Swimming, boating, fishing, skiing…Curlew Lake has it all.
Curlew Lake, nestled in the glacier-carved hills north of Republic, Washington, is a spring- and stream-fed lake named for the birds that once frequented the area.
The serene, seven-mile-long lake provides visitors with wonderful opportunities for kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, canoeing, and sailing.
With 870 acres, the lake is home to an abundance of native trout and wide-mouthed bass, and is stocked yearly with legal-sized rainbow trout. A public boat ramp is available at Curlew Lake State Park. Lake resorts also provide their guests with boat rentals and ramps. Fishing permits and gear can be purchased at lake resorts or in the nearby town of Republic, WA. Night fishing is also permitted on the lake.
Spring through fall, the lake’s small islands play host to nesting Great Blue Herons and Osprey.
A ten minute drive to the south is the charming town of Republic, Washington, where you can find a good latte, groceries, restaurants; and fishing, hunting, and camping gear. Fossil hunters can spend a fascinating morning in search of fossils at the Boot Hill Fossil site (you’ll need to check in at the Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site, before you begin). Shoppers can still find reasonably-priced arts and crafts, as well as antiques and collectibles at the local shops.
Ten minutes to the north on Hwy. 21 is the tiny ghost town of Curlew, Washington, where you can visit the Ansorge Hotel Museum. Halfway along the way, be sure to visit the remarkable Malo Trading Post and the Car and Truck Museum.
Lake Resorts and State Park
Dotted along its shoreline are a handful of lake resorts, most with cabins over looking the lake. All have camping and RV facilities. Most welcome pets. On its eastern shore rests beautiful Curlew Lake State Park, with its public boat ramp, swimming and fishing areas, public restrooms, picnic sites, and fire pits.
View our Curlew Lake guide to better fishing: all the places to drop a hook or troll.
Visit Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife page on Curlew Lake, WA for lake restrictions and conditions.
For a complete list of Colville National Forest hiking, biking, and riding trails contact:
Republic Ranger District
180 North Jefferson (corner of Jefferson and Tessie Avenues)
Republic, WA 99166
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Colville Forest Information
755 South Main Street
755 South Main Street
Colville, WA 99114