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!
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.