Curlew Lake, Washington, USA

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All About Curlew Lake

Nestled in a valley with breathtaking views of Colville National Forest, Ferry National Forest and mountain ranges, Curlew Lake is located 4.8 miles northeast of Republic, Washington. This natural lake’s water level fluctuations are stabilized by a three foot dam built in 1926 and maintained by Ferry County. Curlew Lake is named for a species of wading birds, curlews, which frequent the area.

In addition to the curlews, Lake Curlew provides a home to many varieties of birds and is a rest stop and feeding area for migrating birds and waterfowl on the Pacific flyby route. Ducks and geese nest and raise their families along the shoreline and water of Lake Curlew. During the summer, even novice bird watchers will be thrilled to watch bald eagles, hawks, and falcons flying overhead in their hunting pursuits.

Curlew Lake provides visitors with year round recreational opportunities. On the crystal waters of Curlew Lake, swimming, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing are all available at many locations along the 16 mile shoreline during the warmer months. Anglers enjoy catches of rainbow trout (spring and early summer), largemouth bass (summer and fall), and tiger muskies (36 inches or longer). Curlew Lake also offers winter recreational options with groomed snowmobile routes around the lake and into the National Forests. With snow from November through February, cross country skiing will allow you to move through the pine scented natural beauty of the scenic trails with gentle to moderate slopes.

Curlew Lake State Park boasts that is one of the most relaxing campgrounds in Washington with 57 tent sites and 18 full hookups with many overlooking the calm water of Curlew Lake. Open from March 28 (weather permitting) to October 29, Curlew Lake State Park also offers two fee-free boat ramps. There are other campgrounds around the lake that offer year round camping and cabin rentals for those who want to enjoy the winter elements at Curlew Lake.

Lake front homes and communities also dot the shoreline of Curlew Lake and offer private boat ramps and beaches to their residents. Residents can enjoy colorful sunsets over the water with the mountainous background and peaceful forests through all the seasons.

With four distinct seasons, abundant wildlife, and plenty of water access, Curlew Lake is sure to please any lake lover.

Things to Do at Curlew Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • National Forest

Fish Species Found at Curlew Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Trout

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Recommended Sites to Book a Curlew Lake Vacation

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  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
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  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Curlew Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Ferry County

Surface Area: 921 acres

Shoreline Length: 16 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 2,352 feet

Average Depth: 43 feet

Maximum Depth: 130 feet

Water Volume: 39,519 acre-feet

Drainage Area: 65 sq. miles

Trophic State: Oligo-mesotrophic

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