Monday, March 26, 2012

Sprague Lake, Adams and Lincoln Counties, Washington

Sprague Lake is the largest lake in Adams county at 1,841 acres. This lake is in Adams & Lincoln Counties with 2 access points in Adams county and 2 in Lincoln County. This large lake is two miles west of the town of Sprague, along the south side of I-90. It was called Big Lake in some old surveys and until 1950 was known as Colville Lake. This is a windy lake with winds typically coming from the west and at times can exceed 20 knots. This is a fantastic sailing lake due to the consistent winds and open water, and great for Ice sailing as well. Due to the consistent winds on this lake its not so good of course for water skiing. Harper Island which is a bird sanctuary is on the S.W. end of the lake. This is a very popular fishing lake for walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, perch, bluegill, and rainbow trout. Access is southwest through the town of Sprague. WDFW has two public boat launches, one with a toilet on the southwest end of the lake and the other on the east end of the lake, and there are two a private boat launches in association with two resorts with day use fees on the southeast side and north east end of the lake. The resorts are Sprague Lake Resort on the northeast end of the lake / 509-257-2864), and the other on the north shoreline near the west end of the lake... Four Seasons Resort 509-257-2332. I feel 4 Seasons is best used for sailing due to the depth you can launch into and quick access to the more windy part of the lake.

There are trees over several of the boat launches so you sailors need to be aware of this fact and rig your masts accordingly. City of Sprague (! Fishing: Black Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Spiny Ray, Walleye, Yellow Perch. Lake Dimensions & Coordinates: 1,841 acres; Maximum depth estimated at 65 ft; elevation 1878 ft; Coordinates T20/21N R37/38E. Longitude 118d 1m 4s -to- 118d 6m 10s west. Latitude 47d 14m 15s -to- 47d 17m 28s N. Directions: From Spokane on I-90 W. take 245 and from there you follow the signs to the resorts, etc. The town of Sprague is really run down for example you will turn on B street to get to 1st. street yet 1st street is marked incorrectly as B Street. So going to the resorts and landings you follow B street to B Street.
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