Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Downs Lake, Spokane County, Washington

Small Boats, Motors Allowed

Downs Lake (423 acres and 2.5 miles long) Downs Lake is a very weedy lake (lots of lily pads as well) which is great for fishing but not so great for other water sport activities. Still in Spring and early summer there is a good amount of open water near the resort, and also via one open channel through the lily pads to the east and there is a big space of open water to the west of the boat launch. The lake is 2.2 miles long with a water depth of 5-30'. Downs warms up earlier than other area lakes because it's located in the southwest corner of Spokane county (partially in Lincoln County). There are very few trees around this lake and so the wind can really rip across it for some fun sailing. Fishing: The marshy shoreline is a sure bet for Largemouth bass warming after the winter months. The deep water at the north end is where the "Bows" think they're safe. There is Downs Lake Resort with a small boat launch (only boat launch on the lake) with a $5 fee. There is a power line near the boat launch so if you come to sail on this lake you will need to step your mast near or on the water. The resort has RV & Tent sites, plus fishing boat rentals with or without electric motors. Directions: You can access Downs Lake Resort via Martin Rd from Sprague (exit 245) on Old State Hwy, and then turn on road with sign to the resort. Downs Lake Resort (509) 235-2314, 28605 W Martin Rd, Cheney, WA. 99004. Maps: To view a map click on and type in Downs Lake, WA.
Resort Launch... sailors watch out for the power line
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