By Don Skillman
Paddle the optimal 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 various diversified journeys to meet all sorts of kayaker.
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If this site is occupied, remember that there are other sites nearby. Alternate Trips You can choose just about any spot on Banks Lake for a destination.
Steamboat Rock is actually a 3-mile-long by 1-mile-wide peninsula, at the widest part of the lake. The rock escaped being torn away by the torrent that carved Grand Coulee because the basalt forming the peninsula was harder and more resistant than surrounding formations, which are no longer there. Protected by jagged cliffs, the northern third of the peninsula juts—mesalike—700 feet above the water. The southern two thirds of the peninsula is a wildlife refuge, and also the site of Steamboat Rock State Park.
Rangers know the lake and the camps well, and will often have suggestions. Also, consider mixing a day of hiking with your paddle trip if you must stay in one camp two nights. Hike right from camp if it has access to one of the trails. Or you could paddle to a trail access and hike for that day, paddling back to your designated camp at day’s end. Another option is to begin your trip from the south at Ross Lake Resort, using the resort’s portage service. Doing so eliminates the long drive through British Columbia to Hozomeen.
Adventure Kayaking: Inland Waters of the Western United States by Don Skillman