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Ross Lake Resort 2020 Newsletter and Guidance on Pre-Season Deposits

Updated: May 29, 2020

The Ross Lake Resort crew is planning for a season! With all the uncertainty floating around during a global pandemic, we hope looking forward to a trip to Ross Lake can bring a bit of light to everyone's day.


We recognize that this letter is reaching you during uncertain times as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We know the virus is causing health and economic impacts to many and our sincere hope is that this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. We are particularly grateful to those on the frontlines of this pandemic response – the healthcare workers, first responders, trucker drivers, grocery store workers, and many others. Also, thank you to each of you who do the small things to care for friends, family and neighbors in need. We are in this together and your support of others is appreciated.

As of now, it is unclear how COVID-19 may impact our operations for the summer of 2020. We are in close contact with our colleagues at the National Park Service (NPS) and Seattle City Light (SCL) and are monitoring guidance from the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health. We will have greater clarity as we progress through the next several months on how our operations may be impacted. We will be providing updates via e-mail and through postings on our social media platforms as soon as new information becomes available.

Because of the impacts of COVID-19, pre-season deposits will not be required for the 2020 season. In addition, for those who cannot join us in 2020, we will move your reservation to 2021 without fee.

For our planning purposes we ask that you please confirm your reservation via email if you plan to join us. If you have questions, changes or need to cancel your reservation give us a call or send us an email. If your plans change after confirming your reservation, we ask that you please give us as much notice as possible that you need to cancel/change. Our hope is to help you and your family plan for the summer as best as possible during these uncertain times.

Resort Email: questions@rosslakeresort.com

Office Phone Number: 206-486-3751

We would also like to extend our gratitude for your business and support last season as we dealt with historically low lake levels. It was a unique season and we missed having the usual hikers/campers on the lake. However, the low water enabled us to grow our relationships with the NPS and SCL as all organizations worked closely together to evaluate and strategize through the challenging circumstances. We are honored to be a part of such a kind, supportive community and grateful for your business and the strong relationships.

Low lake levels of the 2019 season haven’t kept us from working hard this winter. The Legend himself Tom Barnett has frequented the mill float processing cedar boards that Malachi is diligently turning into our beloved Adirondack chairs. Lucas and Alec are set to strengthen and replace the decking around the laundry room and Little Cabins. Alec and Bobby also got their Captain’s Licenses this winter so be sure to give them an elbow bump when you see them! You might notice a new paint job or some of the updated furniture Candi and Baily have been working on too.

Important General Reminders:

· Be sure to make equipment reservations in advance

· Please limit your party size to the occupancy of your reserved cabin/cabins

· If you plan to camp on the lake, be sure to obtain a back-country permit from the Park Service https://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/backcountry-reservations.htm

· Stay up-to-date on NPS guidelines and WDFW regulations while planning your next Ross Lake Trip

· You don’t have to have a cabin reservation to visit! You are always welcome for a camping trip or even to visit for the day, the mountains are calling!

Finally, we know that Ross Lake is a special place that offers relaxation, fun and healing for many of you. We recognize that during the COVID-19 pandemic many of you are particularly looking forward to a visit to the Resort. It is an honor to be able to operate such a special place and we hope that the thoughts of a visit to the Resort will help during these times.

Operating and visiting Ross Lake Resort requires a community effort. When you visit you rely on your fellow guests to help move gear from car-to-boat-to-truck-to-boat-to-Resort (with a few docks in between!). We could not operate the Resort without you or without the amazing support from SCL and, of course, the NPS. Each day on the lake and at the Resort there are examples of people helping and caring – sharing meals, helping with injuries or equipment issues, locating lost boaters and hikers…there are so many daily examples. In short, we exist as a business because of an amazing community that works well together. Such experience in cooperation is useful in the time of COVID-19. As a community we are all in this together. We look forward to working together and emerging from this experience stronger and more connected to what is important.

Please stay safe and healthy,

Andy Walker

Owner & Chief Fishing Officer

Baily Hollis

General Manager

Lucas Qualls

Operations Manager

Tom Barnett

The Legend

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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We are currently planning for a season at Ross Lake Resort this summer.  COVID-19 has changed how we live our day-to-day lives dramatically but we are striving to keep Ross Lake operating through this pandemic.  We all need a little something to look forward to now, what better than an escape to Ross Lake!

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