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Washington Backcountry Trails

Riffe Lake


Riffe Lake

Camping on the island by Landers Creek

Definition of terms below
Location: Lewis County
Directions: Head out to Morton on Hwy 7, turn right onto Hwy 12 and head east towards  White Pass, go up the hill (just out of Morton) and as your headed down the other side go under the bridge and there is a main road to the right, go to the Y and hang a left and follow this FS 27 around the end of Riffe Lake, cross the fishing bridge and turn right, stay right at the next Y and go to the end of the road where there is a washout. Park here and go.
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation +/- Virtually none
Distance: 6+ Miles Roundtrip
Rating: 8 out of 10
Fishing: Awesome if your there when they are biting
Scenery: Great, forest, meadows and numerous elk, porcupine
Map: Printable Topo Map


Riffe Lake is worth a weekend visit. Take a raft or better yet as we worked it have some buddies bring a motored boat across the lake to pick you up the next day for some outstanding fishing in the far shorelines of the lake.

On this little adventure I jumped on my mountain bike and headed through the 2 washouts and biked on down the old road along the back of the lake. I found a couple of great campsites. Also I came across a porcupine, cute little fellow.

I continued on down the road until I got to the old bridge over Landers Creek. The lake was down a bit and low-and-behold as the lake had dropped a bunch of huge logs had formed a bridge out to the new island. So I shimmed myself, backpack and mountain bike on out to the island (the picture above shows it at sunset).

I fished that afternoon and evening and did not have to much luck. So I just enjoyed the scenery and the beautiful day. But then the next morning when my buddies brought the ole "Red Racer" (16 foot fiberglass boat) across the lake-- our fishing bonanza started.

We caught a mess of fish as we toured the shorelines of this enormous lake. We even found a old Styrofoam ice chest washed up on shore that was full of beer. 

Fishing-- It is awesome. This lake is one of our favorites, we caught some sizeable  small mouth bass, kokanee and some enormous rainbows.

 Do it again? Yes

Other Links:
Backroads - Riffe Lake
Riffe and Alder lake Flooded Towns

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