Curlew Lake State Park is a 85 acre camping park, eight miles from the Stone Rose public fossil dig and the charming gold rush town of Republic. The Lew is one of the most relaxing campgrounds in Washington, a great destination for a quiet day-trip or overnight adventure. Water and snow sports are popular activities, as well as natural history and archeological study.
Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
The park is located along the shores of Curlew Lake, a 5.5-mile lake popular for trout, bass and tiger muskie fishing. Curlew Lake has some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the area. Active bald eagle, heron and osprey nesting areas are viewable from the park, making wildlife watching a popular park activity. Known for its exceptionally green lawns, the park offers both tent and RV accommodations. A sea plane dock is located in the south campground.
The park also includes the nearby Ranald MacDonald’s Grave, the smallest interpretive state park in Washington. A 25-mile drive along the Kettle River will take visitors to the park, situated near the Canadian Border.
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
There are ten unsheltered picnic tables in the park, available first come, first served. The swimming area has three braziers for cooking.
2 miles of bike trails
2 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
80-feet of dock
Two boat ramps
Winter Activities & Features
Other Activities & Features
Nearby Ranald MacDonald’s Grave State Park, the smallest interpretive state park in Washington, is managed by Curlew Lake State Park. A 25-mile drive along the Kettle River will take visitors to the park, situated near the Canadian Border.
The park is a great home base for bicycle tour groups.
There are many fishable lakes and streams in the area. Fishing at Curlew Lake is excellent for rainbow trout. The lake also offers fishing for large and small-mouth bass and, for the more adventurous, tiger muskies. The minimum catch size for tiger muskies is 50-inches.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Rock hounds and the archaeologically curious may explore the nearby Stone Rose public dig site. A trip to Grand Forks in Canada is a nice day trip for the family.
Located in Ferry County on Curlew Lake, Curlew Park offers two, no-fee boat ramps and 80-feet of handling dock. Curlew Lake is 5.5 miles long. Additional information can be found in the Boating Program.
A daily permit is available for watercraft launching at the park for $7. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.
Boat Launch Latitude: 48º 43' 6.24" N (48.7184) Longitude: 118º 39' 35.27" W (-118.6598)
The park has 57 tent spaces, 25 utility spaces, one dump station, two restrooms, and four showers. The south camp area has ten campsites with eight sites overlooking the lake. There is a no-fee mooring dock for these sites, two restrooms and two showers both ADA accessible. The main campground has 16 tent sites overlooking the lake and 47 tent spaces total.
There are 18 full hookup sites and seven with water and power only. Maximum site length is 40-feet (limited availability). The restroom has two showers. Most hookups will take a 35-foot camping rig. Some will take trailers up to 45-feet. If hookups are full, camp in the random area and expect a one- or two-day wait until one of the hookups is available. Campsites 2-18, 20-34, 48-56, and 73-82 can be reserved. The remaining campsites are first come, first served. All campers must register at the ranger station.
Reservations & Fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Services & Supplies
The Ferry County Airport is just east of the park. A free shuttle car to the park is available for pilots. Call the park office at 509-775-3592 for more information.