Posts tagged: Hog Lake
PUBLIC LANDS — After reading yesterday's blog post regarding the frustration of Idaho Panhandle National Forests officals over destructive shooting activity near Hayden Creek, reader George Barlow emailed me the photo above.
No, it's not from Iraq.
It shows the outhouse at the BLM's Hog Canyon Lake boat access site after semi-automatic weapons shooters had their way with it.
The scene explains the gunpowder vandalism that pushed BLM officials to ban shooting in the core area of the Fishtrap management area a few years ago.
The waterfall that flows into the lake's upper end was flowing nicely on Saturday. A dozen or so anglers were trying to catch rainbow trout in the winter fishing lake that closes for the season at the end of March while several groups of hikers were walking — and backpack camping — along the shoreline on land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Fishing at Fishtrap Lake, which should be excellent this year, opens the fourth Saturday in April.
DAY HIKING — Wet spring weather is giving dayhikers extra incentive to hit the trail.
Palouse Falls near Washtucna is roaring this week, and nifty trails offer numerous points of view.
One not to miss in its brief spring rise to fame is Hog Lake falls, 30 miles west of Spokane.
The scablands are saturated and feeding the lake’s waterfalls, which generally flow only in late-winter and spring. The lake, a popular winter trout fishery that closes Thursday, is on the Bureau of Land Management’s Fishtrap Lake recreation area south of Interstate 90 near the Spokane-Lincoln county line.
From Exit 254, drive south and turn left at the first public road. Cross the railroad tracks and continue on the gravel road to the boat launch. Hike the west shoreline a few hundred yards, scramble up to the rim and follow it up the lake, past all the blooming buttercups, to the overlook of the falls.