By Don Skillman
Paddle the finest inland waters of the Western States, the place the surroundings levels from the fjord-like Ross Lake, nestled within the shadow of Washington State's Cascade diversity, to the eroded, red-rocks of Utah's Lake Powell. specialist kayaker Don Skillman describes a number of different journeys to meet all sorts of kayaker.
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The dam is 11 miles distant, and it is 12 miles to Hozomeen. Dry Creek & Ponderosa—These camps are on opposite sides of the same rocky peninsula, with four sites on the former and two on the latter. There is no dock at either. It is 12 miles to the dam, and 11 to Hozomeen. While shading timber is sparse, there is sufficient for shade, and the view is good. 5 from Hozomeen, this camp is situated in a patch of lodgepole pines, just a couple of feet above the water level. There are three sites and access to a hiking trail, but no dock.
A longer gravel beach graces the opposite side of the point. Lower water levels may expose more beaches, or strand them well above the water. Of interest is a second point just up-lake (north) from Deer Point. However undeveloped, there is room for at least one camp here, and—while there is no dock or toilet—a gravel beach makes access easy when the lake is full. Campers using undeveloped sites should pack out all waste. From Deer Point, return to Twenty-Five Mile Creek. If the wind is calm, you can cross over (head south) to the south shore of Lake Chelan, then paddle east to Twenty-Five Mile Creek.
No longer eroded by torrential waters, Dry Falls stands a few miles south of Banks Lake as a reminder to the catastrophic floods. South of Grand Coulee the floods spread wider across the countryside, but much cutting and gouging occurred. Today, this area is referred to as the Channeled Scablands. When Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River was in the planning stages, engineers recognized the potential of a reservoir occupying a portion of the nearby Grand Coulee. Two dams were built in the coulee, North Dam at its mouth and Dry Falls Dam about 28 miles down the coulee.
Adventure Kayaking: Inland Waters of the Western United States by Don Skillman