Bearpaw Lake

Main Species: Cutthroat Trout
Sub Species: Brook trout
Size: Small lake
Public Access: Yes, hike in
Boat Launch: No
Bathrooms: No
Opening Date: Statewide rules apply. Open year round unless otherwise posted in the regulations.


Bearpaw Lake

Bearpaw Lake

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To access Bearpaw Lake drive up Canyon Creek Rd off the Mt. Baker Highway (542).
Canyon Creek Rd is paved for a ways and then turns into a gravel road. The road can be washed out at times and can be difficult for low or non four wheel drive vehicles. Canyon Creek Rd. turns into NFD 31. Turn right at NFD 3170 which will take you to the trailhead. It is about a mile hike but is relatively steep. There is snowpack in this area through July so be prepared to hike over snow. The photo shown here was taken on June 28, 2009.
I have fished Bearpaw in early August and done quite well fly fishing from shore. I carried chest waders in so I could wade out a bit and caught about a dozen small cutthroat trout. The biggest was about 9 inches for the day, but I did see some fish in the 12+ inch range.

cutthroat bearpaw

cutthroat bearpaw

4 Responses to Bearpaw Lake

  1. Randy Kinley May 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    Are spinner baits like rooster tails effective here as well? Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Fish Whatcom May 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

      Oh I’m sure they would be. Rooster tails work well for trout anywhere I’ve been. And I haven’t found alpine trout to be overly picky- they have a short growing season to pounce on pretty much every opportunity for food they get.

      • Randy Kinley May 22, 2017 at 3:44 am #

        Okay thanks I plan to hike in there this summer too try my luck.
        Thanks again really!

  2. Randy Kinley May 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    Or Mack wedding rings?

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