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Lake: Willow Creek Reservoir

Willow Creek Contour Map?

Post By: ParkerDude      Posted: 1/24/2018 7:41:49 PM     Points: 1186    
Does anyone know where I could get a contour map of Willow Creek? Even if it is pretty rough, something is better than nothing. If none are available, does anyone out there have a private one that I could buy?
 Reply by: PikeD      Posted: 1/26/2018 7:52:56 AM     Points: 1655    
That is a tough offer. It is a small lake that doesn't allow motors so mapping it with a new generation sonar unit would take some time.

I ice fished it many times the past two years and here is what I found:

The boat ramp cove is a consistent 20-40 feet until it hits the 70-foot channel out in the middle.

The Dam area is consistently deeper (30-40), but it also has a channel down to 70 feet.

The coves on the north side have some 10 foot shelves that drop into 20 feet of water.

Left of the boat ramp there are some good flats. Around that big point there is a 10-foot flat on the west side.

North of that flat is more deeper water and channel.

The kokanee swim up and down the channel most of the time. They sort of circle around the deeper end as far as I can tell. One time I couldn't find them so they must head upstream to the upper part of the lake too at times??

While fishing for kokanee, there are trout 15 feet down at times.

The points and flats have trout as well.

I never went upstream to the canyon section. Not sure what is up there.

The photo is a school of kokanee while ice fishing the channel.

 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: 1/26/2018 8:08:12 AM     Points: 1186    
Thanks for that info, I was thinking someone may have contour mapped it over the years. I guess not, since there have been no replies saying that. I have a canoe and a GPS, maybe I'll start working on that over the next few years. Good exercise making loops around the lake if nothing else. :)
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 1/26/2018 5:04:58 PM     Points: 1887    
You can buy a topo map at Sportmans. I saw them yesterday. $8.99. I use the Spinney & North Delaney map all the time. Plus they have GPS coordinates.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 1/26/2018 5:30:29 PM     Points: 7413    
Just for fun,you might visit the US Geo service at the Fed center in Lakewood. I'll bet they have a Geo servey map from before it was a lake.
They might have it on line?
 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: 1/27/2018 6:23:46 AM     Points: 1186    
Those Fish n Maps are great, but unfortunately they don't have Willow Creek. I'll snoop around the US Geo and see if I can find anything. Thanks for the suggestions.

By the way, I didn't say thanks enough for all the info PikeD provided. I really appreciate that. Also, that was quite a swarm of Kokanee at about 45 feet deep, looks like a lot of fun if you can get on them.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 1/27/2018 6:50:32 AM     Points: 7413    
Parker Dude . . . .report back on the US Geo . . and what you find there.
I would think the US Geo has topo maps of the whole world,so they should have a topo of the area that is Willow Creek.As a kid,we got topo maps of all the mtn areas we hiked and camped from the US Geo service.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 1/27/2018 9:31:11 PM     Points: 1887    
Sorry about my earlier mistake. Just google, willow creek reservoir fishing map. Boom. Found it right away, you can even get an I phone app. I opened the map it looked pretty good.
 Reply by: royzim      Posted: 1/28/2018 11:25:54 AM     Points: 112    
There's a Willow Cr. Reservoir in Montana, Nebraska and Nevada. I saw no contour map online reference to the one in Colorado.

The deep channel extends west where it tapers to 20' as it meets the upper lake. The upper lake is shallow -- in fact it was mostly a mud flat this fall with the water level at extreme low levels. Even when full, the upper lake is only 10 - 15 feet deep, maximum.