Ross Lake Resort

Historic hotelSee nearby area


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Lonely Planet review

The floating cabins at this secluded resort, on the lake's west side, were built in the 1930s for loggers working in the valley soon to be flooded by Ross Dam. There's no road in – either hike the 2-mile trail from Hwy 20 or take the resort's supply boat from the parking area near Diablo Dam. Cabins vary in size and facilities, but all feature electricity, plumbing and kitchenettes.

Bedding and kitchen supplies are provided, but guests should bring food. The resort rents canoes ($34 per day), kayaks ($44) and motorboats ($105), and operates a water-taxi service for hikers destined for trailheads around the lake ($2). If you need to pick up some food, stop by the Skagit General Store in Newhalem, which has sandwiches, fudge and hot coffee. Note that there's no internet or phone reception out here, so this is a complete getaway.

Our independent authors have visited Ross Lake Resort and selected this as one of our recommended historic hotels in North Cascades National Park.

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