Ross Lake can be accessed via a gravel road from Hope, British Columbia on the north. Two graded-cement boat ramps at Hozomeen are normally usable from mid-June through September. There is no direct road access from the south, but canoes, kayaks and other portable craft can be launched on Diablo Lake at Colonial Creek Campground and boated five miles to the end of Diablo Lake. Boats and gear must be portaged around Ross Dam over a mile long gravel road with switchbacks (520 foot gain/120 foot loss).
Ross Lake Resort also provides portage service for portable boats, rents out small power boats, canoes, and kayaks, and provides water taxi service on the lake. Ringed by mountains, this national recreation area offers many outdoor recreation opportunities along the upper reaches of the Skagit River, between the north and south units of North Cascades National Park. It includes three reservoirs: 12,000-acre Ross Lake, 910-acre Diablo Lake, and 210-acre Gorge Lake – water gateways to more remote areas.
Fun Things To Do: Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, boating, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, guided tour.
Operating Hours: The main season for visiting is mid-May through September. Snow covers all but the lowest elevations during the remainder of the year.
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284