Saturday, June 16, 2012

Davis Lake and Wickiup Reservoir


We filled up with water at the Spring Campground.  None of the water faucets are threaded plus the handles are spring loaded to return to the closed position so it's a bit of a pain. I have a water thief and had to use it to connect to the faucet.  Then we went to dump the tanks at the RV campground that is at the corner of Hwy 58 and the access road to the Crescent Lake area. $10. As it turns out, the same $10 also includes water. I'll know the next time.
I went into Odell's bait, grocery, lunch counter, propane, etc. store, to see what they might have we could use to resupply the cupboard. A pack of Oreo cookies was $8, a jar of salsa $6. At those prices, we can live on rice and beans for a few more days.

Came across this interesting bit of history related to the Oregon Trail.

We drove through the Crescent Creek campground but were not impressed. Same with the Lava Flow campground. Tonight we're at the East Davis Lake USFS campground.  $6/night. We have the prime site right on Davis Creek which feeds into Davis Lake.

 Our view. East Davis Lake Campground.

 There is  large marsh adjacent to our site; a source of lots of activity. So far, we've identified the following birds just around the marsh:
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Tri-colored and red-winged blackbirds, Western Tanager, Cinnamon Teal, Malards,  Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked duck, and Townsend's solitair.

 A group of ducks can be called a brace, flush, paddling, raft or team.  We learned years ago after watching them at home, that a group of Painted Buntings is called a palette of buntings.

There was a small, white moth of some type, flying over the marsh. The birds that eat such things were having a field day.

In 2003 there was a forest fire around Davis Lake. It's been almost ten years and grasses are in place, some small animals have returned and  lodgepole pine is growing. Lodgepole pine tends to be the first pine to grow after a fire because it can sprout in very poor soil.
The Davis Lake fire of 2003

For a while, we thought we would have the campground to ourselves again but a couple of fishermen set up a tent a few sites away. Another nice thing about this campground; no mosquitoes.  Both campgrounds we stayed at on Crescent Lake were swarming with mosquitoes as soon as the sun started going down and again until about 10am.


Continued exploring. We drove through the North Davis Lake campground. There were a few nice spots but they were occupied and very sloped.  From there we went to the Wickiup Reservoir which is only about ten miles from East Davis Lake. There are  eight campgrounds on the reservoir. We drove through North Twin Lake. It was very nice but the few direct lake front sites were taken. South Twin Lake was OK but it's a long way to the lake from the camping area. There is a private resort here as well which is adjacent to the South Twin Lake campground. The small grocery store in the resort had the pancake syrup we needed for "only" $5.75 and a small jar of salsa for $4.50. We drove through the Gull Point campground and found a beautiful lakefront site. $8/night. (43.704090  -121.753547) The lake level is very high. We saw two campsites that were reserved for this weekend that were under water. Boy are those people going to be surprised.  There is a threaded water connection in this campground and a dump station not far away. From the looks of all the reserved sites, the campground will be busy this weekend. It's clear that school's out. Kids everywhere. We don't recall staying in a campground with more dogs per campsite. Big ones, yappy ones, most tied up; some not.  Just your basic family campground; real bedlam.

 Our wonderful view. As long as you only look at the lake.

No privacy at all
The view of our neighbors.

It's shorts weather!!  As best we can recall, this the third shorts day since we left home over two months ago. Gopher and I went wading in the lake.
Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly

The official Oregon State Bug. Not the mosquito like I was thinking.

Spotted Sandpiper
I only saw one sandpiper, but if I saw a group of them I'd say I saw a bind, contradiction, fling or a time-step of them. So says the iBird PRO app.
Using the new plant book, I identified Western Fescue and Mountain Brome; two types of grasses.

Another perfect weather day. Our neighbor said there is a big Kokanee salmon fishing tournament on Saturday. Some of the boaters pulled in today. They're easy to spot. Big trucks with a camper on back pulling a $$erious fishing boat. Kokanee salmon, also called silver trout, are landlocked salmon and rarely exceed 14" in length.
Overall, this is a very nice campground for some people. The easy lake access, triple boat ramp,  the convenience of the small store in the resort, the proximity to Bend and the dump station are real assets.  The lake allows watercraft of all type including jet skies, go-fast boats, etc.
We won't be back because big, crowded and noisy doesn't appeal to us, but it would be a super family or boaters campground. Plus, almost no mosquitoes.

A lazy day.
Per the campground hostess,  under normal lake conditions, there is a nice beach area for the campers to use. The uncommonly high water level has submerged the beach. The patch of sand between us and the lake is the only sandy area left. Today, two families with their six kids, spent the day at "our" little patch of sand. The children were having a wonderful time playing in the water. At the end of the day we told them rather then hauling all their stuff back to their campers, they were welcomed to just leave it here, so they did. Tomorrow will be another noisy day I'm sure. We really don't mind at all.  There will be time enough for quiet soon enough.


Russ Krecklow said...

Glad you're finally able to break out the shorts once again. Especially nice when you're not being eaten up by mosquitoes. Glad you found some water to camp by, too bad it's so high.

Jim and Gayle said...

Ed, you are becoming quite the naturalist!
We got lucky this weekend and found a nice, quiet FS campground. Not looking forward to the fast approaching 4th of July holiday.