Monday, March 26, 2012

Fishtrap Lake, Spokane and Lincoln Counties, Washington

Small Boats, Motors Allowed
Fishtrap Resort Launch and Marina
Fishtrap Lake (196 acres) was named after the willow fish traps that the Indians used to catch Red Horse Suckers at its outlet creek. The lake is known for its great trout fishing. This popular Lake is great for boating and swimming. As with all the lakes in the Scab Lands the lake gets a lot of wind throughout the year so it would be a great sailing lake even though because its narrow you will be doing a lot of tacking. It is long and narrow at 2.2 miles long and 30' deep at its deepest. In the Fishtrap Lake area there are extensive wetlands. There are numerous trails crisscrossing the area, offering several loop hikes and access to Fishtrap lake and Hog Canyon, wildlife viewing areas. Fishtrap Lake Resort has been on this lake since 1902. It has a nice primitive boat launch that is great to launch powerboats or kayaks from but due to a low hanging cable from a dock to a cliff (clearance from the water is about 8-10 ft) there is no way a sailboat would be able to leave this launch into open water. Luckily there is a public launch ramp right next to this resort that one could launch a deep draft boat or keelboat from. This launch is on an incline so sailors should plan accordingly to step your mast. If you want to use the restroom and docks at the resort you will have to pay to do so. This small resort is privately owned and so paying to use their facilities is a great way to support such a historic resort. If your kids like Buffalo ask the resort manager about it and they may allow you to go see them. Directions: Fishtrap Lake Resort 509-235-2284. From Spokane, go west on I-90 to Fishtrap Exit 254, then south 2 miles on Old State Highway to Fishtrap Rd. There is both a resort launch and public access launch. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type in Downs Lake, WA. and then slide straight above Downs Lake near HWY 95 and you will see Fishtrap Lake on the map. You will need to pan in a little also. INFO: Fishtrap Lake info http://www.spokaneoutdoors.com/fishtrp.htm
Public Boat Launch next to and southwest of Fishtrap Resort
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