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Suttle Lake

Sitting in the foothills of the Cascade Range and surrounded by a lush forest, Suttle Lake offers an idyllic mountain retreat in all four seasons.

In late September and October, the vine maples surrounding Suttle Lake come alive in hues of orange, red, and yellow as fall foliage adds pops of color to the broader forest; savor the views from along the 3.5-mile, mostly flat Suttle Lake Loop Trail. Watch for several species of bird that stop by on their way south for the winter—including loons, ospreys, and bald eagles (the latter of which nests and spends its winters at the lake).

In winter, Suttle Lake calms down considerably. Savor the quiet with a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing trek around the lake. Afterward, relax inside your luxe lodge room or cabin at Suttle Lodge and Boathouse on the lake’s northeastern shore; the overnight stay, open year-round, also hosts an on-site cocktail lounge.

By late spring, anglers love fishing for kokanee, brown trout, and rainbow trout in Suttle Lake’s cool, clear waters. It’s around this time that a trio of campgrounds circling the lake opens for the season, as well; those welcome campers until early fall.

Summer brings a jovial atmosphere to the lake, thanks to the wide range of outdoor activities available. Rent a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe from Suttle Lodge and Boathouse; try your hand at fishing; take a leisurely walk around the lake; spend a night under the stars at Suttle Lake’s busy campgrounds; and enjoy a picnic at one of five day-use areas.

Open Season


Dog Friendly and/or Leash Rules

Leashed dogs are permitted—but can go off-leash while swimming in the lake.

Best time to visit


Don’t Miss

A visit in mid-October rewards visitors with outstanding views of fall foliage hugging the lakeshore.

Fees or Pass Needed

A Forest Pass ($5 per day pass or $30 per annual pass) or America the Beautiful pass ($80 per annual pass) is accepted at the Suttle Lake Day-Use Area.


Horses and motorized vehicles (including e-bikes) are not permitted on the Suttle Lake Loop Trail—and dogs must remain leashed on the path.





Paddle Water Sports


Parking is available at the lake’s various day-use areas.


From Sisters, the 14-mile drive to Suttle Lake takes about 15 minutes via Highway 20.

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