Recreation in Boundary Country (closed caption)

Recreation in Boundary Country (closed caption)


There’s much to see and do in Pend Oreille
County. We’ll show you where you can explore a
cave, the best fishing holes in the area, the top hiking trails to hit, best campgrounds
to plant a tent and a great local golf course right on
the river. Here at Boundary Dam, recreational opportunities surround you. There’s hiking,
fishing, boating, camping, even water skiing. It’s one
of Seattle City Light’s best kept secrets. Boundary country is an outdoorsmen’s paradise,
and that’s no exaggeration. The game found here
is some of the most diverse in the lower 48 and
fishing some of the very best. Pend Oreille County delights sportsmen year round according
to local resident Cathy Petrich.” “There’s quite a bit of skiing not too far
away, a lot of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and
ice-fishing.” “If you’ve got a boat, check out the Pend
Oreille Reservoir near the dam. There’s a campground
here and a public boat launch that gives you immediate access to the 17 and a half mile
long body of mostly flat water, surrounded by breathtaking
landscape.” “We do have a recreational area on the reservoir,
a boat launch, a camping area, a picnic area, all
free to the public.” “Boating on the Pend Oreille Reservoir gives
you lots of advantages. Right around the corner from the Boundary boat launch is Pee Wee Falls.
These falls although are not “pee-wee,” nor are
the fish you can catch here. In these deep waters reside river-run rainbow, cutthroat,
triploid trout, and large and small mouth bass.” “I caught a seven pound river-run rainbow
six or seven years ago and just the last couple of years
we’ve been getting triploids in the two-three pound neighborhood.” “Long time resident Rick Reiber has been fishing
this reservoir from the very beginning when it
was first filled by in 1967.” “Since they’ve been putting the triploids
in and planting the rainbows, it’s gotten a lot better over
the last few years. About four years ago, the Kalispel tribe started putting more fisheries
and hatcheries up there and large and small mouth
bass in the river. It’s become quite a fishery.’ “The swimming here is also good. Warm water
in the summer, and even some geologic formations you can swim through. Don’t forget
to look above you! Bald eagles live all along the
reservoir next to cliff and rock geology that’s spectacular. Venture further up the reservoir
towards Metaline Falls and you’ll find cool coves by pristine streams. On a hot day, these
coves can be as much as ten degrees cooler than
other parts of the reservoir. Further up are more
waterfalls with water so pure and cold, you can nudge your boat right up to them and get
yourself a cup of nature’s finest. From here on up, the water becomes swift. Once you pass
under this old pedestrian bridge, you begin nearing
the town of Metaline Falls. You’ll need a big
engine to power through this water. Experienced boaters find it plenty dangerous.” “Come on guys, it’s going to throw us around
up here.” “But once past these fast currents, you’ll
idle under the Metaline Falls Bridge and have miles and
miles of more slow water and beautiful parks to enjoy. The Pend Oreille Reservoir is only
one of many beautiful bodies of water in Boundary
country. Sullivan Lake is also a popular destination.” “There are two formal campgrounds at the north
end of the lake. There’s one at the south end of
the lake. If you like to hike, there’s the Lake Shore trail which goes along the eastern
shoreline of Sullivan Lake. You get some nice views of
the lake itself and the surrounding mountains.” “Great hikes, lots of fishing, even ice-fishing
in the winter and good camping are all on Sullivan
Lake. But be aware! Bears do frequent these areas and campers should take precautions.” “If you are camping in the developed campgrounds
at Sullivan Lake, you’re required to keep your food in a hard-sided vehicle at night.
Anything that humans eat, a bear will be attracted to.
They’ll even be attracted to things like toothpaste, deodorant and of course, dog food.” “A bit of good news – bears have not been
hanging around the campgrounds nearly as much since they installed these bear-resistant
trash cans. On a hot summer day, you can escape the heat
by descending into the belly of Gardner Cave for a tour you will not soon forget. An interpretive
guide will show you the way as you descend lower and lower into a cave created over thousands
of years by this – dripping water that has eaten away at this limestone to create some
wild formations.” “This is a calcite formation and we call it
the “Christmas Tree” or, we’ve nicknamed it, “The
Zoo.” When you look at it, you can see different animal shapes in it. Up at the top, you see
the walrus. Next down you see a big-horned sheep
or a ram. It’s standing on top of a crocodile which
has a mushroom and then Bigfoot’s foot.” “The weird calcite formations are a must-see.
If you look hard, you might even see a past President’s profile. Right now, we’re deep
in the heart of Gardner Cave, and this is the largest
cave column in the Northwest. This free tour is terrific to do on a hot summer day because
inside here, it’s a cool 39 degrees. This is no joke.
Bring a jacket or you’ll be one cold tourist. A nature
trail on the way back to the parking lot identifies the local plants and foliage, even listing
the scientific names for the plants. Don’t forget
to hit the donation box by the parking lot. While
Washington State Parks does offer the cave tours free, donations are much appreciated.
Finally, if you pack your golfing clubs, it wasn’t
in vain. The Serendipity Golf Course just outside Ione is
where the locals play. It’s a short nine-hole course right on the Pend Oreille River complete
with golf carts and even some lodging if you’re
interested. So go out there and explore! Boundary country has an endless number of places to
play or do nothing but relax. I’m Kelly Guenther for
Seattle City Light.

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