Saturday, October 29, 2016

Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, Washington

Potholes Reservoir (14,281.5 acres, Elevation 1,042 ft)
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Potholes Reservoir next to the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, and Sheep Lakes area, seven miles from the city of Moses Lake. This is excellent for all water sports. For sailing whether you use a trailerable keelboat, high speed dinghy, or a sail yak the reservoir is perfect. Many sailors in eastern WA. consider this to be the best sailing area in all of the state, excluding coastal sailing. The winds on this lake tend to be very consistent throughout the year typically out of the South in the summer followed by North and West winds during the colder times of the year. I have personally sailed this lake many times and always want to come back for more. Due the typical high winds on this lake it's not the best for water skiing/wakeboarding. Due to the hundreds of small Islands on this lake, camping can be quite an adventure. During the summer the water is very warm for great swimming, however it seems there are a lot of coyotes, which my wife did not like. Coyotes frequent area including on the Islands so we advise keeping your small children and pets close. Also recommend never always being with a partner as Coyotes tend to flee when more than one person is around. Typically from late winter to mid July and then in Oct for several months many Islands are off limit due to birds nesting. The fishing is excellent all year round. The Potholes Reservoir is just South of Moses Lake; actually the two bodies of water are only separated by a dike with two spillways. If you are kayaking or canoe one can portage across the dike (that the spillways run through) then you can boat the full length of both Moses Lake and the Potholes Reservoir (would need a full day or more via paddle power to do this trip depending on where you start. Click here about such a trip.

The reservoir has a private resort right next to the dam with a store, camping, gas, and boat launch facilities with docks (S.E. end of the lake) and a state park with camping and launch facilities near this resort. The state park is a great place to camp but due to the higher level of security and useful info you get at MarDon Resort I feel it's a better place to stay while visiting this reservoir. There is a nice paved boat launch facility at both the resort and state park, and there is another launch between these two locations. Directions: From Interstate 90 you take exit 179 onto HWY 17 S. then turn right (W.) onto state road 262 until you get to the reservoir. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in Potholes Reservoir, Grant County, WA. or type in this GPS coordinates 46.995486, -119.315101 . Info: The best place to stay on the lake is the MarDon Resort (more info click here - http://www.mardonresort.com) followed by the Potholes Reservoir State Park (go to http://www.parks.wa.gov/). Fishing: Year-round fishing. Black Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Lake Whitefish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Panfish. A cooperative net pen operation between WDFW and MarDon Resort releases 50,000 sub-catchable (6-8 inch) Rainbow Trout. For fishing info contact MarDon Resort at http://www.mardonresort.com . Mardon Resort (at their fishing docks or near to the shore of the resort, or along Medicare Beach are very popular place to fish from Rainbow Trout.

POTHOLES RESERVOIR BOAT LAUNCHES AND ACCESS SITES... A. South Side, B. East Arm/Lind Coulee Wasteway, C. North and East Side


A. North and East (Bays) Side
The east side of the reservoir has to small bays and depending on the level of the water will be bigger or smaller (high water equal bigger bays). There is also one very long beach and as it goes north it runs next to the Moses Lake Dunes recreation area. We have noted several spefic sites where to launch from but you can launch almost anywhere along the east shore as its all sand and beaching. Launching heavy boats from the beach and bay areas is not advised as its highly likely you would get stuck. In this section we number the sites starting south and heading north from the East Arm of the reservoir.


1. K5 ROAD ACCESS
Directions/Maps: This site is located off of K5 Road from the main road of Road G SE... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.987678, -119.245975 . Proceeding north along the lakeshore will take you to many access points.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking area by water and along road; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.




2. K5 ROAD ACCESS
Directions/Maps: This site is located off of K5 Road from the main road of Road G SE... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.987465, -119.253389 . Proceeding north along the lakeshore will take you to many access points.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking area by water and along road; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None. Some shade in summer due to a few small trees; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.



