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Bench Lake

  Now, you may think that's a heap but there's even more entertaining things to do here in the Northern Cascade Range. Island Campground is a perfect campground nearby, and a great place to stop by nearby is Avalanche Valley. This lake is so wonderful. Bench Lake is a great location to visit for more than one day, Bird Creek Campground is a great location to camp nearby. When you're here at Bench Lake it's always fun to explore Memaloose State Park, and Island
    Spring is a scenic place to check out while you're at Bench Lake.
Little Mount Adams is a peak you can make out from Bench Lake, and it's a good idea to go to Rusk Creek.

This is Bench Lake in the Bird Creek area of Mt. Adams, Washington. This is located on the Yakama Reservation portion of land called Tract D which was Treaty land deeded back to the tribes in 1973. Mt. Adams plays peekaboo here with Little Mt. Adams.

The ranger of this area, Richard Canapo, stays in a trailer up the hill at the entrance by Mirror Lake and is a good source of local information as well as maps of the trails in the area. Permits are as follows:

Entry permit... $5. 00 for a 5 day entry fee

Camping and fishing permits are in addition to entry fees and are:

Camping... $10. 00 per night per space Fishing ... $5. 00 per day or $10. 00 for 5 days

You can have up to 12 pieces of split firewood per night of camping.

I should add that the road in to this lake is a bit rough and rocky, a narrow dirt road. Be cautious watching for other traffic, and I would not take an extremely low car in here. Last trip someone put a hole in a crankcase of a PT Cruiser... This can be avoided by careful driving! - Darlisa Black


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