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Places to go & things to do around the town of Okanogan

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Dream it, Plan it, Do it! Visit the stunning and unique Okanogan area. We consider our forest, lakes and streams one of the nicest surprises in the Pacific Northwest. There is a variety of country from craggy peaks to rolling meadows and countless lakes and streams. We're called the Sunny Okanogan for good reason: summers here are hot and dry, and our winters are famous for brilliant clear skies and plenty of snow. There's lot's of room for everyone around Okanogan for outdoor recreation.

Water Sports near the town of Okanogan
Omak Lake
Located on the Colville Indian Reservation. Omak lake is Okanogan's premier spot for water skiing, fishing, sun bathing and swimming around Okanogan. The lake is about 10 miles long. The largest saline lake in Washington, is located southeast of Omak. It lies mostly within a steep-walled valley and is the principal body of water in the Omak Lake watershed. Omak Lake has no outlet and is fed by drainage from the surrounding hills and plateaus and from several inlet streams. With miles of sandy beach and hidden gems isolated from the general population there's plant of room to play here. You most obtain a fishing permit from the Colville Indian tribe to fish here. Located 7 miles southeast of Omak; Omak Lake covers 3,244 acres and holds the record for a 18.04 pound Lahontan Cutthroat Trout caught in 1993. Public beach and boat access are located at the north end of the lake. 

Green lake
Green Lake is a popular, year-round destination for a broad range of user groups for activities that include swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating and Camping.
Leave Okanogan heading west on Salmon Creek Rd 2 miles to, turn right on Spring Coulee Rd for 1 1/2 miles, turn right on Green Lake Rd; follow it to the access site. Tent, trailer, RV

Leader lake
Start from junction of SR 20 and US 97 in Okanogan. Go W on SR 20 for 8.4 mi. Turn right on Leader Lake Rd (paved, one lane) and go .4 mi to site. The campground has an accessible fishing platform (trout and bass fishing), and accessible camping and rest rooms. 159 acres. Rainbow trout. Boat launches, rest rooms, tent & trailer camping.

Okanogan River
Due to steelhead ESA listing, fisheries have been modified substantially for all fish species on this river. The trout fishery, including steelhead, is closed, unless open through emergency regulations in the fall. A steelhead fishery is dependent upon run size that exceeds natural and hatchery broodstock requirements. Check the agency website at or call the Ephrata regional office for emergency openers, gear and area restrictions. Please check the regulations pamphlet for complete information. Smallmouth bass are the best bet, for fish averaging 10 to 12 inches, and some exceeding three pounds. Walleye action has grown over the past few years, mainly from the mouth upstream to the bridge at Malott. There is an excellent boat launch in Brewster, Okanogan at the mouth of Salmon Creek and a rough launch is available at the west end of the Monse bridge. Most shorelines are privately owned, so float trips offer the best fishing opportunity. Please respect privet property. Locals have a blast rafting and boating on the Okanogan river. 

Salmon Creek
Follow Salmon Creek road North West out of Okanogan. At the intersection of Salmon Creek road and Spring Coulee road is a decent place to try your luck from where the bridge crosses the creek. Small trout are abundant here. Great fishing spot for young kids! Go right on Spring Coulee road, follow it on up to look for other places to toss in your line. Please respect privet property.
There are many other lakes and streams within a few minutes drive of downtown Okanogan. Contact the Okanogan Chamber of Commerce for more information.
PO Box 1125 Okanogan, WA 98840-1125
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See Conconully, Winthrop, Tonasket Etc...for places to hunt around Okanogan.
Snow Skiing
Loop Loop Ski Bowl
Loop Loop Ski area offers a variety of terrain for all levels of skiers. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Okanogan. There is one quad chair lift, jr. poma lift, rope tow, and a day lodge. Try out the nordic trails 25km at the Loop. Skiing & snowboarding lessons and rentals are available at the sight.

Highest Elevation 5,240 feet
Vertical Rise 1,240 feet
Offering 13 Runs( 20% Novice, 30% Intermediate, 50% Advance) Offering alpine skiing, night skiing, cross country and a half pipe.
Longest Run 10,560 feet
3 Lifts: 1 fixed quad, 2 tow
Annual Snowfall is about 4 feet
Loop Loop Pass Web Cam

P.O. Box 1686, Omak  WA  98841
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Hiking & Biking
See Conconully, Winthrop, Tonasket Etc...for places to hike and Mountain Bike around Okanogan.

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