Friday, October 28, 2016

South Warden Lake, Grant County, Washington

South Warden Lake
This lake is lesser known that its bigger brother lake, Warden Lake. Popular activities on this lake fishing and waterfowl hunting and bird watching. Access can be a little difficult at times due to all the marine vegetation along the shore blocking access to the lake. Fishing: Rainbow Trout; German Brown. Lake closed from April 1-Sept 30 typically. 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 the sign indicating South Warden Lake. Turn at this sign going east. When coming down the hill to the lake you will actually see two lakes, the large lake to the north is Warden Lake and the smaller lake is South Warden Lake. At what appears to be the end of the road is a primitive launch into Warden Lake, turn right and follow the dirt road and this will lead you to South Warden Lake to a very primitive and muddy access point. Maps: To view a map click on and type in Warden Lake, Grant County WA. pan directly down/south on the map to see the smaller South Warden Lake (not labeled on the map) or type in GPS coordinates 46.961600, -119.173894
South Warden Lake Primitive Launch
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Sand, dirt combo parking near lake; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… None. One fully accessible restrooms up the road at Warden Lake. No covered picnic or shaded areas. No trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One narrow sand, dirt, and muddy launch. No docks or platforms; 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... Primitive camping allowed in this area; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand and deep mud during wet times of the year at launch area and along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 7% 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 Potholes Reservoir resort area and city of Moses Lake.

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