Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spokatopia

funtosail.com
See FunToSail at Spokatopia, a one-day outdoor adventure festival along the Spokane River. Outdoor enthusiasts and their 
families can try outdoor activities like sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, disc golf, rock climbing and mountain biking; learn about and try other outdoor activities, products and gear at vendor booths; and enjoy fun, creative entertainment including music, freeride bike stunts and local brews. Live entertainment at 4 p.m.
Visit FunToSAIL.com to learn-to-sail, buy a sailboat / Hobie catamaran or Hobie Island.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Boulder Beach, 6707 E Upriver Dr. Spokane
Cost: $5/general admission, $8 - $15/excursions (includes admission)
Email: funtosail@gmail.com
Website: http://www.spokatopia.com

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Seeking Sponsors and Funding

ATTENTION those interested in improving access to the water for those with disAbilities.

I am currently seeking sponsors and funding for two projects that need to get done very quickly. On June 10th we participated in the Outdoor Experience event at Bear Lake, Spokane County for persons with disAbilities, an event designed to introduce persons with disAbilities to various outdoor activities. We brought my accessible/adaptive sailboats to this event. During this event two big needs were discovered... 1. Need backrests on one sailboat to accommodate more people with higher levels of mobility limiting disAbilities. 2. Need to build an adjustable and portable water-ballasted base for our C-Crane/Transfer Lift to more easily move people in and out of the boats.

Cost of #1 is $850 and #2, is about $1000. All donations are tax deductible via Access To Outdoors. I have about 3 weeks to get this done as these items are needed on July 29th for the Ski and Sail Fest on Clear Lake, Spokane County, WA.

On another note we received a new Hobie 16 catamaran sailboat donation to be named the late Scott Bailey. We can now attach our adaptive wing seats (Trapseats) to it. In addition we were able to acquire a second Hobie 16. So we now have two new adaptive sailboats added to our fleet.

After accomplishing number 1 and 2 the next step is to purchase two adaptive trunk support seats.

We have received great support for our accessible/adaptive sailing program and outdoor access projects. We hope in the near future that our programs will develop into a permanent funded program with facility.

To donate contact Miles Moore at accesstooutdoors@gmail.com or call/text 208-704-4454

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sense The Wind

Attention all those interested in accessible sailing!

This July 7th at 7:00PM at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint Idaho will be the screening of “Sense The Wind.” This is an inspirational and intriguing documentary about blind sailors. After the film, the Director and Producer Christine Knowlton will be here in person to lead a question and answer session about the film and her drive to realize her dream.

The Sandpoint Sailing Association is sponsoring this film and Christine’s presence in Sandpoint. Please share this invitation with all your friends, neighbors and relatives. Admission is only $5.

Address: Panida Theatre Inc, 300 N First Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864

For further info please email Bob Robertson, brobertson83864@gmail.com

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Outdoor Experience

The 2017 Outdoor Experience event on Bear Lake, Spokane County was a great success with a great turnout. This event is ran each year by St. Luke's Rehab. for persons with disAbilities. This allows persons with disAbilities to try out various outdoor activities like archery, handcycling, kayaking, and of course sailing via FunToSail/AccessToOutdoors accessible sailing program.

The weather was cool (60 degrees) but water was warm and with great wind most of the day from 3-7 knots of wind.
Tandem Island all ready to go...

Hobie Wave
Lunch at with a lot of great people
Takes a little work to get over the chain blocking the way to the primitive launch, but we did it.


Videos coming soon!

St. Luke's next accessible event is the Ski Feast this July 29th (see our calendar for more info) and FunToSail and AccessToOutdoors will be there with our sailboats.

Sail Fest and Family Fun Day

If you did not attend the Sail Fest in association with the Family Fun Day on June 9th you missed a wonderful day to sail and to enjoy all the activities within the park. This event developed rather quickly so was not as well promoted as we would of liked but regardless the attendance was good and I am sure this event will take place every year from this point on event on your calendar for next year on June 8th.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day

I thought it was only fitting I supply you with this article about honoring those that have fallen in war to keep us free. See Article Below!

