Scatter Lake

This is a beautiful mountain lake located in Okanogan County up the Twisp River. Although it is accessed via a formal trail, it is a challenging hike because of the elevation gain. If you are willing to do the hike, you will be rewarded by grand views and good fishing from shore for Westslope Cutthroat  Trout and Rainbow Trout that average about 9 inches in length.

Getting here:

From the town of Twisp, go west on the Twisp River Road for 22 miles (only paved for 14 miles). Just after crossing Scatter Creek on the road, turn right onto a side road. Go past the horse corral (about 500 feet) to the trailhead. Hike the very steep trail (#427) for 4.5 miles (3900 feet elevation gain) to the 7047 foot lake. There are several good camps (no fire wood).

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Okanogan
Acreage: 6.90 ac.
Elevation: 7052 ft.
Center: 48.470841, -120.517377
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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


Scatter Lake
Photo by WDFW