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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Council Lake

A beautiful lake with many outdoor recreational opportunities in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Lake Name: Council Lake

Lake Coordinates: 46.2667, -121.6295

Lake Elevation: 4221'

Access: Drive up

Note: Dispersed campground at lake.

Date: 8-20-23

It was getting near the end of the day in our adventuring and I really wanted to check out this lake, so we drove up the bumpy road. Depending on conditions it may require a high clearance vehicle. In June of 2021, I had attempted driving to this lake, but snow stopped me a half mile before the turn off for FS 016.

There is a dispersed campground by the lake that was full when we got there. Since it was late in the day and there was no easy spot to park, I just took pictures from the car. I plan to come back to this lake with a kayak in the future. The water was an incredible blue color.


How to get there (from Trout Lake, WA)


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