Friday, October 28, 2016

Herman and Quail Lakes, Grant County, Washington

Herman (24.0 acres, Elevation 389 ft) and Quail Lakes (11.6 acres, Elevation 961 ft)
These two lakes are next to each other located just north of Othello and within the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, south of Potholes Reservoir. These lakes are known for great fishing and for bird watching. Getting to these lakes is via a gravel road that gets you to Herman lake and to access Quail Lake one drives on the same road driving past Herman Lake launch to a gate with a hiking trail that takes you to Quail Lake. Quail Lake is walkin only. There are amble areas to fish from the bank on both lakes. Fishing: Rainbow Trout and Largemouth Bass on both lakes; Quail Lake is catch & release, fly fishing with only artificial flies with a single barbed hook. Fishing regulations and licenses apply to all lake within the Refuge, please review the rules at . Directions/Maps: From city of Othello WA. take W McManamon Rd. Turn right/north onto the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge access road. Maps: Type in GPS coordinates of 46°53'50.8"N 119°11'58.7"W at . OR follow these directions... From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Approximately 2 miles up the road on your left (south) you will see the entrance to Sheep Lake Rd. Follow this road all the way to past the Long & Sage Lake sign, proceed across the Potholes Canal via the bridge. After crossing the bridge follow this several miles until you come to the road and sign indicating Herman and Quail Lakes.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel, sand, dirt combo parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None, however there is a fully accessible restroom down the road at Lyle Lake. No designated picnic areas or shaded area. No trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One narrow gravel/dirt/mud launch; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Limited camping around parking area; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand and deep mud during wet times of the year along shoreline. Gate to Quail lake is to narrow for a wheelchair to pass through; Terrain: Level to about 4% grades; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water not available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot summer temperatures; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in town of Othello (Wal-Mart) and at Potholes Reservoir resort area.

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