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Spent one night in site #51, a premium riverfront site. The site was reasonably level , not very private (most if not all spaces are out in the open). Lots of green grass all around and full hookups in our location. We could see the Spokane River from most of the windows in our rig and would have spent time in the nice adirondack chairs along the river if it hadn’t rained the bulk of the tie we were there. We did take a walk on the nature trail and found some nice flowers and wild mint growing on the shores, Cute little hobbit houses and bird houses along the way. We got decent Verizon coverage. We use a couple of jet packs and rarely use park provided wifi as it usually slow. This place was no exception.
We met one work camper there cleaning our site and she was friendly. The office staff was ok, not overly friendly and I can see why they might not get high scores as some of the ladies in the office were very standoffish.
I would have given this place five stars because our site was very nice. Great view. HOWEVER, unless you splurge for a riverfront site, the rest of the sites are a big gravel parking lot. So, if you stay here go for the riverfront sites.
This is a primitive site on an island in Bonnie Lake in Eastern Washington. Bonnie lake is a canyon lake, about 4 miles long and narrow. The island and surrounding sq. mile of land is owned by the BLM. Access is by paddling up Rock Creek about a mile and another 1/2 mile paddle up the lake. The creek can be seasonally shallow and you'll have to portage across at least one beaver dam. The island is rocky and brushy with enough flat spaces for a tent or two and trees for hammocks. The steep canyon walls provide a stage for coyotes to sing back and forth. Please use sanitary bags to pack out your waste (poop). The island's soil isn't deep enough for proper burial.
There is a spit of land on shore where you can camp too, but I've not done that.
30 minutes from Spokane and just a few miles off I-90 this is a great area for winter and spring camping and hiking. The lake is open for winter season fishing but closes March 31. There is usually lots of day hike activity, but not much overnight camping.
There are no real amenities except an outhouse near the boat launch and dam. I believe this is part of the Fishtrap Recreation area and there are lots of trails that connect the lakes.
Whiskey Rock is one of the nicest spots on the lake. It's a serious drive by car and most of the traffic is by boat. I was once here the week before July 4th and even then, there wasn't a lot of people. This spot sits between several mountain ranges and right on the lake. It is quiet and peaceful. Lots of great recreation areas and wildlife in the area. Great views. The campsites are primitive, but there are outhouses on site. No potable water, so bring a filter or a jug!