Montana Outdoors

June 14, 2018

Revett Lake Part 2 ~ The lake

Following are some of the photos of the lake that were taken yesterday.

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake, located in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of eastern Idaho is a cirque lake, which means that it was formed by glacial activity when the glaciers began to melt and recede. The grinding activity of the decaying ice carved a steep wall, sometimes a cliff, from the high ridge above and formed a circular basin below, usually about a kilometer in diameter and filled with glacier melt or now, snow melt. This one must have some pretty good flowing springs in its bottom because it supports a robust all-year stream below it.

The trail head for Revett has access from the large parking area at Thompson Pass right on the Montana/Idaho border by a mile long road just on the Idaho side. Thompson Pass can be reached by taking highway 471 from Thompson Falls Montana of from the Idaho side by the highway that goes through Murray Idaho (my Idaho map doesn’t show the number).

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  1. What a beautiful quiet spot!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 14, 2018 @ 9:15 pm

    • It is! Just the sound of the wind through the trees and no one else around for miles.

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      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2018 @ 9:26 pm

  2. After a busy week in the office that’s where I want to be right now, stunning photographs and place, sat on the bus heading to Liverpool I can almost smell the trees, water and sunshine

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    Comment by neilirving — June 15, 2018 @ 12:48 am

    • I wish you had access to such a place. It is every bit as delightful as you imagine, and I’m glad that you enjoy the photos and descriptions. I’m a little sad that while I can post photos of it, I can’t reproduce the whole feeling of just being there.

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      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2018 @ 7:59 am

      • We are lucky to live in a lovely place and only a short bus ride through the tunnel to Liverpool, it’s a bit like Jersey to New York, but you never get that remoteness

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        Comment by neilirving — June 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

        • The remoteness is part of the feel of being there. From the trail head to the top and back, the rest of the world is a far away place and completely out of mind.

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          Comment by montucky — June 15, 2018 @ 10:48 pm

  3. Beautiful. I can only imagine how peaceful it would be to sit by the water. The water looks so fresh and clean, especially where I can see the rocks and whatever is on the lake bed.

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    Comment by Vicki — June 15, 2018 @ 3:51 am

    • The entire trip is a peaceful experience, with no one else around for miles. The water is about as clean and pure as water gets, and the forest is ancient and unspoiled and the only sounds are those made by the wind, the birds and cascading water as the stream flows down through the canyon it has made from the lake.

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      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2018 @ 8:03 am

  4. Enjoyed these photos immensely. Wonderful majestic nature!! We have kettle holes too. I’m very fond of the Danish landscape shaped by the Ice Age.

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    Comment by Hanna — June 15, 2018 @ 11:49 am

    • Lakes thist were formed this way are present all over the world. It makes for some beautiful landscape. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos!

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      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

  5. Amazing photos, Terry!

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — June 15, 2018 @ 12:27 pm

    • Thanks! That whole area is completely untouched outside of the trail. I love seeing completely wild and natural country.

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      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2018 @ 5:24 pm

  6. I gasped when my eyes landed on that first photo — truly stunning, montucky. I liked knowing it was glacial activity that formed this bountiful beauty. How fortunate that you were just there this week.

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    Comment by Jet Eliot — June 15, 2018 @ 12:49 pm

    • I have visited lakes like that many times and each time there is a huge rush of pleasure when I break through the timber and see the first view of the lake. The trail and the scenery along it was really nice, but then it all completely changed when the lake appeared. A wonderful way to spend a day of solitude!

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      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2018 @ 5:32 pm

  7. That looks like it would be a great place to swim on a hot summer day. I’d bet that water is ice cold though!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 15, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

    • I seldom swim in one of the high lakes. It’s always cool up there anyway, and the lake bottom is have a lot of large sharp rocks. The water is ice cold: it is still receiving snowmelt. In the heat of summer the temperature at altitude is usually in the 60’s and when I return home it’s in the 90’s in the valley. The trick is to get to the trail head while the air is still cool from the night and it’s comfortable for steep hiking.

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      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2018 @ 5:39 pm

  8. There’s a different delight for the eye in every one of these photos, though I’m especially fond of the last, and the sixth. That would be a perfect resting spot after a hike. Allowed to choose between the Hollywood Bowl, the Super Bowl, and this natural bowl — well, you know which one I’d take!

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 15, 2018 @ 9:58 pm

    • Me too! You can see what draws me to these high back country places. The lakes have many different looks to them depending on the light condition, as it changes and even the differences between the normal amount of sunlight each part of the lake enjoys. The green appearance of the water here is mostly because of reflection from the trees. There is another lake about 50 miles from this one where the water actually is that green because of a (harmless) algae the lives in the lake. I visited Revett on June 1 in 2013 when the lake was hidden under snow-covered ice except for about 20 feet from the near shore. (I hiked in on top of about ten feet of snow pack.) The open water then took it’s color from the sky and was a deep blue, almost black, though gray in a few places. Which is the most beautiful? The one you are looking at at the time.

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      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2018 @ 10:36 pm

  9. The rock formations in the last picture are very interesting looking. Beautiful photos!

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    Comment by Candice — June 15, 2018 @ 11:59 pm

    • Those cliffs really stand out even though they are over half a mile away. Behind them the mountain side is very steep.

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      Comment by montucky — June 16, 2018 @ 9:06 am

  10. What a place to pitch a tent!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — June 16, 2018 @ 12:48 am

    • There is a pretty good camping area just off the lake at the bottom end. Backpackers use it every summer. Despite the use, I’ve never found any trash left there either.

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      Comment by montucky — June 16, 2018 @ 9:09 am

  11. The name of the lake made me think of the word revetment, ‘a facing (as of stone or concrete) to sustain an embankment.’ Seems like nature created its own revetments here.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — June 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am

    • It has. I don’t know where the name of the lake came from.

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      Comment by montucky — June 17, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

  12. Stunning .. those rock formations are something else 🙂 Such a beautiful place, thanks for taking us with you

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — June 18, 2018 @ 1:43 pm

    • I’m glad that you liked seeing the lake Julie. I will visit several more of the cirque lakes before the summer is over. They are all pretty, but I like the more remote ones best.

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      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2018 @ 9:06 pm

  13. Wow. I love these photos. I scrolled down and up many times and said in my mind, I wish I would be there. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2018 @ 12:53 am

    • Yes, I know you would enjoy seeing that lake and enjoying the solitude. It’s also nice to visit at different times of the year.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2018 @ 7:18 pm

  14. I’d love to see a cirque lake. Or just a circular lake. Closest thing I’ve seen is Montezuma Well but I know that was formed differently. Beautiful place you have there!

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    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2018 @ 8:59 pm

    • I have visited over a dozen cirque lakes and they are all beautiful. There’s one here that you can drive up to, but the rest only by trail, which helps preserve their beauty and the purity of their water.

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      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

  15. I so love those high mountain lakes…the pristine beauty…and the solitude. Wonderful.

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    Comment by seekraz — June 24, 2018 @ 8:34 am

    • I love them too! With our low population here you can nearly always visit those lakes with no one else around, and I especially favor the ones that get little traffic.

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      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2018 @ 8:42 am

  16. Love the emerald colored lake captures, gorgeous! Well worth the hike to see, Terry! 🙂

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 25, 2018 @ 6:41 pm

    • Definitely worth the hike! The mountain lakes are all pretty and the solitude is relaxing.

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      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2018 @ 7:46 pm


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