Talache Landing to Maiden Rock Year Round Flat Water-Can be windy

This paddle is along the west shore of Pend O’reille Lake. As you leave the small community near Talache Landing, it only takes 20 minutes until you are free of civilization. Just past the landing is the Old Mexico Mine site. There are numerous beaches to pull off onto along the paddle for a stretch or to just relax. As you approach Maiden Rock you will notice a large rib of rock coming down out of the mountains. That is Maiden Rock. As you round the point of Maiden Rock notice the rock and it's cliffs and snorkeling possibilities. Even if you don't take snorkeling gear, it is a great place to swim and meander amongst the rocks. For those who like to climb and dive, the southern face of Maiden Rock is the place for you. The cliff is about 10 to 50 feet tall for diving purposes. Once at the beach there are places to camp and picnic in the shade of the trees. BE AWARE OF POISON IVY AROUND THE CAMPSITES. Another nice feature about this boat camp is the abundance of flat skipping' rocks. Having said this, I have personally skipped all of the good ones, but there may still a few small ones left. There is an old outhouse in the middle of the camping area.

To reach Talache Landing, drive north on 95 to Sagle, and turn right (east) at the Conoco station. Head east for about a mile over the railroad tracks and about ¼ of a mile to a Y. The left goes to Garfield Bay. Bear right past Shepherd Lake for about 2 miles, then straight (left) at the Dufort Road junction. Continue past Mirror Lake for about 1.5 miles. The dirt road will drop down a steep hill and turns left (north) to the landing.

Cool things to see: Pen O’reille Lake, cliffs, rocks, beaches, diving rocks, skipping' rocks, poison ivy and lake views.