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Ross Lake National Recreation Area

North Cascades National Park, WA
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Type: National Parks, Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing, Camping, Hiking
Description: Peaceful area great for picnicking and hiking.
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Redmond, WA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

When the sun is shining, the lake is an emerald dream. No matter what you choose to do, you'll be enchanted. Cross the bridge over to the North Cascades Institute to enjoy the lake from the boat launch of the Ross Lake Resort. Several hikes start from here.

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Lynnwood, Washington
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

Ross Lake NRA is a part of the North Cascades National Park Complex. A lot of it lies around Highway 20, but there are other places off the main road you can get to as well. We stayed mainly within the vicinity of the highway and I'll use this review to name some highlights within the NRA that don't have... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

Just back form a wonderful week on Ross Lake. What would I have liked to know before we left for our trip? 1. Canoeing gear rented from Ross Lake Resort is of high quality and appropriate for the conditions. Though they do not rent dry suits. Traveling with young-ish children, I do recommend them. The suits also made for much... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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66 reviews 66 reviews
51 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

We stayed 3 nights at Ross Lake Resort. I felt a little intimidated at first by how complicated it is to get there, but it was really not bad. There's a designated Ross Lake parking area at the Diablo Lake ferry dock. You have to carry all your stuff down the steps to the ferry dock, but it's pretty easy... More

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Tampa
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84 reviews 84 reviews
51 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2009

We learned from others on here that you could get a Ferry to the hiking trails along Ross Lake Recreational Area via Ross Lake Lodge. This option allowed us to hike from Hozomeen Campground along the Canadian Border to hike all the way to Ligthning Creek Landing some 14 miles to the south. But it was an amazing opportunity to... More

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