Indian Lake

Posted on 26 Sep 2021 by Steve Markham

This weekend was our third almost-annual trip to Indian Lake with the Holdens. Andy and James joined us. It was fantastic!

Indian Lake at Sunset in the Fall
Indian Lake at Sunset in the Fall

We picked the kids up early from school on Friday and met everyone at the boat launch around 4:15pm. I paddled with Janet and Lewis. Camille and Adele paddled with Andy. Kyle paddled with the Holdens, and James paddled in his one-man canoe.

I love paddling a canoe with my family
I love paddling a canoe with my family
The leaves and the clouds were beautiful
The leaves and the clouds were beautiful

We stayed at almost the same spot as the first time in 2018, sites 35/36 instead of 34/35. Back then, the water level was higher and our kids were younger. The lake is controlled with a dam, so presumably sometime during September the level drops a few feet.

Our kids loved playing on this rock in 2018, and wading to the island behind it
Our kids loved playing on this rock in 2018, and wading to the island behind it
In 2021, they still love the rock, and the 'paradise' peninsula behind it.
In 2021, they still love the rock, and the 'paradise' peninsula behind it.

We had walking tacos for dinner, and then cooked s’mores over the fire. No pictures, because I was busy cooking and eating and setting up camp. I didn’t hang my hammock until after 10pm. I slept great, until I heard a few raindrops around 4 or 4:30 and got up to hang my fly, only to find that the trees I was between were wide enough for the hammock, not the fly. Luckily it never really rained, and I moved to a better spot in the morning.

Speaking of the morning, we woke up in thick fog. It was super cool.

The kids made-believe that the island had floated up to the clouds from the water
The kids made-believe that the island had floated up to the clouds from the water
They made a fire to warm up by
They made a fire to warm up by
We did most meals separate, but invited everyone to eat our breakfast burritos
We did most meals separate, but invited everyone to eat our breakfast burritos

By mid-morning the fog had lifted and we walked around to the sandy bay to play and swim.

Snowy amountain peaking out above the clouds.
Snowy amountain peaking out above the clouds.
This is the shoreline right in front of our sites. Around the tip of the island, past #34, is the best swimming spot.
The big rock is on the right, at the very tip of the island
The big rock is on the right, at the very tip of the island
The rock is right behind me, and you can see the kids at the swimming spot
The rock is right behind me, and you can see the kids at the swimming spot
Camille never lets camping get in the way of acro practice
Camille never lets camping get in the way of acro practice
They played capture the flag while I napped in the canoe
They played capture the flag while I napped in the canoe
The lake was very still and peaceful ... except for the occasional floatplane flyover
The lake was very still and peaceful ... except for the occasional floatplane flyover
After lunch we paddled to another rocky island
After lunch we paddled to another rocky island
After dinner Grandpa got out some glow sticks
After dinner Grandpa got out some glow sticks
I got up early with the kiddies Sunday morning. The sunrise on the trees was beautiful (but my pano-taking skills need some work--sorry kiddies!)
Lewis was a little burnt, but in a very happy mood
Lewis was a little burnt, but in a very happy mood
The kids dug out that water faerie village on Saturday. It was cool to see how much sand was deposited at the mouths of each channel to the lake.
The kids dug out that water faerie village on Saturday. It was cool to see how much sand was deposited at the mouths of each channel to the lake.
Back and camp Lewis and I hung out in my hammock while everyone else made fire.
Back and camp Lewis and I hung out in my hammock while everyone else made fire.
Janet got up and said it was cold, so I started cooking pancakes and eggs for breakfast.
Janet got up and said it was cold, so I started cooking pancakes and eggs for breakfast.
When Janet comes camping, you get the occasional picture of yours truly!
When Janet comes camping, you get the occasional picture of yours truly!
James is only 12 times older than Lewis, so he has no trouble playing with the boys
James is only 12 times older than Lewis, so he has no trouble playing with the boys

We played in the sand, packed up, paddled for 30 minutes into a stiff headwind, stopped for lunch, then paddled an hour or so more to get back to the launch. If you stopped to wipe your nose you lost 10 feet or more, so no pictures of the paddle out. We got home in time for dinner. I’m already looking forward to the next trip, when we will hopefully be joined by Lana and Sterling!