Area Lakes

Crescent Lake - West on Hwy 101 about 20 miles west of Port Angeles, this HUGE lake is an amazing shade of green & blue. Easy launch from the log cabin launch, parking is limited, restroom available. Good launch beach at Bovie Meadows.  Follow the signs as you approach the Lodge.  It is a fairly long carry, so portage wheels are recommended.  There is a restroom at the parking lot and picnic tables at the beach.  Do not launch from the Storm King boat ramp as it is reserved for motorized boat launches only.  It is a relatively easy launch, however, from either side of the ramp.  East Beach is another good launch with adequate parking, a restroom and a couple of picnic tables, but is closed to boat launching in the summer when it is primarily a swimming beach.  Map

Crocker Lake (65 acres) - Hwy 101 SOUTH, pass under Hwy 104, on you left just a bit past the underpass is a parking area with a pit toilet. You shouldn’t fish this lake…sad story…they poisoned the lake over 5 years ago to kill off something (plant or fish) and the lake has never recovered from this. There are some water plants and may even be some fish, but, DON’T eat anything from this lake. It IS safe to paddle, though! It’s that pretty little lake on the left that you see when coming back from Silverdale and the Hood Canal Bridge!  Map

Gibbs Lake - This is a Jefferson County Park, an undiscovered gem! Hwy 101 to SR 20, turn Right on Anderson Lake Rd and follow it until it ends at SR 19, turn west onto West Valley Road (corner of Chimacum School and Tri-Area Community Center); proceed for 4 miles and watch for sign directing you to Jefferson County Park on Gibbs Lake Road. This is a primitive park and all the trails are used for bikes, hikers and for horseback riders, so be careful where you step!  Map

Horseshoe Lake (13 acres) - Approximately 3 miles southwest of Port Ludlow. Fishing should be fair for rainbows in this small lake; Fish should average 9 to 11 inches.  Map

Leland Lake (100 acres)* - Hwy 101 SOUTH, pass under Hwy 104 and stay on Hwy 101 until you see the green sign for mile marker 289 Lake Leland/Leland Valley Road WEST. It's a right hand turn about 2-3 miles from the underpass. The boat launch is at the end of the parking lot on the right. There is also a small campground across the street on the left. ONLY $8.00/night, no water or electric, cute little campground though! Pit toilet in the campground and near the boat launch. Fishing from the dock is pretty good! WATCH FOR MUGGLES in the summer, this is a popular lake! This is a Jefferson County Park lake. Bring your fishing pole and license-they stock this lake and it LOADED with beautiful rainbow trout, yellow perch, crappie and blue gil! Saw a HUGE Osprey, a falcon a bald eagle and even a phineated woodpecker last visit! GREAT BIRD WATCHING DAY!!  Map

Lake Ozette - West on Hwy 101, take Hwy 12 and go about 20 miles. Watch for Olympic National Forest sign after passing thru Sekiu, turn Left and it’s a windy forest road about 13 miles up. 15 or so primitive campsites close to the lake. There is also an island you can camp on, might need a permit.  Map

Pleasant Lake (500 acres) - Located along Highway 101 about 8 miles northeast of Forks.  Map

Sandy Shore Lake (36 acres)* - Hwy 101 to Hwy 104 (toward Hood Canal Bridge), just past mile marker 6 there is a sign on the right that says Sandy Shore Lake Road, turn here. Stay to the left and watch out for potholes in the gravel road. NOTE: one weekend a month you can't access the lake as there are remote control boat races on this lake. This is a forest lake, 1.7 miles on a gravel road to the lake owned by Pope Resources. Bring your fishing pole and license-they stock this lake and it LOADED with beautiful rainbow trout! This is a beautiful forest lake. Saw a HUGE Osprey and an immature bald eagle last visit!  Map

Sutherland Lake (370 acres) - Hwy 101 West thru Port Angeles, about 10 miles out, on the left. This is a beautiful big lake, but, it has houses and motorboats and lake lice (jet ski’s) all around. There is a state access with boat launch and two toilets available.  Map

Tarboo Lake (24 acres)* - Hwy 101 to Hwy 104 (toward Hood Canal Bridge), exit Olympic Music Festival/Quilcene (before the Chimacum exit), go around under the freeway and turn right at the stop sign, go to just past mile marker 9 and turn right on the Tarboo Lake Rd., stay to the right at any turn decisions you come to, this is 3 miles of gravel/dirt road that dead ends at the lake. There is a kinda grubby outhouse, but, it usually has paper and works in desperation! Be sure to take a few moments to look up...there is a nesting pair of osprey at this lake, been here for many years. LOTS of ducks and other birds! Bring your fishing pole and license! This is a beautiful forest lake, darkened by the tannins from the fallen trees in the lake.  Map

Teal Lake (15 acres) - Hwy 101 to Hwy 104 (toward Hood Canal Bridge), make a Left just before the Hood Canal Bridge and go up the hill to the lake. Latitude: 47.89361 Longitude: -122.6722. This is a great little lake, no motor boats allowed, catch and release ONLY.  Map

Wentworth Lake (53 acres) - 7 miles northwest of Forks, on Dickey River Road.  Map

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