3. TWIN BAYS ACCESS VIA K5 ROAD
Directions/Maps: This site is located off of K5 Road from the main road of Road G SE... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.988788, -119.258880 . Proceeding north along the lakeshore will take you to many access points.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking area by water and along road; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None. Some shade in summer due to a few small trees; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.



4. LARGE BAY ACCESS
This bay is the largest of the 3 bays and the water level has to get pretty low for not to be able to access the water in the bay. Nice place to swim and paddle/sail in a somewhat protect bay water. The pic about shows when the water is low in the bay (click to enlarge). Directions/Maps: This site is located off of Road G SE after passing both K5 and Ditch Rd heading west keep an eye out to the left/south or a public fishing/access sign next to a gravel road. If you hit a sweeping turn in the road you have gone to far. Turn on this road and head to the water... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.995081, -119.275121 . Proceeding south toward the lakeshore access the reservoir via several locations.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking area by water, along gravel roads, and around the bay; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None. Some shade in summer due to a few small trees; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.




5. LARGE BAY ACCESS
This is the most boat launch like location on this side of the reservoir. Even though there is lots of sand there is also gravel, and rocks that make this launch site more suited to larger boats. The road to this site is rather rough. The bay at this site is the largest on this side of the lake, out of the three bays. It's a nice place to swim and paddle/sail in a somewhat protect bay. And there are 3 separate restrooms facilities close and north of this site. Directions/Maps: This site is located off of Road G SE after passing both K5 and Ditch Rd heading west. As you hit a big sweeping turn in the road keep an eye out to the left/south and make a sharp turn onto a gravel road the leads to the reservoir. This gravel road will lead right into the reservoir. If you pass this site or before you get to the launch and go right it will lead you long beach and restrooms... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.998546, -119.280043 .
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking area by the water and along gravel roads; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… 3 separate fully accessible restrooms all less than a mile of each other. Some shade in summer due to a few small trees along the shore; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.



6. LONG BEACH ACCESSES
This beach area is several miles long. The road to this site is rather rough. There are 3 separate restrooms facilities within less than a mile of each other along the beach area. Directions/Maps: This site is located off of Road G SE after passing both K5 and Ditch Rd heading west. As you hit a big sweeping turn in the road keep an eye out to the left/south and make a sharp turn onto a gravel road the leads to the reservoir. This gravel road will lead right to the reservoir and beach area. There are two other gravel roads after making the turn that also lead to the beach area... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 47.001210, -119.286042 .
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking area by the water, along gravel roads, and beach; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… 3 separate fully accessible restrooms all less than a mile of each other. Some shade in summer due to a few small trees along the shore; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.



7. N POWERLINES LAUNCH
This access site is much like a boat launch with wide gravel, sand combo launch. There area gets real muddy during the wet times of year. Directions/Maps: Coming from the west on I90, Turn right/south toward Mae Valley, and follow road around to the right onto S. Frontage Rd NW. Stay on this road until you come to the wide gravel road just past the large powerline system, with Public Access/Fishing sign. Follow powerlines that run along the road, when the power lines turn east, turn east onto the gravel road to the launch... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 47.066354, -119.359189 .
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking area by the launch area; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… No restrooms. No shade. Trees could supply shade in the summer but when the water is at normal level or higher the trees are in the water; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No docks/platforms. Wid grave, sand, dirt/mud launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer. Mudd; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in the in city of Moses Lake.



8. ROAD C NE ACCESS
This muddy marsh area leads south into the reservoir. There are various locations along the read when water is on either side of the road to launch a lightweight non-motorized watercraft into. Launching on the south side of the road leads you to more open water and the reservoir. Directions/Maps: Coming from the west on I90, Turn right/south toward Mae Valley, and follow road around to the right onto S. Frontage Rd NW. Stay on this road until you come to the wide gravel road just past the large powerline system, with Public Access/Fishing sign. Follow powerlines that run along the wide main road, when main gravel road turns west away from the power lines turn with the road and do not continue straight with the power lines. Once the road has water on either side there are several places you can park, which are next to places to launch. Be advised that sometimes this road is totally flooded. If you continue on this road in the direction you were going it will lead you back to the HWY, as long as you stay on the main gravel road. This road will turn to the right and back north toward I90... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 47.057606, -119.422299 .
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel dirt combo parking area by the water, along gravel roads, and beach; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None. Some shade in summer due to a few small trees along the shore; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer. Lots of mudd; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.



