Bleeker Lake is a short drive north of Roche Lake. Turn left at the signed Bleeker Lake Forest Service Road before coming to the main right turn to Roche Lake. The end of the lake is only 1 km, but the best place to launch is another kilometer along the north side of the lake at the Bleeker Lake Recreation Site.
The two ends of the lake are shallow with lots of millfoil, smartweed, duckweed, and some summer algae growth. Leeches and small fish were visible in the shallows. Ducks, kingfishers, and least sandpipers were also spotted darting in and out of the shallows areas. A number of bleached deadfall snags have fallen into the lake, especially on the south shoreline.
The morning paddle was on a calm, sunny day. A few fishermen were out on the lake too. This is an accessible, quiet lake for paddlers and worth a drive up to the high country. Paddling these upland lakes can be a session of environmental meditation (but watch our for deadheads and cluttered shallows).