Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Williams Lake, Spokane County, Washington


Williams Lake (320 acres)
This lake has an average depth of 37’ with max depth of 120' and 5.3 miles of shoreline (elevation 2052). It’s a great lake to do any type of water sports. Its also a great sailing lake with great winds throughout the year. The shallow water during drought years may limit access for larger boats at the public access site but generally it's deep enough for most larger trailer-able boats. This public launch site is suitable site to launch a sailboat from due to the lack of trees and power lines, and there is a nice restroom facility at this site as well. There are two resorts on this lake one on each end. Links Williams Lake Resort on the West end of the lake is the largest of the resorts with boat launch, RV & tent sites, cabins, restaurant, store, and small boat rentals. The boat launch is not suitable for launch sailboats due to the over hanging tree branches and the nearby power lines. Bunkers Resort is on the West end of the lake with all the same accommodations and services of Klinks Resort. If you are camping overnight the nice thing about this resort is the camping area is on a hill with a beautiful view of the lake. The boat launch site at this resort is also not suitable for sailboats due to a low hanging power line. A fun thing to do on this lake is sail to one end of the lake and have breakfast at the resort and then sail to the other end and have lunch or dinner at the other resort. Directions: Located 11.5 miles southwest of Cheney and 12.5 miles east of Sprague Located 12 miles southwest of Cheney via Mullinex Road, it has public access on the northwest shore and several resorts. From Cheney, go south on Millinex Road to Williams Lake Road, then east on Williams Lake Road 1 mile to Public Fishing sign. Info: http://www.mapquest.com . Klink's Williams Lake Resort, 509-235-2391: 18617 W Williams Lake Rd, Cheney, WA. 99004. http://www.klinksresort.com . Bunker's Resort, (509) 235-5212: 36402 S, Bunkers Landing Rd, Cheney, WA 99004.

1. Public Boat Launch
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking lot. Large paved loading and unloading area by launch; PATHS/TRAILS... No official paths. Wide paved area up to water and on either side of the start of the cement launch pad. Can launch non-motorized craft from this area on either side of the paved launch when powerboats are in the way. Great access to enter the water when no powerboats present. When not on the gravel or rock area at the launch area its then mud, which one can sink in quickly; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Restrooms but not ADA compliant; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No dock. One single lane cement launch, 3% grade; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Wide paved area on either side of the cement launch can be used as water access when no powerboats are present. The pavement goes up to the waters edge but not into the water. The beach area is either gravel, rocky, or mud. Watch out for mud; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Deep mud along shore line when no gravel or rocky area is present; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water clear in spring and gets normally murky in summer as powerboat traffic increases, and algae build up. 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 at Klinks Williams Lake Resort.


2. Klinks Resort and Launch

Klink's Williams Lake Resort, 509-235-2391: 18617 W Williams Lake Rd, Cheney, WA. 99004. http://www.klinksresort.com . This is a well maintained resort with boat rentals, cabins, store, restaurant, etc. Visit their website for more info.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking area. No designed trailer or accessible parking; PATHS/TRAILS... No official paths. Road through camping area is paved; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Fully accessible restrooms; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… Three main day use boating docks. There are many docks associated with their cabins and for other uses. The big dock by the store/restaurant is accessible to wheelchairs, even though technically it's not ADA compliant. One grated single lane cement launch, 3% grade. This launch is in between to building that protects the launch from wind, etc. Where it is located would make it difficult for one in a wheelchair to get out of their vehicle to release the boat when its in the water. There is a tree and powerline over the launch area and thus not good for someone launching a sailboat with the mast up; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. There is a wide/beach gravel/sand area that leads into the water. Watch out for mud; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Tent and RV campsites with hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Sand and mud along shore line; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade at launch; H2O/Water: Water clear in spring and gets normally murky in summer as powerboat traffic increases, and algae build up. 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 at this Resort.


3. Bunkers Resort and launch
Nice well kept resort with a great camping area that sits high above the lake for a great view. Has restaurant, store, boat rentals, cabins, etc. For more info call 509-235-5212 (address 36402 S, Bunkers Landing Rd, Cheney, WA 99004).
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking area. No designed trailer or accessible parking. Road is steep of about 6% as it descends into the resort; PATHS/TRAILS... No official paths. Road to resort store is paved; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Fully accessible restrooms; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… Eleven docks most of which are associated with their cabins and for other uses. One dock at the launch which is the biggest is the most accessible, and even though not ADA compliant it's a dock one could get on with a wheelchair to access ones powerboat and fish. Another large dock is a mooring dock. One grated single lane cement launch, 5% grade. There is a powerline over the launch area and thus not good for someone launching a sailboat with the mast up; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… None; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Tent and RV campsites with hookups; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: This park has steep grades of 6% or so; Terrain: Level to about 6% grade; H2O/Water: Water clear in spring and gets normally murky in summer as powerboat traffic increases, and algae build up. 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 at this Resort.

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