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Ross Lake, Whatcom County, Washington, United States
Starting at $250 per cabin per night
In existence since 1952, Ross Lake Resort is nestled in the heart of the North Cascade Mountains and is comprised of fifteen floating cabins and a marina. Whether you want to stay at the resort, boat, fish, hike among dense evergreen forests, or camp surrounded by nature in the backcountry you can plan an enjoyable, safe, and memorable visit to Ross Lake Resprt. The resort is located on the west side of Ross Lake, just north of Ross Dam. It is the only facility on the lake and characterized by its remoteness (no direct road access).
Unique Features: Ross Lake was created by the damming of the Skagit River and is in the recreation area of the North Cascades National Park. The elevation of the lake is 1600 feet and it is over 20 miles long. The climate is similar to Seattle’s. Ross Lake Resort rents motorboats, canoes, kayaks, and fishing rods to cabin guests, campers and day visitors.
Accommodations: All of the cabins are completely furnished and include electricity and hot and cold running water. Towels, bedding, tableware, pots and pans are provided. Propane grills are shared by two cabins. Bring your own food; there is no restaurant or store nearby. There are four styles of cabins to choose from. Enjoy large picture windows, spacious dining-living room, woodstove or electric heat, and a complete kitchen with electric range. Cabins do have a private bathroom. The resort also offers tent camping sites.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Peak Cabins which are perfect for creating family memories! This spacious two-story cabin offers an open loft that has one queen-size bed and two twin beds. There is one bedroom on the lower level that has one twin bed and one bunk bed. This cabin is complete with a full kitchen, bathroom with a bathtub, large living/dining area with a pullout sofa sleeper, and wood stove heat. And let’s not forget the incredible view of Ross Lake Dam and magnificent mountain peaks! Accommodates up to nine people.
Dining: All cabins have full kitchens. You will need to bring food as there are no restaurants in the area.
Activities: Ross Lake offers fishing, hiking, backpacking, tent camping, kayaking and canoeing. These activities are especially appealing because of the relative seclusion. 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.
Spa & Fitness: There is no on-site spa or fitness center, but with all of the amazing outdoor activities and fresh air though, you won’t need them. The Ross Lake area offers some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the North Cascades. (Sourdough Mountain, Devils Loop, Desolation Peak, Beaver Loop).
Location: Since there is no road access, there are two ways to get to Ross Lake Resort from Highway 20. You can choose to hike in or take the Diablo Lake Ferry which meets up with the Ross Lake Resort Truck. Ross Lake is a large reservoir in the North Cascade mountains of northern Washington state, United States, and southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The lake runs approximately north–south, is 23 miles (37 km) long, up to 1.5 miles (2.5 km) wide, and the full reservoir elevation is 1,604 feet above sea level (489 m).
Closest Airport: The nearest major airport is Orcas Island Airport (ESD / KORS). This airport has domestic flights from Eastsound, Washington and is about 86 miles from the center of Ross Lake National Recreation Area.
Children’s Programs: No. Although they welcome your children, they do not have any supervised children’s programs.
Pet Friendly: No. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.
Weddings: No. They do not normally host weddings but they may by special request.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: During the winter, when lake levels shrink, the resort detaches from its shore moorings and relocates to the center of the lake. This is due to lower water levels caused by annual drawdowns of the lake for flood control of the Skagit River.