Explore more than 200 high mountain lakes, 400 lowland lakes, 200 water and wildlife access areas and 300,000 acres of publicly owned land. This is the number one recreational fishing region statewide - that includes warm water fisheries and cold water trout and steelhead fisheries. It also boasts the most popular bass fishing sites in the state.
For the wheel chair bound Okanogan Country offers many fishing opportunities. Persons in wheel chairs may visit Sidley lake near Molson which is along a paved road. This is a slower part of Okanogan Country and you will find fishermen and women along the road in their chairs.
Conconully is a small resort town in the Cascade foothills. Its two reservoir lakes offer spectacular fishing. Conconully's annual Trout Derby is held opening weekend of fishing season. (877-826-9050).
The Methow Valley offers excellent fishing in Little and Big Twin Lakes, Pearrygin Lake and Patterson Lake. Moccasin Lake is a premiere, private fishery offering rainbows up to 10 pounds.
Call 509 996-4735. The Methow River also offers wonderful catch and release fly fishing.
LAKES IN THE AREA
27 acres. 20 miles SE of Tonasket. Fly fishing only, no motors. Rainbow and brown trout. One-fish daily limit. Restroom.
184 acres. 2.25 miles SW of Pateros. State park and private resort available, public access. Rainbow trout.
Big Twin Lake
79 acres. 2 miles S of Winthrop. Resort and public access with restroom. Selective gear rules. Rainbows plus Lahontan cutthroat.
160 acres. About 10 miles N of Conconully. Rainbow and brown trout. One-fi sh daily limit, selective gear rules. Gravel launch, restroom. Disability access.
160 acres. 18 miles NE of Tonasket. Resort, fi shing pier at USFS campground. Kokanee, rainbows, mackinaw, and brook trout.
541 acres. About 5 miles NE of Elmer City. Kokanee, small and largemouth bass, eastern brook trout. Public access.
149 acres. About 6 miles N of Loomis. Rainbow trout. Restroom, camping. No motorized boats. Fly fishing only.
Multiple boat launches, world-famous fishing and water recreation opportunities.
313 acres. Near Conconully. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass. Gravel boat launches, restrooms.
450 acres. Rainbow trout. Boat launches, resort, restrooms.
870 acres. N of Republic. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, Tiger muskies must be released under 36 inches. Camping, resorts, public boat access. State park.
102 acres. About 4.5 miles NE of Conconully. Rainbow trout. Boat launches, restroom. Disability access.
24 acres. About 6.5 miles S of Loomis. Brook trout. Disability access.
Green, 45 acres, Lower Green, 9 acres. About 5 miles NW of Omak. Catch-and-release. Rainbow trout. Boat launch, restrooms. Disability access.
Damming of the Columbia River produced the 130 mile long lake. Excellent Walleye fishing. Kokanee, small & largemouth bass. Public access.
159 acres. About 4 miles W of Okanogan. Rainbow trout. Boat launches, restrooms, camping. Leader Lake is open year around for Rainbow Trout, Bluegill, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass, and Perch with two boat launches, handicap access fishing and a DNR campground. Careful around that ice in the winter!
46 acres. Rainbow and brook trout. Boat launch, restrooms at Forest Service campground. Disability access.
(Winthrop/Twisp) Catch and release trout fishing, selective gear rules. River closed to steelhead, dolly varden, bull trout fishing. Camping, public launch sites, resorts.
From Pateros and north to Bridgeport. Chinook salmon and thirty other fishes. Multiple boat launches.
Rufus Woods Lake
By Chief Joseph Dam. Rainbow trout, silvers and walleye. Shore fishing requires Colville Tribe fishing license (available at Bridgeport hardware store.) Boat ramps, 24 feet of dock, state park.
(Oroville to Brewster) Small and largemouth bass, walleye, perch, crappie, catfi sh, carp. Closed to trout fishing. Public launch sites, lodging nearby.
3,244 acres. Seven miles SE of Omak. Record for Lahontan Cutthroat trout at 18.04 lbs. set in 1993. Boat access on the north end of the lake.
5,723 acres, 2,036 US. North of Oroville. Rainbow trout and kokanee. Largemouth and smallmouth bass. State park facilities. Disability access.