And I personally would like to thank those of you that have served in the military or have family members who have or are serving for your/their service and commitment to help keep us free. Any of you who have lost loved ones in a military conflict I give you my sincere condolences... There is no greater love than to give your life for another!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Miles Moore, President
Access To Outdoors

ON MEMORIAL DAY!

What we owe to the fallen, and to those now serving.

By 
MARK HELPRIN
Updated May 29, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET

In American military cemeteries all over the world, seemingly endless rows of whitened grave markers stand largely unvisited and in silence. The gardeners tend the lawns, one section at a time. Even at the famous sites, tourism is inconstant. Sunsets and dawns, winter nights, softly falling snow, and gorgeous summer mornings mainly find the graves and those who lie within them protected in eternal tranquility. Now and then a visitor linked by love, blood, or both will come to make that connection with the dead that only love can sustain.

Sometimes you see them, quiet in some neglected corner beneath the trees or on a field above the sea, but numbers and time make this the exception. If not completely forgotten, the vast ranks of Civil War dead are now primarily the object of genealogy and historians, as the fathers and mothers, women, children, and brothers who loved them are now long gone. As it is for everyone else it is for the dead of all the wars, and neither proclamations nor holidays nor children innocently placing flags can cure it.

Nonetheless, a universal connection links every living American with those who have fallen or will fall in American wars and overrides the lapses in sustaining and honoring their memories. We are and shall be connected to them by debt and obligation. Though if by and large we ignore the debt we owe to those who fell at Saratoga, Antietam, the Marne, the Pointe du Hoc, and a thousand other places and more, our lives and everything we value are the ledger in which it is indelibly recorded. And even if we fail in the obligation, it is clear and it remains.

What do we owe soldiers on the battlefields of the present or—do not doubt it—the future? How does one honor the inexpressibly difficult decision to walk toward annihilation, in some instances guaranteed, for the sake of the imperfect strategies of war, their confused execution, and their uncertain result? What can we offer the soldiers who will not know the outcome of their struggle, or ever again see those left behind?

We owe them a decision to go to war ratified unambiguously by the American people through their constitutional and republican institutions. Except where instantaneous response is necessitated by a clear and present danger, this means a declaration of war issued by a Congress that will fully support its own carefully determined decision and those it sends to carry it out—nothing less, nothing hedged, nothing ducked.

This requires in turn the kind of extraordinary, penetrating debate that can occur only among those wise enough to understand mortality and weigh it against principles that cannot be left undefended. It requires a president who can argue for his decision not merely with eloquence but substantively and tenaciously—guided only by the long-term interests of the United States, not fatuous slogans, political imperatives, and easily impeachable ideological notions of the right, left, or center.

Look ahead, not back. If we commit soldiers to battle, we must support them unstintingly. There are many ways to pay for war: taxing, borrowing, cutting other expenditures, sharing the burden with allies, adjusting war aims, and starving the means to fight. The only unacceptable one is the last. If the general population must do with less, so be it, for the problem is only imagined. Better than feckless politicians who think it lives by bread alone, the American people has always known that its enlisted sacrifices are hardly commensurate with those of the maimed and the dead.

A soldier's destiny must rest, rather than with careerists, in the hands of grave and responsible officials and commanders, those who experience what Churchill called the statesman's "stress of soul." He should never have to die for the sake of an academic theory once the doctoral thesis of an Ivy League idealist working his way up through the bureaucracies and think tanks.

And yet the commander who does not labor to educate himself unceasingly is likely no better than his opposite number in the seminar room. Above all, he must have a genius for war, an inherent quality that cannot be manufactured and is usually crowded out by that part of the brain that makes for a brilliant career, and punished by the higher ranks for having what they do not. Such people deserve the protection and promotion that mostly they do not receive, for when they do they become Grant, Churchill, Marshall, Eisenhower, and Patton.

The debt we owe, and in regard to which we are at present deeply in arrears, may be difficult to pay but it is easy to see. To grasp its conspicuous clarity one need only walk among the graves and pause to give proper thought to even just one life among the many. Read slowly the name, the dates, the place where everything came to an end.

