Swimming, boating, fishing, or skiing: Curlew Lake has it all. Nestled in the glacier-carved hills north of Republic, WA, the lake is spring and stream fed, and is 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, tubing, and skiing.
The lake’s 870 acres are stocked yearly with legal-sized rainbow trout, and are also home to wide-mouthed bass, yellow perch, and tiger muskie. A public boat ramp (requires Discovery Pass) 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.
Curlew Lake provides the perfect summer venue for water sports such as water skiing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, pleasure boating, fishing, and canoeing. The central section of this intimate lake can accommodate water skiing, tubing, boating, and personal water craft. The southern end of the lake is narrower and dotted with small islands, which makes it especially inviting for kayaking and canoeing.
The lake can be accessed from Tiffany’s Resort, Fisherman’s Cove Resort, Black Beach Resort, and Curlew Lake State Park (with a Discovery Pass).
A ten minute drive to the south is the charming town of Republic, WA, where you can find groceries; excellent lattes and restaurants; and fishing, hunting, and camping gear. Fossil hunters can spend a fascinating morning in search of fossils at the Boot Hill Fossil site and Stonerose Interpretive Center.
Camping & Lodging at the Lake
Dotted along Curlew Lake’s shoreline are three lake resorts (Tiffany’s, Black Beach, and Fisherman’s Cove), 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.
Walking or Biking Trail
Enjoy a lovely, photogenic walk or bicycling excursion on the Ferry County Rail Trail. The trail runs along the entire west shore of Curlew Lake, past Black Beach Resort and Tiffany’s Resort. Along the way, you may spy geese and their goslings, and turtles sunning themselves on rocks and logs. Spring through fall, the lake’s small islands play host to nesting Great Blue Herons and Osprey