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About the Area

The City of Pateros. “Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Methow Rivers, Pateros, WA is the entrance to the Methow and Okanogan Valleys and a year-round paradise that offers abundant sunshine, generous snowfall, lakes, rivers, and streams which compliment all activities”

Activities abound in the Lake Pateros area – right out your door at the Pateros Lakeshore Inn or just a few miles away! Pateros is the southern gateway to Okanogan Country and the Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway. Close to Lake Chelan, the Methow Valley, Grand Coulee Dam, the Upper Columbia River, Alta Lake and thousands of acres of public lands, Pateros Lakeshore Inn is the hub of your adventures

Fishing Update – Monday July 27

Most of you are probably aware that the sockeye season has been closed on the Columbia River. The good news is that this closure doesn’t apply to summer-run Chinook. The forecast for a return of 73,000 kings this summer has been raised to 85,000, so there are plenty of them out there to catch. The action at the Brewster Salmon Derby should be fantastic. Also, the count for sockeye over Tumwater Dam has passed 17,000, well short of what is needed for a fishery on Lake Wenatchee. We have some much cooler weather coming up, and who knows, some rain. If it is going to happen it had better happen fast. The sockeye are not doing well in these warm water temperatures. I had my last sockeye trip to Brewster planned for last Friday anyway. There are other things to do this summer. I have a couple of invites to fish for walleye at Potholes Reservoir and I also want to get up to Roosevelt to fish for trout and kokanee. The trout out of Roosevelt are about the best eaters we have around here, and they are abundant. Kokanee are harder to catch, but they are big when you find them.

Columbia River Fishing

We host up to eight boats in free moorage, right in front of the hotel. We also have two boat launches, very close to the hotel.

The world-famous Columbia River draws hundreds of thousands of fishing days of effort in pursuit of many different species. Although Columbia River salmon fishing and Columbia River sturgeon fishing draw most of the attention, plentiful populations is steelhead, walleye and other warm water species draw plenty of attention too.

Wild Columbia River salmon once numbered over 15 million strong. Although wild stocks have declined, mitigation hatcheries still produce tens of millions of juvenile salmon each year to quench the thirst of sport and commercial fishermen.

Columbia River sturgeon is a very popular second choice for Oregon and Washington anglers. The wild white sturgeon is plentiful and provides excellent opportunities for high action with some fish reaching lengths to 10 feet!

With year-round opportunities for Columbia River salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, walleye and other species we have, the Columbia River fishing guide to match your quarry and personality.


 




Big Game Hunting

Very good hunting is available in Okanogan County, which is 80% public land. Deer, cougar and bear hunting are very good. Okanogan and Douglas Counties have the largest herd of Mule Deer in the state of Washington.

Upland Bird Hunting

The Game Department manages 7,000 acres of upland game bird areas along the Columbia River, featuring Quail, Hungarian Partridge, Chucker and Pheasants.

Waterfowl Hunting

There is very fine Duck and Goose hunting along the Columbia River.
An area that is underutilized for duck and goose hunting is the nearby Colville Reservation. There are dozens of ponds and small lakes that provide very good hunting. You will need a Colville Reservation hunting permit, in addition to the Washington State / Federal licenses and stamps.

The Legendary Black Canyon

With Blue Sky Outfitters

We’ll gear up and spend about 3 hours on the river, exploding through some of the best whitewater in the state of Washington. You will face such rapids as Hurricane, the Jolly Green Giant, and the Mother Lode. In the legendary Black Canyon, you’ll want to paddle hard to avoid the fearsome Black Hole! Enjoy the dry climate and arid hillsides of the lower Methow Valley, floating along between the whitewater highlights. We’ll take out right before the confluence with the Columbia River.

To book a rafting trip, please contact Blue Sky Outfitters!

Contact: Blue Sky Outfitters | (800) 228-RAFT

Live, laugh, golf!

