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Lake Kachess

Boating, paddling and fishing are among the activities on a shimmering mountain lake, while its forest is excellent for hiking and cycling. 

Sheltered in a valley between impressive mountains stands Lake Kachess, a glorious basin of water that springs from an opening in its namesake river. It is a serene recreational area, with nature trails meandering through its surrounding forest. Enjoy the utter tranquility in this magnificent setting.

Lay down a blanket on a grassy spot on the shore for a picnic with your family, with the lake serving as a picturesque view. Hike between the trees, ensuring you bring enough water and sunscreen for the walk. Go mountain biking around the lake’s perimeter or try swimming or fishing for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. 

Stay at one of the homes or the Kachess Campground on the edge of the lake. Make use of the campground’s amenities and sit by a fire, before sleeping beneath the stars. 

Reach the northern tip of the water basin, which is known as Little Kachess Lake. In winter, go skiing down the slopes of the adjacent Summit at Snoqualmie. The resort has all types of dining and recreational options, as well as ski slopes running down four separate mountains. At the lake’s southern point, follow the Kachess River to Lake Easton State Park, which has a children’s play area. 

Note that the lake is used as a storage reservoir for an irrigation project and its water levels are controlled by the Kachess Dam. The name of the site comes from a Native American dialect that means More Fish. 

Lake Kachess runs between Cle Elum Lake and Keechelus Lake, a little west of central Washington. Rent a car in Seattle and drive east for 68 miles (110 kilometers) to arrive here in 60 to 90 minutes. 

While you’re in the region, check out neighboring landmarks such as Mt. Rainer National Park, Washington State Horse Park and the Yakima River. 


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Lake and Mountain Views
Lake and Mountain Views

Lake and Mountain Views

Easton, WA
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Cascade Range and Lake Kachess. Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Lost Lake are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    Snoqualmie Pass Lodge - Between Lake Kachess and the Snoqualmie Pass ski Resort
    Snoqualmie Pass Lodge - Between Lake Kachess and the Snoqualmie Pass ski Resort

    Snoqualmie Pass Lodge - Between Lake Kachess and the Snoqualmie Pass ski Resort

    Easton, WA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Easton lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cascade Range and Lake Kachess. Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Lost Lake are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Large Mountain Cabin in Kachess Ridge
      Large Mountain Cabin in Kachess Ridge

      Large Mountain Cabin in Kachess Ridge

      Easton, WA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Easton, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Cascade Range and Lake Kachess. Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Lost Lake are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Secluded Modern Hm w/ Hot Tub_4th Nt Free_stunning Views_covrd Patio_fire Pit
        Secluded Modern Hm w/ Hot Tub_4th Nt Free_stunning Views_covrd Patio_fire Pit

        Secluded Modern Hm w/ Hot Tub_4th Nt Free_stunning Views_covrd Patio_fire Pit

        Cle Elum, WA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is steps from Cle Elum Lake and Cascade Range. Roslyn Museum is 9.9 mi (15.9 km) away.

          Private Pet-friendly Hm w/ Amazing Mountain View_4th Nt Free_hot Tub_htd Deck
          Private Pet-friendly Hm w/ Amazing Mountain View_4th Nt Free_hot Tub_htd Deck

          Private Pet-friendly Hm w/ Amazing Mountain View_4th Nt Free_hot Tub_htd Deck

          Cle Elum, WA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a rural location, this romantic vacation home is steps from Cle Elum Lake and Cascade Range. Roslyn Museum is 9.7 mi (15.7 km) away.

            Amazing Views at Secluded Home_3rd Nt Free_game Rm_hot Tub_pet-friendly_wi-fi
            Amazing Views at Secluded Home_3rd Nt Free_game Rm_hot Tub_pet-friendly_wi-fi

            Amazing Views at Secluded Home_3rd Nt Free_game Rm_hot Tub_pet-friendly_wi-fi

            Cle Elum, WA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Cle Elum vacation home is located in a rural location, just steps from Cle Elum Lake and Cascade Range. Fireman's Park and Roslyn Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Stunning Views at Secluded Hm_4th Nt Free_pet-friendly_game Rm_smart TV
              Stunning Views at Secluded Hm_4th Nt Free_pet-friendly_game Rm_smart TV

              Stunning Views at Secluded Hm_4th Nt Free_pet-friendly_game Rm_smart TV

              Cle Elum, WA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this romantic vacation home is steps from Cle Elum Lake and Cascade Range. Roslyn Museum and Washington State Horse Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Ridgecrest Hideaway
                Ridgecrest Hideaway

                Ridgecrest Hideaway

                791 Lake Forest Drive, Cle Elum, WA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cle Elum, this golf vacation home is steps from Cle Elum Lake and Cascade Range. Roslyn Museum and Washington State Horse Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).