2,063 acres. 4.5 miles N of Loomis. Smallmouth bass, some largemouth. Kokanee, yellow perch, crappie, burbot, northern pikeminnows. Campgrounds, restrooms, rough boat launch.
130 acres. About 3.5 miles W of Winthrop. Rainbow, eastern brook trout. Resort, public access with restrooms and launch.
212 acres. N of Winthrop. Rainbow trout. State park, public & disability access. Launch and restrooms.
Rufus Wood Lake
51 miles above Chief Joseph Dam; wildlife viewing and bird-watching, boating, fishing, waterskiing & windsurfing.
116 acres. Near Molson. Rainbows, daily limit 2. Boat launch, portable toilet at lake.
Creek runs north of Conconully, from Blue Lake to Palmer Lake. Brook and rainbow trout. Selective gear rules.
314 acres. About 9 miles NW of Tonasket. Rainbow trout. Three resorts, public access with restroom facilities and launch.
411 acres. Near Oroville. Rainbow trout. Resort and public access with restrooms and launch.
173 acres. About 5 miles N of Tonasket. Largemouth bass, bass slot limit. Good access with launch, restrooms. Camping. Disability access.
Enjoy a winter angling vacation in Washington by catching species like walleye, steelhead, crappie and more. The state’s winter fisheries are generally open November through March (and some year-round) providing you plenty of opportunities to catch your favorite winter game fish. Open waters available on the Coumbia, Methow and Okanogan Rivers. Always go to the State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for current regulations and restrictions.
Suggested Ice Fishing Opportunities
(depending on weather, temperature, etc. Always check with WDFW before heading out!)
- Davis Lake
- Cougar Lake
- Campbell Lake
- Rat Lake
- Green Lake
- Palmer Lake
- Osoyoos Lake
- Sidley Lake
- Lake Bonaparte
- Beaver Lake
- Beth Lake
Hunting opportunities, ranging from upland game birds and waterfowl to big game such as elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, bear, and cougar, abound in Okanogan Country. Thousands of acres of federal and state public lands in Washington State make the area one of the West’s premier venues for rifle, black powder and shotgun enthusiasts as well as for bow hunters. Logging roads provide access to a variety of both big and small game in the gorgeous public lands of North Central Washington State. Okanogan County Hunting lodges and cabins cater to seasonal hunters in addition to campgrounds. Okanogan County's vast public lands in the Methow Valley, Okanogan Valley and the Okanogan Highlands offer an amazing variety of species. Big Game species include Mule Deer, White Tail Deer, Bear, Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Cougar. Small game includes bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon, lynx, badger, beaver, rabbits and hare.
With over 600 lakes, North Central Washington provides some of the best bird hunting in the Pacific Northwest. Migratory waterfowl and upland game bird species include Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Grouse, Quail, Chukkar, Ptarmigan, Goose, and Duck.
Washington State annually publishes game regulations. See these directories for rules and bag limits. License and proper tags are required. Please refer to the following websites and resources before you plan your hunt. Respect private property and consider hiring a local outfitter or guide to help you make the most of your Okanogan Country adventure.
Department of Fish & Wildlife
800 833-6388 | www.wdfw.wa.gov
Bureau of Land Management
Department of Natural Resources
United States Forest Service
(509) 664-9200 | www.fs.fed.us
Alta Lake State ParkDescription: A 181 acre camping park where the mountainous pine forests meet the desert. Alta Lake is about 2 miles long and offers good trout fishing during summer months. State park, public access, fishing, swimming, boating, water recreation.
Address: Alta Lake Rd, Pateros, WA 98846
Phone: 509 923-2473
Canaan Guest RanchDescription: Canaan Guest Ranch is located between the towns of Tonasket and Republic. In an area called Aeneas Valley. Canaan Ranch sits at an elevation of 3500 ft., covers 500 acres. Come and visit, enjoy the beauty of the mountains and share our life style. Wildlife viewing and birding is at its best at Canaan Ranch deer, eagles, wild turkeys, coyotes, and bobcats are frequent visitors. Enjoy the many activities on the ranch including horseback riding, hay-rides, barn dances, hiking back-packing, snowmobile access to snow park and 1000s of acres to ride in the adjoining Okanogan National Forest, 500 separate acres for cross country skiing. A perfect place to get away from it all, Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall!
