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There are a lot of great spots to camp in Washington. It’s a camper’s paradise. Even with endless options, we still have made it a tradition to go back to one spot over and over again, Cove Resort at Fish Lake.
The pictures above are a collection from the past four years we’ve been traveling to Fish Lake near Leavenworth for a summer getaway in the mountains. We’ve gone with friends, family, and like this year, just with us and the dogs. Cove Resort is family and dog friendly. It’s a great way to social distance while still enjoying the great weather we’ve been having.
Every summer we go to Cove Resort at Fish Lake at least once. It’s the perfect little camping getaway that is close enough that like last weekend, we can go on a whim. But, far enough away that it feels like every day life is a million miles away.
Cove Resort perched on Fish Lake, right next door to Lake Wenatchee and about a 30 minute drive to Leavenworth. In the summers, the weather is hot, and the water from the lake is ice cold. One of my favorite things about camping in the mountains here is baking in 90 degree heat, while being surrounded by snow capped mountains and dipping my toes in the icy waters of Fish Lake, fueled by the snow melt from said mountains.
The campgrounds are exactly what I like out of campgrounds, a balance between rugged and convenient. Our favorite camp sites are ones that are tucked away around the edges, some of which you can’t even see other camp sites. But, there are also more open ones if you’re coming with a few families and want to set up a little compound.
The campgrounds are first come first serve, usually, that isn’t a problem. But, if you’re going on a busy or holiday weekend, you’ll want to get there early. We have multiple times gotten the last spot. So far we have been very lucky and always gotten a spot, however, if you don’t want to play that risky game, head up early.
One of the best things about Cove Resort at Fish Lake is the boat rentals. You can bring your own small boat, that you can leave in the water all weekend, not having to pull it out and put back in every day. But, you can also rent boats. They have row boats, and small motorized boats, but I suggest skipping those, and renting one of their pontoon boats. They are old, rickety, yet reliable, and just about the most fun you can get for $25/hour.
There is a small camp store, where you can get anything you forgot, like that salt and pepper you left sitting on your kitchen counter when you went to pack up the food. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. And, there is a small coffee stand as well. It wouldn’t be camping in the Pacific Northwest if you couldn’t also get a latte. Although, the coffee stand was closed due to Covid this summer.
Have you been to Cove Resort at Fish Lake?