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Things to do around the town of Mazama & Winthrop
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Mazama & Winthrop are just a few miles apart. Below is a list of outdoor recreational things to do around the Mazama and Winthrop area's.

 
Water Sports-Fishing/Rafting/Skiing
Blue Sky Outfitters Methow River Rafting
Enjoy the dry climate and arid hillsides of the lower Methow Valley, as you explode through some of the best whitewater in the state. You will plunge through such rapids as Hurricane, the Jolly Green Giant, the Mother Lode, and the legendary Black Canyon containing the fearsome Black Hole!
rafting@blueskyoutfitters.com
Osprey River Adventures
Whether it's in hard-core whitewater or on a mellow float, you'll be assured of a fun trip with the seasoned local guides of Osprey River Adventures. 
Enjoy the benefits of our knowledgeable, friendly staff, top quality equipment, great food, and a wonderful river environment. 
Twisp, WA 9885
Methow Adventures
Guided Tours. fishing, hiking, rafting, horse back riding, Cowboy Dinners & Wagon Rides, Rock Climbing, Snowmobiling, Sleigh Rides...Methow Adventures has your outdoor activities covered! Located in Twisp.
scottp@methow.com
River Recreation
Your Best Source for Whitewater Rafting adventures
in Washington State! Voted Washington State's best valued outfitter for a great, memorable time! River Recreation has been white water rafting and kayaking Washington rivers for over 24 years and is one of the most respected whitewater outfitters in Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest. 
office@riverrecreation.com
North Cascades Fly Fishing
With North Cascades Fly Fishing, you'll find the 
perfect balance between serious fishing and serious fun! Come visit the pristine Methow Valley in Eastern Washington for your ultimate fly fishing experience. With North Cascades Fly Fishing, you will find the perfect balance between serious fishing and serious fun.
guides@fishandfloat.com

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Hunting
North Cascade Safaris
The Methow Drainage is renowned for deer hunting. We offer a drop trip and a deluxe trip (not a guided hunt). We pack into the Pasayten Wilderness (Sheep Mountain area) for the early season. We pack into the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest, Pasayten and Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness areas during the general season. 
ncs@mymethow.com
Chicamun Springs Ranch
Guided Bird Hunting excursions
At the heart of the picture-perfect valley rests Chicamun Springs Ranch. The springs that give the ranch its name lured the first homesteaders there. As they have since before the turn of the century, those same springs provide water to nourish fields of grain. The grain, in turn, sustains thriving populations of pheasants, chukar and quail.
5.7 Miles, Libby Creek Road
Carlton, WA 98814
cdlarson@serv.net

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Snow Sports
Loop Loop Ski Bowl
Loop Loop Ski area offers a variety of terrain for all levels of skiers. Located only 30 minutes from Winthrop. There is one quad chair lift, jr. poma lift, rope tow, and a day lodge. Try out the nordic trails 25km at the Loop. Skiing & snowboarding lessons and rentals are available at the sight.

Highest Elevation 5,240 feet
Vertical Rise 1,240 feet
Offering 13 Runs( 20% Novice, 30% Intermediate, 50% Advance) Offering alpine skiing, night skiing, cross country and a half pipe.
Longest Run 10,560 feet
3 Lifts: 1 fixed quad, 2 tow
Annual Snowfall is about 4 feet
P.O. Box 1686, Omak  WA  98841
info@skitheloup.com

North Cascade Heli-Skiing
For nearly 20 years, North Cascade Heli-Skiing has guided skiers and snow boarders into the spectacular mountains surrounding the beautiful and isolated Methow Valley of Washington state. We are a company that focuses on guiding small groups to a high-quality skiing/riding experience in one of the world’s most rugged and enchanting mountain ranges.
Mazama, WA 98833
info@heli-ski.com
Methow Valley Ski School
19 Brengman Rd
Winthrop, WA 98862
INSPIRING CROSS COUNTRY SKI LESSONS AND SUPERB RENTAL GEAR 
xcski@methownet.com
Chewack River Guest Ranch
A Snowmobiler's Paradise!
Hosts & Owners, Don & Chris Lundgren operate this year-round adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a variety of activities available to keep them outside and on the go. Horseback riding through the Ranch's cattle range offers a variety of landscapes for the beginning to expert rider to enjoy. We offer many different length rides from one hour to day long rides. Besides horseback riding, the Ranch offers many varied activities.
588 East Chewack Road 
Winthrop, WA  98862
chewack@methow.com

