Browns Lake


Brown’s LakeBrowns Lake is a 88.1 acre, 23' deep, high elevation lake that is in a setting of forested mountains. The lake is known for its fly fishing and camping. There is a primitive boat launch on the south end. While at the lake you can enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing and viewing the cutthroat spawning run in the spring.

History: Earl Broten wrote about moving up from Spokane and growing up in the town of Locke in Pend Oreille country in the early 1900’s. His stepfather staked some claims at Brown’s Lake across the Pend Oreille River, where they were looking for ways to get the ore out. That didn’t seem as successful as the fishing opportunities went though. His family would bring back large trout from Brown’s Lake.    

There is also a historical cabin located within the campground built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinace), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and orange hawkweek (Hieracium aurantiacum).
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Restrictions: Browns Lake is fly fishing only. No motorized boats are allowed.

General Information


From Newport, WA:  Follow State Highway 20 north for 15 miles to the town of Usk. Cross the bridge over the Pend Oreille River on the east edge of town and follow the Kings Lake Road (County Road 3389) 4 miles to the junction of Forest Road 5030000 (Browns Lake). 

Google Map Directions from Newport,WA

General Notes:

Browns Lake Trail No. 320 is an easy one-mile, non-motorized hiking trail that follows the south and east side of the lakeshore and ends at a fish viewing platform. The trailhead is located near the road to the boat launch. The trail winds through a patch of old growth cedar and provides excellent views of the lake.

A small day use, picnic area close to the campground has views of the lake. A day use fee of $5 is required to park in the lot. There are 18 campsites with picnic tables and fire pits provided. Vault toilets and garbage disposal are available. Potable water is not provided. Camping is first come, first serve and located right next to Browns Lake. Swimming access is near the campground at the boat launch/beach area.

Browns Lake is fly fishing only. Motorized boats are not allowed. Shoreline access is good throughout most of the perimeter of the lake. According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Browns Lake receives annual plants of westslope cutthroat trout fry and offers cutthroat from 8-16 plus inches. Fish species include cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. There is a fish viewing platform on the east end of the shore.


A day use fee of $5 is required to park in the parking lot.


Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables
Parking $5 fee to park in the lot
Boat ramp Non-motorized boats only
Tent camping 18 campsites; first come, first served

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3,450 feet


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