Adventure Kayaking: Inland Waters of the Western United by Don Skillman

By Don Skillman

Paddle the leading 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 variety, to the eroded, red-rocks of Utah's Lake Powell. professional kayaker Don Skillman describes a number various journeys to fulfill all sorts of kayaker.

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Four sites here, and a dock. It is 21 miles to the dam, and 2 miles to Hozomeen. All of the campgrounds mentioned above have pit toilets, tables, fire rings, and superb scenery. Contacts Ross Lake Resort The only facility on Ross Lake, situated near the dam for the past 49 years, the resort is unique in offering floating cabins for guests in addition to outboard-boat and kayak rentals. The resort provides a portage service to place boaters on Ross Lake. m. m. daily, across Diablo Lake to Ross Dam.

Lake water can be used for drinking, provided it is treated, filtered, or boiled. While camping is permitted along shore on public land, most of the good camping areas have been developed by the Park Service and Forest Service into boat-in campgrounds. A dock-use permit is required to use the boat-in campgrounds on Lake Chelan. These are obtainable at the state parks, and also at the ranger station in Chelan. Roadside camping is available at the two state parks on Lake Chelan (see Contacts, later in this chapter).

While following streambeds for the most part, these glaciers often cut their own canyons as well. Over millenniums glaciers advanced and receded many times over the valley that is today Lake Chelan. The last retreat some 17,000 years ago left a valley scoured and quarried to a depth of 600 feet below sea level. Water-borne sediments from the Stehekin River and major tributaries have since filled this canyon to 440 feet below sea level. S. Glacial signs are clearly visible as you paddle. Note the remains of lateral moraines on the north shore, far above the present lake level.

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