We’re Partnered with local courses Gamble Sands and Alta Lake Golf 

Alta Lake Golf Course is just 3 miles away. Go up highway 20 for two miles and turn left. Follow the signs. There are two golf courses in nearby Chelan and one in Bridgeport. Another very fine golf course 30 minutes to the South is Desert Canyon.

Alta Lake Golf Course 509-923-2359 Pateros
Gamble Sands 1.509.436.8323 Brewster
Desert Canyon Golf Course 509-784-1111 Orondo
Bear Mountain Golf Course 509-682-8200 Chelan
Lake Woods Golf Course 509-686-5721 Bridgeport

Boat Launches

One boat launch is located near the confluence on the North East side of the Methow River. The other one is located in the town of Pateros, about 400 yards upriver from the Pateros Lakeshore Inn. There are additional boat launches down river between Pateros and Wells Dam, on the highway side of the river. There is another boat launch in the town of Brewster, below the bridge. Safety Comment: The water just above the Brewster Bridge is very shallow in the Brewster Flat area. Go slow and be cautious, until you learn the channel.

Horseback

Horseback riding is available at the West end of Alta Lake. Enjoy a scenic ride through Antoine Canyon.

Swimming

Swimming is available at the Pateros Peninsula Park, just a short walk from the Inn and Restaurant.
The inn has 2 boat docks for guest staying at the Inn or dining at Rivers Restaurant.

Swimming and fishing is also available at the Alta Lake State Park, located three miles from here. The park has a great swimming beach and day use picnic area.

Besides good fishing, Alta Lake State Park also has a great hiking trail that takes you part way up Billy Goat Mountain. The trail provides a spectacular view of the lower Methow and Columbia valleys.

A Place To Play

Part of the charm of Pateros is the small-town feel and easy access to the public tennis court, kid’s playground, and beach.

Snowmobiling and Skiing

Lots of miles of groomed trails are available in Okanogan County. Two nearby areas would be Black Canyon, (8 miles up highway 20 on the West side) and Gold Creek (16 miles up highway 20 on the West side). You can access many more miles of trails from these two draws.

Alpine skiing is available nearby in the Methow Valley at the local Loup Loup Ski Bowl, as well as plenty of groomed snowmobile tracks and gorgeous Nordic Ski options.

Live, laugh, golf!

We’re Partnered with local courses Gamble Sands and Alta Lake Golf 

Alta Lake Golf Course is just 3 miles away. Go up highway 20 for two miles and turn left. Follow the signs. There are two golf courses in nearby Chelan and one in Bridgeport. Another very fine golf course 30 minutes to the South is Desert Canyon.

Alta Lake Golf Course 509-923-2359 Pateros
Gamble Sands 1.509.436.8323 Brewster
Desert Canyon Golf Course 509-784-1111 Orondo
Bear Mountain Golf Course 509-682-8200 Chelan
Lake Woods Golf Course 509-686-5721 Bridgeport

Boat Launches

One boat launch is located near the confluence on the North East side of the Methow River. The other one is located in the town of Pateros, about 400 yards upriver from the Pateros Lakeshore Inn. There are additional boat launches down river between Pateros and Wells Dam, on the highway side of the river. There is another boat launch in the town of Brewster, below the bridge. Safety Comment: The water just above the Brewster Bridge is very shallow in the Brewster Flat area. Go slow and be cautious, until you learn the channel.

Horseback

Horseback riding is available at the West end of Alta Lake. Enjoy a scenic ride through Antoine Canyon.

Swimming

Swimming is available at the Pateros Peninsula Park, just a short walk from the Inn and Restaurant.
The inn has 2 boat docks for guest staying at the Inn or dining at Rivers Restaurant.

Swimming and fishing is also available at the Alta Lake State Park, located three miles from here. The park has a great swimming beach and day use picnic area.

