Little Cranberry Lake is located within Anacortes Community Forest Lands on Fidalgo Island in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Washington. The lake is deepened by a dam on the northern end which was constructed in the 1930s. The previous dam had broken in 1921 releasing a large amount of water which crashed down the hills to the beach.
The lake basin is part of a 10-mile long, north-south wilderness corridor that roughly follows an ancient moraine, which snakes its way down the middle of the island. This moraine is a major source of gravel for the region which adjoins Anacortes, Washington. The trails in this corridor are maintained but are of variable quality. Almost all are ideal for mountain biking, in particular.
Little Cranberry Lake is a popular swimming location, especially for visitors to the annual summer music celebration, What the Heck Fest.
Wildlife is plentiful and diverse. Coyotes, deer, beaver, grouse, pelicans, hawks, bald eagles, Canada geese, mallards, and many different varieties of reptiles and insects are plentiful in the Little Cranberry basin. Hunting is not allowed. To the south of the lake are swamplands whose size and depth has been increasing since approximately 1985, when the beavers moved in. Before you head to Anacortes, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Anacortes trip maker app, to make sure you see all that Anacortes has to offer, including Cranberry Lake.
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There are many trail entrances to the area, but finding the parking lot for the first time was a bit of a challenge. The trails are well marked, however, and every time I go I find a different trail.... more
There are many trail entrances to the area, but finding the parking lot for the first time was a bit of a challenge. The trails are well marked, however, and every time I go I find a different trail.... more »
Visited this lake looking for photo spots and was not disappointed. Great reflections, lots of beautiful trails and breathtaking views.
Visited this lake looking for photo spots and was not disappointed. Great reflections, lots of beautiful trails and breathtaking views. more »
Such a great spot to stop for some trip snax and a leg stretch.
Easy hike on the edge of Anacortes.
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