Monday, April 9, 2012

Good Weather, Good Times! Lower Bowns Reservoir

What an awesome Easter Weekend!  I hope you all got the chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors over the weekend!  Good times with family, some ATV rides, fishing, hiking, and camping, what a great time it was for our family!  It's hard to believe that snow is in the forecast later this week. 

Well, here I am playing catch-up after the long weekend.  Sad to say, I didn't get the camera out as much as I should have while we were in the hills.  I do want to give you a report on conditions on the east end of the Boulder mountain.  We camped near Lower Bowns Reservoir, where most of the snow is now gone (the north slopes being the exception) and we had great access to the lake and nearby ATV trails.  For those of you that have never been to Lower Bowns, spring is a great time.  In fact, in June/July the hot temperatures at this lower elevation lake can actually make fishing for more than just the morning hours fairly miserable.  The ice has only been off for a couple of weeks, and right now the low elevation temperatures are amazing.  Fishing was fairly fast, with most of our fish being caught fairly shallow, as they cruise the shoreline during the spawn.  Lower Bowns is a great lake for trolling, as you will find depths of 45 feet when full, with pretty good boat access, unless the lake is low.  If you are trying to get to the east side (where I find the best fishing) be prepared to walk or bring your 4-wheel drive to deal with a little sand and rocks. 


We fished mainly with Powerbait, floating about 18" off of the bottom.  We did have a little success on spinners (Little Jake's and Castmasters) but the fish weren't hitting these like they usually do for me.  I have better success with spinners in deeper waters, from a boat or tube.  Fly fishing in early mornings and evenings can be very good.  I was a little to lazy this trip, and more focused on keeping kids happy.  Hopefully I can go back soon, and have a better fishing report. 

Lower Bowns is located about 5 miles east of Highway 12, between Torrey and Boulder.  The dirt road has been graveled all the way to the lake recently, but as mentioned before, if you venture around the lake be prepared for sand and rock.  There is a small campground located at the lake, amid the cedar and pinyon trees on the lake's west shore.  Also, Pleasant Creek campground and Oak Creek campgrounds are located just off of highway 12, a short 5-10 minute drive from the lake.  Another small campground, Rosebud ATV campground, is located just 3 miles above the lake.  This campground offers access for ATVs to the lake via a very scenic ATV trail that drops from high ponderosa pine ridges, down to low pinyon/juniper and sagebrush lowlands as it follows along Pleasant Creek.  You will also find a couple of dispersed (free) campsites above the lake, and near the lake, but there are few areas to camp outside of the campgrounds.  The main Lower Bowns road (and recreation area) are closed to ATVs, but don't let that get you down.  You will find several ATV trails in the area, the main trail being the Rosebud ATV trail that provides ATVs access to the lake and other trails in the lower elevations.  We found plenty of miles of trails to ride, and had a blast on our bikes.  From rough trails in the pines, to sandy, more desert-like trails below, there is great riding for everyone.
The Easter Bunny found them!

The Lower Bowns/east end of the Boulder Mountain is a must for any outdoors enthusiast.  From high spruce/fir forests, large groves of aspen, pine covered slopes filled with huge ponderosa pine, red rock views, and the striking Henry Mountains in the distance, there is some sort of beauty for everyone.  Deer, elk, and is also a great base area to hunt from.  There are also several other lakes and streams in the area that are fish-able, when the snow melts.  Our family had a great time, as I'm sure you will.

Camping was great, good laughs, good weather, and great food!  In fact, we used a couple of our favorite family recipes and cooking secrets, our "omelets in baggies" and non-stick pancakes using a potato.  Have you checked these out yet?  You really should!

 Omelets: (click on the picture, no-hassle omelets)

Ashlynn trying to get to an Easter egg.
I hope you like the recipe and the cooking tip.  From our family to yours, we also hope you all had a great Easter weekend.  We will try to recover from this weekend, and post some pictures of more great sheds that have been found lately.  Until then, get out and enjoy the outdoors!