By Nisqually Valley News —
A longtime attraction for local and out-of-town fishermen alike, Offut Lake Resort just a few miles north of Tenino offers everything an angler could need or want no matter what level of experience — equipment, lures, fishing docks and boats, and even a fishing license.
All of this is found on the scenic and peaceful 200-acre Offut Lake, which is open for year-round fishing.
The small, family-owned resort located on the south shore of the lake also provides camping and rustic cabins, as well as a general store. The campground has RV sites with fire pits, free Wi-Fi, access to cable TV, water, electric and sewer.
Two tent areas are also available near the lake, beneath where a soft cedar bed lies. Cars and pets are not permitted, and a 5 mph speed limit is enforced on the grounds. Additionally, only electric boat motors are allowed.
Anglers of all expertise levels will be likely to catch trout, as the resort raises them in net pens.
Visitors are welcome to park their cars and even bring pets to the pet-friendly area farther back in the park.
In addition to its other amenities, Offut Lake Resort has showers in the campground restroom facilities as well as a laundry room and a day-use picnic shelter for groups. A two-night minimum stay is required for the weekends and three-night stay is required on holiday weekends.
New to the resort is the lakefront restaurant Lady of the Lake, which serves fine dining in the spirit of Washington state cuisine.
Beyond Offut Lake, the way to Mount Rainier provides a plethora of other fishing spots, as the Nisqually Valley and surrounding area is one of the country’s prime locations and pulls for anglers, abundant with lakes and other bodies of water.
Perhaps the most popular lake in the area lies in Mineral (Mineral Lake) because of its success rate for fishermen year after year.
Anglers eager to try other spots could also turn their equipment to trout-heavy lakes in Thurston County: Lake St. Clair (tens of thousands of rainbow and brown trout), Lake Lawrence or McIntosh Lake.
Even closer to Mount Rainier in Pierce County, several lakes have been stocked with trout: Clear, Harts, Kapowsin, Ohop, Silver, Spanaway, Tanwax and Rapjohn. Clear and Ohop are considered the best locales in Pierce County.
Once in Mount Rainier, the fishing opportunities only continue with the sight of large and small rivers and lakes found in the woods and hills. One option is Alder Lake, a 2,931 acre body of water that’s open year-round. You can catch rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie and bullhead catfish.
Formed by the Nisqually River reservoir five miles south of Eatonville, the lake is found just below the Ashford entrance to Mount Rainier on Highway 7.