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Marmes Pond - Lyons Ferry Park
Marmes Pond is a man-made pool on the edge of the Palouse River. The "pond" was actually meant to be a dry hole, but things didn't work out as planned. The pond was formed when an archeologist from Washington State University found an old rock shelter and human bones at a dig site along the shores of the lower Palouse River--the bones, dubbed the "Marmes Man," were dated to more than 10,000 years old--much older than any other remains found in the region.
From Dayton, drive US 12 north 14 miles. Turn left on State Route 261 and continue through the tiny community of Starbuck (sorry, the only coffee here is usually day-old Hills Brothers at the small cafe). You'll pass Lyons Ferry Park at 14.7 miles but keep going. About 200 yards past the entrance to the park, turn right onto a small gravel roadway and enter a gravel parking lot near the end of a spit at the mouth of the Palouse River.
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Marmes Pond - Lyons Ferry Park — May 05, 2012 — Left Hand of Tiw
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Overgrown | Bugs
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Marmes Pond / Lyons Ferry Park is a great day hike that is best for early mornings or cooler days. ...
Marmes Pond / Lyons Ferry Park is a great day hike that is best for early mornings or cooler days. I could not find the Old Bones Cemetery or if I did I did not recognize it. It is listed as moderate but to me it was a rather easy hike but this rating is on my own capability. I did not see any yellow bellied marmots on this hike which is unfortunate because they are rather cute. There is a little side hike that can be taken at the beginning of the hike that wraps around to face the boat launch at Lyons Ferry. When I went there the fish were jumping like crazy and the geese and their gosling would startle me when they burst out onto the river when I walked by their hiding places. The views of the river are great and some the amazing rock outcroppings that are available to climb up onto give even better views. It has the feeling that there has not been another human being there in years.