About eight and a half miles northeast of Cusick, in Kaniksu National Forest, Browns Lake is open from the fourth Saturday in April through October 31. Fly-fishing only, all motors are prohibited. Browns Lake receives annual plants of Westslope Cutthroat Trout fry, and offers Cutthroat from 8 - 16+ inches. Rainbow Trout, formerly stocked in the lake and now naturally reproducing in Browns Creek, are still occasionally encountered (as are Rainbow Trout x Cutthroat Trout hybrids).
NOTE: Browns Creek, which previously was on the same open season as the lake, is now on a standard stream season (the first Saturday in June through October 31), and is also fly-fishing only. Check the current regulations pamphlet for catch and size limits.
To find this high-elevation lake (3,450 feet), cross the Pend Oreille River at Usk, head north for five miles on LeClerc Creek Road, then northeast on Browns Creek Road, FR-1921 and FR-128 to the south shore of the lake. There you'll find a USFS campground and boat launch.
See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility information.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
- Fly fishing only for this lake
Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is good around Forest Service campground.
Species you might catch
County: Pend Oreille
Acreage: 87.30 ac.
Elevation: 3415 ft.
Center: 48.438173, -117.192565
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Fishing prospects calendar
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.
See chart for details.