By Don Skillman
Paddle the most popular 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 assorted journeys to meet all kinds of kayaker.
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For Stehekin information contact: National Park Service PO Box 7 42 ADVENTURE KAYAKING: INLAND WATERS OF THE WESTERN UNITED STATES Stehekin, WA 98852 (509) 682-2549 The Lady of the Lake passenger ferries are operated by: Lake Chelan Boat Co. PO Box 186 Chelan, WA 98816 (509) 682-2224 Barging of paddle boats to Stehekin is provided by Lake Chelan Boat Co. Other barges also ply the lake on varying schedules; inquire at the boat company. Washington State Park reservations, including those at Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park and Lake Chelan State Park (both on Lake Chelan) can be made by calling: (800) 452-5687.
Take Trans-Canada Highway 1 in British Columbia from Vancouver east to Hope. At the junction of Old Highway 1 in Hope, go approximately 1 mile west on that route to a signed road that leads left (south) to Silver and Ross lakes. Proceed 39 miles south on this road to Hozomeen. The first several miles are paved; beyond that the road degrades to a gravel surface. Hozomeen consists of a ranger station and residences, and a lakeside campground with pit toilets, fire rings, tables, and water. There are minimal launching ramps and docking facilities.
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. Since glacial ice was more than a mile thick here, the tops of many lakeside peaks present smooth, rounded, glaciated profiles. When the glaciers were melting away from Lake Chelan, the lake outlet at what is now the town of Chelan was still 36 ADVENTURE KAYAKING: INLAND WATERS OF THE WESTERN UNITED STATES deeply covered.
Adventure Kayaking: Inland Waters of the Western United States by Don Skillman