Granite Lake (Lewis County)

This popular lake can be reached with an easy 2 mile hike where a choice of several well established campsites await you. A great view of Mt Rainier can be had from the west side of the lake. The crystal clear water can make fishing tough; reports of good sized, naturally reproducing Eastern Brook Trout  keep anglers coming back to this lake. This lake is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Getting here:

From Ashford on Hwy 706, drive ~2.4m east & turn right on Kernahan/Skate Creek Rd. In ~4.6m turn right on FS#84 and then in another 1.2m take FS#8410 - continue another 3.9m to trailhead #251. note: last portion of the road is badly washed out and negotiable for high clearance 4wd only - most should plan on parking lower down. Hike 1/4 mile to Pothole lake then another mile passing Bertha May Lake to arrive at Granite; 600' gain.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Lewis
Acreage: 26.70 ac.
Elevation: 4179 ft.
TRS: T14R07E SEC16
Center: 46.696858, -121.926074
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: GRANITE LK (LEWI)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Aug 18, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 550 TOKUL CR HATCHERY

Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Granite Lake
Photo by WDFW