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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Taking it easy at Smith and Morehouse

Two weeks before Labor Day marks a special time of year for me.  It means that the raspberries at Smith and Morehouse are ripe.   I don't remember when I first discovered some of the numerous raspberry plants, but I've been going there for quite a few years to enjoy their fruits.  There are scattered plants throughout the area, and even up into the campgrounds, but one spot is better then the rest.  It's the southeast side of the lake. The plants just cover the hillside in some areas. 
We had a great time up there in late August, picking berries and playing in the lake.  I didn't get any photos of berry picking, but the raspberries sure tasted great!  Out in the water was a blast too. 
We spent a lot of time in the shallows on a small mudbar.  We saw several small sculpins darting here and there and generally attempting to blend in with the bottom.  Making a team effort of it, we caught a few of them for closer inspection.  They're pretty cool/ugly looking fish! 
We spent the better part of a morning playing and enjoying the beautiful area.  Originally we had intended to start at the trailhead just past the campground at the inlet, but the road was closed to traffic.  Apparently the bridge was damaged during spring runoff, so they're not letting cars use it. 

Nearest City: Oakley, UT
Location: N° W°
Time Needed:
Kid Friendly: Yes
Additional Info:  There are 2 campgrounds at Smith & Morehouse.  There is also a $5-7 boat launching fee. 

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