Saturday, October 29, 2016

Smith Lake, Boundary County, Idaho

Small Boats with Electric Motors Only
Smith Lake is an ideal lake for fishing, kayaking, sailing, etc. It is a motorized "no wake" lake. The launch is paved and descends gradually into the lake near the end of the dock. No running water. The facilities at this lake include two docks... a launch dock and fishing 
dock, both of which are accessible to wheelchairs. There are two restrooms. One near the launch and the other at the campground. There is a campground that includes 9 sites with fire pits, none of which are paved, but several are on level ground with hard packed dirt, and accessible picnic tables. There is a short trail at the launch site to the docks. There is a primitive half mile trail at the launch parking lot that heads south along the lake shore. The water level at this lake is controlled by a small concrete low head dam on the south end of the lake. This is a beautiful lake to swim in late spring and early summer. As the summer warms up alge forms making it not ideal for swimming. Fishing is always ideal on this lake, as is kayaking and taking small sailboats on it. Fishing info visit Idaho Fish and Game link Directions: To access Smith Lake from HWY 95 (north of Bonner Ferry before getting to HWY 95 and HWY 1 junction) watch for the sign to Smith Lake. Follow the signs to the lake. Once near the lake a sign will direct you to the lake campground or boat launch. Maps: View Google Map below...
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel, Level parking area, Room for about 10 vehicles; PATHS/TRAILS... Accessible path to docks and boat ramp; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… One, Not accessible; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… Docks are accessible with ramps, Docks used for boats and fishing; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… Only via boat ramp;  TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Partially accessible with 3 level camping areas with hard packed dirt (muddy in spring), Accessible tables next to fire rings, restroom at campsites are not accessible; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: No drinking water; Terrain: Level to no more that 5% slopes, Gravel and small rock surfaces; H2O/Water: Lake water is clean but murky and can become a bit stagnant in late summer; Lake shoreline is filled with aquatic plants, lily pads, etc; Environmental Conditions: No issues; Resources: Food and gas at store at HWY 95 and HWY 2 junction.

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