Address: 474 Cape Labelle Rd, Tonasket, WA 98855
Conconully State ParkDescription: Conconully State Park is an 81-acre camping park with 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline in north central Washington. Established as the oldest Bureau of Reclamation irrigation project in this part of the country, the park dates back to 1910. State Parks assumed administration in 1945. Boat ramps, fishing, horseshoe pits, mountain biking, wildlife viewing.
Curlew State ParkDescription: 123-acre camping park, 8 miles from the Stone Rose public fossil dig and the charming goldrush town of Republic. “The Lew” is one of the most relaxing campgrounds in Washington, a great destination for a quiet day-trip or overnight adventure.
Diamond Belle RanchDescription: Lake-front lodge exudes a welcoming atmosphere with its enormous rustic stone fireplace, quintessential timber beams and knotty pine interior. The large great room with its cozy fire brings out the romance of the day, whether it's tall fish tales or recounting adventures of discovery. Hone your camp cooking over the BBQ or enjoy preparation in the large, fully equipped kitchen. Ten bedrooms have individual heaters and easy accessibility to three full bathrooms. Great for family reunions, weddings, or retreats or just a day of fly fishing.
Address: PO Box 104, Wauconda, WA 98859
Phone: 509 486-1270
Eden Valley Guest RanchDescription: Lodging in 10 fully furnished 1-bedroom cabins with great views and high speed wireless Internet. One is wheel chair accessible. Catered events in the beautiful Eden Valley Lodge. Special menus include: vegan, vegetarian and historic Highland cuisine. Trail Rides on the mountain for beginners to expert. A variety of horses fit a variety of riders. Horse Hotel – 10 well-spaced corrals, large trailer parking area, water, compost area and more. Amenities: Picnic area with campfire, tables, seating and two large BBQs. Child play area features a enormous sand pile and out door toys in addition to a basket ball hoop area on concrete pad. Child & Dog Friendly, Car Accessible year round and motorcycle and bicycle accessible spring/summer/fall. Wildflower tours * History Tours * Concierge for the Okanogan Highlands. Our Trail System welcomes hikers, mountain bikers, horses, dogs and has limited ATV access for ingress/egress to US Forest Service. In winter the trails are for snowshoers, cross country skiers and snowmobilers. We also have Tube Hill.
Address: 31 Eden Valley Lane, Oroville, WA 98844
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation AreaDescription: 27 public campgrounds and boat-in-only campgrounds. Facilities vary in each. Some campgrounds have individual sites, as well as large groupsites that can be reserved. Individual sites have a fire ring, picnic table and paved parking pads that are either pull-through or back-in pads. Campgrounds have sites that will fit most large RVs. There are no hook-ups in any of the campgrounds
Address: 1008 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam, WA 99116
Phone: 509-633-9441 x.130
Okanogan National ForestsDescription: The Okanogan National Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the adventurer. With over 800 miles of wilderness trails to explore by foot or horse you could spend weeks just enjoying the back country. There are also barrier free trails for individuals with disabilites. Motorbike, mt. bike, snowmobile, and other recreational vehicles also have opportunities tojoin the fun.
Address: 1 W Winesap, Tonasket, WA 98855
Pearrygin Lake State ParkDescription: A 743-acre camping park in the Methow Valley. Features expansive green lawns leading to 11,000 feet of waterfront on Pearrygin Lake, which offeres swimming, fishing, boating, camping, watersports.
Address: 561 Bear Creek Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862
Phone: 509 996-2370
Spectacle Lake ResortDescription: Amenities for all our guests include heated pool, docks, horseshoe pits, volleyball, play area, swings, sandbox, boat launch, boat & motor rentals, recreation room, exercise room and cookout shelters.
Address: 10 McCammon Road, Tonasket, WA 98855
Upper Columbia Guide ServiceDescription: A family-owned and operated business, we offer guided fishing and hunting. Our team provides an experience you will long remember. Become part of the outdoors in beautiful Washington State.
Address: PO Box 938, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Phone: 509 264-7684