B. East Arm/Lind Coulee Wasteway
The Lind Coulee Wasteway canal is named after an archaeological dig site where scientists discovered the remains of ancient inhabitants that lived in this area estimated 11,000 BC, near Warden Washington. Today the  
canal is nice place to kayak and fish when the current is slow, which leads into the East Arm of the Potholes Reservoir. In this section we have noted several good locations to launch kayaks/canoes into the arm. There is one paved launch in this area area of the reservoir, which is the only suitable site to launch a boat into the arm via trailer. We have numbered each site starting at the canal going west out into the reservoir.


1. LIND COULEE WASTEWAY ACCESS SITE
There are several location along this canal where one could potentially launch a kayak/canoe into the canal or fish from the bank. The above picture shows one such site, with associated GPS coordinate in the directions below. Beware of strong currents during spring runoff or times of high moisture. The shoreline is real muddy at times. Directions/Maps: This site is located off of HWY 262 via a gravel road right after passing the Warden Lake Access Rd. going west on the HWY... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.991896, -119.170202 or 46.991868, -119.164641 46.991934, -119.170175
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Sand, Dirt, or muddy parking along dirt road; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.




2. LING COULEE WASTEWAY ACCESS SITE
There are several location along this canal where one could potentially launch a kayak/canoe into the canal or fish from the bank. The above picture shows one such site, with associated GPS coordinate in the directions below. Beware of strong currents during spring runoff or times of high moisture. The shoreline is real muddy at times. Directions/Maps: This site is located off of HWY 262 via a gravel road right after passing the Warden Lake Access Rd. going west on the HWY... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.991896, -119.170202
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Sand, Dirt, or muddy parking along dirt road; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.


3. ROAD M SE BOAT LAUNCH
This one of two paved boat launches on the east arm of the reservoir. Nice facility with lot of room for parking. The paved launch pad is real long but when the water gets real low even this long launch pad will not reach the water. Beware of strong currents during spring runoff or times of high moisture. The shoreline is real muddy at times. Directions/Maps: This site off of Road M SE from HWY 262 just across the bridge, just a couple miles east of the Potholes Reservoir... please use this GPS reading in google.com/maps to get exact directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.989042, -119.210376
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel lot with two accessible van parking spaces next to restrooms; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Two accessible restrooms; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One single lane grated cement launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... No; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.




4. ACCESS SITES
There are a lot of locations along the east arm of the reservoir where between the Read M and Glenn Williams boat launches (south side) one could potentially launch a lightweight watercraft into the water or fish from the bank. The above picture shows one such site. We have supplied three GPS coordinates on roads that goes to various access sites in the directions below. Beware of strong currents during spring runoff or times of high moisture. The shoreline is real muddy at times. Directions/Maps: This sites are located off of HWY 262 on the right/north side of the road via a gravel roads after passing Road M heading toward the Potholes Reservoir (west)... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.984114, -119.223170 , 46.982688, -119.239994 , 46.983772, -119.248519
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Sand, Dirt, or muddy parking along dirt roads and at shoreline; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None, but there are fully accessible restrooms a short distance at the boat launches to the west and east with no shade; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping allowed; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in city of Moses Lake.



