Recreational Activities

Ross Lake offers fishing, hiking, backpacking, tent camping, kayaking and canoeing. These activities are especially appealing here because of our relative seclusion.

North Cascades National Park Service takes care of all camping - permit required.    Phone: 360.854.7245

Fishing
One of the most popular activities is fishing for our native Rainbow trout (also an occasional Cutthroat and Eastern Brook trout). Trolling with artificial lures or flies is the recommended method of fishing. The resort has rods for rent and tackle for sale. The resort staff can provide information on fishing conditions and techniques.

Hiking
The Ross Lake area offers some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the North Cascades. (Sourdough Mountain, Devils Loop, Desolation Peak, Beaver Loop)

All trails and campgrounds are well-maintained and regulated by the North Cascades National Park Service.

NPS Ross Lake Trail Map


Tent Camping
Tent camping is outstanding - there are many campgrounds around the lake with tentsites, picnic tables, cooking grills and outhouses at each one.

North Cascades National Park Service takes care of all camping - permit required.    Phone: 360.854.7245


Boating, Kayaking, Canoeing
Finally...this large, beautiful lake (with its Falls and Creeks and wildlife) can only be fully appreciated by boat, kayak or canoe. View our rentals »


Equipment Rentals
Ross Lake Resort rents motorboats, canoes, kayaks, and fishing rods to cabin guests, campers and day visitors .
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Recreational Activities
Fishing, Hiking, Backpacking, Tent Camping, Kayaking, Canoeing, Tours and More.
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Local Transportation
Offering Truck Portage between Diablo Lake and Ross Lake for canoes and kayaks, transportation across the lake and more.
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Map and Directions to Ross Lake Resort
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NPS Ross Lake Trail Map
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