The largest lake in the region, Stave Lake was created in 1921 after the Stave Lake hydroelectric project was completed. Due to its immense size and the magnitude of the wilderness surrounding it, the lake is only easily accessible from one site on the south end. Stave Lake is basically untouched by any kind of development and is not for those looking for formal organized camping facilities.

Because the lake is really a flooded valley, when the waters are low, dead standing trees and stumps become a boating hazard. The area surrounding the lake is breathtakingly beautiful but rugged. There are no signs of civilization in the northern part of the lake. A boat is basically the only way you can see and explore the diverse shoreline of this massive lake. In a boat you can find the sandy beaches, steep rock cliffs, secret coves plus numerous streams and estuaries that are perfect for fishing or relaxing.