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MCMURRAY

April 6, 2002

By Mike Carey


McMurray lake is one of the more popular Opening Day lakes. And for good reason. Each year the lake puts out good numbers of planted and hold-over rainbow trout. The Opening Day crowd is intense, so plan on leaving early if you want to find a parking spot for your trailer. Overflow parking is the norm, as the nice sized parking lot fills up early.
McMurray holds rainbow, yellow perch, large mouth bass, and black crappie. It is 160 acres. Public access is on the south east end of the lake. The gravel ramp is solid and wide, but there is no pier. The incline is shallow, making it harder to launch large boats that aren't on rollers. Shoreline access is very limited. The lake is about 75% developed with year round and vacation homes. Despite this, the lake is pleasant to fish on and pleasing to the eye.

McMurray is a nice lake to spend some time on and the drive to the lake is relaxing as you weave through country roads. A good choice for a lake close to the Seattle area but still retaining an in the country feel.

Directions (Thanks to Bob Johansen): From Mount Vernon, travel south on I-5 to the Lake McMurray exit. (Exit # 221) Travel east on Highway #534 for 4.9 miles. Turn right at stop sign and travel south on Highway #9 for 1.3 miles to Lake McMurray sign. Turn left at the sign and travel .4 mile to WDFW public access area.