Schaefer Lake

Schaefer Lake has an over-abundance of Eastern Brook Trout. This is a great lake if you are hungry for a fish dinner. To access the 5-mile trail to the lake you first have to ford the Chiwawa River. Do not attempt this when the river is high with snow melt early in the season. Wait until the river level has dropped later in the summer when the river can be forded safely.

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 right onto the Chiwawa Loop Road, and after 1.3 miles turn left onto the Chiwawa River Road (Forest Road 62). Proceed for 13 miles (the pavement ends at 10.8 miles) to the trailhead, located 0.2 mile beyond Finner Creek Campground (elev. 2450 ft)

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Chelan
Acreage: 80.90 ac.
Elevation: 5135 ft.
TRS: T29R16E SEC34
Center: 47.962722, -120.84261
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Schaefer Lake
Photo by WDFW