Getaways: Offut Lake Resort

When seeking a new location for a summer fihing trip, there are hundreds of resorts and lodges from which to choose. This country is riddled with destinations from the tip of Florida’s coast all the way to Washington State. This month’s Getaway spotlights Washington’s Offut Lake Resort.

Fifteen minutes from Olympia, near the small town of Tenonia, Offut Lake Resort is a small, family-owned campground nestled against a 200-acre fishing lake. Both the resort and the lake are open year-round and offer a laid-back retreat for serious anglers and family vacations alike.

There are several different styles of cabins available to guests of the resort, each of which offers its own amenities and accommodations, depending on your needs. The Bobberstop, for example, is a small cabin outfitted with a twin-sized bunk bed and a hide-away sofa bed, TV with DVD player, kitchenette, restroom, fire pit, and a picnic table. The resort even offers a pet-friendly cottage, called the Lil Red Cottage. Ideal for couples travelling with a dog, this cottage possesses a single room with a queen bed, pull out sofa bed, full kitchen, and dock passes. Aside from cottages and cabins, the resort also offers RV and tent sites. Honestly, no matter what your needs may be, Offut Lake has a cabin that will meet them.

As far as fishing goes, the 200-acre Offut Lake is stocked with a large variety of trout, as well as largemouth bass and perch. Anglers have good luck throwing jigs tipped with pork, but many have also had great luck with live bait, such as nightcrawlers. Only electric motors are permitted, however, and there is a 5 mph speed limit on the water, to preserve the peace and safety of guests and other anglers. Furthermore, the resort also holds several fishing derbies throughout the year, and offers great prizes for the winners, such as brand new Minn Kota trolling motors.

Aside from fishing, guests are welcome to explore all the Western Washington state has to offer. The resort is within driving distance to several attractions and is actually less than an hour from the Space Needle!

While it may not have the high-tech, modern amenities of a four-star hotel, Offut Lake Resort is the perfect Getaway for any angler in need of a quiet weekend on the water. After all, we travel to such lodges and resorts to fish, right? We don’t need 36-inch flat panel TV’s or a bathroom the size of a house. If such features are more your taste, and you think that Offut Lake may not be for you, I challenge you to check it out. If you’re looking for a peaceful, friendly location to which to escape for a weekend, then I highly suggest Offut Lake! Who knows? A little change of scenery from the usual resort is exactly what you need!

For more information on Offut Lake Resort, including rates and reservations, visit, or contact the resort directly at 360-264-2438.