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This small western town located in the Methow Valley in the Northern Cascades has an abundance of activities. Discover all of the recreational activities in Winthrop. In the summer time go fishing, play a round of golf or take an exciting balloon tour. Wintertime offers wonderful snowmobiling and skiing. For outdoor recreation all year round, get lost in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest or hike or bike the trail system. Explore this page to find what to do.
Living history when packers and pack trains, cowboys, cowgirls, and an entire wagon train all converge for three days of western events and fun.
The Chamber Musical Festival lasts for ten days and features five major concerts. Before every concert evening is a community social hour with local wines, beers and hors d'oeuvers. The festival happens every summer in the Cascade mountains with the main concerts held at Signal Ranch located between Winthrop and Twisp.
This race is a Boston qualifier with plenty of fun such as a live band and prize money.
Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival
This three day event features on-site camping, portable showers, a beer garden, food and craft vendors and of course the great musical performances at the Blues Ranch on the Methow River.
Winthrop National Fish Hatchery. 453A Twin Lakes Road, PO Box 429, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-2424.
Cascade Wilderness Outfitters. PO Box 103, Carlton, WA 98814. Phone: 509-997-0155.
Chicamun Springs Ranch. Libby Creek Road, Carlton, WA 98814. Phone: 206-369-2485.
Conconully State Park. 1 South Lottie, Conconully, WA 98819.
Located 22 miles north of Omak, Conconully is regarded as a fishermen's paradise. Two lakes offer boat launches, camping opportunities and a variety of water activities. There are trails for hiking and biking. Recreation in the winter consists of cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.
North Cascades National Park. Phone: 360-854-7200; Fax: 360-856-1934.
Popular activities include hiking, backpacking and mountain climbing. Other recreation includes biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, bird and wildlife watching.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Methow Valley Ranger District: 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-4003.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers year-round recreational opportunities with hundreds of miles of trails for biking, hiking, backpacking and horseback riding. Take the scenic route and sightsee on the hundreds of miles of forest roads. Many other activities await you including fishing, hunting, climbing, OHV, snowmobiling, downhill and cross country skiing. Be sure to explore the beautiful Alpine Lakes, Glacier Peak, Henry M. Jackson, Pasayten and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness areas.
Pearrygin Lake State Park
Located just 4 miles northeast of Winthrop in the Methow Valley, this park provides all the typical water activities including swimming, water skiing, boating and fishing. Boat rental is available at the concession. Hiking enthusiasts can hike the Rex Derr trail, a 3 mile loop. Recreation in the winter consists of cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling.
Originating in the Cascade Mountains, the Chewuch River flows south to join the Methow River in Winthrop.
Named after the Methow Native Americans, the Methow River is characterized with beautiful scenery and crystal clear water. Home to some of the largest Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout makes this river ideal for fishing. In the late summer to early fall you can fish for steelhead.
At 26 miles long, the Twisp River originates in the North Cascades and flows into the Methow River in Twisp, Washington. The Twisp River's name comes from an Indian word that means yellowjacket or wasp. The fisherman will be able to catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and rainbow trout. Trails along the river provide opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
The Outdoorsman. 107 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-2649.
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA). 209 Castle Avenue, PO Box 147, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-3287; Trail Report: 1-800-682-5787. E-mail
MVSTA connects people to world class sport trails in the Methow Valley. Find trail maps and reports on the trails used both in the summer and winter.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Day Hike! North Cascades by Mike McQuaide. Organized by major highways and roads for easy trail-finding, clear descriptions of each trail, including mileage and estimated hiking time, elevation gain, possible trail conditions, difficulty level, map references, necessary permits, options for dogs and bikes, and where to find further information. Order now...
Moon Spotlight Washington's Northern Cascades Camping & Hiking by Tom Stienstra and Scott Leonard. Compact guide covering the region's camping and hiking sights with at-a-glance icons to activities. Hiking descriptions, easy-to-follow maps, and clear driving directions are included. Order now...
Hiking the North Cascades, 2nd Edition by Erik Molvar. This comprehensive guide is your passport to one of the most beautiful and truly wild reaches of North America describing 105 of the region's best and most varied hikes, from a few choice short excursions to a whole host of day trips and overnight treks. Order now...
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Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume II by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield. Features 100 routes, including top favorite sport and crag climbing areas. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, several with route overlays. Highlights fun, quality climbs for all skill levels. Order now...
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