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“Perfect Cascades experience without the camping gear”
Review of Ross Lake Resort

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Ross Lake Resort
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6 reviews
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“Perfect Cascades experience without the camping gear”
Reviewed June 25, 2011

Requires some effort and planning to get there, but worth it for sure. Not accessible via public road, so you'll either need to hike in, or take a boat-truck-boat shuttle to arrive at the resort. Staff was great, and although the cabins are rustic, they are quite comfortable. Exploring the beauty of Ross Lake is made easy with available kayak and motorboat rentals. The views, weather permitting, are incredible. Note that fishing season doesn't open until July 1st. You also need to bring your own food - the cabins have reasonably well-equipped kitchens and dining utensils.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

Staying at Ross Lake Resort was the most amazing part of our 10 day trip across the PNW. We did the 1 mile hike down to the dock and called the resort for the water taxi. For $2/person we were picked up by a catamaran and taken to the resort. It was early in the morning so we rented a boat and spent the day on the lake. The weather was clear, sunny, and the views of the northern cascades were simply breathtaking. Taking the boat into Devil's Canyon was amazing! The whole atmosphere of the lake and resort is magical, mysterious, and one-of-a-kind. We checked into our "Modern Cabin" #2 at 4:30p. We started a fire in the wood burning stove which set the stage for the rest of the night. The cabins float on the water and have breathtaking views of the Cascades and Diablo Dam. The remoteness of the place was wonderful. My husband and dad jumped into the frigid, glacial water as the sun was going down which created quite the stir with other guests...I am sure they thought they were crazy! Overall, we loved our time at the resort and would be thrilled to return their one day!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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13 Thank TravelingThruEurope
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2008

We missed the boat to the resort but the friendly staff picked us up from the dock. The cabin is rustic and awesome and you have to bring your own food. Each cabin is floating on the lake and has a complete kitchen with modern appliances. The bathroom is convenient, the beds are rustic, and the stove is old-fashioned! it is perfect for any type of family, seniors, and honeymooners. To get around the park you can rent a motorboat or kayak that you can just leave on the shore because nobody will take it. Just watch out for bears and mountain lions!

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  • Stayed July 2005, traveled with family
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10 Thank dtexans18
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Reviewed June 25, 2005

I have been going to Ross Lake Resort since about 2000 or 2001. I am in my early teenage years, so I make a lot of new friends there, and never tire for adventures. Ross Lake is the one thing that makes me look forward to summer vacation hurrying, since I go in mid-July, and that is VERY far away for me.
I stay in the Peak Cabins for the first week or so, and boy, is that a view! It's beautiful, and spacious. I love going there, and I hope if you ever have a chance to go, you'll have a great time, because I'm sure almost everybody does.

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  • Stayed July 2003
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed September 27, 2004

Was supposed to meet the boat to Ross Lake Resort at 3pm. Got to the access road in plenty of time only to find it closed! Crane on the Diablo Dam doing work blocked the road longer than expected. Missed the Boat.....LITERALLY! But, thanks to the super employees of Ross Lake Resort (and Seattle City Light) we not only got to our cabin but on a far faster boat than the usual "Fisherman's Ferry." The boat captain even refused our offer of appreciation!

The place is so cool! Really great. Canoed, hiked, read a book and did a jigsaw puzzle from the office's loaner library (OK, it sounds cheezy ..... but it's a great escape!), cooked fish on the grill, had a great bottle of wine and two wonderful nights' sleep.

I'd go back!!! Only thing I'd do different is bring more wine and more food! The place has everything else you need!!!!

  • Stayed January 2005
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16 Thank Bud'n'Sam
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Reviewed July 5, 2004

Our trip to Ross Lake was breathtaking. This was our first visit and we are all ready excited to return next year. The surroundings are majestic and the resort is the perfect place to get away from the all of your troubles and just relax. We had many adventures and truely enjoyed our stay. It is a great place to go even if you don't like to fish. A must for all who love the outdoors.

  • Stayed January 2005
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10 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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New Orleans, LA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2003

Fantastic secluded lake with crystal clear water. Unfortunately we were not able to stay the night because we happened upon the entrance to the hiking trail down to the boat pickup. We were totally unaware that there was a floating resort on the other side of the lake. The boat picked us up and brought us to the resort. From there we rented our own boat and cruised the lake. Awesome! When we were done cruising we went back to the resort. They shuttled us back to the other side of the lake and we had to hike back up to the road side where our RV was. Hiking back uphill was the only bummer since the wife was pregnant. Otherwise it was a fantastic experience.

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5 Thank David G
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Property: Ross Lake Resort
Address: 503 Diablo St., North Cascades National Park, WA 98283-9726
Location: United States > Washington > North Cascades National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in North Cascades National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This accomodation offers rustic cabins located on the lake. ... more   less 
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Ross Lake Hotel North Cascades National Park

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