This is the premier location on Williams Lake, a top-rated fishing spot that’s also great for boating, swimming, and fun of all kinds. The home offers 110 feet of lakefront and includes a dock, kayaks and paddleboat, hot tub, fire pit, all amenities and a magnificent view. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or the ultimate family vacation, this is it!
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is just minutes away, so you will have deer in the back yard and bald eagles overhead. The lake is an escape from city life, yet only 15 minutes from shopping and dining in Cheney, and 40 minutes from downtown Spokane. The lake has two small resorts that offer great restaurants and weekend entertainment during fishing season, the last weekend in April through the end of September.
The house has an open floor plan, with two bedrooms and a loft. The master bedroom has a king size bed (can be separated into two twins if you prefer) and a wall-mounted HDTV. The upstairs bedroom sleeps 4, including bunk beds and a trundle. The living room has a queen-sized hideaway and the loft has three queen size futons. We provide all the linens, towels, paper towels, TP and a fully-equipped kitchen with recently updated appliances. Gas for the grill is provided also. Wifi, DirectTV, and phone (local calls) included.
Williams Lake is 80-85% surrounded by cliffs and protected land, so the natural beauty is untouched and the lake is never over-populated. The house is perched on a large rock overlooking the lake and offering terrific sunset views.
This is a turn-key destination home. Every year we continue to have more and more return guests, so booking early is recommended. If we are booked for the dates you desire, please let us know, and we’ll let you know if it opens up. We accept bookings up to 2 years out.
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is a five-minute drive away, and open year-round from dawn until dusk with many walking and biking paths, but you don't have to go there to enjoy God's creatures. From the property you will enjoy ospreys, turkey vultures, geese, swans, cranes, hawks, mallard ducks, hummingbirds and even the occasional bald or golden eagles. Over 200 kinds of feathery friends are known to frequent the lake. Deer, elk, and moose are commonly seen; coyotes are seldom seen, but often heard. Check out the Turnbull Wildlife Website to find more info on our neighbors.
The lake offers fantastic water recreation, with small to mid-size boats (under 25’) the ideal. If you raft, canoe, kayak, row, sail, fish or ski, this lake will give you hours and hours of enjoyment. (We even get the occasional floatplane.) Use of a paddleboat and two kayaks comes with the house, and our neighbors and/or the two resorts will rent kayaks, canoes, and fishing boats with motors for a modest fee. Williams Lake is annually rated one of the best trout fishing lakes in the region; even if you don't have a boat, the fishing right off the dock is terrific. Please note that gasoline is not available anywhere on Williams Lake. We do have several 5 gallon cans for your use, and will even go to town and save you the trip if we’re able.
Public access to launch your boat is open from dawn to dusk (you will need a Discovery Pass) or you can pay a small fee at the local resorts for their launching facilities.
With level but gently rolling terrain, biking is a popular activity in the area. The Columbia Plateau Trail passes within a couple miles of the house, and several nearby roads provide access. The CPT runs 150 miles between Spokane and Pasco, WA on a converted railroad bed, and connects to the Palouse to Cascades trail.
On the Lake:
There are two fabulous restaurants at each end of the lake. The Bistro at Klink’s resort is within walking distance, and offers fine dining that regularly draws customers from hours away. Xanny's at Bunker’s resort is five minutes away, by car or boat, and offers casual dining with large portions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See their websites for further details. Both resorts are open from April- September, and include camp stores with snacks, fishing gear and necessities. Many larger groups have booked our place along with extra space at either resort at same time.
Cheney (15 Minutes):
Cheney is home of Eastern Washington University and is a small town which provides grocery stores, bars, eateries, and all essential services.
Spokane (35 Minutes):
The Lilac City is a major metro area, with museums, pro sports, nightlife and more. Riverfront Park, site of 1974 World's Fair, is a terrific, family-friendly day trip. Spokane Falls are a must-see, especially in springtime, and can be enjoyed from bridges, gondolas, riverside or from several fine dining restaurants. Annual events draw people from the surrounding area, including the Japan Week in March, the Lilac Festival in May, and Hoopfest in June.
Within a two hour drive are dozens of golf courses, 11 wineries, five ski resorts, five major national parks, Steptoe Butte, Washington’s apple country, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, and the Grand Coulee Dam. Downtown Seattle can be reached in four hours.
We have four distinct seasons.
Summer – Unlike western Washington, Spokane is warm, sunny and dry during the summer. Daytime temperatures from June to mid-September generally are between 80-90 degrees, with overnight lows around 60 degrees, perfect for pitching a tent and sleeping outside. (Just let us know if you do, so we shut off the sprinklers!) Summer rain is rare. Lake temperature during the summer hovers between 70 -82 degrees, perfect for swimming.
Fall – Most locals will tell you we love this time of year. Fall is dry, with temps during the day between 65-75 degrees and overnight lows in the 50s. September is especially a great month; the lake is still warm, fishing season is still open, and the lake is super quiet with the kids are in school. By October the leaves are turning, and the sunsets are terrific, and the wildlife is abundant.
Winter – This is when the lake is most peaceful. Days are not bitterly cold or windy, but the nights can be long and frigid. That’s why we have a hot tub! No better place to be on a cold night than in hot water looking up at the stars. We receive our share of snow and the lake will generally be frozen by the first of the year. The ice in January and February is thick enough for ice-skating and snowmobiles. The roads are well maintained, and snowplows will keep on top of it so access to town isn’t a chore.
Spring – By mid-March the ice is gone. March and April are unpredictable; temperatures can range between 50-70 degrees, and it can be rainy. Wildflowers are abundant, the trees are in bloom, and the birds that left for winter are coming home. May is summerlike, with highs up to 80, but still unpredictable.
Pets are family! We do charge a pet fee, and we ask if your breed sheds more than average to please help with picking up hair or fur. All pets need to be housetrained and listen to your commands. The yard is securely enclosed on three sides, but if they are a water lover they will have free access to lake so be mindful of that.