Browns Lake

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

Special fishing restrictions:

  • Fly fishing only for this lake

Shoreline access: Good
Shoreline access is good around Forest Service campground.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pend Oreille
Acreage: 87.30 ac.
Elevation: 3415 ft.
Center: 48.438173, -117.192565
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Fishing prospects calendar

Westslope cutthroat trout
  • April: Good fishing - Second half of month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Excellent fishing - All month
  • August: Excellent fishing - All month
  • September: Excellent fishing - All month
  • October: Excellent fishing - All month
Rainbow trout
  • April: Excellent fishing - Second half of month
  • May: Excellent fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Excellent fishing - First half of month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
  • October: Good fishing - All month