Road, Access Improvements Planned for Leader Lake Recreation Area
News Date: 
July 6, 2020

Partnership between DNR, WDFW will repair road to popular lake while minimizing effects to visitors

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is scheduled to repair and restore roads at the Leader Lake recreation area in the Loup Loup State Forest beginning July 13.
Weather conditions and increased numbers of visitors have deteriorated the access roads to the lake significantly in recent years. The repair work on the entrance road, scheduled to be finished by July 30, will considerably improve access to the lake and recreation area. Leader Lake provides recreation opportunities throughout the year and is a popular fishing and camping destination in Okanogan County.
“This is an opportunity to invest in recreation for all user groups,” said Christopher Marcolin, Leader Lake project manager for DNR. “The DNR and WDFW partnership will be working hard to minimize travel disruption while we enhance access to this important landscape.”
Users should expect delays and limited access to the lake during construction. Construction and potential delays will occur Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Roads will be open for travel on weekends and during evening hours.
“While it may be somewhat inconvenient now, this construction will make the drive a lot smoother to get to this very popular fishing and camping area.” said Justin Haug, Okanogan Lands Operation Manager with WDFW. “Due to long winters in this area, the window available for completing this work is short, requiring repairs to take place this summer.”
Located in the Loup Loup State Forest, Leader Lake contains a variety of spiny rays and rainbow trout and is a popular destination for anglers. The lake also serves as a reservoir used to irrigate crops in the valley. Camping around the lake is managed by DNR, while angling opportunities are provided by WDFW.
More information on the project’s status can be found at
Staci Lehman
Communications Manager – Eastern Washington
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(509) 710-4511
Ryan Rodruck
Communications Manager – Eastern Washington
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
(509) 925-3243