I have seen lonely people of advancing age, yet as constant as angels, keeping faith to those they loved who fell in wars that current generations, not having known them, cannot even forget. The sight of them moving hesitantly among the tablets and crosses is enough to break your heart. Let that break be the father to a profound resolution to fulfill our obligation to the endless chain of the mourning and the dead. Shall we not sacrifice where required? Shall we not prove more responsible, courageous, honest, and assiduous? Shall we not illuminate our decisions with the light that comes from the stress of soul, and ever keep faith with the fallen by embracing the soldiers who fight in our name? The answer must be that we shall.

Mr. Helprin, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, is the author of, among other works, "Winter's Tale" (Harcourt), "A Soldier of the Great War" (Harcourt) and, most recently, "Digital Barbarism" (HarperCollins). Link to original article at http://on.wsj.com/1IVB9G2

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ice Sailing Report, Sprague Lake, Spokane County, USA

It's been two full months since the first lakes froze, with regular snowfall messing up the surfaces within days of them skimming over.  I snuck one day in on Diamond Lake in December before it got dumped on, and I've been scanning the four state area since then for some clear ice, without result.  We had three weeks of temps between 0 and 20, which created thicker ice than I've ever seen here around Spokane, followed by three or four days of warm and sunny, which was just barely enough melting to dispose of the snow on Sprague Lake.  So when Frank gives me the call, that the weather service is calling for cold, sunny and winds in the high teens, we take that leap of faith, that there MIGHT be a usable surface, and head west.  First glance looks discouraging, the whole lake is white, no clear ice at all.  But Frank's scouting has discovered four or five inches of refrozen snow atop almost fifteen inches of clear ice, bumpy with one to two inch hard snow drifts.  A challenge, to get the boats running fast enough to develop the necessary apparent wind to power thru the crud.  But it's blowing fifteen plus, so once we find a smooth patch, the boats leap to speed, delivering the rush that redeems all the suffering delivered by this unforgiving sport!  The trick then becomes finding smooth (relatively!) ice at either end of a reach to carve a clean jibe, and nurse her back up to speed.  Once there, focus on course, trying to thread between the bigger drifts, looking for the path of least resistance, and working to keep the machine under control.   When really booking, we're bouncing across the high points, with the bigger drift launching us free of the surface, clattering back down, requiring quick steering corrections.  Between constant sheeting in and out, continuous steering effort,  and the non stop gut clenching to deal with the hammering the body is receiving, we're wasted after three hrs on the ice, and we stash the boats in the tules, 'cause the prediction for tomorrow is more of the same!

These are the most brutal conditions the Mini Skeeter has seen so far, and I'm hugely impressed.  The new springboard, and the well designed plank absorb shocks very well, and all the hardware and attachment points held up beautifully.  I kind of expected the aluminum runner chocks to suffer or loosen up, but a careful inspection post Day 2 revealed nothing loose, other than one runner bolt needs a new nyloc.  The surface was about as bad as an icesailor is likely to put up with(desperate folks!), and Scooter came thru shining! Thanks John!!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First sail of the year

Got my sailing in for January with my sailing buddy Mitch. Little work pushing the sailing kayak back up the ramp, but other than that its was way fun. Not to cold either. As with every year Mitch and I goal is to sail every month of each year. This is like our 5th year doing this.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sponsors Needed

Hello Friends... I am posting this notice out to all my friends to see if they can help me connect with businesses and other organizations that might be interested in sponsoring our efforts to make the outdoors more accessible to persons with disAbilities.

This is the time of year many businesses and individuals are looking to donate and contribute to worthy causes to make a difference in their communities and nationally.

Please realize you do not have to sponsor Access To Outdoors (ATO) directly and I certainly will not be offended if you chose not to. What I am hoping is that you will pass this post onto all those persons and businesses you think might want to contribute. In addition they can get a tax deduction as ATO is a 503C Non-profit organization.

We had some great success in 2016 with ATO projects. We were able to make Smith and Brush Lake in Boundary County North Idaho more accessible via collaborating with the US Forest Service. This coming summer of 2017 we have 2 new projects at Roman Nose and Solomon Lake.

Also at Elsie Lake we were able to make the restroom at this lake fully accessible. This was another US Forest Service facility. Making this restroom accessible had been a dream of Tom McTevia who was a retired Police officer with a disAbility. Unfortunately he did not get to see this project completed as he died in a tragic ATV accident in the same year. This improvement will be a great benefit for years to come.

