We were supposed to kayak this lake the day before with a group, but the weather forecast called for high winds all day. We waited just one day when the wind was to die down, and I’m so glad we did.
This lake is a little hard to find. It’s definitely off the beaten path, but that’s what makes it so great. The launch site, and there’s only one, is at the end of Belsby Road I think it’s called. We used our Washington Gazetteer to get there. We still struggled finding it, since not all the roads are marked, but getting there was just another part of the adventure.
We eventually found the put-in, and there was barely room left for us to park on the side of the road. There were about 10 cars already parked there, and I don’t even know where the owners of the vehicles were, because we sure didn’t see them on the lake.
We put our kayaks in the water at around 10. The first mile was a really cool reedy, meandering, narrow river that’s full of turtles and water fowl. The river was winding enough that often we had to save Jack, who hadn’t turned sharp enough around the turns and ended up in the reeds. I suspect he was doing it on purpose.
Coming out of the narrow river, you enter the lake which is also somewhat narrow with very steep cliffs on both sides. It’s very beautiful. We saw swallows nesting in and flying in and out of the cliff walls. We practically had the place to ourselves other than the occasional kayakers we passed. We also saw one fishing boat. We had lunch on the island, which was a great place to stop and enjoy the scenery, and it even had a firepit and a place to camp. After lunch, Jack fished off his kayak for a bit, then we headed back. We’d only kayaked 1/3 the distance of the lake. We got back at around 5.
You can kayak all the way to the end of the lake, but we chose not to, because the wind had picked up at lunch time and it wasn’t in our favor coming back. It wasn’t bad, but we didn’t know Jack’s limits, plus we’re all fairly new to kayaking. Apparently there’s a hiking trail with a waterfall at the end of the lake, which would be fun to check out some time.
We learned later that this is rattlesnake country, but we didn’t see any luckily. Of course, it was cool enough that we wore light jackets, and it wasn’t rattlesnake season yet. I wouldn’t want to be there in August, although I doubt there would be enough water to get through the 1 mile of meandering river in late summer. Late spring was a perfect time to kayak this lake.