Nestled just outside the Mount Vernon city limits sits the idyllic body of water aptly named Big Lake. Located off of highway 9, this beautiful community is just 15 min. from I-5. On a clear day you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mt. Baker from near the elementary school; thus providing a perfect photo opt for passing photographers!
Over the past two decades and especially in the last 10 years Big Lake has transformed from simply a summertime escape into a beautiful waterfront community where locals now reside year round. Quite a change from the days when the lake was surrounded merely by small lake cabins and vacant lots. And while there has been significant residential growth, those living here haven’t surrendered or compromised the natural beauty the area bestows. Big Lake has been able to maintain and preserve the peacefulness and the pure scenic attractiveness that the community is known and loved for. Locals will attest that it isn’t uncommon to see a deer spring across your lawn or to catch site of a bald eagle flying over the lake and swooping down to grab a fish. And colorful breathtaking sunsets during the summertime are an absolutely stunning site.
Once in the area take advantage of the public boat launch located on the Westside of Big Lake as it provides a great spot to drop your boat or jet skis’ in the water and enjoy some wakeboarding, fishing, or even just a slow cruise around the lake. With the lake as its backdrop, take note of the 9-hole Overlook Golf Course on the eastside of the lake as it offers a great place to get out and swing the clubs. And for those looking to grab a bite to eat head up to the Big Lake Grocery for a snack or stop by the Big Lake Bar & Grill or Big Rock Cafe for food, drinks and entertainment. The biggest draw to the lake occurs annually on the 3rd of July; thus drawing thousands of Skagitonians to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with a great fireworks display put on by our truly dedicated Volunteer Big Lake Fire Department. So grab your boat, invite some friends and head out to Big Lake and enjoy one of Skagit Valley’s most beautiful areas!