Yesterday, I decided to go down to the lake and take a closer look at the lake.
|The Canadian Rockies. This photo was taken right through the windshield as I made my way down the mountain. Unfortunately, they were shrouded by clouds which is quite common.|
For those who may not know Lake Koocanusa, which is not really a lake but a man made reservoir, is located in the Tobacco Valley in northwest Montana. It was created by the construction of the Libby Dam completed in 1972. It runs some ninety miles right into British Columbia. The damn dam blocked the Kootenai River, the third largest tributary to the Columbia. Old timers still pine for the days it was once just a beautiful river valley. The goofy name comes from Koo - for the Kootenai, can - for Canada and usa - for USA. My image "Kootenai Spirits" is my small homage to the Kootenai Indians that once roamed these lands. It is a photo of the rock walls that were blasted out to make the lake. Your can read the story of the photo at EVERY IMAGE HAS A STORY.
I first stopped in at the campground at Rexford. And, wow, I was impressed.
|This is the boat launch. No launching this day. You can see a couple of vehicles driving down to the bluff to look in the distant drink.|
|This is what the folks in those vehicles would be looking down on.|
A few years back, 2007 I think, I took a photo of what I thought was the lowest I would ever see the resevoir. I called it "HEAVENLY EYE". Ha, I was sure wrong about that! The point in the photo above is the same as the one seen in Heavenly Eye but from a different angle. Still I think you can see the extraordinary difference. Here's the story from EVERY IMAGE HAS A STORY.
|Next I went over to Mariners Haven a private boat launch. Not any launching going on here either.|
|I walked right out to the end and it was kinda scary. It just dropped off into a huge canyon.|
|Another beached launch. Not surprisingly, there were no boats on the lake for Mother's day.|
|Lake Koocanusa, Montana|
|The water is just beginning to run and it's running out of every creek and crevice.|