaking: Inland Waters of the Western United States by Don Skillman