Lake Cle Elum and What You Need to Know
| Friday, April 13, 2018

A trip to Kittitas County isn’t complete without spending a day relaxing by Lake Cle Elum! This gorgeous reservoir is a local hotspot for fly fishing, jet skiing, rafting, or swimming. While this lake may have gained national exposure thanks to a popular tv show, around Cle Elum, it’s known as a wonderful way to spend the day. Experience the beauty of this local attraction for yourself when you stay with VR 365!

After a day of fun and working up an appetite at Lake Cle Elum, be sure to enjoy a delicious meal at one of our local restaurants. Download our free Vacation Guide to get a complete list of our favorite places to eat around town. You’ll also find our recommendations for the best museums, golf courses, spas, and hiking trails. Before you know it, your Cle Elum vacation will be planned, all thanks to our free Vacation Guide! Download it today to get the inside scoop on the best of the best of Kittitas County!

Spend a Day at Lake Cle Elum

Lake Cle Elum is located by Ronald, WA, near the Teanaway Community Forest. You may recognize this setting from the TV show Northern Exposure, which filmed many of its scenes in Roslyn, another local town, and set the fictional village of Monanash on the lake. Around Kittitas County, however, Lake Cle Elum is best known as a great place to spend a warm summer afternoon.

While this lake is a hotspot for swimming and fly-fishing, it’s an especially popular setting to spend the day on a boat. It’s common to see visitors water skiing, rafting, and windsurfing on the waters of the lake. Are you interested in renting a boat? Head to Cascade Playtime Rental, located in Ronald. They’re just a five-minute drive from the lake, making them the most convenient rental around! They offer jet skis, kayaks, canoes, and pontoon rentals. Once you rent your boat, drive to one of the local Lake Cle Elum boat launches and enjoy your day! Fair warning: the level of the lake changes through the year, as it is an irrigation storage reservoir. While you should be able to access the lake year-round, it may be more difficult to launch your boat on certain days, when the level is lower.

Stay with VR 365

Of course, if you rent a gorgeous lakefront house from VR 365, you can take your rented boat to the private, gated boat launch that is easily accessible from the property. Consider renting Lake Cabins Lodge only a 3 minute walk to Speelyi Beach or Beechwood Lakehouse, a secluded private three-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin that provides access to a private Lake Cle Elum beach. This includes a gated boat launch that is just one-half block away! Beechwood Lakehouse also features a private hot tub and is pet-friendly. That’s right: the whole family can join you on vacation! This home is ideal for families traveling together for a quiet, annual vacation. With lakefront and mountain views and great year-round activities, you won’t believe your luck!

Browse through the rest of our gorgeous accommodations and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.


Wintergreen Retreat “We spent a wonderful week at Wintergreen Retreat. The cabin was very clean and comfortable with nice furnishings. The property management team at VR 365 was very responsive and easy to work with. Do not hesitate to book this cabin, you will be glad you did.”

- HUMISTON 7/29/17

Evergreen Mountain Lodge “Wonderful home for our family reunion! The home and property is so clean, inviting and relaxing. The lake access and beach is close too. Everyone thought it was the best home we have ever been in for our family reunions. The games in the garage were a big hit: air hockey, foosball, pool, video games, etc. Overall, we just couldn't have had a better week. We loved our stay at Evergreen Mountain Lodge. Thank you VR 365 for making the home and our stay so great!”

- RUTH JACKSON 7/17/17

PG Hilltop “Large house with room for all of us! Great included amenities like billiards, board games, televisions in every room, hot tub, etc. Mountain view is excellent. Great thoughtful touches like coffee filters readily available and a binder full of local information. There was nothing missing that we needed. We'd go here again."

- SHIPP 8/22/17

Ridgeview Lodge "This house was perfect for our group. The garage was a hit with our young ones (4 yr olds and an 8 yr old) they spent hours challenging each other with the various games and riding their scooters that we brought with us. We loved the open layout of the home as well. This was our first time staying in the area for our annual family trip to watch the meteor showers and we have fallen in love with the area. We will definitely be back next year (or sooner) and we will of course book again through VR 365. We rent homes often for vacations and to be honest VR 365 has hands down been the most responsive and attentive. 10 stars for sure!"

- CONRAD 8/16/17

Wintergreen Chalet “This was our 6th year renting a place here and we love it! Close to home yet far away. The houses are always clean and ready for us. Definitely a place we love to go every year!"

- BROOKS 8/13/18

Elk Run Lodge “Our three combined families had a wonderful time in a beautiful location (Suncadia) in a spectacular house. A very clean and welcoming home that captured us and made it hard to leave. We all loved the bumper pool and ping-pong tables. The kitchen was easy to use and we prepared all of our meals on site. A dream house that made us feel special and privileged."

- RENE 7/18/17

Evergreen Escape “Wonderful family getaway! Very clean and comfortable! I would recommend this place to family and friends. We enjoyed Lake Cle Elum and Cooper Lake for fishing. Great place to ride bikes as well. The scenery is spectacular and the management was very accommodating! Thanks for a great Vacation!"


Elk Sedge “Truly a gorgeous house. Stocked with everything you need for family fun! Property management company was great!"

- PORTER 7/12/17

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