We have a bran new project in development with Bureau of Land Management at their Blackwell Island facility on the Spokane River just outside of the City of Coeur d'Alene. This will be a new non-motorized-watercraft launch facility, the first of its kind in the Inland NW. In addition to this we will be working to develop several fully accessible sites on the Spokane River and on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

I should note that some of our projects are offered to young men as Eagle Scouts. Micheal Bingham was the recipient of one of our projects that allowed him to get is Eagle Scout award. If you know of any young men that need Eagle Scout projects please have them contact us.

There is so much we are doing but can not note it all here in this post. To learn more about ATO and all its projects please explore this site but click on the tabs above.

2017 is going to be a very busy year.

Please contact us if you would like to contribute and/or refer us to interested parties.

Sincere Thanks,

Miles Moore, President
Access To Outdoors
208-704-4454
accesstooutdoors@gmail.com

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Potholes Canal and Chain Lakes, Grant County, Washington


POTHOLES CANAL AND CHAIN LAKES
Access Points between O'Sullivan Dam and Othello, WA.

Read the article about Miles Moore kayaking and sailing the Potholes Canal and Chain Lakes by Clicking Here!
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The Potholes Canal starts at the O'Sullivan Dam (which created the Potholes Reservoir) then goes through the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and Sheep Lakes area. Potholes Chain Lakes is the name of the multiple lakes created by the canal. The navigate-able portion of the canal ends at the Othello WA. W. Main Street Bridge. This section of the canal is appropriate to boat on in late spring, summer, and early fall. Going beyond Othello main street bridge is dangerous due to many low bridges and pipes crossing the canal, in some cases being only a foot or two off the water. DO NOT BOAT AN INCH BEYOND THE OTHELLO MAIN STREET BRIDGE AS DOING SO IS LIFE THREATENING. The Potholes Canal was created during the same time as the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam for the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. Ever since the first waters were released into this canal water has never been absent from it and now its water 
 sustains all forms of wildlife and recreational activity, particular fishing. The canal runs through Soda, Elbow, Pillar, Long, and Crescent Lakes (upper and lower) creating the chain lakes, then passes by the city of Othello WA., and through numerous farms, and runs its course almost to Pasco WA. (one of the Tri-Cities) into the Columbia River. This section of the canal from O'Sullivan Dam to Othello is popular for kayak touring during the times of the season when the current slows. The starting points for entering the canal either starts near the O'Sullivan Dam or at one of the Soda Lake launches (see details below). Launching near the dam is done by hiking down a primitive gravel road on the west side of the canal for a few hundred feet and then portaging down a steep bank into the canal (only suited for experienced kayakers/canoeist). Launching at Soda Lake is where powerboaters launch and then motor up the canal under Soda Lake Road bridge toward the dam. Kayaking or canoeing up this portion of the canal is not advised due to the very strong currents you would have to paddle against. Getting back into the canal after Soda Lake is done by portaging around the small Soda Lake dam, which is a fairly easy task for kayaks/canoes but not possible for powerboats. After Soda Lake Dam the canal passes through Elbow and Pillar Lakes, which are more like ponds, than lakes, actually are just wide parts of the canal. Before you get into the next lake (Long Lake) the canal walls reach heights of 50-90 feet making it a very stunning section of the canal to boat in. Power Boaters wanting to go up the canal to Elbow or Pillar Lakes you can launch in Long Lake. Long lakes is about 2 miles long, with lots of places on the east shoreline to camp (no camping allowed on the west shore). After Long Lake you enter about a 3 mile section of the canal that passes under the Sheep Lake Road Bridge and into (Upper) Crescent Lake followed by Lower Crescent Lake either of which have a public access road available (private and closed lands to the public). So if you are paddling you will need to go all the way to Othello an 8 mile section of the canal to be able to get out onto public land (public easement land at the mainstreet road). Power boaters of course can go into both Cresent Lake & Lower Crescent lake and then motor back to Long Lake. Power boaters be advised that Lower Crescent Lake is shallow except in the main channel. Boating in the Canal ends at Othello main street bridge. Before getting to the main street bridge you will pass under McManamon Road bridge and a steel non-vehicle bridge before getting to the W. Main Street bridge take-out. All the bridges on this canal have a clearance of about 10 or more feet. About third of the way between Lower Crescent Lake to Othello is Otter Bay a place you can stop to anchor or view wildlife. Seems a couple Otters like this not so picturist bay. Otter Bay is the only spot after Lower Crescent Lake that you can get out of the canal. Under the Othello main street bridge is a wide dirt area where one can get out of your craft. Kayakers/Canoeist can portage their craft up the bank to the road. The bank to the road is extremely steep so we recommend you tie a line to your craft to get it up the bank. Again do not pass an inch beyond the bridge due to all the pipes and low low bridges that cross the canal after the main street bridge (see pic at end of this page). The canal depth ranges from about 10 to 40 feet. Soda and Long Lakes run a bit deeper at 20 to 80 feet. All in all the Potholes Canal is a great place to fish and paddle, and for the most part it's smooth paddling. Another note of caution is this desert area high winds are common and so check the weather report. I have actually been on my kayak without paddling and was pushed up the canal against the current. Fishing: Different sections of the canals and associated chain lakes have different fish species - From O'Sullivan Dam to above Soda Lake Dam fish species are Spiny Rays; Walleye; Large & Smallmouth Bass; Crappie; Bluegill; Perch; Whitefish; Trout; Below Soda Lake Dam through Elbow, Pillar, Long, and Crescent Lakes to Othello, WA. fish include Rainbow Trout; Walleye; Large & Smallmouth Bass; Crappie; Perch; Bluegill; Whitefish. Pillar Lake primarily seems to attract Rainbow Trout.