5. GLEN WILLIAMS BOAT LAUNCH (East end of dam)
This one of two paved boat launches on the east arm of the reservoir, which is right next to the dam and short distance from the Potholes Canal. Being close to the canal makes it a perfect place to park to access this canal. Has a large gravel parking lot. The double lane paved launch pad is real long but when the water gets real low even this long launch pad will not reach the water. The site also give access to the water from the bank allowing those with kayaks/canoes to access the reservoir without using the sometimes busy boat launch. Beware of strong currents during spring runoff or times of high moisture. The shoreline is real muddy at times. Directions/Maps: This site off of Road M SE from HWY 262 just across the bridge, just a couple miles east of the Potholes Reservoir... please use this GPS reading in google.com/maps to get exact directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.983467, -119.256322
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel lot with two accessible van parking spaces next to restrooms; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Two accessible restrooms; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One double lane grated cement launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping to the east of the parking lot; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas near by in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in the city of Moses Lake.




C. South Side
The south end of the reservoir is the most visited part of the reservoir and is where all but one paved launches are located. So if you want to avoid boat traffic in mid summer this is not the place to do it, however I have never seen the traffic get to congested that one could not water ski, fish, sail, etc., except during fishing tournaments. We are numbering the launches from the dam going west and then north west.


1. GLEN WILLIAMS BOAT LAUNCH (East end of Dam)
This one of two paved boat launches on the east arm of the reservoir, which is right next to the dam and short distance from the Potholes Canal. Being close to the canal makes it a perfect place to park to access this canal. Has a large gravel parking lot. The double lane paved launch pad is real long but when the water gets real low even this long launch pad will not reach the water. The site also give access to the water from the bank allowing those with kayaks/canoes to access the reservoir without using the sometimes busy boat launch. Beware of strong currents during spring runoff or times of high moisture. The shoreline is real muddy at times. Directions/Maps: This site off of Road M SE from HWY 262 just across the bridge, just a couple miles east of the Potholes Reservoir... please use this GPS reading in google.com/maps to get exact directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.983467, -119.256322

ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel lot with two accessible van parking spaces next to restrooms; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Two accessible restrooms; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One double lane grated cement launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping to the east of the parking lot; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas near by in Potholes Reservoir resort area and in the city of Moses Lake.



2. O'Sullivan Dam Road Access Site
This access site is right on the front side of the O'Sullivan Dam that is suitable to launch a kayak/canoe from, or to fish from the bank. If there is wind in the area, which is common then this spot you do not want to be as there is no cover, etc. Stay away from the Dam Spillway which is next to this site. Make sure when coming to this spot that you park totally off the road pavement so as not to impede traffic. The shoreline is real steep and totally rocks due to the construction of the dam. Directions/Maps: This site is located off of HWY 262 via a gravel road right after passing the Warden Lake Access Rd. going west on the HWY... please use these GPS reading in google.com/maps to get accurate directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.983940, -119.277350
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... gravel parking along road; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None. Fully accessible restrooms nearby east up the road at Glenn Williams Boat Launch and to the south at the Resort and State Park; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None. Launch off bank; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... No. Camping near by at Resort and at State Park; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Steep rocky drop off the bank into the water; Terrain: Level to about 10% grade at bank,; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area.




3. MARDON RESORT AND LAUNCH
This resort is the only one on the reservoir, and its in our view the best place to camp at. More secure when it comes your tent, gear, etc. that it is at the State Park. Also camping at the facility is a great way to support a local business. The whole resort, camping, and launch area is super well maintained facilities. Has fishing docks, paved launch, store, motel, cabins, restaurant, etc. The shoreline is real muddy during low water levels during the summer like it is throughout the shoreline of the reservoir. Directions/Maps: This site off of Road M SE from HWY 262 just across the bridge, just a couple miles east of the Potholes Reservoir... please use this GPS reading in google.com/maps to get exact directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.983467, -119.256322
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot and paved parking areas within the resort grounds; PATHS/TRAILS... Paved road through park works well as an accessible path to camping area. No paved accessible paths at the launch; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Accessible restrooms. Lots of shaded areas during the summer due to all the trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One single lane cement launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. With assistance could get to the water from the beach with assistance. Easy to get stuck in the sand and mud; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Primitive camping to the east of the parking lot; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks at resort, and gas short distance up the road.



