Description: From Oroville, you’ll travel through valleys, and make numerous elevation climbs and descents, passing scenic and secluded Beth and Beaver lakes, to reach 152-acre Bonaparte Lake (elevation 3,556 ft.). It’s picturesque farmland the rest of the way.
Directions: From Oroville, turn east on Central Avenue and left on Cherry Street which becomes the Oroville-Chesaw Highway. Follow approximately 40 minutes into Chesaw. Continue on and 9.3 miles past Chesaw, after passing Beth and Beaver lakes watch for the easy-to-miss sign on the right to Bonaparte Lake/NF 32. Though paved, this road is rougher and narrower than the rest you’ll encounter. Watch for on-coming traffic and cattle guards. Stay left where the road Ys. In 5.5 miles you will arrive at Bonaparte Lake Resort on the right. Either stop at this beautiful historic place or continue on 6 miles to Highway 20. You may wish to stop at Wauconda 3.5 miles east for provisions and gas before returning west on Highway 20 to Tonasket. Take Hwy 97 north back to Oroville.
Insider tip: For some old fashioned fun, give the rope swing (unmarked) on Beaver Lake a try. Big shoulder nearby accommodates roadside parking.
Time: 2 hours 10 minutes Distance: 79 miles
Bonaparte Lake is made for the biker with a leisurely schedule. The road into the resort is a bit rough but well worth it. Here you’ll find camp sites, rustic cabins, and a café that turns out great comfort food year-round. Hours vary seasonally. If you pack your fishing pole, you may be rewarded with bass, mackinaw and three kinds of trout.
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