Cranberry Lake

Cranberry is one of the few lakes where, if the family gets bored fishing, there are plenty of surrounding diversions to occupy them, while you keep angling. Shallow as it is, it's prone to heating in the summer that stifles its rainbows. Spring and late fall are its best times.

Season: year-round.

Angler amenities: There's a fishing pier on the east shore of Cranberry near the park entrance and spots along the park's beach road that access the lake's north side.

Surface area: 128 acres.

Stocking for 2008: 7000 catchable rainbow trout.

In the catch: Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and a few brown trout.

Special rules: None.

Boat launch: State parks and recreation – graveled shallow ramp on the north side near the beach. Under park rules, gas engines not allowed.

Getting there: Take Interstate 5 south to Highway 20 in Burlington. Drive west on Highway 20 across Fidalgo Island and the Deception Pass Bridge. Continue about one mile south and watch for the park entrance on the right. There is a daily use fee.