Shadow Lake (WA) - March 17, 2023

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Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

17-Mar Shadow Lake revisit. 1:47pm launch. Start of season #9 of retirement kayaking


Access to main lake


Only 1 turtle on the warning log today


Turtle closeup


Hazy mountain view to start the season


Looking north on a nice 62F sunny day!


Shadow Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 50 acres, 45 ft. max. depth. El. 539'


Lake Desire (WA) - March 22, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

22-Mar Lake Desire revisit. 2:26pm launch


Looking south. No mountain view today


Way back in the south outlet. Had to use the '1/2 paddle' technique


South outlet looking toward main lake


Wasn't able to get far into north outlet. Another person is enjoying the sun and trying to fish


Lake Desire Layout - WDFW access in red. 72 acres, 21 ft. max. depth El. 491'


Lake Morton (WA) - March 29, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

29-Mar Lake Morton revisit. 1:58pm launch


View from the south end. Cooler and breezier than expected


North end skies are starting to clear


Partial mountain view looking south between the trees


Lake Morton Layout - WDFW access in red. 66 acres, 23 ft. max. depth, El. 526'


Spring Lake (WA) - April 14, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

14-Apr Spring Lake revisit. 2:05pm launch


Deep in the south outlet


Looking north


Submerged dock due to high spring level


No mountain view today. A bit of wind made it chillier than expected today


Spring Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 68 acres, 32 ft. max. depth. El. 482'


Lake Wilderness (WA) - April 25, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

25-Apr Lake Wilderness revisit. 2:13pm launch


View looking north towards the lodge


Mountain view today!


Lake Wilderness Layout - WDFW access in red. 67 acres, 38 ft. max. depth. El. 468'


Lake Meridian (WA) - April 28, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

28-Apr Lake Meridian revisit. 10:43am launch


View from deep in the north end


Zooming in on the mountain view


Bald eagle on the shore


South outlet


Bridge to park


Lake Meridian Layout - WDFW access in red. 150 acres, 90 ft. max. depth El. 376' Ski boats allowed 9am to 6pm


Shadow Lake (WA) - May 3, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

3-May Shadow Lake revisit. 12:03pm launch


Thought I was taking a hazy mountain view, but apparently I shifted!


'Mom' was sitting on the eggs before I got too close


Clear blue skies looking north


Access channel on the return


Shadow Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 50 acres, 45 ft. max. depth. El. 539'


Lake Desire (WA) - May 8, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

8-May Lake Desire revisit. 12:41pm launch


Looking south. No mountain view


Geese gathering spot


View from south outlet


Looking northwest towards access area


View from north outlet


Lake Desire Layout - WDFW access in red. 72 acres, 21 ft. max. depth El. 491'


Lake Morton (WA) - May 12, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

12-May Lake Morton revisit. 10:33am launch


View from shady south end. Already getting warm


Mountain view zoomed


Unzoomed. Quite spectacular today


Lake Morton Layout - WDFW access in red. 66 acres, 23 ft. max. depth, El. 526'


Lake Holm (Neilson) (WA) - May 15, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

15-May Lake Holm revisit. 8:17am launch. Trying to beat the heat


View from shady southeast end


Grabbing the mountain view before the clouds move in


Private alcove in the north end


In the northwest end bog


Lake Holm (Neilson) Layout - WDFW access in red. 19 acres, 31 ft. max. depth, El. 401'


Spring Lake (WA) - May 19, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

19-May Spring Lake revisit. 12:19pm launch


View from my 'sunscreen alcove'. Lily pad are starting to appear


View from south outlet


Clouds and haze obscure the mountain view today


Spring Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 68 acres, 32 ft. max. depth. El. 482'


Lake Number Twelve (WA) - May 23, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

23-May Lake Number Twelve revisit. 11:08am launch


View from the shallow, boggy east end. Some of the mounds are just below the surface and you don't realize it until you run aground


Surface algae is already piling up


View from deeper west end


Taking the family for a swim


After I chased them ashore


Return to access area


Lake Number Twelve Layout - WDFW access in red. 41 acres, 28 ft. max. depth El. 721'


Lake Wilderness (WA) - May 26, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

26-May Lake Wilderness revisit. 9:26am launch


Looking west


Lots of surface pollen today


Swimmers 'training'


