Montana Outdoors

February 2, 2016

Winter visit to Dog Lake and the waterfall on the stream that feeds it

Filed under: Waterfall, Winter — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 3:08 pm

At least once every winter I try to visit the waterfall on the stream that feeds Rainbow Lake (AKA Dog Lake) about twenty miles from here on the Flathead Indian Reservation, and I chose today for this winter’s visit. I included snowshoes with my equipment, but found them to be unnecessary this time: it was one of the areas that received very little of last night’s snow. To my surprise I found instead a brief period of sun and some blue sky!

Dog Lake

Dog Lake

Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall

Moss & icicles

Winter road

Winter road

Dog Lake

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March 8, 2015

Visit to a Waterfall

Filed under: Waterfall — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:46 pm

Every year, at some time during winter, I try to visit the waterfall that stands about a quarter mile from the northeast corner of Dog Lake (Rainbow Lake) on the Flathead Indian Reservation. I missed completely last year and for one reason or other didn’t make it this winter until today. Some of the ice still remains despite the warm temperatures, and today the sun was out and the sky was blue. A good day for a visit.

Waterfall at Dog Lake

Waterfall at Dog Lake

Waterfall at Dog Lake

Waterfall at Dog Lake

Dog Lake ~ Rainbow Lake

October 20, 2014

Rainbow Lake

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:27 am

Rainbow Lake ~ Dog Lake

Rainbow Lake ~ Dog Lake

In the old days this lake on the Flathead Indian Reservation was called Dog Lake. I have never understood why the name was changed.

December 3, 2013

Rainbow Lake; frozen

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:24 pm

Rainbow Lake; frozen

This is the lake that was so blue in the photos posted a few days ago. Now it is completely frozen over and that surface you see is clear ice. I thought the picture might look good with the WordPress snowflakes

November 15, 2012

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

Filed under: Waterfall — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 4:31 pm

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

This small waterfall on the Flathead Indian Reservation here in western Montana gets only a few visitors every year. It is on no maps, it has no name, there is not a sign anywhere advertising its existence and even the trail that leads up to it is unmarked. Yet it is not without its own quiet beauty.

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

February 8, 2012

Sun and ice

Filed under: Waterfall, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 12:37 am

Finally a sunny day. Sunny, not warm; cold, guaranteed by a brisk wind off the ice.

For some time now I’ve been promising myself a trek to an un-named and seldom visited waterfall just above a small lake on the Flathead Reservation a dozen or so miles from my house and a mile or so off the highway. Today I strapped a tripod on my pack just in case the falls were thawed and snowshoes in case the snow was deep and headed for the falls. I didn’t need the tripod. It felt so good to be walking over the deep snow and following wolf tracks besides!

Amazing and wonderful how a falls will change over the seasons. Late in March of 2010 this one looked like this:

Waterfall at Dog (Rainbow) Lake

Today, this is how it was, the normally clear, clean falls blocked in many places by built-up ice dams:

Waterfall at Dog (Rainbow) Lake

Some water was still flowing beneath or behind the ice, visible just below the fringe area about in the center of the falls; not easy to get to for a close-up, but intriguing.

Waterfall at Dog (Rainbow) Lake

Waterfall at Dog (Rainbow) Lake

I will post more photos of the ice over the next few days.

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