Recreation

Camping

There are numerous campgrounds in the Tonasket area. The following are campgrounds in the Tonasket Ranger District.

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  • Beaver Lake Campground
  • Beth Lake Campground
  • Bonaparte Lake Campground
  • Cottonwood Campground
  • Crawfish Lake Campground
  • Kerr Campground
  • Long Swamp Campground
  • Lost Lake Campground
  • Lyman Lake Campground
  • Oriole Campground
  • Salmon Meadows Campground
  • Sugarloaf Campground
  • Tiffany Springs Campground

For more information on these campgrounds go to: USDA Forest Service

For a complete list of area trails and their descriptions, click here.

There are also other areas for camping, cabins, and RVs. Bonaparte Lake Resort has cabins, campsites, and RV hookups, with amenities. For more information, go to http://bonapartelakeresort.com

Address: 615 Bonaparte Lake Road, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: 509-486-2828

Sonora Point Resort is located by Spectacle Lake, just northwest of Tonasket. There are both tent spaces and RV hookups, with many amenities. For more information, go to http://sonorapointresort.com

Address: 761 Loomis Oroville Highway, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: (509) 223-3700

Spectacle Lake Resort, located on the banks of Spectacle Lake, has tent spaces, RV hookups, and a waterfront motel. For more information, go to http://spectaclelakeresort.com

Address: 10 McCammon Road, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: 509-223-3433

Sun Cove Resort is located on Wannacut Lake, northwest of Tonasket. Sun Cove Resort has RV hookups, campsites, one-bedroom cabins, and family cabins. For more information go to http://thesuncoveresort.com

Address: 93 E Wannacut Lane, Oroville, WA 98844
Phone: 509-476-2223

There is also more information available at Okanogan Country

 

Fishing

The Tonasket area has a multitude of lakes, streams, and rivers, hence the name "Many Lakes Recreation Area". Our area is a fisherman's paradise.

For information on specific lakes and seasons go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/county/okanogan

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Hunting

Our area has thousands of acres of federal and state public land, and a multitude of lakes and waterways.

Thus, our area has vast opportunities for hunting. We have big game, such as mule deer, whitetail deer,and elk; small game, such as rabbit and hare; upland game birds and waterfowl, including pheasant, wild turkey, grouse, quail, chukkar, ptarmigan, goose, and duck.

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In other words, our area is something of a hunter's paradise.

For more specific information, go to

 

Snow Fun

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Highlands Nordic Sno-Park offers over 36 kilometers of beautifully groomed trail for both classic and skate skiing. Whether you are a beginner or advanced skier, you'll enjoy skiing here in the Okanogan highlands. http://highlandsnordicsnopark.com for more information.

Sitzmark Ski Area is located 20 minutes northeast of Tonasket on Havillah Road. Sitzmark Ski Area offers dry powder snow, lots of sunshine, great views, small lift lines, and low ticket prices. The ski area has 80 acres of skiable terrain for the beginner to most experienced skier/boarder. There is a double chair lift, rope tow and bunny hill, and a terrain park. The base elevation is 4,300 feet and the top is 4,950 feet. http://gositzmark.org for more information

Bonaparte Sno-Park offers 52 miles of snowmobile trails. Check with www.parks.wa.gov for permit and condition information.

There are numerous lakes for ice fishing in our area. Among them are Palmer Lake, Lake Osoyoos, Sidley Lake, and Lake Bonaparte. There is also winter fishing available on open waters on the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers.

For more information, check with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. http://wdfw.wa.gov

 

Trail Rides

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Okanogan County is unique in that it has multiple trail systems that range from low elevations in the valley to higher elevations in the wilderness areas. Depending on the governing land owner agencies, trails are available to hike, ride bikes, ride horses and some will even allow motorized vehicles like ATVs. Be sure to check in at the Visitor Center for trail locations, difficulty levels and usage regulations.

 

Hiking and Nature Walks

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The Tonasket area has a multitude of hiking and nature walk opportunities. Some of those that are close by are the Similkameen Trail, which follows the Similkameen River, Whiskey Mountain near Wannacut Lake, and Whistler Canyon south of Oroville.

For a complete list of area trails and their descriptions, click here.

Tonasket is also the gateway to the eastern edge of the Pasayten Wilderness. This largest of the wilderness areas in the State begins at the eastern terminus of the Boundary Trail located at the end of the Iron Gate Road up Toats Coulee west of Loomis. While this road is not for the faint-hearted, it takes eager hikers to within 6 miles of Horseshoe Basin with its sweeping vistas of the mountains of two countries. The basin is superb for a day hike in a wilderness or for a several day immersion in relative solitude. Further long this trail adventures as gentle or as daring as a person wants can be found as well as some good fishing in small streams and high lakes. Bring your favorite bug repellent and be prepared for weather changes. It can snow any day of the year in the Pasayten.

 

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