There is something to be said for familiarity when it comes to paddleboarding. When we explore the same spots over and over, we build a unique relationship to the surroundings. We can track the migration of birds, the progression of vegetation growth, the ever changing water levels.
There is also a sense of security when we launch from our usual spots, which is especially important when you're paddling alone.
All that said, new territory can be thrilling. I honestly never see a body of water these days without thinking about its SUP-able qualities. Is there a reasonable entry? How far do I have to carry my board? Is the water deep enough for a fin? Does it feel safe for my skill level? Can my SUP buddies get off work? :)
Enough yes's = fun times ahead
If you're looking for a unique SUP experience, Disappearing Lake in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is it!
The drive up is a piece of cake, once the snow melts from the roads. It literally took us three attempts to make it to the lake. The high fives and "YEAHS" were flying!
Check road status on the US Forest Service website.
Visit Outdoor Project for a great map and information.
There is also a great story on OPB that explains just how the lake is formed and subsequently drained each year.