Pete Lake

This very popular eastside lake is an easy flat 4 mile hike and well suited for families. Early in the season there are several water crossings that could prove a bit difficult for little ones. The trail is also popular with equestrians, and the plentiful campsites fill up fast on a weekend. Most of the shoreline is shallow, making shore fishing a bit challenging but still productive for Eastern Brook Trout of varying sizes. A nice view of the surrounding mountains can be seen from the lake.

Getting here:

From I-90 take the Roslyn/Salmon La Sac exit #80 and follow the road ~ 17.5 miles past Lake Cle Elum. Take a left across the bridge over the river onto paved Road #46; at ~ 4 miles take a right at the Cooper Lake sign (unpaved) and drive a further 2 miles past the Owhi Campground to the end of the road and the trailhead #1323 - horse trailer parking also available. 9m r/t, 400' gain.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Kittitas
Acreage: 36.50 ac.
Elevation: 2984 ft.
TRS: T23R13E SEC20
Center: 47.475873, -121.235953
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: PETE LK (KITT)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Aug 27, 1997 Cutthroat 959 685 NACHES 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


Pete Lake
Photo by WDFW