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Hiking & Biking
North Cascades Mountain Guides
We offer courses and private trips for rock climbing, alpine climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing and back country skiing on the rugged and spectacular "Alps of America" as well as other ranges. North Cascades Mountain Guides specializes in low ratio custom trips and professional programs rich with in depth skills instruction, challenge and adventure. Whatever your ambitions include, you will find that we offer the best times, the best people and the best of places.
Mazama, WA 98833
ncinfo@ncmountainguides.com
Winthrop Mountain Sports
Bike and ski rentals. Contact us for year round fun!
257 Riverside Ave.
Winthrop, WA 98862
info@winthropmountainsports.com

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Recreation Rentals
Morning Glory Balloon Tours
Winthrop, WA 98862
The Methow Valley's year 'round balloon company. Experience the peaceful thrill of ballooning in some of Washington's most beautiful scenery. We fly in the early morning hours when the winds are the calmest. Your adventure begins from the town of Winthrop. Hot drinks are provided as the crew prepares the balloon. Each journey is unique, combining low level views over the treetops with spectacular panoramas from higher elevations. There is little feeling of movement as we gently drift with the light winds.
morningglory@balloonwinthrop.com
Winthrop Mountain Sports
Bike and ski rentals. Contact us for year round fun!
257 Riverside Ave.
Winthrop, WA 98862
info@winthropmountainsports.com

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Horse Back Riding/Packing
Chewack River Guest Ranch
A Snowmobiler's Paradise!
Hosts & Owners, Don & Chris Lundgren operate this year-round adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a variety of activities available to keep them outside and on the go. Horseback riding through the Ranch's cattle range offers a variety of landscapes for the beginning to expert rider to enjoy. We offer many different length rides from one hour to day long rides. Besides horseback riding, the Ranch offers many varied activities.
588 East Chewack Road 
Winthrop, WA  98862
chewack@methow.com
Pasayten Llama Packing
We offer full service trips with mouth-watering meals, loop tours, drop camp trips, wildflower hikes, backcountry fishing and boundary trail trekking on the US-Canada border. Pre-planned or customized trips based on personal preference are available June though October. 
Twisp, WA 98856
info@mtllama.com
Methow Adventures
Guided Tours. horse back riding, fishing, hiking, rafting,  Cowboy Dinners & Wagon Rides, Rock Climbing, Snowmobiling, Sleigh Rides...Methow Adventures has your outdoor activities covered! Located in Twisp.
scottp@methow.com
Early Winters Outfitting & Saddle
Early Winter's Outfitting is based out of Mazama, Washington in the beautiful Methow Valley. Owners Aaron Lee & Judy Burkhart have over a decade of experience guiding pack trips for recreationists, photographers, hunters and fishermen.
They offer unforgettable experiences with opportunities to participate in cattle drives, children's camps, packing school, horseback riding, scenic hunting, fishing, photography trips, day rides, and packtrips.
horse@methow.com
North Cascade Outfitters
Horseback Adventures in 
Washington's Cascade Wilderness with 
Jess & Steve Darwood
PO Box 103
Carlton, WA 98814
cowpoke151@hotmail.com
Methow Valley Chapter
Backcountry Horsemen of Washington
P O Box 902
Twisp, WA 98856
shannonlazyk@mymethow.com
Early Winters Outfitting 
Aaron Lee & Judy Burkhart, Outfitter & Guides
Saddle Shop & Riding Stables, pack trips & hunting trips.
horse@methow.com

