Places to go & things
to do around the town of Okanogan
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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.
Sports near the town of Okanogan
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 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
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 &
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 http://wdfw.wa.gov 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.
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
Etc...for places to hunt around Okanogan.
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
Runs( 20% Novice, 30% Intermediate, 50% Advance) Offering alpine skiing,
night skiing, cross country and a half pipe.
3 Lifts: 1
fixed quad, 2 tow
is about 4 feet
Loop Pass Web Cam
P.O. Box 1686,
Omak WA 98841
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