Boardman Lake
September 11, 1999

Bryden following mom on the trail to Boardman Lake
Bryden following mom on the trail to Boardman Lake
Although Boardman Lake is only a short 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead, it marked a big achievement for Bryden this sunny day - he walked all the way from the trailhead to the lake without having to be carried any of the way! Now, this feat wasn't achieved entirely without bribery - at the base of many of the short inclines I had to entice him with the promise of another gummi worm once we got to the top of the hill. This seemed to be the magic carrot today, as he always managed to walk, and sometimes "run" (in a three year old's kind of way!), to the top of the uphill section. We certainly didn't set any speed records this day, taking almost an hour to get to the lake, but no matter - Maren and I were both thrilled with Bryden's effort, and he seemed quite pleased with himself as well! And, he didn't hike to the lake unencumbered - he had his own little blue backpack, and in it he carried his sunglasses, his favorite doll and a sweater - way to go Bryden! Bryden stopping for a gummi worm snack on a stump along the way
Bryden stopping for a gummi worm snack on a stump along the way

Bryden and dad throwing rocks in the lake
Bryden and dad throwing rocks in the lake
Once we got to the lake it was time to relax and play in the water. It was late enough in the year that the water temperature was bearable, and Bryden spent the next several hours wading, throwing rocks and sticks, fishing and just splashing. Maren and I alternated between playing with Bryden, sunning ourselves on the shore, and exploring the trail network that went around the lake. There are several very nice camp sites scattered along the shore, each with split log benches and fire pits, and far enough away from the others that it would give you some sense of privacy. Each site also had access to it's own little beach area along the lake shore. With the many little nooks and coves along the shore, the beaches were mostly private as well, giving a nice sense of seclusion at a close in, an undoubtedly popular destination. Bryden and his fishing pole
Bryden and his fishing pole

When it was time to head back we asked Bryden if he wanted to walk or ride. with no doubt in his voice he stated that he was going to walk back with us. I was a bit surprised at this, as he had been playing hard, and had spent a lot of time in the lake which certainly must have used a lot of energy to keep warm. I wasn't surprised 60 seconds later when he changed his mind! We poured him into his pack, put warm clothes all around him, and 2 minutes later he was zonked out, not waking up until we got home!

This is a great destination for families with toddlers, or families looking for a first non-car camping trip. The trail gains only a couple of hundred feet, is short and well maintained, and the lake is clean and pleasant for wading and playing in. I saw some fish jumping, so a fishing pole might provide you with dinner as well! Little Lake Evan is just off the trail, maybe 500 yards from the trailhead, if you want a destination that will only take a few minutes to walk to.
Boardman Lake
Boardman Lake
Lake Evan
Lake Evan


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