CANAL AND CHAIN LAKES ACCESS
Canal and Chain Lakes Access Sites and Boat Launches - Starting on the north end of the canal going South, Southeasterly direction to the city of Othello...

1. Potholes Canal O'Sullivan Put-In
This is the 1st Put-In site on the Potholes Canal which is just a few hundred feet below the O'Sullivan Dam. You should only put-in your kayak or canoe at this access point during slower current times of the year such as late spring or early summer, or better yet mid summer depending on flow rates. As you can see from the picture there is a cement three sided wall were an eddy is created. Portaging down the north outside of the wall is best due to there being a steep trail to use and small level area near the water's edge. Make sure to portage your craft down the wall with a rope because if you lose hold of the craft and if falls in the water the current will quickly take it down the canal. Also if you are using a sail yak do not put the mast up as there is a bridge just a few hundred feet down the canal. Once in the canal there is no getting out until you get to Soda Lake. Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Before crossing the O'Sullivan Dam and just  before the Dam is a boat launch on your left/north is a parking lot. This is the place to park your vehicle. The access road to the first Potholes Canal is just up the road from the boat launch is a very rough gravel road that is gated. This gravel round/trail traverses the dike on the west side of the canal. Hiking a short distance down the trail and you will come to a three sided cement wall that goes vertical into the canal water, this is the place. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type GPS coordinates of 46.980872, -119.258705
ACCESSIBILITY: Not accessible to wheeled mobility devices. If you are not fit to climb rocks and paddle long distances this is not the place for you to launch from.


Soda Lake Road bridge, Potholes Canal. Clearance 10' Depending on water level


Exiting the canal into Soda Lake and sailing

Soda Lake
This lake is the first lake in Potholes Canal Chain Lake series. It is large with lots of open water to sail, etc. Info: Click here for more detailed information about Soda Lake.
2. Soda Lake Campground and Gravel Boat Launch
Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Before crossing the O'Sullivan Dam and after just passing the entrance to the Potholes Reservoir boat launch on your left/south is Soda Lake Road. Follow this road to the Soda Lake Campground sign. Turn at this sign to the campground and launch. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in Soda Lake, Grant County, WA. or type in GPS coordinates 46.969021, -119.247149
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel, sand, dirt combo parking areas; PATHS/TRAILS... Lots of dirt, sand, and gravel trails, none of which are designated as wheelchair accessible; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… One fully accessible restrooms. Covered picnic areas. No trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One wide gravel, rocky, sandy, muddy launch. No docks or platforms; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Access water via wide rough launch when no powerboats are present, assistance likely needed. Mud is deep in the water; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Developed primitive camping; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand and deep mud during wet times of the year at launch area. Other than at launch area there are cliffs along camping area along lake shore; Terrain: Level to about 7% grades. Cliff next to campground and in area; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water not available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot summer temperatures; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area.


