Saturday, March 24, 2012

Moyie Springs Reservoir and Moyie River, Boundary County, Idaho

Small Boats with Motors Allowed but better suited for kayaks and canoes

Moyie Spring Reservoir and Moyie River. Moyie Spring Reservoir is 1.5 miles long at high water and approximately 2 miles upstream from where Moyie River meets the Kootenai River. The water is crystal clear absolutely beautiful... a very popular swimming and kayaking area. You could dinghy sail in this reservoir in late summer or early fall when the river current is slow or non-existent. It is well worth anyone's time to at least swim or fish here. At the dam there is a beautiful overlook. The canyon that extends below the dam is spectacular. There is a port-a-potty at the launch parking area but it isn't considered accessible. The launch into this reservoir is gravel has a fairly deep angle into the reservoir.
Moyie Falls

M There are no power lines at this launch site. This is a "no wake" lake. Moyie River extend 21 miles from Canada to the Kootenai River. Kayaking on the river is popular but not for the faint harted as it includes class II-III rapids over its entire course. Sweepers and log jams frequent the river and as experienced kayaks know these features can be very dangerous. This river is also well known for great fishing. The water is crystal clear and travels through some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery in the state. Access points start just 2 miles from the Canadian / US boarder along HWY 95, then along Moyie River Rd., and then off of HWY 2 at Moyie Spring Reservoir and again at Twin Rivers Canyon Resort where the river meets Kootenai River. In addition there is Meadow Creek Campground.

ACCESSIBILITY SCALE: See below for each sites accessibility.

Directions: To access Moyie Springs Reservoir from HWY 2 in Moyie Springs Idaho... Take the Roosevelt Road south (next to Moyie Gas station). Once on this street take the Canyon View Road all the way to the Reservoir. The road is paved to the dam but turns to rough gravel in the launch area.

Moyie River at it's furthest point north can be accessed right off HWY 95 near Copper Creek Campground or at various points along Moyie River Road. At HWY 95 just a couple miles from the US / Canadian Boarder you will see a sign to Cooper Creek Campground. Before you get to the camp ground you will see an area next to the river; this is the point of access. Just down the road from this campground is the turn off to Moyie River Road. Along this road there are places in which one could access the river. There is also Moyie Crossing picnic area... a nice place to access the river via kayaks or canoes, etc. There is no formal launch ramp at this site. However, as a note of interest, there are some cool mettle fish sculptures to look at. There is also an accessible restroom. On Moyie River Road you will find the Meadow Creek campground for a place to stay while visiting this portion of the river. Past this campground one can no longer access the river from the road. Maps: View Google Map Below...

Pictures and info about boat launch and access points below...

River Access Points


1. Kootenai River Landing @ Twin Rivers Canyon Resort. This sportsman access is at the outlet of Moyie River into Kootenai River. Simple gravel sand combo launch site. Not suitable for large heavy craft (you might get stuck).
ACCESSIBILITY SCALE: 1. Parking... Loose gravel and dirt (muddy in the spring and winter, No accessible parking spaces; 2. Restroom… Accessible at resort; 3. Dock(s)… No Dock; 4. Direct Water Access… Limited access via muddy or sandy river bank and very primitive launch; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: N/A; Trails/Paths: Inaccessible; H2O/Water: Typically clean, Running water at resort; Environmental Conditions… Fast moving currents during spring run off and sometimes during early summer; Resources: Small Store and fuel available in Moyie on Highway 2.
See Google Map above...



2. Moyie Reservoir Boat Launch: Moyie Reservoir Picnic Area & Access. 
ACCESSIBILITY SCALE: 1. Parking... Gravel, mud combo, No accessible parking spaces; 2. Restroom… Inaccessible; 3. Dock(s)… No Dock; 4. Direct Water Access… Limited access via muddy primative boat launch; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: This Resort is not considered Wheelchair Accessible; Trails/Paths: No accessible trails; H2O/Water: Pond water by mid summer gets stagnant; Environmental Conditions… Close to Dam, Fast moving currents during spring run off and sometimes during early summer; Resources: Pik-Nic area on un-even groud, not hard packed dirt, Small Store and Gas Station in Moyie along HWY 2.
View Google Map above… 



3. Moyie Crossing Picnic Area: Moyie Crossing Picnic Area & Access, No running water. 

 ACCESSIBILITY SCALE: 1. Parking... Gravel parking lot, No accessible parking spaces; 2. Restroom… No Restroom; 3. Dock(s)… No Dock; 4. Direct Water Access… Limited access via steep river back... no wheelchair access; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: N/A; Trails/Paths: No accessible trails; H2O/Water: Clean water quality, No running water; Environmental Conditions… Fast moving currents during spring runoff and sometimes during early summer; Resources: Pik-Nic area on un-even ground, and hard packed dirt.


4. Moyie River Access Site near the US & Canadian Border: Moyie River Access Site near the US & Canadian Border... bank kayak/canoe launching, camping, restroom up the road, no running water. 

 ACCESSIBILITY SCALE: 1. Parking... Gravel parking lot, No accessible parking spaces; 2. Restroom… Inaccessible; 3. Dock(s)… No Dock; 4. Direct Water Access… Limited access via muddy primative river bank small boat launch; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: N/A; Trails/Paths: No accessible trails; H2O/Water: Clean water quality, No running water; Environmental Conditions… Fast moving currents during spring runoff and sometimes during early summer; Resources: Pik-Nic area on un-even ground, and hard packed dirt.

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