There are only a few spot for dispersed camping in this spot unless you are willing to hike into a remote spot, but we gave it a shot and it payed off. We arrived on Friday at 4:00 on Memorial Weekend and we were indeed lucky.
Since it was a holiday weekend we chose a sight a bit of a ways from the lake so that we wouldn't be surrounded by other campers but it was indeed a quiet weekend.
Hog lake is a perfect lake for kayaking. The wind could be howling around us on the bluffs but below on the lake there were just mild ripples on the water. It sits down in the bottom of a coulee so it is protected from the wind by the tall basalt cliffs that surround it.
We paddled the length of the lake several times in the time that we were here.
We watched the birds swooping among the cliffs and were even able to watch an bald eagle pair soaring overhead.
|Hog Lake Falls|
We paddled to the northeast end of the lake where a waterfall carves through the steps and tumbles along the layers of basalt. Earlier in the Spring the water fall is more impressive but the volume is reduced as summer approaches.
Hog lake is in the Cheney- Palouse Scablands of Eastern Washington. The unique landscape resulted from the ravaging waters that carved the landscape from basalt during the massive Missoula Floods.
Do you suppose he watched the Karate Kid
Movie and is practicing his version of the mae
tobi geri pose?
(Actually, he strikes this pose to dry his wings after fishing.)