WA Peninsula, SC Washington, High Lakes of NW WA, NE Washington & Idaho, NC Washington, NW Montana, Low Lakes of NW WA, SE Washington

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Lake Ann

SIZE: 19.3 Acres
ELEVATION: 5,475 Feet

COUNTY: Chelan, Washington
Longitude: 120d 45m 17s to 120d 45m 35s West
Latitude: 48d 30m 19s to 48d 30m 29s North

Cutthroat Trout, Coastal
Cutthroat Trout, Montana Black Spot


High, rocky mountains ring the lake on all but the east side. While some trees dot them, the slopes are primarily rock. There are both broken rock slopes and vertical cliffs, and also some meadow areas.

The outlet end of the lake is lined with dead wood and snags of various sizes. Many submerged snags also line this shore. Brush grows up behind the piles of wood for most of the east shoreline.

The northeast corner has a small rockslide located between an open area and the beginning of the steeper shoreline. Most of the back three sides of the lake are steep.

A small island is located opposite the outlet stream in the southwest corner of the lake. The island is still building, and each spring has a fresh deposit of rocky material deposited by snows sliding down the steep chute to the south. Early in the summer, when a lot of snow still remains, a large snow bridge can usually be seen linking the island and the mainland.

A good-sized rocky bottomed flat is found to the north of the island, and also extends a shorter distance to the east.

The bottom of the lake is rocky, with some silt deposits and almost no aquatic vegetation.

The water is very clear.

Take Highway 20 to the Rainy Pass Picnic Area on the south side of the highway at mile 157.7.

From the parking areas, a blacktop trail leads to Rainy Lake. Within a few yards of the start of the blacktop trail, a dirt trail branches off to the right and begins climbing.

Take the dirt trail. A good trail leads 2 miles to the lake, with a fork reached in a flat a little over a quarter of a mile before the lake. The lower (left) fork goes to the lake, and the upper fork continues on to Heather Pass and Maple Pass. If you miss the fork, you will eventually see Lake Ann below you from the trail.

Spinners cast from the dead wood over the submerged snags along the outlet shoreline work well. They also work well cast over the rocky flat north of the island. Flies cast in the same areas are even more effective.

The vast majority of the Cutthroat caught are of the Montana Black Spot variety.

The lake is in a U.S. Forest Service Fee area, and a parking pass is required. As of 2007, day use passes are $5.00, or annual passes are $30.00

* Green Trails Map #49.
* USGS Topographic Map, Washington (48120-E6-TF-024-00) Washington Pass Quadrangle, 7.5 Minute Series.
* USGS Topographic Map, Washington (48120-E1-TM-100-00) Robinson Mountain Quadrangle, 30x60 Minute Series.
* Washington Atlas & Gazetteer, Page 112.