There are eight boat ramps currently at Detroit Lake that are owned by the State or County and can be used by the public for a small fee and two that are privately owned. The town of Detroit is very small and offers a few restaurants and stores, motel rooms are limited but there are several cabins for rent. However, there are plenty of campgrounds. As far as I know, Kane’s Marina is the only pump-out on the lake.
Be sure to look at the lake map. There are a few places, especially later in the season that you’ll need to be aware of. There are many tree stumps (I always call the ‘stumpy’) under water, left over from the timber cleared to build the lake. At certain times of the year those areas become shallow and I’ve seen boater’s loose a prop to those stumps. So check the maps.
Fishing on Detroit is great they stock the fish. Rainbow trout and kokanee are the main quarry here. Look for spots where creeks enter the lake, they generally are the most productive.If you’re wanting to wakeboard, ski or hydrofoil then early morning or early evening is the best. The water should be glass! So, get up early and hit the water…eat breakfast later. If you’ll hank on a sail then sleep in and have your breakfast. Because later in the morning until late afternoon will be best for you! The wind kicks up the canyon and sailing is great. There is a bit of a challenge on Detroit as the mountains shift the wind around but it’s fun, fun, fun!
There are lots of great areas you can tuck into on this lake. Piety Knob offers a small boat-in campground. Kinney creek, down by the damn offers later day protection from the wind and there’s a beautiful waterfall just off the main section. If you get there first and can drop your hook, you’ll have a stunning vacation spot. Cool, serene and verdant, rich in the scent of old growth timber…with some luck you may even see a bald eagle or two!
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