Saturday, October 29, 2016

Freeman Lake, Bonner County, Idaho

FREEMAN LAKE (30 acres)
This lake is a shallow lake with aquatic plant life such as dollar pads and lily pads covering most of the lake. Cattails and marsh surround much of the shoreline and there is a beaver home in the northeast corner of the lake. The south end of the lake has a large mudflat area. Much of the lake's shoreline is private but no loss as who would want to walk in mud up to your waste. The public sportsman access has a grassy camping area (no services), old pit toilet, gravel launch, and dock. There is areas on either side of the launch to fish from the bank. There is a trail going north that gives another point to fish from. You can see a road the runs along part of the lake but is a private road and all houses near the site with docks is also of course private. Facilities: Primitive dirt and sand launch, no restroom or running water. Open area to camp. There are no signs the last time I checked indicating no camp. Fishing: Black Bullhead Catfish, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rainbow Trout, Tench, Tiger Muskie, Yellow Perch. Info: Lake Dimensions & Coordinates: 30 acres; Maximum depth unknown; elevation 2560 ft; Coordinates T56N R6W Sec 1PQ, 12BC. Longitude 117d 1m 30s -to- 117d 1m 56s west. Latitude 48d 13m 15s -to- 48d 13m 38s N. Directions: FROM SANDPOINT IDAHO: Traveling west on HWY 2 from Sandpoint Idaho and before you cross the bridge that crosses Pend Oreille River turn right/north onto LeClerc Creek Road, on your right. Travel on this road for 2.7 miles and turn right onto Marshall Lake Road/Bead Lake Road. Go 0.9 miles on this road and turn right onto Bench Road. Go 1.7 miles southwest on this gravel road to the Idaho State Line. The fishermans access is poorly marked so just turn left/north on a gravel road. Travel 0.3 miles to the fork in the road and take the right fork 0.2 miles to the lakes public assess site. FROM NEWPORT: From the north, take HWY 20 to the town of Newport, where this road will end at the intersection of HWY 2. At the stop sign in Newport, turn left onto HWY 2. Take HWY 2 into Idaho and the bridge over the Pend Oreille River. Once you cross the river on this bridge, get immediately into the left lane and turn left onto LeClerc Creek Road, the first road to your left. Travel on this road for 2.7 miles and turn right onto Marshall Lake Road/Bead Lake Road. Go 0.9 miles on this road and turn right onto Bench Road. Go 1.7 miles southwest on this gravel road to the Idaho State Line. The fishermans access is poorly marked so just turn left/north on a gravel road. Travel 0.3 miles to the fork in the road and take the right fork 0.2 miles to the lakes public assess site. Maps: View interactive Google map below or visit google.com/maps and type in GPS coordinates 48.223061, -117.032516
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Dirt parking lot with one paved accessible van parking space; PATHS/TRAILS... One accessible paved path from restroom to dock; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… One fully accessible restroom. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One dock at launch. One single lane dirt/gravel launch at about 4% grade; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No developed access for wheeled mobility devices. Absolutely no access to water other than via launch; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... No; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud, marine vegetation along shoreline; Terrain: Level to 5% grades; H2O/Water: Water normally 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 towns of Oldtown, ID/Newport, WA.

2 comments:

  1. This lake is not 30 acres it is more like 120.

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  2. Thanks for your input. I have no data that shows this lake is bigger than 30 acres. Do you have some data to show this lake is 120 acres? That would be very helpful.

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