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Ross Lake Resort
Reviewed November 4, 2013

My husband and I LOVE Ross Lake Resort. The lodging itself (modern cabin) is basic and dated, but is clean and has everything you need. The location, of course, it what makes this place amazing. It is truly spectacular.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Laura R
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I was recently able to book a stay at Ross Lake Resort (VERY difficult to get a reservation) and it was a truly wonderful experience. The visit began with driving across Diablo Dam and parking at the Seattle City Light ferry landing, where passengers load their gear onto the boat for a roughly 30-minute ride to a dock just below Ross dam. The SCL ferry costs passengers $10 each way, and is a beautiful start to the trip. At the upper end dock you haul your gear up a slope and are met by a staff member with a small tractor pulling a trailer who transports your baggage about 120 yards up a steep road where the bags and passengers are loaded into open trucks for the trip up above Ross Dam and down to the shore of Ross Lake. At the dock on Ross Lake you are met by a resort boat that takes you the rest of the way to the resort, only a few minutes to the other shore of the lake. The amenities at the resort include comfortable and well furnished cabins of varying sizes, each with full kitchen and bath facilities and wood burning stoves. He cabin we stayed in (one of the two large ones at the end) also had electric forced-air heaters, however the wood stove kept the place toasty. You should know that CELL PHONE SERVICE AND WIRELESS
INTERNET IS NOT AVAILABLE, AND THE RESORT HAS ONLY 2 PHONE LINES FOR EMERGENCY CALL OUTS, so prepare to be disconnected for awhile. I found it very relaxing. There is also no TV in the cabins, so prepare to get acquainted with family members or friends without distraction. The resort staff are extremely helpful and friendly, and we rented a boat for a great trip up the lake to see sights they suggested. The cabins are all floating on the lake, and one night during our stay the wind howled and rain pounded, causing a gentle rocking motion of the cabin as we were warm and safe inside. The kitchens have ovens, microwaves, and a good variety of dishes, cups and glasses, pots, pans, and most every other item most people need. There is no food, restaurant, or store at the resort though (except for logo-wear and small personal items), so you need to bring food and beverages with you. Pay close attention to the ferry schedules both coming and going, because the boat only runs twice a day so it's a long wait if you miss it. It also helps to have fairly waterproof luggage and rain clothing for the trips in and out, since much of the travel is open air and exposed to the elements.
The scenery at the resort is breathtaking if the weather cooperates, and during our visit the chill of fall was in the air and fall foliage was coming out. The waterfalls seemed to be everywhere!
If you are an adventurous person who enjoys solitude and comfort amidst great natural beauty, Ross Lake Resort is a fantastic choice, IF you can get a reservation!

Room Tip: Book early. At least a YEAR early!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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15  Thank LFPTraveler
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

spent a few days at the Rose Lake resort. Quaint rustic cabins floating on the North side of the lake near the dam. Very tranquil with killer views. Remember to bring your food and drink as the resort only offers accommodation. No village store to go to to get those things you forgot. great hiking and you can rent kayaks, canoes and power boats to explore area. We rented a canoe and went to a campground for a few nights. What a place to get away to. To get there highway 2 east off I5 to Diable lake dam. Park and then take ferry (twice a day only), to next dam, then catch the resort truck to the next boat ride to resort. Book ahead as the place fills up early. Camping requires a ranger pass obtained in town ahead of time (no charge but it must be reserved).

Room Tip: all rooms equivalent with killer views
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank PeterCalc
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We decided to try out Ross Lake Resort during our first visit to the North Cascades. After hiking down to the dock, we were picked up by the water taxi and taken right to our cabin. The cabins are simple and somewhat dated, but clean and comfortable. Our cabin had a full kitchen and cooking gear, so we had everything we needed (bring your own food and bug spray if you're going to go hiking). Staff was extremely friendly and helpful and we rented a motor boat for a day out on the water - we were able to explore the entire lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery, and we even saw a black bear swim across Ruby Reach. Overall, a nice getaway from it all.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank LeavesTooOften
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We didn't stay at the resort since we were touring in an RV, but we went up for the day to spend the day on Ross lake. We took the Diablo Lake Ferry ($10/each way, run by the electric company that owns the dams and hydro stations) which was met by a truck from the resort (which then brought us to the dock across Ross Lake from the resort) from which the resort picks you up with their boat ... kind of like Planes, Trains and Automobiles but still fun. (truck plus boat $8/each way). With all the transfers you have about 4 to 4.5 hours to have fun on the lake before you have to be back for the transfers in the opposite direction, but since the afternoon winds make it difficult to come back down-lake, it was sufficient. Of course, you can have a longer day there by hiking down and back to their little dock as other reviewers have mentioned. We rented both a motorboat (they gave us a choice of aluminium or wood, where the former has higher bench seats while the latter is more stable) and a short kayak. We towed the kayak to one of the docks up-lake and used it from there. Good quality kayak, solid little motorboat, fantastic scenery all the way. All of the staff were helpful, friendly, cheerful and knowledgeable.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Binyamin8
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We'd never heard of this place despite being native Washingtonians. I came across it on TripAdvisor. Apparently we got very lucky because I happened to call right after a cancellation and was therefore able to get us a couple of nights at the resort. Normally the place is booked solid a year in advance. The folks at the front desk showed me the wait list for this year and next. Wow. There is a huge demand which tells you this place is great. I can now tell you from personal experience that this place is amazing. The cabins are on the lake with beatiful views. They are nice and clean and have everything you need. We went boating and fishing every day. If you are there, rent a small motorboat and go to Devil's Creek. You can navigate under a suspension bridge and up the creek to a waterfall. This is a magical little spot that is worth the 45 minute trip. A couple of days was perfect with kids as they soon lost interest in "just relaxing". I recommend this place for adults who want to escape or for fisherman who want a great place to come back to after a day on Ross Lake.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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9  Thank Lee J
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

We have been vacationing at Ross Lake Resort for over 25 years. Yes, we are mature adults. The resort is run and maintained by a great, efficient and super staff. The setting is pristine in this day of hurry and race. The scenery is awesome and undescribable. Catching fish is an extra. Just the serenity of the mountains and water is the best. Getting there sometimes is a little inconvenient, but worth all the worry and work. I advise anyone with a little bit of adventurous spirit to go at least for three nites. If you stay a shorter time you'll find you don't want to leave.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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12  Thank SeattleMoochie2
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Address: 503 Diablo St, North Cascades National Park, WA 98283-9726
Location: United States > Washington > North Cascades National Park
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in North Cascades National Park
Price Range: $56 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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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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