Featured Lakes on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Fish Lake (Wenatchee)

Fish Lake (Wenatchee)Located about 16.5 miles north of Leavenworth, Washington. Fish lake provides a great all season recreational opportunity for the whole family. At 1850 feet elevation, the lake size fluctuates from 500 to 600 acres with a large marshy area at the west end of the lake. Two boat ramps are also available.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access: Yes
Hiking:
Driving Directions:
Take U.S. highway 2 west from Leavenworth to State Rd 207 north. After passing over the Wenatchee River follow the road east to Forest Rd 62.
Fish Species: Brook trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Cutthroat Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Year-round
Campgrounds: The Lake Wenatchee State Park (197 sites) and Nason Creek Campgrounds (76 sites) are within 3 miles. Both campgrounds are high use and require a user fee Nason Creek has fully accessible tentsites, picnic area, restroom, drinking water and information site. Other facilities include group campsites (with reservations), trailer sites, trailer sanitation, picnic area, restrooms, horse trails, stable, interpretive site, boating and fishing. Several other National Forest Campgrounds are within a few miles.

Myrtle Lake

Myrtle LakeMyrtle Lake is a glacially carved alpine lake surrounded by large mixed conifer stands interspersed with meadows. The trail to the lake is wide and well maintained with a gentle gradient which makes it an easy day hike (2 hrs. one way) and a popular destination for trail motorcycles, mountain bikes and pack animals. Size: 18.9 surface acres. Depth: 47 ft maximum depth. Elevation: 3763 feet.

Vehicle/Fishing Access:
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking:
4.5 miles
Driving Directions: From Hwy 97A turn onto the Entiat River Road (FS 5100) and follow to its terminus at the Cottonwood Trailhead. Follow trail 1400 to junction with trail system 1404. Follow trail 1404A to Myrtle Lake.
Fish Species: Eastern brook trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Primitive campsites are located around the lake. The closest developed campground is Cottonwood campground, near the Cottonwood trailhead. Cottonwood has 25 sites, tent and trailer access, restrooms, drinking water, leashed pets allowed, hiking and fishing.

Mad Lakes: Mad Lake, Louise Lake, Ann Lake

Mad Lakes: Mad Lake, Louise Lake, Ann LakeMad Lake is set in a shallow alpine basin surrounded by broad meadows and ice-scoured rock located in the headwaters of the Mad river. The upper Mad River basin consists of rolling subalpine highlands formed by alpine glaciers 13,000 to 20,000 years ago. The trail to the lake is well maintained with a moderate gradient which makes it a popular destination for motorcyclists, animal packers, mountain bikers and backpackers. Size: 5.0 surface acres. Depth: average depth of 19 feet Elevation: 5950 feet.

Louise Lake is a glacially carved cirque lake located in the headwaters of Tommy Creek. Size: 9.6 surface acres. Depth: unknown. Elevation: 5750 feet.

Ann Lake is a glacially carved cirque lake located in the headwaters of Tommy Creek. Size: 3.0 surface acres. Depth: unknown. Elevation: 5750 feet.

Vehicle/Fishing Access:
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking:
8 miles
Driving Directions: From Hwy 97A turn onto the Entiat River Road (FS 5100) and follow it to the town of Ardenvoir. Just past Ardenvoir, turn onto FS 5700 road and follow to FS 5800. Continue on FS 5800 to top of Mosquito Ridge and take a right onto FS 5200. Continue on FS 5200 to Maverick Saddle trailhead. Follow trail 1409 to Mad Lake. Follow trail 1409 to the junction with trail 1426 at Blue Creek, and follow trail 1426 to Louise and Ann Lakes.
Fish Species: Cutthroat Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Primitive campgrounds are located around the lakes and an old guard station cabin is located at the junction with trails 1409 and 1426.

Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan is an extremely popular destination not only for fishing, but for swimming, boating, water skiing, etc. Campgrounds are scattered along the north and south shores, many of them only accessible by boat. The lady of the lake travels from the town of Chelan on the eastern point of the lake to the town of Stehekin on the northwestern point of the lake (with multiple stops in between) daily. Local guides are available for fishing trips and sporting goods stores provide advice on fishing methods.

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Driving Directions: Take Highway 97A to the town of Chelan.
Fish Species: Landlocked Chinook, Lake Trout, Burbot, Kokanee and Rainbow Trout.
Fishing Methods: Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Spring, Fall, Winter
Campgrounds: Campgrounds accessible by vehicles; Lake Chelan State Park, Twenty-five Mile Creek State Park

Campgrounds accessible by boats are located along the entire lake, a few include; Mitchell Creek campground, Deer Point campground, Safety Harbor campground, Big Creek campground, Corral Creek campground and Prince Creek campground. 