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Places to Fish around Winthrop
Methow River
Long noted for its steelhead fishery, the National Marine Fisheries Service in 1998 designated steelhead runs in the upper Columbia River Basin in danger of extinction, which precludes any scheduled steelhead season. Catch-and-release trout fishing is available in portions of the river during a June 1 through September 30 season, with selective gear rules in effect. Check the regulations pamphlet for boundary restrictions, which change (to expand the open area) effective May 1, 2006. Dolly Varden/bull trout fishing is prohibited to help improve numbers of these native char. Some whitefish action is available December 1 through March 31, as well as steelhead if the run forecast exceeds natural production and hatchery broodstock requirements. The steelhead fishery opens by emergency regulation, so check the agency website or with the Ephrata WDFW office in the fall. Disabled accessibility - Level 2; DP, WCT, Blk Tpa, level area. Camping is available but steep river banks are not very accessible to wheelchair users. There are several WDFW access sites along the river with toilets.
Chewuch River
Methow River From the mouth (Highway 97 bridge) upstream to the confluence with the Chewuch (Chewack) River in Winthrop: EXCEPT closed from the second powerline crossing upstream of the Highway 97 Bridge upstream to first Highway 153 Bridge north of Pateros: Selective gear rules, except it is lawful to fish from a floating device equipped with a motor, night closure in effect, and all steelhead with an intact adipose fin and steelhead containing a disk tag must be immediately released unharmed. 
Campbell Lake
(11 acres) On the Methow Wildlife Area near the town of Winthrop. Open to catch-and-release, selective gear rules fishing only from April 1 through August 31; Campbell Lake then switches to a "catch-and-keep" special winter season September 1 through March 31, without selective gear rules. Catchable-size rainbow trout are planted every spring. If winter conditions are mild, the lake can produce carry-overs to 16 inches. There is a WDFW access site with toilet, but there are no launching facilities for trailered boats (car-toppers or float tubes only).
Pearrygin Lake
(212 acres) One mile northeast of Winthrop on the Methow Wildlife Area. Last Saturday in April through September 30 open season. Expect good fishing for 10- to 11-inch rainbow trout, plus carry-overs to 15 inches. State park facilities and a public access with launch and toilets are available. Disabled accessibility - Level 2 at the state park, with accessible camping sites and an accessible fishing pier.
pearrygin.lake@parks.wa.gov
Big Twin Lakes
Big Twin Lake is a quality lake stocked annually with rainbow trout - selective fishing regulations apply. Only a few minutes from downtown Winthrop.
bigtwinlake@comcast.net
Cougar Lake
(9 acres) On the Methow Wildlife Area, near Winthrop. Open season is September 1 through March 31. This popular fall/winter lake can provide good fishing for rainbow trout to 15 inches. There is a campground nearby with a graveled boat launch suitable for smaller watercraft.
Davis Lake 
(39 acres)
Near the town of Winthrop. Open to catch-and-release, selective gear rules only from April 1 through August 31; electric motors can be used. Davis Lake then switches to a "catch-and-keep" special winter season from September 1 through March 31 without selective gear rules. Fishing should be good for 11- to 13-inch rainbow trout. There is a WDFW access site with a graveled boat launch.
Patterson Lake 
(143 acres) Three miles west of Winthrop. Last Saturday in April through October 31 open season. Recent plants of triploid brook trout and rainbows should provide better fishing than previous years. Expect fish in the 11- to 12-inch range for both species. This popular Methow Valley lake has a resort, plus public access with toilets and a boat launch.
Leader Lake
(Reservoir) (159 acres): About a 40 minute drive south east from Winthrop.
Last Saturday in April through September 30 open season. Good fishing for rainbow trout averaging 12 inches is expected for the opener, with some carry-overs to 16 inches. Crappie and bluegill fishing has been good in recent years, and provides fishing opportunity well into the summer after the trout fishing subsides. Boat launches, toilets, and camping are available.
Other Fun Outdoor Activities
Bear Creek Golf Course
Situated in the beautiful Methow Valley, Bear Creek Golf Course lies north of Twisp and southeast of Winthrop on the old Ortell cattle ranch. In 1948 Herman Court
golf@bearcreekgolfcourse.com
Morning Glory Balloon Tours
The Methow Valley's year 'round balloon company. Experience the peaceful thrill of ballooning in some of Washington's most beautiful scenery. 
Winthrop, WA 98862
morningglory@balloonwinthrop.com

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