WA: Sprague – 03/20/2017 – 03/23/2017

Parking: Fishtrap BLM land
Rating: 10

Sprague, WA
Fishtrap – solid parking

Fishtrap was the first place we boondocked when we started full-timing, and it’s still one of my favorite places. The last time we were here was over Memorial Day weekend. We had been planning on going to Moses Lake at the time, but it was an absolute zoo there. Fishtrap, however, was nearly empty and peaceful.

Since our last visit, the BLM folk put in a bunch of gravel at the campsite where we stayed (and added a nice, new pit toilet). We drove the exact same path as we had before, and that turned out to be a very good plan, because the guy that put the gravel down did not know anything about drainage and just dumped the gravel down. Part of the camping area was a bit swampy last time we were there, and since then, NE Washington has had a crazy amount of rain. When the BLM guy drove through the site on his rounds, he got stuck in the gravel – majorly stuck. I know he was very embarrassed to have it happen in front of an audience (we got our rig stuck in Florida, so I know the feeling), and he rejected our attempts to help him – we still had the boards we used to get ourselves unstuck. He called in a coworker, and they tried several ways of trying to drag his truck out, but none of that worked. Eventually, the BLM guy found a private backhoe, and, after much maneuvering, the operator was able to pull the truck out. At one point, the operator hollered, “I sure hope no one gets any pictures of this,” but I gleefully hollered out from the loft of the RV, “TOO LATE!”

Sprague, WA
First attempt – drag with pick-up
Sprague, WA
Second attempt – drag with backhoe
Sprague, WA
Third attempt – lift with backhoe
Sprague, WA
No wonder the truck sunk – no drainage