Railroad Creek Lakes: Hart Lake and Domke Lake

Railroad Creek Lakes: Hart Lake and Domke LakeDomke Lake set on the south shore of Lake Chelan, surrounded by dense conifer stands, is a short hike from the recreational community of Lucerne. Fishing boats can be rented from the Domke Lake Resort as well as cabins. Fishing, swimming, day hikes to Domke falls and around the lake are available and wildlife and birds are abundant for the nature enthusiast. Size: 271.6 surface acres. Depth: 120 ft maximum depth. Elevation: 2192 feet

Railroad Creek Lakes: Hart Lake and Domke LakeHart Lake is glacially carved lake located in the headwaters of Railroad Creek. It is surrounded by talus slopes on the northern shores, densely forested mixed conifer stands on the southern shores and a sedge-rush wetland on the western shores. Birds and wildlife are abundant and the fishing is good. The trail is well-maintained, wide, non-motorized and of gentle gradient which makes it a popular day hike from Holden village. Size: 32.7 surface acres. Depth: 45 ft maximum depth. Elevation: 3956 feet

Vehicle/Fishing Access:
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking: 1.5 to ? miles
Driving Directions: Take Hwy 97A to the city of Chelan. From Chelan take the Lady of the Lake to Lucerne. From Lucerne, follow trail 1280 to Domke Lake. To remaining lakes, take the Holden bus to Holden village. From Holden Village take trail 1256 to Hart Lake.
Fish Species: Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Domke Lake Resort, located on the north shore, provides cabins and boats to campers, although reservations are required. Developed campgrounds are located at Lucerne and at Domke Lake and include; Lucerne Campground, Refrigerator Harbor Campground, Emerald Campground, and Hatchery Campground. The campgrounds provide tent areas, restrooms, drinking water, hiking, boating and fishing. Check individual campgrounds for full description of facilities. The bus from Lucerne to Holden Village runs twice day. Holden Village offers food, rooms, bathrooms and showers. Reservations are required and must be made by mail as Holden has no phones (HCOO Stop 2 Chelan, WA 98816-9769). Primitive campsites are also located around Hart Lake.

Wilderness Lakes (Wenatchee)

The Wenatchee National Forest has many wilderness lakes that offer a pristine environment and a unique camping experience. Some wilderness areas require reservations. For specific information please contact the Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters.

Vehicle/Fishing Access:
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking:
Varies
Driving Directions: All Wilderness areas are on the Forest.
Fish Species: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Varies

Cle Elum Lake

A man-made lake, used for irragation storage. A four season recreation area with camping, fishing, boating and winter recreation. Elevation 2223 feet, 4810 acres, max depth 140+

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, 4 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access:
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Driving Directions: Interstate 90 to Cle Elum then north on State 903
Fish Species: Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Burbot, Kokanee Salmon
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Year-round
Campgrounds: Salmon la Sac, French Cabin Creek, Wish Poosh,Red Mtn. Salmon La Sac (127 sites) and Wish Poosh (39 sites) are both high use areas requiring a user fee and fully accessible campsites, picnic area, driniking water and parking is available. Salmon La Sac also has fully accessible restroms. Other facilities include trailer stes, group camp sites (reservations required), sheltered picnic areas, leashed pet area, boating, fishing, trailhead, hiking, horse trails, bicycle trails and motorcycle trails. Check individual campsite for faciclites provided.

Kachess Lake

Kachess LakeOver ten miles long, Kachess Lake was enlarged for irrgation in the early 1900's. A year-round recreation area, with camping, fishing, boating and winter recreation. Elevation 2254 feet, 4540 acres, depth 60+ feet

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access: Yes
Hiking:
Driving Directions:
2.3 miles NE of Easton off Interstate 90
Fish Species: Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Burbot, Kokanee Salmon
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Year-round
Campgrounds: Kachess Campground is very popular with 160 campsites. A user fee is required. Fully accessible campsites, picnic area, information center and interpretive areas are available. Other facilities include, trailer parking, RV sanitary station, group campsites (reservations required), drikining water, leashed pet area, viewpoint, trailhead, parking, hiking, bicycle trail, boating (small craft, sail, and motorized), water skiing, fishing and motorcycle trail.

Keechelus Lake

A man-made lake created for irrigation by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1914.Elevation 2517 feet, 2560 acres max depth 90+.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking:

Driving Directions: Travel 8 miles SE of Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate 90
Fish Species: Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Burbot, Kokanee Salmon
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Year-round
Campgrounds: Crystal Springs (25 sites) and Denny Creek (37 sites). Both sites require a user fee, tentsites, trailer sites, picnic area, restrooms, drinking water and fishing. Crystal Springs also provides group campsites, with reservations, sheltered picnic area and leashed pet area. Denny Creek also has hiking, horse trails, viewpoint and interpretive site.

Fish Lake (Okanogan)

The steep shoreline limits accessibility. Mostly fished from small boats.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access:
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Driving Directions: 4.5 miles NE of Conconully on Hwy 4015.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Fish Lake Campground located at the east end of the lake. Sugarloaf campground is approximately 1.5 miles south on Hwy 4015. Sugarloaf Campground has only 4 tentsites, restrooms, leashed pets allowed, hiking, small boat access and boat launch, and fishing.

