Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bear Lake, Spokane County, Washington


Bear Lake
This is a moderate sized lake, and would be fun lake to do a little sailing, kayaking and fishing on. It's best to sail here when the winds come from the N. E. or S. because when the winds come from the west the trees create a large wind shadow. The lake is 5-15' deep and about .5 miles long. There is NO boat launch on this lake so you will have to walk your vessel to the shore and manually launch it. The best place to launch from is the N.W. shore near the designated swim area. List of Amenities: 175 parking spaces, 80 acres of park, paved bike trail, play equipment, hiking trails, shelters, BBQ areas and swimming, restrooms, and fishing boat rentals. Additional Information: Seasonal entry fee to the lake between mid June and Labor Day is $2.00 per person (price may increase over time); children 5 and younger free. Seasonal passes available. Fishing (non-motorized boats only), Boat Rental, Paved Access Trail, and Volleyball are also available. Directions/Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in Bear Lake, WA and select #3 for the correct lake. Location: N. 29601 Hwy. 2: 15 miles north of Francis on Newport Highway, 1 mile north of Chattaroy on west side of Hwy 2. Call 509-238-4368 & See: http://www.spokanecounty.org
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lots; PATHS/TRAILS... Paved bike/pedestrian trail. Well maintained lawns that wheeled mobility devices can roll over; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Fully accessible restrooms. There are accessible picnic areas, drinking water... see text above for more facilities info; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One launch dock on east side of lake with dirt non-motorized launch area. It it rains or is early spring this launch will be real muddy. Not a great place to try and enter the water via a wheelchair; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices (see launch info above); TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: West side of lake has a cement retaining wall along the shore to stop erosion, which is a barrier to getting in and to the water (see launch info above); Terrain: Level to about 5% grade tops; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degrees. Environmental Conditions: Nothing unusual; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas off of Newport HWY.
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