Ferry Lake

Area Status: Open

Ferry Lake



Ferry Lake is a 20 acre lake that is off the beaten path, but easily accessed. Ferry lake offers tranquil camping and fishing. With its handful of small, well shaded campsites and a ban on motorized boats, the lake is quiet enough to hear ducks and loons calling to each other across the lake. The lake is regularly stocked with catch-sized rainbow trout. Spring to early summer is the best time to fish this secluded and serene location. A public boat launch is located at the end of the campground. Three other trout fishing lakes are available within six miles for nice day trip excursions. Wildflowers and  huckleberry's are other attractions that bring visitors to the area. The nearest location for grocery and fishing supplies is 16 miles away in Republic Washington.

Ferry Lake Photo of the parking area near the boat launch at Ferry Lake Hillshade view of Ferry Lake Google Earth view of Ferry Lake Photo of the boat launch at Ferry Lake

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Boat ramp
Open Season: Spring - Autumn
Restrictions: Washington state fishing license required. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ for more information. Use of lead weights or lead jigs prohibited. Internal combustion motors prohibited.
Closest Towns: Republic, WA

General Information


From Republic, WA:  Take Highway 21 south 7 miles to Forest road 53 (Scatter Creek). Turn right on to Forest Road 53, and travel approximately 6 miles. Turn right on to Forest Road 5330, travel 0.5 mile. Turn right on to Forest Road 5330-100, travel 0.75 mile. Campground is on your left.

Google map directions from Republic, WA

General Notes:

Ferry Lake is a peaceful and serene lake surrounded by marshy wetlands and coniferous forest. It is a great place for bird watching or looking for wildlife around the lake. Recreational activities here include bicycling, camping, fishing, nature viewing, and boating.     

There is a public boat launch located at the southeast end of the lake. There are multiple trails leading from the campgrounds to openings along the eastern shore, making good access to shoreline fishing.

According to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, annual plants of fry and catchable-size rainbow trout keep this lake a useable fishery, despite frequent winterkills. Shoreline access is good around most of the Forest Service campground. Two-pole fishing is allowed. Combustion motors are prohibited.

The Forest Service provides nine campsites (first come, first served) equipped with picnic tables, fire pits, bear-proof containers, and handicap-accessible vault toilets. There is no potable water provided here. All the campsites have a view of the lake. There is nearby camping located just south and southwest of Ferry Lake at Long Lake and Swan Lake.  

Ferry Lake is the nesting ground for a pair of common loons that come back year after year to raise their young on the lake. As such, the use of lead weights or lead jigs that measure 1.5 inches or less along the longest axis is prohibited to protect breeding common loons.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
  • Fish Species: Rainbow Trout
  • Fishing Access: 2X4, 4X4, and boat.
  • Fishing Methods: Fly, spin, and bait.
  • Angling Season: Spring, summer, fall.
  • Depth and Size: 61 feet - 19.3 acres

Fishing License

Washington state fishing license required. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ for more information. 

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:


Boat ramp: Located at the southeast end of the lake.

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