Clear skies above, mountain clouds in the distance


Pretty yellow flowers everywhere


Lake Wilderness Layout - WDFW access in red. 67 acres, 38 ft. max. depth. El. 468'


Lake Meridian (WA) - May 30, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

30-May Lake Meridian revisit. 12:01pm launch


NW tip is already too lily padded to slog thru


Mountain is mostly obscured today


Zooming in on the backstretch rebound


Lake Meridian Layout - WDFW access in red. 150 acres, 90 ft. max. depth El. 376' Ski boats allowed 9am to 6pm


North Lake (WA) - June 2, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

2-Jun North Lake revisit. 10:00am launch


View from sunscreen application point


View from south alcove


Not sure why the birdhouse is in the lake...


Stepping stone on the north end


In the north marsh


Marsh #2


North Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 55 acres, 34 ft. max. depth El. 396'


Shadow Lake (WA) - June 5, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

5-Jun Shadow Lake revisit. 10:14am launch


Wildlife on a log #1


Wildlife on a log #2


Wildlife on a log #3


Excellent mountain view today


Local fisherman snags a good size trout


View looking north. Headwinds will add to the paddling effort on the return


Wildlife armada


Shadow Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 50 acres, 45 ft. max. depth. El. 539'


Lake Desire (WA) - June 8, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

8-Jun Lake Desire revisit. 10:34am launch. Lots of company


Quite the high haze today. No mountain view


View from the south outlet


North outlet partially blocked by wood debris. I'm guessing someone lost a dock


Lake Desire Layout - WDFW access in red. 72 acres, 21 ft. max. depth El. 491'


Lake Morton (WA) - Jume 12, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

12-Jun Lake Morton revisit. 9:34am launch


Wildlife parade in the south end


View from the south


No mountain view today


Colorful lily pad area near access


Lake Morton Layout - WDFW access in red. 66 acres, 23 ft. max. depth, El. 526'


Lake Fenwick (WA) - June 15, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

1-Jun Lake Fenwick revisit. 11:13am launch


View from the narrow south end


View from the wider north end


Outlet plugged with lily pads


Had to schooch real low to go under walkway


Solo wildlife at the park


View of the walkway blocking the old outlet


Post-kayaking loop hike


Mom and the kids


Returning on the walkway loop


Lake Fenwick Layout - WDFW access in red. 22 acres, 31 ft. max. depth El. 119'


Spring Lake (WA) - June 21, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

21-Jun Spring Lake revisit. 11:34am launch


South outlet is too plugged to paddle further


A godd portion of the south end is already lily padded


View from the north end. Clearing skies convinced me to apply sunscreen


And the clouds move back in. No mountain view today


Spring Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 68 acres, 32 ft. max. depth. El. 482'


Lake Wilderness (WA) - June 26, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

26-Jun Lake Wilderness revisit. 12:43pm launch


Cranky white duck in the south end. Attacked the rear of my kayak, and then my paddle when I splashed him/her


Clear skies overhead but no mountain view today


Lake Wilderness Layout - WDFW access in red. 67 acres, 38 ft. max. depth. El. 468'


Lake Meridian (WA) - June 30, 2023

Mar-17 Shadow | Mar-22 Desire | Mar-29 Morton | Apr-14 Spring | Apr-25 Wilderness | Apr-28 Meridian | May-3 Shadow | May-8 Desire | May-12 Morton | May-15 Holm | May-19 Spring | May-23 Twelve | May-26 Wilderness | May-30 Meridian | Jun-2 North | Jun-5 Shadow | Jun-8 Desire | Jun-12 Morton | Jun-15 Fenwick | Jun-21 Spring | Jun-26 Wilderness | Jun-30 Meridian

30-Jun Lake Meridian revisit. 9:49am launch


View from NW end. No mountain view yet


Skies start to clear a bit of the way back


View from SE outlet


Wildlife on parade, kayakers fishing, and kids screaming in the park


Lake Meridian Layout - WDFW access in red. 150 acres, 90 ft. max. depth El. 376' Ski boats allowed 9am to 6pm


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 2304x1728 SQ1, 3X optical 38-114mm)

Last Update 30-Jul-23