Saturday, October 29, 2016

Brush Lake, Boundary County, Idaho

BRUSH LAKE
This lake is a popular swimming and fishing lake as well as an area that locals like to camp at. Brush is also a nice lake to kayak and sail a small boat on due to its position near the rim of a hill overlooking the valley (which allows wind to easily reach the lake). The launch is gravel but level and gradually descends into the lake until the gravel turns to lake sediment. There are no power lines around the launch area. Restroom use-able but totally inaccessible to persons using a wheelchair (the narrowest doors I have ever seen) and right next to the lake. And lastly, this is a "no wake" lake. The campground at this lake has been recently improve to include more accessibility and much nicer/smoother roads. Directions: To access Brush Lake from HWY 95... Go north of Bonners Ferry, pass the junction of HWY 95 and HWY 1. Proceed on HWY 95 and go up the huge hill after junction; watch for the yellow sign to the lake / forest service road 1004 on the left/east side of the road. Follow the signs to the lake.


1. NORTH LAUNCH
Maps: View interactive google map below or visit google.com/maps type in GPS coordinates 48.891174, -116.330757
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... Developed gravel paths/trails to accessible
dock, and throughout the campground; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Not accessible restroom at launch but fully accessible restroom within campground. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No accessible docks. Single narrow lane gravel/dirt/mud launch at about 6% grade; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No developed access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Accessible Tent and RV campsites, no hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: mud and marine vegetation; Terrain: Level to 6% grades over gravel/dirt surface; H2O/Water: Water murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No Drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of Bonners Ferry, ID.



2. SOUTH ACCESS... On the south end of the lake is a fishing dock with camping area. This Dock is built on top of the boat launch. It is unfortunate they did not place the Dock on half of the launch so persons utilizing wheelchairs could get to the water/into the water. The good news is there is a truly accessible restroom next to the dock. Maps: View interactive google map below or visit google.com/maps type in GPS coordinates 48.887204, -116.329383
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... Developed gravel paths/trails to accessible fishing platform, and throughout the campground;
RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Fully accessible restroom. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… Accessible fishing platform. Potential launch from bank into lake in spring and early summer until marine vegetation blocks lake access...  not wheelchair accessible; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No developed access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Accessible Tent and RV campsites, no hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: mud and marine vegetation along shoreline; Terrain: Level to 5% grades over gravel/dirt surface; H2O/Water: Water murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No Drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of Bonners Ferry, ID.

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