Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Silver Lake, Spokane County, Washington

Silver Lake
This lake is similar to the other lakes in this section even though it’s a much longer lake (Longest lake in the Medical Lakes area) and the wind really rips from one end to the other during those summer wind storms. This is a great boating lake for any water sport activities. Water depth for this lake range from 5 to 20'. The South end of the lake is very shallow with depths of 2-7'. Silver Lake has two resorts located on South end of the lake. On the North end is also the lakes sole public boat launch with no power lines or low hanging branches to block the launch of sailboats.  At the South end of this lake there is a “Big Swamp” pond area, and just as its name implies, it’s a big swamp and a great place to view waterfowl. Plus on the South end is a small flat Island. Directions: From Spokane, go west on I-90, go 10 miles to Four Lakes, then northwest on W. Medical Lake-Four Lakes Road, go 3 miles to Public Fishing sign. Resorts: The public boat launch is located right off of W. Medical Lake-Four Lakes Rd. and Rudy's Resort (you can see both Resorts from this public launch site). RUBY'S RESORT (509-299-7829) has RV & tents sites, a dock, and boat rentals. This resort has NO boat launch but you could easily launch a kayak from this site. The fact about this resort as compared to the other resort on this lake is that it has lots of trees for shade from the hot summer days. PICNIC PINES RESORT (509-299-3223) has RV & tents sites, big beach area, and a paved boat launch with no power lines or low hanging branches. This resort also has a large beach for great swimming. This road is off of S. Silver Lake Rd. just off of W. Medical Lake-Four Lakes Rd. Maps: View printable lake map below. To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in Silver Lake, Spokane County, WA.



launch pictured without docks
1. Public Boat Launch
One of the more accessible launch facilities within Spokane County. It's not fully accessible as noted below, but is better than most sites.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot. Lots of room for trailer parking. Designated accessible parking spaces; PATHS/TRAILS... Paths from restrooms to fishing and launch dock; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Tow fully accessible restrooms; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… Two accessible docks, one dock is a fishing dock and the other is next to the launch (launch dock). Two separate grated lane cement launches, 3% grade; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Wide gravel beach area that leads into the water. Watch out for mud; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Sporadic rocky to deep mud along shore line; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree; Environmental Conditions: Nothing unusual; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas up the road in town of Medical Lake.


2. Picnic Pines Resort and Launch

Picnic Pines Resort (509-299-3223) has RV & tents sites, big beach area, and a paved boat launch with no power lines or low hanging branches. This resort also has a large beach for great swimming.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... No official paths. Wide gravel area that leads to beach area. Watch out for mud; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Restrooms not ADA compliant; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… Three docks not at launch area, none are accessible to wheelchairs. About 3% grade at cement launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Wide gravel area that leads to beach and into the water. Watch out for mud; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Tent and RV campsites with hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Rocky and mud along shore line; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot temperatures during summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas up the road in town of Medical Lake.
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