Jen was in Texas visiting Monique and Sabrina and the “littles” were at my folks house, leaving the boys and I free for another trip into Dworshak. This time we put in at Dent Acres, with a plan to explore up Elk Creek.
The four of us arrived at the boat ramp around noon. We loaded our gear into the canoe and headed west, towards the arm of the lake formed by Elk Creek. The day was cool and overcast as we paddled, fishing along the way.
Our route then turned north and we stopped to fish and play at several of the waterfalls which tumble into the lake.
We arrived at our campsite for the night a little after 4:00. We hung our hammocks and then played and fished for a while before cooking. Dinner was steak cooked with bacon, onions, and mushrooms with a side of yams, all cooked over the fire. After a day of paddling it was delicious.
We cleaned up from dinner and sat reading around the fire until around 9:00. By then the temperature had fallen significantly and we were no longer able to resist the siren call of our hammocks.
Saturday dawned cool, but clear. The four of us slept until 7:00, when the sun crested the ridge bringing glorious warmth. We fixed breakfast burritos and then began breaking down camp.
The boys and I loaded the canoe and continued north, watching the arm of the lake gradually narrow. We turned up Long Meadow Creek where we stopped to fix lunch. A heavy elk shed was sitting in the creek, which we pulled out to take with us. After lunch we lined the canoe up the creek a little ways before shooting the rapids back to the lake.
The four of us canoed up to the mouth of Elk Creek before beginning the long route back to the boat ramp, finally arriving around 4:00. We had a fantastic time exploring a new area of the lake, having paddled about 16 miles over the two days.