4. BLYTHE LAUNCH
This site off of HWY 262 just across the dam, past MarDon Resort going west. Watch for the public fishing/launch sign. If you come to the State Park entrance you have gone to far... please use this GPS reading in google.com/maps to get exact directions with the follow GPS coordinates 
46.969708, -119.332619
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel and smaller paved parking lot with accessible parking spaces; PATHS/TRAILS... No but parking lot is right next to the water. Waters edge includes rocks, sand, and mud; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Accessible restroom. Couple of trees during the summer that can potentially supply shade; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No dock/or platform. One double lane cement launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. With assistance could get to the water from the parking lot that is right next to the water's edge. Shoreline includes rocks, sand, and lots of much; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Tent and RV camping with hookups at resorts and state park nearby this launch facility; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks at resort, and gas short nearby at resorts.


POTHOLES STATE PARK
This park is the only state run park on the reservoir, and beautifully well maintained. Camping area is with hookups is in a well watered lawn area with large trees providing great shade with some wind protection. The parking includes camping and RV sites with hookups, and multi launch area, etc. The shoreline has some sand beach area but is mostly muddy especially during low water levels during the summer like it is throughout the shoreline of the reservoir. Directions/Maps: HWY 262 takes you to this park on the southeast side of the reservoir about a mile from the south side of the dam, about 10 miles from the city of Moses Lake... please use this GPS reading in google.com/maps to get exact directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.980402, -119.351652
ACCESSIBILITY: See park boat launch and kayak/canoe launch accessibility below; PARKING... Large paved parking lot, with accessible parking spaces; PATHS/TRAILS... Paved and well maintained accessible paths throughout park. road through park works well as an accessible path to camping area; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Accessible restrooms. Covered picnic areas. Lots of shaded areas during the summer due to all the trees; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Accessible tent and RV campsites with hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand and mud along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 5% grades; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas nearby in resort area.



5. STATE PARK LAUNCHES
Directions/Maps: HWY 262 takes you to this park on the southeast side of the reservoir about a mile from the south side of the dam, about 10 miles from the city of Moses Lake. In the park follow the signs to the boat launch area... please use this GPS reading in google.com/maps to get exact directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.981384, -119.348082
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large paved parking lot, with accessible parking spaces; PATHS/TRAILS... Wide paved area at launches gives good access to launches; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Accessible restrooms. Lots of shaded areas during the summer due to all the trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One launch dock (sometimes is not at the launch... a removable dock). Two single lane, and one double lane paved launches; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. When no powerboats present at launches one could get into the water. With assistance could get to the water from the beach with assistance. Easy to get stuck in the sand and mud; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Accessible tent and RV campsites within the park; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade at launches; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas short distance up the road in resort area.


6. STATE PARK ACCESS
This is a great access site for non-motorized watercrafts like kayaks and canoe. Plus its away from the power boats in an area less exposed to the high winds this area gets. This is typically the take-out side after paddling the Frenchman Wasteway canal.
Directions/Maps: HWY 262 takes you to this park on the southeast side of the reservoir about a mile from the south side of the dam, about 10 miles from the city of Moses Lake. When you enter the park take the road will split, go to the left and follow that road until it T's into another road. Turn right and then immediately left on a short gravel road to a picnic area about trees. Get out of you vehicle and proceed street ahead/north to the canal shoreline... please use this GPS reading in google.com/maps to get exact directions with the follow GPS coordinates 46.982945, -119.355382
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking area next to picnic area; PATHS/TRAILS... Not at this site but there is a well maintained lawn at the launch site. Area is level from the parking area to the water's edge; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Accessible restrooms. Lots of shaded areas during the summer due to all the trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No docks/platforms. Access site at water's edge is level. One must be careful when entering water not to get stuck in the mud under the water's surface; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. With assistance could get to the water from the with assistance. Easy to get stuck in the sand and mud; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Accessible tent and RV campsites within park; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand, dirt, mud along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures in the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas short distance up the road in resort area.

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