Heather Lake (Chelan County)

This large, valley bottom lake sits at the end of a well maintained and popular 3.3 mile trail. It is surrounded by trees and brush and a distinct lack of Heather. It is a pretty lake that offers good fishing opportunities for Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout. You can generally expect to find fish up to 12 inches in length. There are good camping opportunities but campfires are not allowed here or at nearby Glasses Lake. Heather Lake was named by famed forest supervisor A.H. Sylvester. He hadn't visited the lake at the time he named it, but judging from his map thought it ought to be surrounded by Heather.

Getting here:

From Everett head east on US 2 for 85 miles to Coles Corner.
From Leavenworth travel west on US 2 for 15 miles.


Turn north onto State Route 207 (signed for Lake Wenatchee) and proceed 4.2 miles to a Y intersection after crossing the Wenatchee River. Bear left onto North Shore Road. At 7.6 miles, the road becomes Forest Road 65. Continue west on FR 65 for 4.7 miles, turning left onto FR 67. After 0.4 mile turn right onto FR 6701. Continue for 4.7 miles, turning left onto FR 6701-400 signed "Heather Lake T.H.". Drive for 2.4 miles to the road's end and trailhead (elev. 2700 ft).

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Chelan
Acreage: 83.80 ac.
Elevation: 3957 ft.
Center: 47.855505, -121.1309
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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


Heather Lake
Photo by WDFW