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Rainy Lake, tucked away at the base of Mount Defiance, is an excellent choice for cooling off and casting a fly-rod on a hot day.

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While not considered remote by most standards, Rainy Lake is out of the way enough that the chances of having the lake to yourself on any given day are pretty good. From Hood River, Rainy is about an hour’s drive from downtown and is one of several lakes oriented in a north-south line stretching between Mount Defiance to the north and Mount Hood to the south. Black, Rainy and North lakes are all accessible from the same Forest Service Road 2820, or Dead Point Road, which can be reached either from Kingsley Reservoir or Dee. Not far to the south geographically, but accessed from different roads are Whatum and Scout lakes, and beyond those are Lost Lake and Bull Run Lake.

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