Wyatt, Colter, Zane, Boone and I headed out for an overnighter to Dworshak Reservoir in the canoe. Our original intent was to head to Canyon Creek Campground and put the canoe in. Unfortunately, we discovered on our arrival that it was still closed, so instead we headed over to the Big Eddy boat ramp and put in.
We paddled the short distance to campsite 3.5 where we unloaded our gear. We canoed around the bay immediately to the north, exploring waterfalls cascading into the drawn down reservoir and fishing. I managed to catch a nice rainbow (our only fish of the trip), but in the process broke my rod tip.
The five of us arrived back at the campsite and began setting up our hammocks and getting a fire started. We cooked hot dogs over the fire for dinner and sat around reading Empire of the Summer Moon as the sun set. We could see the lights from the dam in the distance, reminding us of our proximity to civilization.
Saturday dawned overcast and chilly, in the mid-30’s. A breeze came out of the north as low clouds slid over the surrounding ridges. We built the fire back up to ward off the chill and cooked oatmeal for breakfast. Colter and Zane managed to catch a few skinks, made torpid by the chilly air.
We pulled down the hammocks, packed the dry bags, and loaded the canoe. We spent several hours exploring some of the surrounding bays before heading back to the boat ramp. Colter managed to get a few bites as we paddled, but was not able to land anything. Almost immediately after we put the canoe on the truck the familiar rain that this spring has brought in abundance began again.
See it Yourself : Dworshak is a 54 mile long reservoir impounded by the third highest dam in the United States. It contains quality kokanee, smallmouth bass, and trout fisheries and has a plethora of boat in campsites. While it can get quite busy in the summer it is still possible to find relative quiet in its many narrow bays.