3. Soda Lake Dike Road Gravel Boat Launch
Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Before crossing the O'Sullivan Dam and after just passing the entrance to the Potholes Reservoir boat launch on your left/south is Soda Lake Road. Follow this road past the Soda Lake Campground sign. After passing sign for a short distance turn right onto the gravel road, which takes you to the launch. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in GPS coordinates 
46.955915, -119.239609
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel, sand, dirt combo parking areas; PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… No restrooms (fully accessible restroom up the road at Soda Lake Campground). Covered picnic areas. No trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One wide gravel, rocky, sandy, muddy launch. No docks or platforms; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Access water via wide rough launch when no powerboats are present, assistance likely needed. Mud is deep in the water; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... No. Camping up the road at Soda Lake Campground; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand and deep mud during wet times of the year at launch area. Other than at launch area there are cliffs along camping area along lake shore; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water not available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot summer temperatures; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in Potholes Reservoir resort area.


4 & 5. Soda Lake Take-Out and Put-In at Soda Lake Dam
CAUTION this access site is at the mouth of canal to the dam. Stay out of canal leading to the dam, extreme currents! If you enter the canal you may not be able to get out Once in the short canal to the dam there are high vertical rocks walls that would be near impossible to climb. In addition there is extreme under-toe at the dam. So on the left side of the entrance to the canal there is a wide rocky gradual sloping area to take your watercraft out at. Portage up this area onto a sand trail past the dam to the canal edge. Use a rope/line to drop your kayak into the canal. At the canal bank it may be a 4-9 foot drop to your watercraft, requiring you to climb down rock climbing style with line attached to you and a buddy (never boat alone). Driving Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Before crossing the O'Sullivan Dam and after just passing the entrance to the Potholes Reservoir boat launch on your left/south is Soda Lake Road. Follow this road to past the sign indicating the Soda Lake Campground to the next sign indicating Soda Lake, Pillar/Widgeon Lakes. Follow this road past the Soda Lake boat launch on the dike to the end of this dike. At the end of this dike turn right/south and then east to the parking lot. From the parking lot take the trail east and then north past a  small pond to the dam. Cross the dam and walk just a short distance west to view the wide access site. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in GPS coordinates 46.957281, -119.230051 . CAUTION stay out of canal leading to the dam, extreme currents and undertow!
This put-in just below Soda Lake Dam. There is no official put-in point just locate the most accessible spot. Be advised at the water's edge of the canal it's a straight 5-9 foot drop to the canal water. Directions above!
ACCESSIBILITY: Not accessible to wheeled mobility devices.


Elbow Lake
Wide part of the canal after Soda Lake Dam is called Elbow Lake and is a good place to fish and get out of the current. Info: Click here for more information about Elbow Lake.



Pillar Lake
This lake which is another wide spot in the canal just before you get to Long Lake. This lake is a bit bigger than Elbow Lake. Its a good place to fish and to get out of the current. 3rd lake in Potholes Canal Chain Lake series. Info: Click here for more info about Pillar Lake.



