Monday, March 26, 2012

Thompson Lake, Kootenai County, Idaho

Channel and marine vegetation limit size of boats that can enter this lake. Motors Allowed
Thompson Lake... The next lake on our way up the river is Thompson Lake (260 acres). The channel to this lake is marked by a sign with the name of the lake at a boat launch (no restroom, running water, or dock), which is right at the entrance to the lake. The entrance to the lake is on the left (NE.) side of the river. The bridge clearance is about 4 feet high with width of about 6 feet, and water depth of 4 or so feet. There are also several power lines running across this channel. Again remember once you exit this channel into the lake make sure you make a visual reference as once you leave the channel its very hard to find as it blends in so well with its surroundings. I was expecting this lake to be totally un-navigate-able due to water weeds, etc. but I found the lake on the E. end where the channel enters was free of weeds in its deepest point and to the S. there is a nice defined channel along the lily pads. This is NOT a lake you should water ski/tub on. Room for water skiing or tubing would be very restricted and certainly would disturb the abundant wild life, so go to this lake to view the wild life or go fishing. I viewed the most wildlife on my trip at this lake such as wild turkey, deer, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, and fish jumping. To access this lake via road drive on HWY 97 and turn on E. Blue Lake Rd, and continue on this road until you come to the boat launch or see open water and a nice place to park along the road like the shore fishermen do and access the lake via hand launch. Maps: View Google Map below...
The launch to this lake is on the Coeur d'Alene River next to the channel into the lake

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