Besides good fishing, Alta Lake State Park also has a great hiking trail that takes you part way up Billy Goat Mountain. The trail provides a spectacular view of the lower Methow and Columbia valleys.

A Place To Play

Part of the charm of Pateros is the small-town feel and easy access to the public tennis court, kid’s playground, and beach.

Snowmobiling and Skiing

Lots of miles of groomed trails are available in Okanogan County. Two nearby areas would be Black Canyon, (8 miles up highway 20 on the West side) and Gold Creek (16 miles up highway 20 on the West side). You can access many more miles of trails from these two draws.

Alpine skiing is available nearby in the Methow Valley at the local Loup Loup Ski Bowl, as well as plenty of groomed snowmobile tracks and gorgeous Nordic Ski options.

Fishing Update – Monday July 27

Most of you are probably aware that the sockeye season has been closed on the Columbia River. The good news is that this closure doesn’t apply to summer-run Chinook. The forecast for a return of 73,000 kings this summer has been raised to 85,000, so there are plenty of them out there to catch. The action at the Brewster Salmon Derby should be fantastic. Also, the count for sockeye over Tumwater Dam has passed 17,000, well short of what is needed for a fishery on Lake Wenatchee. We have some much cooler weather coming up, and who knows, some rain. If it is going to happen it had better happen fast. The sockeye are not doing well in these warm water temperatures. I had my last sockeye trip to Brewster planned for last Friday anyway. There are other things to do this summer. I have a couple of invites to fish for walleye at Potholes Reservoir and I also want to get up to Roosevelt to fish for trout and kokanee. The trout out of Roosevelt are about the best eaters we have around here, and they are abundant. Kokanee are harder to catch, but they are big when you find them.

Columbia River Fishing

We host up to eight boats in free moorage, right in front of the hotel. We also have two boat launches, very close to the hotel.

The world-famous Columbia River draws hundreds of thousands of fishing days of effort in pursuit of many different species. Although Columbia River salmon fishing and Columbia River sturgeon fishing draw most of the attention, plentiful populations is steelhead, walleye and other warm water species draw plenty of attention too.

Wild Columbia River salmon once numbered over 15 million strong. Although wild stocks have declined, mitigation hatcheries still produce tens of millions of juvenile salmon each year to quench the thirst of sport and commercial fishermen.

Columbia River sturgeon is a very popular second choice for Oregon and Washington anglers. The wild white sturgeon is plentiful and provides excellent opportunities for high action with some fish reaching lengths to 10 feet!

With year-round opportunities for Columbia River salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, walleye and other species we have, the Columbia River fishing guide to match your quarry and personality.


 




Big Game Hunting

Very good hunting is available in Okanogan County, which is 80% public land. Deer, cougar and bear hunting are very good. Okanogan and Douglas Counties have the largest herd of Mule Deer in the state of Washington.

Upland Bird Hunting

The Game Department manages 7,000 acres of upland game bird areas along the Columbia River, featuring Quail, Hungarian Partridge, Chucker and Pheasants.

Waterfowl Hunting

There is very fine Duck and Goose hunting along the Columbia River.
An area that is underutilized for duck and goose hunting is the nearby Colville Reservation. There are dozens of ponds and small lakes that provide very good hunting. You will need a Colville Reservation hunting permit, in addition to the Washington State / Federal licenses and stamps.

The Legendary Black Canyon

With Blue Sky Outfitters

We’ll gear up and spend about 3 hours on the river, exploding through some of the best whitewater in the state of Washington. You will face such rapids as Hurricane, the Jolly Green Giant, and the Mother Lode. In the legendary Black Canyon, you’ll want to paddle hard to avoid the fearsome Black Hole! Enjoy the dry climate and arid hillsides of the lower Methow Valley, floating along between the whitewater highlights. We’ll take out right before the confluence with the Columbia River.

To book a rafting trip, please contact Blue Sky Outfitters!

Contact: Blue Sky Outfitters | (800) 228-RAFT