Zillah Lakes Community

Zillah Lakes is a developing Master Planned community. It includes private amenities and some commercial business.

Lakeside Patio

The lakeside patio offers an expansive view of the lake and beyond which you can enjoy employing one of the deck chairs on the patio outside the lakeside rooms or on the large patio with a firepit and pergola next to the Outdoor Kitchen.

From any patio or lakeside viewing spot, whether it be early morning or just before dark, you’ll see lots of wildlife going about their business.

To the West is Mount Adams and we have some pretty stunning sunsets throughout the year.

Fishing on Zillah Lakes

The Zillah Lakes are private waters owned and managed by the Zillah Lakes Development.  Fishing is catch and release only with a non-barbed hook. This gives the fish the best chance of surviving being caught and put back in the water. The lake has up to 6 lb. Bass and some pretty nice Trout as well. The huge fish you’ll see are the sterile carp that were planted years ago that eat the vegetation as it grows. We say, Carp Diem!

Life jackets are available and encouraged, especially for children. If you don’t see them on the dock, just ask Doug or Pam. If you’re interested in a guided fishing excursion,  see Guest Services page for more information. See our Fishing Gallery for pictures of guests and their catches.

Boating on the Lake

Guests enjoy the views across the lake from their patio, lakeside seating, the pergola or the dock.

Four different types of boats are also available for the use of guests – row boat (4 persons), paddle boats (2 persons), paddle board and kayak (1 person). Boats can be used for bass/trout fishing (catch & release), or just to enjoy the serenity of the lakes.

Use of the boats by Zillah Lakes Inn guests is complimentary. See pictures of our guests enjoying the various boats and watercraft at Zillah Lakes Inn in our Boating at Zillah Lakes Gallery.

Walking Trail

The walking trails and wildlife of Zillah Lakes are the pride and joy of the greater community. Whether you are looking for a short nature trail walk or an adventurous trek to the town of Zillah, we’ve got you covered. There is a nature access trail that skirts the community along a creek and back toward the community entrance.

For a trek (2.5 miles one way) to the town of Zillah you can take advantage of the newly built 10-foot wide, paved path next to Vintage Valley Parkway. There are a couple of eateries and a bakery when you get to town. El Porton, Subway, and Buhrmaster Bakery.

Zillah Lakes Golf Course

The Zillah Lakes Golf Course is a private, executive course open to residents of the community and to the guests of Zillah Lakes Inn.

The scenic course includes four challenging golf holes with an assortment of par to include 3-4-5 holes which let you use every club in your bag! You can play all four holes in 1.5 hours. Play the course over and over again throughout the day. Just be sure to save time to visit other local attractions as well!

Easily walk the course as there are no golf cart rentals available. We have several pull carts at no charge to guests.


Zillah Lakes Inn is on a migratory path so you will see different species throughout the year. The Yakima Valley, especially Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge and the Zillah Lakes area are known for rare and interesting bird sightings. From early Spring through early Fall we have busy nesting boxes along the Yakima River with Osprey rearing their young. The parents fish in the lakes and river and it is something to behold. Just one reason we keep the lakes catch and release for humans.

Year round birds you’ll likely see are Great Blue Heron, Coopers Hawk, Kestrel, and the Red Tail Hawk and the occasional Bald Eagle. Binoculars are available in all lakeside rooms and at the pergola. Enjoy our Zillah Lakes Wildlife Viewing Gallery.

Outdoor Kitchen

Guests can enjoy the use of our lakeside Outdoor Kitchen, located next to the Pergola with seating for 6 around the firepit.  The kitchen are includes a table for four, full-size refrigerator, lighted counter space, water dispenser, BBQ and grill. Additional seating at three picnic tables on the adjacent lawn.

Guests can book the kitchen, see Guest Services page for pricing. Guests are expected to clean the kitchen and grill after use.

Relax at the Dock

Enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of wine at the lakeside dock. Bring a book, or just savor the lake view. Sit back with a pair of binoculars and watch the wildlife and relish the peaceful country atmosphere.

Be sure to bring your camera down to the dock so you can capture some spectacular pictures of the birds. See birds at the lake in our Wildlife Gallery.

Spectacular Sunsets

The wide open vistas at Zillah Lakes Inn enable some incredible, spectacular sunsets viewing from the inn.

Every day throughout the year there are new surprises and new beauty to enjoy and photograph while you enjoy a quiet lake-side glass of wide on your patio or at the pergola with other guests.

Little Free Library

Zillah Lakes Inn has joined the Little Free Library movement to provide reading materials for our guests to enjoy in their room, while enjoying the view of the lake from their patio or pergola or the various seating areas around the property.

Feel free to “take a book, share a book” during your stay at Zillah Lakes Inn.


We have four bikes that guests can use during their stay at Zillah Lakes Inn for a leisurely ride through the neighborhood, or a ride down the nature trail or into Zillah. One is an electric bike that can be rented, and three are standard pedal push bikes.

See some guests on the bikes in our Bicycling at Zillah Lakes Inn Gallery.

A group of our international guests enjoying the Outdoor Kitchen and pergola/patio for a BBQ

“What a fantastic place to stay! Zillah Lakes Inn offers so much for anyone that stay there. The rooms are very well kept and clean. The outside offers a warm and cozy fire pit for the cool nights, plenty of seating for all guests, the serene lake, the peaceful fishing, paddle boating and hiking for the explorers. There are Vineyards, breweries, places to eat and plenty of outdoor activities all within 5-10 miles in either direction. We are already planning another trip to stay in September. Would highly recommend this place to anyone. Thanks to Doug and his wife for their amazing customer service and outstanding hospitality!” Janet

Vineyards · Breweries · Outdoor Activities

“This place is a gem! The little lake makes for a perfect view in your mornings and evenings. We sat outside to have coffee by the little creek and the gas firepit makes for lovely evenings. The rooms are clean and well organized with all the amenities you need. But the best part of everything is the hosts.

Doug and Pamela are so kind and friendly. They ensure your stay is really enjoyable. If you come to Yakima for wine tastings, this is the best place around to stay.” Michael

Perfect View · Friendly Hosts