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Browns Lake

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range
48.4362, -117.1964 Map & Directions
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
20 feet
Highest Point
2,440 feet
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A short one mile trail around a quiet fishing lake in northeastern Washington. Continue reading

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Hiking Browns Lake

The trail to Browns Lake is accessible from the campground at Browns Lake. The lake is a non motorized, fly fish-only lake in Pend Oreille County. There is a $14/night campground at the lake consisting of 18 sites.

While this is a forest service campground and trail, the area is managed by a concessionaire. There is a $5 day-use fee for those not camping at the campground. Bring a canoe or kayak to maximize a visit here. It's rare to find a nice, quiet lake without motorized use, and the water is crystal-clear.

The trail runs along the shore to the cedar grove, where part of the grove was impacted by the 2015 fire. There are several downed trees within the grove. The trail continues past the cedar grove, crossing a small forest service road and terminating at a fish viewing platform with interpretive signs.

The interpretive site is in need of repairs: watch out for holes in the decking of the viewing platform. Despite the issues with the site, the interpretive signage is worth the hike.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Browns Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.4362, -117.1964 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Newport, follow State Highway 20 north for 15 miles to the town of Usk. Cross the bridge over the Pend Oreille River on the east edge of town and follow the Kings Lake Road for 4 miles to the junction of Forest Road 5030000 (Browns Lake). Travel north on 5030000 for 4 miles to the campground entrance.

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Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

Colville National Forest

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