Monday, March 26, 2012

Rose Lake, Kootenai County, Idaho

Motors Allowed
Rose Lake... The next lake up the river is Rose Lake at 390 acres. Rose Lake is not accessible from the river. There is a creek that runs from the lake into the CdA River but it is totally engulfed in weeds and only runs during early spring during high run off so this creek is not accessible to even canoes or kayaks. However Rose Lake has one of the nicest boat launch facilities with dock and restroom of all the chain lakes. (No running water, but just up the road at exit 34 junction there is water at the gas station). And just up the road from the boat launch is a primitive campground you can camp at (4 campsites with dock). There are a lot of lily pads and weeds all the way around this lake but once out in the middle of the lake there is a significant amount of open water. Rose Lake is known for it good sailing conditions and great fishing, a very popular fishing lake without the negative affects of led from past mining activities further up the river. By the locals it is preferred you not water ski/tube and jet ski on this lake. To get to Rose Lake from either I90 (exit 34) or from Harrison on HWY 3 turn NW onto south toward E. Watson Rd., turn left at Rose Lake sportsman access rd. to the boat launch. Going straight on E. Watson Rd. past the sportsman access rd. takes you to a primitive campground with dock on Rose Lake. Maps: View Google Map below...

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