31. August 2020 · Comments Off on Kennally Creek Trails Projects – Cougar Lakes Trail · Categories: Work Parties and Projects

Squaw Butte chapter member Tom Zahradnicek an avid mountain lake fisherman suggested that the chapter tackle clearing the trail to Cougar Lake that over the years has fallen into disuse and was completely choked with brush and downed trees.The trail leaves Kennally creek and climbs a very steep hill side through a series of switch back that were obscured by dense brush. Over two weekend projects, members David Benson, Rob Adams, Sharie Fitzpatrick and Tom Zahradnicek spent a number of hours with nippers and saw clearing the brush off the trail and re-establishing the trail bed. We still have work to do to completely open the trail to the lakes, but the hardest part is open so should finish the project next summer.


Cougar Lakes is a lake located just 15 miles from McCall, in Valley County, in the state of Idaho, United States, near Donnely, ID. Whether you’re spinning, fly fishing or bait casting your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Cougar Lakes. Latitude: 44.8419° or 44° 50′ 30.8″ north Longitude: -114.3183° or 114° 19′ 5.9″ west  Elevation: 2544 metres (8346 feet)

While riding out we met a trail bike with a chain saw mounted on it’s front wheel. We stopped and talked to the rider. He mentioned that his wife was coming up the trail behind him with their pack string of six mules. He said they were going to be setting up a camp near one of the lakes in the area. While he didn’t say, but we think they were a local outfitter setting up a hunting camp after looking at the loads which contained a number of tents and chairs.  What a great idea having someone clear the trail in front of your pack string!   Video

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