Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Horseshoe Lake, Spokane County, Washington


Horseshoe Lake (68 acres)
This Lake (Elevation 2440) is mostly shallow lake and major portion of it is covered in lily pads through most of the year. SE portion of the lake next to the put-in site is an area up to
51' deep, and open water that is more open to the wind. This lake is 10 miles west of Nine Mile Falls. Horseshoe is a popular fishing lake and can be a nice lake to sail and kayak on. This lake is a popular fishing lake known mostly by the locals. While at this lake my son and I took pictures of a Bald Eagle at its nest on the shore of this lake eating a fish, very beautiful location. The put-in site is not an official boat launch but gravel dirt area suited for kayaks/canoes and small light weight fishing boats. This site is available via a private
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landowner and can be closed quickly if users do not take care of it (the lake is privately owned). Pick up trash whether it's yours or not. Please read the caution, danger, usage sign and follow it exactly. 
Fishing: Bass in the morning and evenings. When the "bite" slows, try for "Cats" with crawlers in the shallows. If Bass and Catfish aren't down your alley, go for the "Bows" lurking in the deep water at the southeast end. Directions: From I90 take exit 277 (if coming from the west its 277B) onto HWY 2 west past the town of Airways Heights. Turn right/north onto N. Wood Rd and follow this road and turn left/west onto N. to W. Kitt Rd. to access this lake. Note that you can also travel further North on N. Woods Rd. then turn west onto Prewitt Rd, then South onto N. McLaughlin Rd, and east onto W. Kitt Rd. (You will see a yellow sign that will say Summer Road to keep you on track – Beware this road has a lot of ruts). Maps: View printable map below. To view a map visit google.com/maps type Horseshoe Lake, Spokane County, WA.


1. Eastshore Access Site
Best location to launch into this lake due to short distance to the water. Please road and obey sign at this location that applies to all of the lake.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank next to restrictions sign; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... No; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Most of water surface is covered in lily pads. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of Airways Heights off of Highway 2.


2. Northshore Access Site

Very limited access at this site due to in the rainy season is super muddy and in the summer access is through lots of lily pads, etc. Late summer when the lake level is down walk out via dry but very messy ground covered in dead vegetation, etc.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt/mud combo parking along heavily rutted road. Park off of road to now impede the limited traffic on this muddy/dirt road; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off muddy/dirt road, via muddy and heavy grass area into lake; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. DO NOT try to access the lake from this site if you are using a wheelchair, etc.; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... No; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud. Lots of marine vegetation like lily pads, etc.; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Most of water surface is covered in lily pads. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of Airways Heights off of Highway 2.


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