June 9 Cooper Lake Day Outing
June 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm| Free
Cooper lake sits on top of the Cascades at 2788 feet near Cle Elum and boasts stunning views of those mountain from the East. Its open year around, and provides fair fishing for brook trout and 8 to 10 inch rainbows which attack almost anything that is moving. This is a put and take lake with a no gear restrictions. Brown trout in the 1 to 3 pound category are available as Dave Schorsch has demonstrated in the past fishing with buggers over weed beds. The lake is planted every year with some 3-5,000 8 to 12 inch fish with several hundred 2-3 pound fish. Some cutthroat are available. All boat motors are prohibited. The boat ramp is small, but adequate, but parking can be challenging as the beauty of the lake attracts many non-fishing boatists. Toilet facilities are available, but there is no running water. A 12 noon get together for lunch at the boat launch is suggested at the discretion of the host. Closed to fishing for bull trout. Please carefully release any bull trout that are inadvertently hooked. A boat launch is available, but all motors are prohibited by county ordinance. There is a small US Forest Service campground at the lake.
Driving Directions: (About a 2+ hour drive)
Take highway 903 out of Roslyn, WA toward Salmon La Sac. After several miles 903 becomes the Salmon La Sac road. Near the Salmon La Sac campground take forest service road 46 (Paved) which crosses the Cle Elum river and follow it to the East end of Cooper Lake. There you will find a Y in the road. Take the right arm of the Y which leads to the North side of the lake, several camping spots, and the boat launch.The lake is stocked annually in May & June with catchable sized rainbow trout some up to 1.5 lbs each.
Cooper Lake Host: Bob Birkner