Heritage lake in Pend Oreille area

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Steve Slater, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. Steve Slater Member

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    Madison, WI & Manchester, WA
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    I'm hoping someone can give me some information on this lake. When I was a kid (1960's), my family went there every summer. We rented a log cabin from a guy who had built a little group of them. Every cabin had a rowboat, and we went fishing every day. The camp even had a gas station with the old-fashioned glass gas pumps. It was my first fishing experience, and I have lots of great memories. Anyone know if that little place still exists? I'm tempted to drive up there some time, but I'm afraid I'll find a casino on the spot.
    Thanks,
    Steve
  2. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Check out this website, type in " Colville National Forest-Heritage Lake". There's some info there.
  3. Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    I remember that it was closed in 1980's when I lived there. Heritage did have some nice homes around the lake and we briefly looked at buying one....but it is a heavy snow zone.

    I don't think the lake has changed much, except it is probably a mixed species lake now.

    Ive should have up to date info.
  4. IveofIone Active Member

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    I have probably driven by Heritage over 300 times in the last 13 years but have never actually driven down to the lake itself. Nor ever fished it. Like most of those lakes it has a lot of homes around it and I typically try not to fish lakes surrounded by homes. Even Lake Leo has a house on it now. Like all the rest of the Little Pend Oreille chain of lakes it has been contaminated with spiny rays so trout fishing is no longer worthwhile. I'm not sure you will be pleased with what you find there and wouldn't suggest it as a destination but if you are in the area it might be worth a drive by for the sake of nostalgia.

    Ive
  5. Steve Slater Member

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    Thanks to all of you for the information. Very sorry to hear that the trout fishing has gone downhill. That lake used to be absolutely loaded with rainbows, so that even a 10 year old with a fly rod could catch a few. I remember sitting on the dock watching eagles snatch fish from the surface. Sounds like it's best to stay away. I was really wondering because I'll be taking two weeks at the beginning of September for fishing, and wanted to know if it was worthwhile. I think I'll stick around our cabin in the Cascades, and maybe hit the Yak.

    Thanks again,

    Steve