Fishtrap Lake

EASY 18 reviews

Fishtrap Lake is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sprague, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and canoeing and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.5 miles
403 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


paddle sports


wild flowers


no shade

2 months ago

This trail is relatively easy to follow. wildlife can be seen, plenty of beautiful wildflowers, and the views of the lake and falls are idyllic. Beware in the summer, though. The trail is overgrown in many parts and infested with ticks! when all was said and done, I found upwards of 15 on my dog, another 15 on my friends dog, and my friend found 4 on herself! Not sure if it was worth it, I think I much prefer this hike in the winter when it is snow covered!

2 months ago

Many fallen trees across the trails so you’ll end up bushwhacking frequently. Lots of ticks and mosquitos but the views of the lake and wildlife are worth it. Saw a bald eagle and had a run in with an angry snapping turtle on the trail.

3 months ago

Stay on the trail and don’t deviate from it! I saw one person leaving when my dog and I got there. Very remote. BRING WATER. There’s no shade and no water access. Also, watch for swarms of mosquitos! Wear pants and boots. Best time to go is early in the morning or evening when it’s cooler.

5 months ago

Great, easy hike. Met a lot of nice people on the hike as well.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Um, this place is pretty awesome. I liked it more than James T. Slavin or Turnbull which are also in the general area. Saw my first moose and almost 20 deer sightings! Bald eagle took off right in front of me, and more. The views of the lake are awesome, especially if you take one of the trails that follows along it. Not all the trails are mapped. Just look for faint lines in the grass. In fact, that's what most of the trails are, which is sort of a slight con. Got TONS of seed pods in my shoes and socks and was a bit worried about stepping on a snake.

nature trips
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Wear long sleeve pants/shirt during the Summer. trail was marked but thick with heavy mosquito population. Come prepared with bug spray.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I took our dog and new backbacks out for a test run. The trails are marked but make sure you know what trail you're on-there are several trails you can take. We ended up far away from the lake and in the swamps. Will use our GPS next time.

Monday, June 27, 2016

This trail is good if you want to experience a desert-like hike. There are plenty wild flowers and some wild life. We actually saw a deer on our hike. There is a trail you can follow where you pass through occasional stands of Ponderosa pines and past seasonal wetlands.

Begin the hike by walking through the trailhead gate, being sure to latch it closed behind as this is range land. The trail consists of old farm roads marked with carsonite trail markers.

Also, if you decide to go in the summer, make sure to wear sunscreen and/or hat as the majority of the hike is out in the open with minimal shade.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fishtrap Lake and the surrounding area is part of the channeled scablands formed by the great Missoula floods some 10,000 years ago. The lake is three miles long ,lies tucked into a narrow basalt canyon.There is no formal trail system,but plenty of old Jeep roads make good footpaths to wander around the mazes of small canyons and odd-shaped basalt cliffs.There are a lot of ticks in this country along with rattlesnakes so please be careful.

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