Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park

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  • On our annual cross country motorcycle trip we had the chance to check out this lake. It is a beautiful lake and you will need a camera. The color of the water is incredible. Travel safe...  more »
  • Nice view from here but best stop and view is nearby at the Diablo Lake Overlook. The Ross Lake is bigger than Diablo on the map but it is hard to see it from this spot.  more »
  • The Overlook to Ross Lake is much smaller than that of Diablo Lake, but the view still beautiful. It is basically a turnout with no facilities. It can be found 3.5 miles east of Diablo Lake Overlook, ...  more »
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  • Ross lake is part of Canada and United states, surrounded by mountains it is part of Skagit valley provincial park of BC. 90% of the lake is in WA.US. access from Canada is only through Hope, BC., through an unpaved road. Enrouite there is also a nice small Silver lake on our right and road goes along shallow river. Road ends at lake and also goes little bit into US territory, there is a presence of US government. Camp sites are available, fire pits are available. Lake has clear waters, swmming, kayaking and other water sports can be done with safety in mind.
  • A wonderful place to explore and soak in the mountains of the northern Cascades in Washington! I found it in excellent place for both landscape photography as well as amazing hikes in the woods and mountains. Given I was there in mid June, I can't be sure of what it's like during the height of the summer months, but it is well worth the visit! Other than camping, there is no lodging within the national park or nearby recreation areas, other than a few spots Ross Lake resort. Otherwise you'll have to find lodging outside the national park and rec area in nearby towns.
  • First time to the west coast and it on the be my last. Beautiful scenery and hope to get to spend more time in this area next time.
  • Absolutely love this area. I cannot wait to go back for so many reasons. Between the hikes and the lakes and the campgrounds, this area is a true Alpine paradise. You can find reservations and more information at the recreation.gov address. I almost don't want to let others know about this gem of the northwest. Sad to see some occasional littering. Wish people packed it in and packed it out like they ought to. Water is cold because it's fed by glaciers. No motorized boats are allowed on Diablo Lake, but kayaks are.
  • Breathtaking views and fairly quiet its an awesome drive through the north cascades
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