Saturday, October 29, 2016

Cow Lake, Adams County, Washington

Cow Lake (224 acres)
 Cow Lake is a muddy and shallow lake in a rolling sagebrush covered hills on the northeast side of Adam County. It is appropriately named as there is cattle almost all the way around this lake with their refuse as proof. It is approximately 224 acres plus or minus depending on the time of year. Elevation is 1,748 ft and its deepest point is about 12 feet. It has a rocky and muddy shore line with some marsh areas, short cliffs at various points. There are two main Islands on this lakes, the larger one in the middle of the lake is about 9 acres in size. The land around the west end is privately owned. Cow Creek enters the lake on the east end where in addition is the point of access to this lake. The primitive launch is rocky and muddy as you enter the lake. There are no facilities at his launch site. The east end of the lake is also the deepest and as you get to the west end is very shallow with lots of aquatic plant life, this end of the lake is also where the creek exits the lake. Even though this lake is muddy and shallow it is a nice lake to kayak on and is a popular fishing lake. Fishing: Reported species are Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Grass Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Mirror Carp, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch. Lake Dimensions & Coordinates: 224 acres; Maximum depth estimated at 15 ft; elevation 1748 ft; Coordinates T19N R37E Sec 21. Longitude 118d 9m 5s -to- 118d 10m 29s west. Latitude 47d 7m 2s -to- 47d 8m 7s N. Directions: Off of HWY 95 turn east on Heath Lake Rd. a short distance down the road you will see Blue Heron Lake Ln. to your left (north). A short distance down the road the lake is to the right (east). Maps: To view a map click on and type in Blue Heron Lake.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel and dirt parking area at launch; PATHS/TRAILS... None. Any trails are sandy and rocky; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No dock, One muddy/rocky primitive launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... Primitive camping along reservoir, with only a few trees; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual. Lots of cow dung; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade descending into the water. Lots of sand, rocks, mud, and cow dung; Environmental Conditions: Windy and Hot during the summer; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas Ritzville off of I90.

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