Curlew Lake

Guide to Fishing, Lodging, Recreation & Eating

Southern view of Curlew Lake. Wiseman Island in center of view.
Southern view of Curlew Lake. Wiseman Island is in the center distance.
Sunset on Curlew Lake
Beautiful sunsets follow beautiful days on Curlew Lake

Curlew Lake

Off the beaten path in Ferry County, WA, Curlew Lake draws families who return each year for reunions and to introduce their children to the joys of their own childhood vacations.

While it is hard to find two articles about the lake that agree on its length, we’re going to go out on a limb and state that the part of the lake that is accessible for fishing and kayaking is about 5.5 miles long. Shallower waters at the south and north ends of the lake reduce the area available for water sports to something closer to 4.5 miles. 

The Department of Ecology reports that the maximum depth of the lake is 130 feet, but the mean average is 43 feet. This matters if you want to know how many colors of leaded line to drop (and where), but not so much if you’re kayaking around the lake’s shoreline.

Good fishing!

Curlew Lake has some of the best trout, bass, and tiger muskie fishing in Washington State. The lake includes four small islands, two of which contain residences.  Bass and perch are attracted to the shallow island water’s grasses and submerged logs, and the voracious tiger muskies are, in turn, attracted to the bass and perch. Learn more about our lake fish, and check out our fishing map which shows you where to drop a hook or troll fish. 

Stay at the Lake!

Enjoy clear skies, warm days, and sparkling water at Curlew Lake.  Choose to stay in a snug, charming cabin at Tiffany’s Resort, Fisherman’s Cove, or Black Beach Resort; or, camp in your tent or RV at one of the resorts or at Curlew Lake State Park.  All provide boat ramps, boating and fishing docks, swimming beaches, and mini markets. Fisherman’s Cove even has the Snack Shack, their on-site restaurant.

Young girl riding inner tube on water.

What to Do

Curlew Lake has something for everyone from great fishing spring through fall, and summer water sports enjoyed by children and adults. Want more? Hunt for fossils at nearby Stonerose’s fossil site. Bike, walk, or jog the Ferry County Rail Trail. Grab your camera and go for a scenic drive. Explore the frontier town of Republic, WA. Go horseback riding and visit a ranch petting zoo. You’ll enjoy it all! 

Where to Eat

You’ll work up an appetite spending the day fishing or enjoying water sports at Curlew Lake. When you’re ready for a great breakfast, lunch, dinner, or the supplies to create your own tasty meal, there are a variety of appetite-satisfying restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores in nearby Republic, WA and Curlew, WA. 

Nature Up Close

Curlew lake provides a rich environment for migrating birds, including swans, golden eagles, night hawks, great horned owls, geese, waterfowl, and orioles. Spring through summer, bald eagles, osprey, and colonies of great blue heron nest on the lake’s tree-lined islands, and you can often see them hunting the lake’s fish. Early spring and fall, migratory birds, like swan and snow geese, take layovers on the lake on their way to and from Canada.

Image of osprey holding fish.