26 Best Lakeside Getaways in the Northwest

On both sides of our mountains, east and west, our Northwest lakes are inviting playgrounds perfect for a day trip or extended stay.
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Diablo Lake at sunrise. The water's turquoise hue is the result of rock particles, ground into a fine "flour" by surrounding glaciers, that are suspended in the water and reflect light.

Their cooling waters beckon, calling to hikers sweaty from miles of grinding altitude gain and to other explorers of our lush forests. Elsewhere, they’re visions of blue in the midst of otherwise dry landscapes. On both sides of our mountains, east and west, our Northwest lakes are inviting playgrounds perfect for an extended stay or a weekend day trip.

Lake Chelan
Stehekin
Soap Lake

Ross Lake Resort
Lakedale
Lochaerie Resort
Lake Quinault Lodge
Lake Crescent
Watermark Beach Resort
Lake Coeur d’Alene
Lake Pend Oreille
Suttle Lake
Takhlakh Lake
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