Kayak Deer Lake

Deer Lake Parking

Activities

Fishing, Kayaking, Swimming, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Jen Weir

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Lake
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

Peaceful mountain lake scenery that will leave you speechless -- or will at least give you a day you won't soon forget.

Deer Lake is a hidden cache of awesomeness in the mountains of eastern Washington. The lake expands a sizeable 1,146 acres, giving you plenty of room to explore with your kayak.

Aside from the Deer Lake Resort and one public boat launch provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the lake is surrounded by privately owned homes and cabins. While this can make it more difficult to access, it also provides a quiet and secluded escape. 

When not being stirred up by boats and jet skis, the lake is generally very calm, making it ideal for kayaking. Weekends and holidays are always busy but if you can sneak up during the week you won't be disappointed.

If you have your own kayak or have a favorite place to rent from, you can launch from the public area (which contains only a boat launch and an outhouse). The resort also offers kayak rentals as well as day passes that seem to be fairly affordable -- not to mention then you would at least also have access to food and bathrooms.

Deer Lakes also boasts a wide variety of fish species including, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, perch, rainbow trout, and lake trout. If you've got a fishing license and it's your lucky day, you might be able to reel in one or two.

Very rarely does the day close on Deer Lake without a sunset worthy of a canvas print -- for this reason, I recommend soaking up the last rays of the sun from a kayak in the middle of the lake, facing the western ridge line with your camera ready.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Kat Cassels

almost 2 years ago

Loon Lake.. A Hidden Gem

I agree.. it's not far from my home and it's my go to lake for SUP in the summer. It quiets down just in time to watch the sun set .

Activities

Fishing, Kayaking, Swimming, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Jen Weir

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Cliff Jump and Swim at 'The Cove'

Adventure

Hike through Muley Canyon

Adventure

Hike or Kayak to Bead Lake Campsites

Adventure

Hike to Quartz Mountain Lookout

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

destinations

A Magical Yosemite Valley Winter Storm

A Yosemite Winter Wonderland

gear

La Sportiva Women's Skwama Climbing Shoe Review

Super sticky, super responsive, and just as badass as the men’s version of the shoe.

travel

A Few Days in Rossland, BC - A Must-Stop on the Powder Highway

If this town of less than 4,000 friendly folks doesn’t charm your socks off, the terrain at RED M...

destinations

WATCH: A Way of Life Under Attack - 'Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee'

All over this country, indigenous people are literally just fighting for their identity.

More Stories