There is NO direct road access to Ross Lake Resort! There are two different ways to reach Ross Lake. See which one applies to your trip below ...
Park your car on HWY 20 at milepost 134 (the Ross Lake/Dam trailhead) and hike 1 mile down the trail. At the end of the trail turn right onto the gravel road. Follow the road down to the lake (you will see the Resort across the lake), and call us from the phone on the last power pole by the side of the road (dialing instructions located inside the box).
$3.00 per person for a quick boat ride across the lake to the resort for those with reserved services.
You can also hike to the resort by turning left at the bottom of the hiking trail. Instead of hiking down to the water, you can hike across the dam and around to the resort. This will add approximately 2.5 miles to your hike. For printable hiking instructions and a map click here.
There is no restaurant or store on-site
Leave your vehicle(s) empty at trailheads to reduce the risk of break-ins.
Due to COVID restrictions, there is no ferry operating for campers! All campers must park at the trailhead and hike their gear in. Visit our dedicated COVID website for more details.
All day-use visitors must park at the trailhead and hike in.
Ferry and Truck In
Due to COVID restrictions, there is currently NO ferry service from Seattle City Light on Diablo Lake for campers and day-use visitors. We are diligently working with City Light and the National Park Service to develop an operating plan and will update you as soon as possible. Please visit our dedicated COVID website for additional information and updates.
Want to bring your personal canoe or kayak to Ross Lake? We offer truck portage between Diablo Lake and Ross Lake. Click here for more detailed information. For a printable portage map with instructions, click here.
Getting Here Through Canada
* The border has been closed during COVID. Be sure to check the status first.
Do you want to bring your personal watercraft that is larger than a canoe or kayak to Ross Lake? To do so you must go through Hozomeen Canada. Here's how ...
The only vehicle access to Hozomeen is via the Silver-Skagit Road, a 39-mile (62.4 km) gravel road leaving Highway 1 just three kilometers west of Hope, British Columbia (exit 168). The Silver Skagit road is graded at times, but washboards and potholes are common. Carry a spare tire as flats occur due to sharp rocks. There is no gas or services available at Hozomeen.
Hozomeen has two graded cement ramps, which are generally accessible from mid-June through September. There is no boat launch on the south end of Ross Lake; to reach Hozomeen from the south, canoes, kayaks, and small crafts can be launched at Colonial Creek Campground, boated five miles on Diablo Lake, then portaged around Ross Dam to Ross Lake. See our portage page for more detailed information.