Saturday, October 29, 2016

Granite Lake, Bonner County, Idaho

 GRANITE LAKE (20 acres)
This lake is just off HWY 95 and is an ideal fishing lake. This lake is near Kelso Lake. There is a free camping area just across from the boat launch with pit toilet, but with no running water. The boat launch is a mix of gravel and mud, and there is a dock along the launch. Water depth at end of dock at the launch is only about 3 feet. There is a slide area right behind the camping area, which to me seems to be a bit potentially hazardous for campers. The lake is an electric motors only lake. For sailors there is a power line that crosses the boat launch, however I think the wind swirl due to the shape of hills around this lake. Fishing: Bullhead Catfish, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee, Largemouth Bass, Pike, Rainbow Trout. Limit of 6 each but check to make sure on which species. No limit on other species. See sign when fishing at this lake. For more fishing info call 208-769-1414. Info: Lake Dimensions & Coordinates: 20 acres; Maximum depth 20 feet; elevation 2145 ft; Coordinates T54N R3W Sec 27BCFG. Longitude 116d 41m 1s -to- 116d 41m 23s west. Latitude 48d 0m 8s -to- 48d 0m 23s N. Directions: From HWY 95 approximately 5 miles north if Athol, ID. take the Kelso Rd. west to this lake. Maps: Visit type in Granite Lake, Bonner County, ID. or GPS coordinates 48.006226, -116.689048
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Dirt and gravel parking area by launch and road, and within primitive campground; PATHS/TRAILS... No developed paths/trails; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None. Fully accessible restroom up the road (west) at Kelso Lake. Shade via trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One launch dock. Single lane dirt/mud/gravel launch at about 4% grade; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No developed access for wheeled mobility devices. Absolutely no access to water other than via launch; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Primitive camping area across the street. No accessible campsites. Caution campsite is next to steep rock slide area, so there is some potential for rocks to roll through the campground; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Mud, rocks, marine vegetation along shoreline; Terrain: Level to 4% grades; H2O/Water: Water clear until mid to late summer. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. No drinking water available; Environmental Conditions: Varies; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of Athol, ID.

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