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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  • What a great day, we took the Diablo Lake cruise to Ross Dam. Not all tours I am told are able to go through the dam, our group was able due to time and someone being available. You will need close toe shoes and a hard hat for the tour, there are stairs and they also offer ear plugs, I didn't use mine it didn't seem loud to me. Our guides were very knowledgeable about the dam and the history of the area it was educational and relaxing. I would go on this again with family or friends who come for a visit.
  • Cannot get a better place to find a wide range of hiking trails, amazing photo ops, and a total connection with nature. Remember to take cloth layers, proper food and water. If possible take a filter system and use the streams. Pack in and pack out, leave it as untouched as you can for future visits. Love this place.
  • This place is beautiful and full of wildlife! I highly recommend Ross Lake for your destination. Stunning lake with mountanious views. Everyway you look its just breathaking. Take the family for a little outdoor fun!
  • Beautiful part of the world. The mountains are majestic and it’s a cool place. I went with intention to put my canoe in on Ross lake. Sadly the portage down to the lake is nearly impossible for one person and I didn’t want to do it after I learned of the elevation change and how far it was to put in. So I adjusted and went to Diablo lake and paddled in with my dog and stayed at an Amazon campground that was tucked into a little cove. You’ve gotta ask the rangers which one that is and, if available, you must do it. It was gorgeous and secluded and there was a great little 5 minute walk up to the top of the point to overlook the whole lake.
  • A must see, Ross Lake boat tour is a foray into the remarkable history of the North Cascades and the building of Ross Dam by Seattle Power and Light Co.
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