We spent three days wheeling the new trails around Sylvan Lake, a state park about 16 miles south of the town of Eagle. It was a great time, and the rest of the group left on Sunday morning, September 11th. As soon as they were gone I got my kayak inflated and I was on the water in no time.
The water was icy but the sun was warm. It was perfect, and I didn’t have it to myself for very long. There were a couple canoes and a few people on paddle boards. There were also quite a few people fishing from the shore. I was staying that night and leaving on Monday, and it looked like I was one of the only ones. People started packing up to check out by noon, and the lake emptied out. It was windy at times, but otherwise perfect.
The water is very clear, and it isn’t usually very deep unless you’re in the middle of the lake. It’s a man-made lake, so there are trees and stumps under the water. It was fun to explore the whole thing.
Even though the lake isn’t very big, I was out on it for almost three hours. I would close my eyes for a while and enjoy the breeze, then paddle around a bit. Three or four times, I would paddle against the wind from one side to the other, getting some good exercise. My arms felt it the next day. It was a great time.
The next morning, I decided to hike around the lake instead of kayaking it again (I’d already explored the lake quite a bit from the water). There is a 1.5-mile hike around the lake, and I went around it three times. It was a great way to warm up after a cold and rainy night, and I felt safe doing it alone because it was a fairly busy trail.
I really hated to leave, and I’m looking forward to the next time I can hang out at Sylvan Lake.