Bonaparte Lake

Bonaparte LakeAbout 18 miles northeast of Tonasket, at the head of Bonaparte Creek. The lake has the most developed camping on the district and for good reason, with rainbow, brook, and lake trout all found in the water. Bonaparte Lake is the only lake on the Tonasket Ranger District that has a Fully Accessible Fishing Site. Elevation 3554 feet, 159 surface acres and 109 feet maximum depth.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access: Yes
Hiking: Yes
Driving Directions: 18 miles NE of Tonasket can be accessed driving north on County Rd 4953 or south on Forest Rd 32.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Lake Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Year-round
Campgrounds: A 28 unit campground at the south end of the lake. Elevation 3600 feet. Campgrounds provide full accessible tent area, picnic area, restrooms, drinking water, swimming, fishing, allow pets on leash, hiking, boat ramp and winter recreation including snowmobile trails.

Crawfish Lake

Crawfish LakeThe north country lakes thaw late sometimes, but don't let that stop you. At 4475 feet elevation, this 80 acre lake produces some nice trout.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
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Driving Directions: 15 miles NE of Omak. Take County Rd 9320 north & east out of Omak to Forest Rd 30 south.Non-motorized boats only. South half of lake is on Colville Reservation.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Crawfish Lake recreation site has 19 tent sites, picnic area, restrooms, fishing, leashed pets and a small boat launch.

Lost Lake

Small boat fishing is the way to go here, flies, worms or small lures work well. Hint: the brook trout hide in the stumps but a night crawler is sure to lure them out.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking: Yes
Driving Directions: 20 miles NE of Tonasket. Take State 20 east from Tonasket, then north on Cty 4953 and northwest on Forest Rd 33. Internal combustion engines prohibited.
Fish Species: All Game Fish: internal combustion engines prohibited
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Year-round
Campgrounds: At 3800 feet elevation, Lost Lake camping area has 19 sites (group reservations). The campground provide a picnic area, restrooms, drinking water, leashed pets, amphitheatre, hiking, boat launch, swimming and fishing.

Summit Lake

Summit LakeSmall rainbow and brook trout can be caught in Summit Lake. A float tube or a small boat is the best way to fish here as the banks are marshy with an abundance of floating wood.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: Boat
Barrier Free Access:
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Driving Directions: Take U.S. Hwy 97 north from Tonasket. Turn east on County 4662 and north on Forest Rd 3525.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: No developed camping area.

Tiffany Lake

Tiffany LakeOnly a mile hike for some excellent fishing but be prepared for cool weather. July and August are the best time to plan a trip with good shoreline fishing. The lake is large enough that you may want to pack in a float tube or a raft. Check the regulations as some areas are closed to fishing from a floating device.At 6550 feet elevation, 19 acres surface area and 38 feet maximum depth.

Vehicle/Fishing Access:
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking:
1 mile
Driving Directions: Travel north from Winthrop on County 9137. Turn east on Forest Rd 37.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Year-round
Campgrounds: Tiffany Spring Campgrounds has 6 campsites. The campground provides restrooms, allows leashed pets, hiking and horsetrails.

Beaver Canyon: Beaver Lakes, Beth Lake

Located in Beaver Canyon, these lakes both offer easy access for family fishing. Big and Little Beaver Lakes are a favorite in winter for ice fishing because of easy access. Some large rainbow and brook trout have been taken out of Beth Lake. Big Beaver Lake: 2700 feet elevation, 31 acres and 59 feet maximum depth. Little Beaver Lake: 2675 feet elevation, 6 acres and 11 feet deep. Beth Lake: 2760 feet elevation, 13 acres surface area and 44 feet maximum depth.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking:
Yes
Driving Directions: 18 miles NE of Tonasket can be accessed driving north on County Rd 4953 to Forest Rd 32.
Fish Species:
Fishing Methods:
Angling Season:
Year-round
Campgrounds: Beaver Lake recreation site has 11 campsites, restrooms, drinking water, allows leashed pets, boat launch, hiking and fishing.Beth Lake campgrounds has 15 campsites, a picnic area, restrooms,allows leashed pets, boat launch, hiking and fishing. 

Concunully Lake

Concunully LakeThis lake provides good fishing from banks. The steep rocky shoreline limits requires sure-footedness when accessing the lake for the USFS campgrounds at the north end of the lake. Elevation is 2287 feet, 450 acres surface area and depth fluctuates with irrigation withdrawls.

Vehicle/Fishing Access: 2 X 4, Boat
Barrier Free Access:
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Driving Directions: On County 9229 north of Okanogan.
Fish Species: Rainbow trout and other game fish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Concunully recreation area has 81 campsites. The campground allows trailers and provides trailer sanitation facilities, picnic area, allows leashed pets, a boat launch, swimming and fishing.

Wilderness Lakes (Okanogan)

The Okanogan National Forest has many wilderness lakes that can be accessed by foot and by horseback. For specific information contact the Methow Ranger District or the Tonasket Ranger District.

Vehicle/Fishing Access:
Barrier Free Access:
Hiking:
Varies
Driving Directions: Numerous lakes can be accessed across the Forest
Fish Species: Rainbow trout, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Varies