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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, kokanee salmon and whitefish at Palmer Lake in Washington.

Palmer Lake, WA

Sporting diverse choices for fishing options, including both warm-water and cold-water species, Palmer Lake is a 2,100-acre lake near the US/Canada border. There are three boat launch ramps and nearly 10 miles of shoreline.

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Palmer Lake, located in Washington, is a charming destination that offers a peaceful fishing experience amidst its scenic beauty. The lake is known for its healthy fish population, making it an ideal spot for anglers of all skill levels. Popular fish species found in Palmer Lake include largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, and pumpkinseed sunfish. Anglers can enjoy casting their lines from the shore or from non-motorized boats, such as canoes or kayaks.

Visitors have plenty of options for boating and fishing. This is a popular winter fishing lake, which provides very good ice fishing for perch. Throughout the fishing season anglers can also expect to catch bass, crappie, trout, sunfish and salmon. There are no marinas or boat rentals. Camping, RV hookups and lodging conveniently serve visitors to the lake.

Palmer Lake in Washington provides a serene and intimate fishing experience, complemented by the opportunity for boating and camping. Whether you're casting a line for bass or panfish, paddling along the calm waters, or spending a night under the starry sky at a lakeside campsite, Palmer Lake offers ample recreational opportunities for visitors to relax, enjoy nature, and create cherished memories.

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Primary fish species residing in Palmer Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Rainbow Trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Kokanee Salmon

Palmer Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NO

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Boating is a popular activity at Palmer Lake, allowing visitors to explore the calm waters and access prime fishing spots. The lake permits non-motorized boats, providing a serene and eco-friendly boating experience. Whether you're paddling along the shoreline or venturing out to deeper waters, boaters can enjoy the tranquility of the lake while searching for their next catch.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Split Rock Recreation Site Boat Ramp
Located at the southern tip of the lake, off Loomis-Orville Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Click here for a Washington fishing license.

Camping options are available near Palmer Lake, offering visitors a chance to extend their outdoor adventure. The nearby Palmer Lake Resort offers campsites equipped with facilities such as picnic areas and restroom facilities. Camping near Palmer Lake allows anglers to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area, enjoy peaceful evenings by the water, and have convenient access to fishing opportunities throughout their stay.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Palmer Lake Campground - 360 902-2200

Chopaka Lake Campground - 360 902-2200

Palmer Lake WA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Palmer Lake
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360 902-2200


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