The Darrington District boasts a large number of small lakes, some of which provide excellent fishing. Check at the ranger station or public service center for a list of lakes and suggestions on the best ones for boating, fishing, or paddling.
Paddlers and rafters will enjoy exploring six-acre Coal Lake, a subalpine lake at 3,600 feet elevation. Go east on the Mountain Loop Highway  for 15 miles from the Verlot Public Service Center, then go north on Coal Lake Road 4060 for 4.5 miles to the trailhead. Carry your boat about 50 feet to the lake, where you’ll find a limited number of campsites that fill up quickly.
Another lake with easy canoe and raft access is five-acre Canyon Lake. From the Verlot Public Service Center, drive four miles on the Mountain Loop Highway to Road 41; turn right, continuing for two miles to Green Mt. Road 4110. Turn right again (heading east now), driving almost 1.4 miles to Road 4111; follow this road for 10.75 miles to the trailhead on the left side of the road. Carry your boat along the 50-foot trail to Canyon Lake, surrounded by trees and a few campsites; fair fishing can be found here.