Exploring Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake, North Cascade National Park
Diablo Lake, North Cascade National Park
Diablo Lake, North Cascade National Park
Diablo Lake, North Cascade National Park
Diablo Lake, North Cascade National Park
Diablo Lake, North Cascade National Park

Diablo Lake is gorgeous lake that lays in the heart of North Cascades National Park. The “lake” is actually a reservoir and the bright blue coloring of the water is due to glacier flour, or very finely ground rocks (silt) that is suspended in the lake. At the lookout you will find a large parking lot, pit toilets and picnic benches. Due to the rain being heavier than expected, we canceled the rest of our plans for the day and instead decided to relax at the overlook. We popped the tailgate and made a comfortable bed in the back of the 4Runner where we watched the rain and clouds drift by and the covered picnic area made a perfect spot to make dinner. 

There are reservable campgrounds around the lake as well as a boat ramp where you can put in boats, canoes, kayaks, etc. Additionally there are “primitive” campgrounds around the lake you can kayak or canoe to as well. If nothing else, it’s worth stopping off at the overlook for some amazing views and fresh air!