Water Sports

You can’t beat the Methow Valley’s rare combination of easy access, crystal clear water, and striking scenery for a boating vacation.  Whether you are coming with a motor boat or self-propelled option, there is a perfect niche for your watersport wishes. 

kayak.jpgCanoeing, Kayaking, Rafting, Paddle Boarding & Swimming. 

The Methow offers both flat water and whitewater for canoeing, kayaking, rafting and paddle boarding enthusiasts. 

Patterson Lake, located near Sun Mountain Lodge is a quiet, protected lake that appeals to water-lovers. Patterson allows motorized fishing, but only with an 8mph motor boat speed.  No jet skiing is permitted. Patterson Lake is a popular swim destination on hot summer days, and you can always find a private beach by walking the Sun Mountain Trails at the far side of the Lake.  Paddle board, canoes, kayaks, and sailboats can be rented from Sun Mountain Lodge.

Pearrygin Lake State Park is a gorgeous lake just 4 miles NW of Winthrop. This lake is popular for fishing and boating. Paddle boards, kayaks, paddle boats, and row boats can be rented at Silverline Resort and Camp Valley

Whitewater Rafting

When spring runoff raises river levels, the Methow River becomes a fun and exhilarating whitewater rafting destination.  The Methow River is rated class 1,2,3, and trips can be customized to meet the interests of families and groups.  Raft trips can be booked through the various companies listed below.  Kayakers will enjoy the Methow River as well, and many choose to explore its tributaries to get off the beaten path and into more remote sections of river.


Inner-tubing the Methow river is a popular pastime on hot summer days.  Tubes can be purchased from a variety of businesses in Winthrop. It is always a good idea to scout your river route before launching.  Various companies listed below will assist you too with tube rentals and vehicle transportation assistance.   

Motor Boats

Pearrygin Lake is the clear choice for motor sport enthusiasts.  Located just minutes from downtown Winthrop, and with several camping option including Silverline Resort and the State Park, water ski, jet ski and fishing enthusiasts can hunker down and enjoy the water, views and other recreational opportunities for days on end.

Take a Dip

Looking for a place to take a dip after a hike or ride?  Many rivers and creeks in the Valley can be accessed through public lands.  Try Falls Creek or Boulder Creek up the Chewuch River Valley, stop at a roadside pullout up the Twisp River or Lost River in Mazama, or simply take your family to the public  Wagner Memorial  Pool at the Twisp Park.  There is a kid’s shallow pool with fountains and mini-slide, and a larger slide and diving board in the main pool.  And of course, there are alpine lakes too numerous to list for the most refreshing and satisfying of swims.

Phone: 509-996-2448
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Address: 677 Bear Creek Road
Winthrop, WA 98862

Silverline Resort

Our Resort is a full service RV park and campground located on the shoreline of Pearrygin Lake, just a few minutes north of Winthrop. We provide a family fun atmosphere with quiet and relaxing evenings. We have beautifully landscaped grounds, level waterfront or lake view sites, grass sites and common areas, shade, clean restrooms and showers, convenience store, fishing docks, swim beach and boat launch. Plus weekend pancake breakfasts, ice cream socials and kids activities such as miniature golf. Rental paddle boards, kayaks, peddle boats, and row boats available. We are a Good Sam park and offer senior, active military, CampclubUSA discounts and weekly rates during select times. Visit our web site for more details of this wonderful place!

Phone: 509-996-2211
Phone Alt.: 800-572-0493
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Address: Patterson Lake Rd, 9 miles SW of Winthrop
Winthrop, WA 98862

Sun Mountain Lodge

Perched on a mountaintop overlooking Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge has 112 guestrooms with a variety of room types: cozy cabins on a private beach at Patterson Lake, standard guestrooms in the main Lodge and luxury accommodations featuring private patios and jetted tubs. Other amenities include a full service activities shop, year-round gear rentals, two restaurants including the AAA-four diamond dining room and casual Wolf Creek Bar and Grill, full service spa and a 5,000 bottle wine collection. 60 kilometers of trails right from your door! Activties include: horseback riding, mtn biking, pool, tennis, fishing, boating, hot tubs, XC skiing. Recently honored by Fodor’s Travel as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world.

Phone: 509-997-1080
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Address: PO Box 1125
Twisp, WA 98856

Washington Outfitters & Guides Association

Plan the adventure of a lifetime with one of Washington's Land or Water based Outfitters (horseback riding - wilderness pack trips - sleigh / wagon rides - hiking - rafting - fishing). Join all the outfitters during the spring Ride To Rendezvous - 49ers Packers Rendezvous in Winthrop.

Phone: 888-CAMPOUT
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Address: 561 Bear Creek Rd
Winthrop, WA 98862

Pearrygin Lake State Park

Pearrygin Lake State Park located four miles from Winthrop. One of Washington's most popular State Parks, Pearrygin Lake offers swimming, fishing, boating and hiking. Day and overnight use. ADA accessible.


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