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Ross Lake National Recreation Area

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Address: North Cascades National Park, WA
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Peaceful area great for picnicking and hiking.

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Where Most North Cascades Visitors Actually Visit

Driving the scenic North Cascades Highway (WA-20) through the North Cascades National Park complex is by far the most popular way to visit; however, the highway actually passes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Steve1362
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Avon, Ohio
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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving the scenic North Cascades Highway (WA-20) through the North Cascades National Park complex is by far the most popular way to visit; however, the highway actually passes through the Ross Lake National Recreation Area which bisects the national park into two sections north and south of the recreational area. The reason for this is that the area was already... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Great views of Ross Lake from far above at the overview near Diablo. Windy and fresh. Superb views of the lake and mountains when the sky is clear!

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

there are actually floating cabins that can be rented. if possible to make reservations do it and have a very unique vacation

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I've been all over this country and there isn't a more beautiful area anywhere. The mountains and the lake, where the water is so clear, it looks like you're looking through about 10 feet of water rather than the 100 feet that you are. Good campgrounds in the area and hotels about 60 to 70 miles east. Fishing isn't bad... More 

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Montpelier, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Very beautiful and secluded spot that requires a drive in on a gravel road. Lots of camping spots right by placid, lovely Ross Lake. If possible, book ahead because this location will be crowded during the summer.

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phillipsburg, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The peacefulness and the scenery it lust left us in awe. I wish we had more time but we were leaving the next day. There was no one around, we did not expect that in July

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

after a couple of nights at Ross Lake resort rented a canoe and took off along Ross Lake and camped overnight at one of the camp grounds. It was fabulous. I am a fair weather camper and it was not too hot and the bugs were not bad at all - essentially none. Nothing like waking up to quiet and... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Hiked down to Ross Lake Resort having found details at the Colonial Creek Capmground - all very exciting and enigmatic! Follow the trail down, down down (about a mile) until the gravel road, find the telephone on the pole and in a rather James Bond fashion, a boat comes across the lake to take you to the resort. We hired... More 

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Winthrop, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Boat-in camp sites need to be reserved. For canoeists, plan to put in on Diablo reservoir, then get shuttled by truck up to Ross. Very different experience.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Again, night travel on our bus tour. Scheduled a stop to cook at their campground facility. Great covered space and surprise! A full kitchen! It was separate from the campers so we didn't disturb anyone. There from about 9pm to midnight.

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