Sullivan Lake


Sullivan Lake


Sullivan Lake is 1290.7 acre, 312’ deep luminous lake with breathtaking views and world class recreational opportunities. This lake is a popular recreation lake nestled in the mountains of the northwest Washington. In addition to fishing for trout, salmon and turbot, visitors come to the lake for camping canoeing, swimming, SCUBA diving and hiking along the trail on the east side of the lake. Other attractions include ice fishing for burbot/ling cod and bighorn sheep viewing during the winter months.

History: In the Metaline District, a gold strike on the Sullivan Creek occurred in 1859 which brought prospectors flocking into the region, including Michael R.O. Sullivan for whom Sullivan Creek and Sullivan Lake were named.

Image of mountain lake scenery Google earth map of Sullivan Lake area Image of open water view on Sullivan Lake Hillshade view of Sullivan Lake area Image of boat launch

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Invasives in this reach include: Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea).
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping
Closest Towns: Metaline Falls, WA

General Information


From Metaline Falls, WA: Head northeast on Grandview St toward International Selkirk Loop N/Lehigh Ave for 49 feet.  Turn right onto WA-31 N/International Selkirk Loop N/Lehigh Ave for 2.1 miles.  Turn right onto Sullivan Lake Rd for 6.8 miles.

Google map directions from Metaline Falls, WA


From Sullivan Lake Ranger District: Head southeast on Sullivan Lake Rd for 5.7 miles.

Google map directions from Sullivan Lake Ranger District

General Notes:

This is a grizzly bear and black bear area.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

East Sullivan Lake Campground (Group Camping)

There is one group campsite with picnic tables, fire pits, and group fire ring for up to 40 people. The day use is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm and has picnic tables, fire pits, a boat launch and swim area. Drinking water, vault toilet, food storage boxes and garbage disposal are provided. Reservations can be made online through or through telephone at 1-877-444-6777 for both east and west Sullivan Lake campgrounds. Camp host is available during open camping season.

West Sullivan Lake Campground

West Sullivan Lake has 10 campsites with picnic tables, and fire pits. There is a day use area with picnic shelter, a boat launch, and swim area. See Figure 3 below. Drinking water, vault toilet and garbage disposal is provided here. Trailers and small RV’s are allowed. There is a campground spur trail that connects the two campgrounds along the northern shore of the lake. A dog swimming beach is available on the northeast corner of the lake, just east of the dam along the shoreline. East and West Sullivan Lake Campground is separated by a 2,300’ airfield runway that was built large enough for commercial use by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1900’s.


Noisy Creek Campground is located on the southern end of the lake. There are 19 campsites with picnic tables and fire pits. There is a day use area the is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Picnic tables, fire rings, a boat launch and swimming area can be accessed at the day use area. Drinking water, vault toilet and garbage disposal are provided here. RV camping is allowed, though hook-ups and dump stations are not on site. Camp hosts are available throughout open camping season. Reservations can be made through or by telephone at 1-877-444-6777. 


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Nature Viewing

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Boat ramp
Tent camping

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2,600 feet