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Ross Lake Resort

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503 Diablo St, North Cascades National Park, WA 98283-9726
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This accomodation offers rustic cabins located on the lake.
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Cellowu wrote a review Sep. 2018
Chicago, Illinois628 contributions427 helpful votes
I did not have the luck to stay in the resort; I only had a day trip here. But I would say this (especially to those who are out of luck to get a reservation to stay in the resort): you need to spend a day here in Ross Lake if you are visiting North Cascades National Park. Without being in Ross Lake, your trip is not completed!!! The direction to Ross Lake is pretty straightforward and mentioned clearly on Ross Lake Resort's website. I parked my car at Ross Dam Trailhead just off Hwy 20, hiked down 1 miles to the lake, called for water taxi. Within 5 minutes I was in Ross Lake Resort. The moment I stepped on the dock of the resort, I saw the most stunning, panoramic view of Cascade Glacier right in front of me. I had a reservation of canoe rental and was quickly taken to the water. I spent half day in the lake, paddling up to Ruby Arm, exploring one water fall after the other until I reached the rapid. During the whole time I was surrounded by this beautiful lake and ranges of mountains. It is the highlight of my trip to North Cascades. You need at least one day here. Don't rush. Get here, relax, enjoy, and you will have the most wonderful memory.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Thomas K wrote a review Sep. 2018
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What can I say that the other reviewers haven't? All we did was walk down from 20, get a ride over to the resort, rent a boat for about 5 hours, and get a ride back. But a day later I'm still getting over what a wonderful time we had. Truly a unique experience. Combine an out-of-this world beauty with laid back and extremely helpful hosts (Lucas and his dog Ella) and you'll have one of the best days you can imagine.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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ActiveNW wrote a review Aug. 2018
Seattle, Washington36 contributions20 helpful votes
If you are lucky enough to snag a reservation or get invited by a friend - do it! The resort has all of the logistics figured out - and the moment the Diablo Lake Ferry arrives you realize you are in for a unique experience. Everyone pitches in to load the gear, and when you arrive at the dock and transfer everything to the truck for the drive to Ross Lake (and then again for the boat ride across to the resort) they all pitch in again. Once you've unpacked sit yourself down in one of the Adirondack chairs along the dock and enjoy the views of North Cascade peaks. Take a hike, rent a boat (or kayak or canoe) and explore the trails & islands around the lake. Fish, or swim or just chill. Everyone is friendly, and most people have been coming here for years. Bring your own shampoo and hair dryer. Towels are provided (even towels to use for swimming - available in a bin near the office). Barbecues are located in between cabins, propane provided. Wood is also provided for the early summer/late fall cool evenings. If it's raining, visit the office for a puzzle or book. Wi-Fi available only near the office. No cell service or TV - you have the great outdoors to keep you busy!
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Date of stay: August 2018
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tmokes wrote a review Jul. 2018
Spokane, Washington115 contributions7 helpful votes
I got invited to go. Wow, how amazing! I was just told to pack my clothing and planning on boating and hiking. Rest was packed by girlfriend who’s been going there pretty much all her life every summer. Now I understand why it is hard to book this place. So if you’re lucky enough to book a room or get invited, GO. Like everybody says, it’s a small village of floating cabins with office/rental/employee common area. Most people take ferry from Diablo lake bringing food and whatever your toys of your choice. I suppose you could hike down and around Ross Lake dam, bringing food and such isn’t going to be easy. Rooms/kitchen/bathroom is clean and it has a wood burning stove with firewood stocked. I didn’t use it but I heard it works well when cold. No cell or tv service, so people bring books or borrow games from the office. We were too tired from hiking and boating all day so after cooking dinner we just sat on the deck to watch sunset before we passed out. Oh by the way, they have a bbq grill in between cabins to use when you’re thinking of what kind of food to bring. Sadly, many people will not be able to stay here because it’s always booked out with same people year after year but that’s probably the reason why it’s so beautiful and kept up nice. They treat it like it’s there own cabin. Who’s going to trash it when you are going to stay there next year? And people know each other after going there year after year. However there are many camp spots on Ross Lake and some are only accessible via boat/kayak/canoe. Ross Lake resort rent them and they are worth every penny. We had a boat and it was so nice to see the lake. They told me that full tank of gas gets you to the other end of the lake, back and half way there. I also would want to rent a canoe. I think it’s a fun way to get to a camp site and that’s what I want to do sometime.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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no_holds_barred_2 wrote a review Jun. 2018
Atlanta, Georgia4 contributions11 helpful votes
Great setting. Great for the psyche. Hike in or boat in. Grab your floating cabin. Through some wood on the fire. Dial down and relax. Beautiful setting. Total peace and relaxation. What a place! Full kitchen so bring lots of good food and beverages. Rent a boat and see the lake and surroundings up close. So nice.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ross Lake Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Ross Lake Resort?
Nearby attractions include Diablo Dam (0.00 km), Cascadian Farm Organic (2.9 km), and Gorge Creek Falls (2.5 km).
Is parking available at Ross Lake Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ross Lake Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mondo Restaurant, Marblemount Diner, and Cascadian Home Farm.