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General Information

Description - Fish species include kokanee salmon, cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout are available at Kachess Lake.

Attractions - Fish species include kokanee salmon, cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout. Boat launching is poor after the reservoir is drawn down in late summer and fall.

Recreation - Fishing and boating opportunities are available at Kachess Lake. Boat launching may be poor if the reservoir is drawn down.

Climate - The climate of Washington varies within each region. The Cascades split the state and alter the weather patterns. The mountains receive large amounts of wet, heavy snow from October through May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year. The terrain east of the mountains receives approximately 12 inches of rainfall per year, generally much less than west of the mountains. Since the area east of the mountains is landlocked, temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.

Due to the coastal geography, western Washington is primarily temperate. The proximity to the ocean stabilizes the climate, making extreme temperatures very rare. The area receives large amounts of precipitation from Pacific rain and snow storms.

Location - Kachess Lake is located off I-90, just northwest of Ellensburg, and adjacent to Cle Elum Lake, to the East.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Tiffany (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The only flaw wit the entire wilderness area around & including Kachesss Lake is that so many people know about it! There are several creeks and smaller lakes in the area and small waterfalls too! A hiker's paradise...SEVERAL hikers' paradise! :)


More Information

Contact Information:
Kachess Lake, Wenatchee National Forest, P.O. Box 811 , Wenatchee, WA, 98801, Phone: 509-674-4411

Additional Information:
Seattle Area/Volcano Country - This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
Washington Lakes and Reservoirs - Washington has an abundance of lakes and reservoirs managed both by USDI Fish and Wildlife and USDA National Forest Service.

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