6. Long Lake Gravel Boat Launch
The launch is on the very southeast end of the lake and there are many places along the shoreline to access the lake from if you are putting in at this lake. Info: Click here to get more information about Long Lake. Driving Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Approximately 2 miles up the road on your left (south) you will see the entrance to Sheep Lake Rd. Follow this road all the way to Long & Sage Lake sign. Turn right/northwest to access the Long Lake Boat Launch and primitive camping areas. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in Long Lake, Grant County WA. or type in GPS coordinates 46.928365, -119.197479
ACCESSIBILITY: Note that this is the last place as you paddle down the canal towards Othello with any level of accessibility to get in and out of the canal for those using wheeled mobility devices. The last stop on a trip down the canal is in Othello with zero accessibility for those using wheeled mobility devices. PARKING... Gravel, sand, dirt combo parking all along the east and southeast shore line; PATHS/TRAILS... Lots of dirt, sand, and gravel trails, none of which are designated as wheelchair accessible; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES/SHADE… Two fully accessible restrooms at the Southeast end of the lake. No designated picnic areas or shaded area. No trees; DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… One wide gravel, sand. mud combo launch. No docks or platforms; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Access water via wide launch when no powerboats are present, assistance likely needed. Mud is deep in the water; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments; CAMPING... Primitive camping along east and southeast shore; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Lots of sand and deep mud during wet times of the year along shoreline; Terrain: Level to about 7% grades; H2O/Water: Water normally murky. Water temperature in the summer can be around 60 to 70 degree. Drinking water not available; Environmental Conditions: High winds and hot summer temperatures; Resources: Food, drinks, and gas in towns of Moses Lake and Othello (Wal-Mart), and at Potholes Reservoir resort area.
White Pelicans on Long Lake


Sheep Lakes Road Bridge after exiting Long Lake. Clearance 12' Depending on water level.



Crescent Lake
This lake also known unofficially as Upper Crescent Lake shoreline is private and no access allowed. From Long Lake into the canal to then enters this lake. 5th lake in Potholes Canal Chain Lake series. Info: Click here to get more information about Crescent Lake. Driving and Boating Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Approximately 2 miles up the road on your left (south) you will see the entrance to Sheep Lake Rd. Follow this road all the way to the Long & Sage Lake sign, turn right (west) and to the boat launch. From the boat launch boat southwest to the canal entrance and proceed down the canal. Exiting from the canal you will enter enter Upper Crescent Lake. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in, Othello, WA. pan up/north and slightly west to view Crescent Lake or type in GPS coordinates 46.923839, -119.176130



Lower Crescent Lake
The shoreline of this lake is also private and no access allowed. This is the last and 6th lake in Potholes Canal Chain Lake series is access from its bigger sister lake Crescent Lake. Info: Click here to get more information about Lower Crescent Lake. Driving and Boating Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Approximately 2 miles up the road on your left (south) you will see the entrance to Sheep Lake Rd. Follow this road all the way to the Long & Sage Lake sign, turn right (west) and to the boat launch. From the boat launch boat southwest to the canal entrance and proceed down the canal. Exiting from the canal you will enter enter Upper Crescent Lake followed by Lower Crescent Lake. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in, Othello, WA. pan up/north along the canal to view Lower Crescent Lake or type in GPS coordinates 46.915904, -119.168866


Many small waterfalls along the canal between Lower Crescent Lake and Othello.


Potholes Canal Otter Bay near Othello WA.  A muddy bay that is not to attractive but the Otters seem to lake it. GPS coordinates 46.878029, -119.168744


W. McManamon Road Bridge, Othello WA. Clearance 7' Depending on water level.


Steel Irrigation Bridge, Othello WA. Clearance 19' depending on water level.



7. W. Main Street Bridge Take-Out
This Take-Out at Othello WA. is end of the line on this canal. Clearance under the bridge at this take out is about 6' depending on water level. Driving Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south to Othello, WA. Turn right (west) onto W. Cunningham Road/E. Main Street. proceed through town. Proceed west through the cross street of S. Broadway Ave. stop light. Road turns into W. Main Street. Just after crossing S. Broadway Ave. on W. Main street you will come to a bridge. This is the place, park along the road by the bridge. The trail to the canal waters edge is on the south side of the bridge, then under it. Maps: To view a map click on google.com/maps and type in, Othello, WA. and follow directions to bridge or type in GPS coordinates 46.826230, -119.180136 . Interesting fact if you paddle from the North end of Moses Lake, then through the Potholes Reservoir, though the canal and chain lakes to this take-out its a total of 45 miles.
ACCESSIBILITY: No accessibility for wheeled mobility devices.

DO NOT PASS BY THE MAIN STREET BRIDGE TAKE-OUT because as shown in the pic below there are many pipes and low bridges passing over the canal after the Take-Out that are in the way of save navigation. You could get swept off your watercraft by these obstructions and the fast current adds to the difficulties. The water can be very cold significantly increasing your chances of drowning, along with the challenge of it being near impossible to climb out of the canal due to the steep and slippery banks.