Monday, March 26, 2012

Pillar Lake, Grant County, Washington

Small Boats, Motors Allowed
Pillar Lake is more like a wide spot in the Potholes Canal between Soda and Long Lakes. It is a good place on the canal to get out of the main current and to fish. One access this lake by portaging around the Soda Lake dam or boating from Long Lake up the canal. One can also hike to this lake to fish from the shore by driving to the Soda Lake Dike Road Launch and then driving past the launch to the furthest parking area and then hiking slightly northeast to the lake, there is a trail. SEE the Potholes Canal Chain Lakes section for more access info. Fishing: Rainbow Trout. Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Before crossing the O'Sullivan Dam and after just passing the entrance to the Potholes Reservoir boat launch on your left/south is Soda Lake Road. Follow this road to past the sign indicating the Soda Lake Campground to the next sign indicating Soda Lake, Pillar/Widgeon Lakes (this sign indicates Pillar/Widgeon Lakes are .6 miles, which is partly true Widgeon Lake is this distance but Pillar Lake is approximately 3 miles. Yes this sign has an error on it). Follow this road past the Soda Lake boat launch on the dike to the end of this dike. At the end of this dike turn right/south and then east to the parking lot. From the parking lot take the trail east and then northeast to the Potholes Canal and where the lake is part of the canal. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type in, Potholes State Park, WA. pan to the east to view this lake a short distance east and then south down the Potholes Canal. Info: Open April 1 - Sept. 30.

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