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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, brook trout and cutthroat trout at Ross Lake in Washington.

Ross Lake, WA

With plenty of places to camp, Ross Lake is a great get-away for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy camping, boating and fishing. Anglers wanting to catch big rainbow trout should seriously consider this 12,000-acre, excellent trout fishery.

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Ross Lake in Washington offers anglers a captivating fishing experience in a pristine alpine setting. Known for its clear waters and abundant fish population, Ross Lake is a popular destination for both recreational and avid anglers. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, lake trout (Mackinaw), and kokanee salmon. Anglers can enjoy casting their lines from the shore or from non-motorized boats, such as canoes or kayaks, to target these prized fish species.

Located lake on the US/Canada border, in Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Over 50 miles of shoreline present anglers with lots of choices. Steeper banks seem to deliver bigger fish than shallow beaches or deep in the river channel. This cold-water fishery is at an elevation of 1,600 ft above sea level. Boat launching options are limited to Hozomeen Campground for bigger pleasure and fishing boats, or portage of a canoe or kayak along the Pacific NW Trail. Boats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent at Ross Lake Resort.

Ross Lake in Washington offers a captivating fishing experience, complemented by boating and camping opportunities. Whether you're casting a line for trout or salmon, paddling along the calm waters by boat, or spending a night under the starlit sky at a lakeside campground, Ross Lake provides ample recreational opportunities for visitors to relax, connect with nature, and create cherished memories.

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Primary fish species residing in Ross Lake

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Rainbow trout Brook trout Cutthroat trout

Ross Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is a favored activity on Ross Lake, allowing visitors to explore the vast waters and access remote fishing spots. The lake permits non-motorized boats and electric motors, ensuring a peaceful and environmentally friendly boating experience. Boaters can navigate the tranquil waters, marvel at the breathtaking mountain scenery, and find secluded areas where fish are plentiful. The unspoiled nature of Ross Lake makes it a perfect destination for boaters seeking serenity and natural beauty.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Hozomeen Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Silver Skagit Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Winnebago Flats Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Silver Skagit Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping options are available near Ross Lake, providing an opportunity to extend the outdoor adventure and immerse oneself in the wilderness. Ross Lake offers several primitive campgrounds with basic amenities, allowing campers to connect with nature while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Camping near Ross Lake offers the chance to fully appreciate the tranquil atmosphere, enjoy starry nights, and wake up to the peaceful sounds of nature.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Ross Lake Resort Campground - 206 386-4437

Devil's Junction Campground - 360 854-7200

Little Beaver Campground - 360 854-7200

Big Beaver Campground - 360 854-7200

Devil's Creek Campground - 360 854-7200

Hozomeen Campground - 360 854-7200

Ross Lake WA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Ross Lake
Ross Lake Resort Campground
503 Diablo St
Rockport, WA 98283
206 386-4437


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