Ross Lake National Recreation Area

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The most accessible part of the North Cascades National Complex, surrounded by scenic views of cascading waterfalls, tall mountains and deep valleys, with an endless list of historical and cultural attractions, Ross Lake National Recreation Area is one of Washington's premium tourist attractions.

Located in north-central Washington, just south of the Canada - US border, Ross Lake is among a trio of resorts that form the North Cascades National Complex, which also includes North Cascades National Park and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

All three resorts complement each other, providing visitors with a long list of camping and recreational options. From hiking, to birding and boating, there are a lot of ways to keep yourself busy at Ross Lake; The Diablo Lake Trail and Thunder Creek Trail are two of the most popular hiking trails at the resort, animal and bird lovers will also enjoy the region's diverse ecosystem. Animals with fin, fur and wings all call North Cascades home, making for some spectacular birding and wild life viewing opportunities.

Ross Lake and its neighbouring resorts have a lot of camping options for visitors. The campgrounds are scenic and comfortable and provide basic amenities to ensure that visitors enjoy their stay at the resort.

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Ross Lake is the easiest of the three areas to access. It can be accessed by car, boat, kayak and small air crafts. The north side of the resort can be accessed via a gravel road from Hope, British Columbia. There is no clear road access from the south but canoes and kayaks can be launched from Diablo Lake to the resort. Movement of large vehicles are restricted in some parts of the resort, so visitors should read the park's directories carefully.


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Ross Lake Campsites

There is no designated campground at Ross Lake. The resort has 19 pet friendly boat-in sites along the shores all equipped with fire rigs, picnic tables, pit toilets and good storage boxes. There are no electricity or water RV hook ups but water pumps are provided at the site. The lake is less than 150 feet from every campsite with numerous kiosk and convenience stores located around the resort where visitors can purchase provisions.

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