Winthrop, Washington

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, North Cascades National Park or hike or bike the trail system. Explore this page to find what to do.

Methow River near Winthrop
The Methow River about 1 mile west of Winthrop photographed from a place just off State Route 20. Photo by Jack High.

Balloon Tours

Morning Glory Balloon Tours. Mail: 429 Eastside County Road, Winthrop, WA, 98862. Phone: 509-997-1700. E-mail

Festivals and Events

49er Days
Living history when packers and pack trains, cowboys, cowgirls, and an entire wagon train all converge for three days of western events and fun.

Methow Valley Rodeo. PO Box 395, Winthrop, WA 98862.

Two annual rodeos, one on Memorial Day Weekend and the the other on Labor Day Weekend, are held at the Rodeo Grounds on Brengman Road located between Winthrop and Twisp.

Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. PO Box 249, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-6000. E-mail

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.

Winthrop Marathon
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.

Fish Hatchery

Winthrop National Fish Hatchery. 453A Twin Lakes Road, PO Box 429, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-2424.


Bear Creek Golf Course. 19 Bear Creek Golf Course Road, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-2284. E-mail

Guides and Outfitters - Hunting

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.

Guides and Outfitters - Rafting and Kayaking

Methow River Raft+Kayak. 27 Rader Road, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-341-4661 or 509-996-2173. E-mail

Ice Rink

Winthrop Ice and Sports Rink. 208 White Avenue, PO Box 1262, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-4199. E-mail

Outdoor Recreation

Conconully State Park. 119 Broadway Street, Conconully, WA 98819. Phone: 509-826-7408; Reservations: 1-888-226-7688.

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. 561 Bear Creek Road, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-2370; Reservations: 1-888-226-7688.

Located just 4 miles northeast of Winthrop in the Methow Valley, Pearrygin Lake 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.


Chewuch River
Originating in the Cascade Mountains, the Chewuch River flows south to join the Methow River in Winthrop.

Methow River
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.

Twisp River
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.


North Cascade Heli-Skiing. PO Box 367, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-3272; Toll-free: 1-800-494-HELI; Fax: 509-996-3273. E-mail

Methow Valley Ski School. 19 Brengman, Winthrop, WA 98862. Summer Phone: 509-996-2451; Winter Phone: 509-996-4735. E-mail

Rendezvous Huts. PO Box 728, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-8100. E-mail

Sporting Goods and Equipment Rentals

Flyfishers Pro Shop. Located in the lobby of Mt. Gardner Inn at 611 Highway 20, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-2832. E-mail

Methow Cycle & Sport. 29 State Route 20, PO Box 1134, Winthrop, WA  98862. Phone: 509-996-3645. E-mail

The Outdoorsman. 107 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-2649.

Winthrop Mountain Sports. 257 Riverside Avenue, PO Box 639, Winthrop, WA 98862. Phone: 509-996-2886; Toll-free: 1-800-719-3826. E-mail


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.

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