Hope Peninsula, Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho

Nice, big Labor Day crowd!  Yesterday was warm and it was nice to see people playing on the beach and in the water again.  I finally got a close look at the osprey.  You can even see his yellow eyes!
Osprey on a Stick
Osprey on a Stick

The morning fog rising against the shoreline reminds me of the Pacific Northwest.  What a pretty area this is on the Hope Peninsula in the Idaho Panhandle.  The mountains around the lake reach up to 6,000 feet.

Hope Peninsula - with a little morning fog
Hope Peninsula - with a little morning fog

Lake Pend Oreille’s native fish are pygmy whitefish, mountain whitefish, cutthroat trout, and bull trout. Non-native species, in the lake are: kokanee salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, catfish, muskie, pike, perch, crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill and pumpkinseed. The Canadian Gerrard Rainbow trout was imported into the lake in 1941.  It earned the 37-pound world record at the lake in 1947.

Chicken Mushroom
Chicken Mushroom

 This mushroom got it’s name from it’s taste.  Info on it says it “may cause some abdominal distress” so we’re just admiring it’s color.

Buck out of velvet
Buck out of velvet - Sam Owen Campground

We were surpised to see the velvet off the antlers.  We hadn’t noticed any rubbing.  Sixty years of inbreeding and poor nutrition has taken a heavy toll on their genetics and subsequent appearance.  I still like watching them in their natural setting. 

Pink Sunset - Lake Pend Oreille
Pink Sunset - Lake Pend Oreille

What a pretty pink sunset from Sam Owen Campground!  The view from the Area Manager’s campsite is one of the best we’ve seen!

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