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Alta Lake State Park

Campground Description:  Alta Lake State Park is owned and operated by the State of Washington.  During the summer of 2014 a forest fire swept through the tent camping and RV camping areas, as well as the day use areas.  Aesthetically, Alta Lake State Park has lost much of its former beauty.  The State of Washington is putting as many resources as is possible to rehabilitate the park, but the vegetation and forest will take many years to recover.  Due to the absence of trees in some areas of Alta Lake State Park, astronomy camping is terrific.  On a positive note, Alta Lake itself is as pretty as before offering, swimming, fishing, water skiing, sail boarding and plain old floating/sunbathing.  The restroom facilities are being replaced and upgraded.  Grocery shopping is available in Pateros, 4.8 miles northeast of Lake Alta State Park.  Reservations are available and suggested during the summer months.  Closed October through March.  Trailers more than 18 feet long are not allowed.

Number of Sites:  123

Electricity:  At 43 sites

Water:  At 43 sites and scattered throughout the campground

Sewer:  No

Waste Water Dump Station:  No

Directions:  Northbound from Wenatchee or Southbound from Oroville - Follow State Highway 97 to State Route 53 in Pateros.  Turn West onto State Road 53 and follow for 1.7 miles to Alta Lake Road.  Turn south onto Alta Lake Road and follow for 1.8 miles to the entrance for Alta Lake State Park.

Fishing:  Good fishing opportunities for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee.  Click here for detailed fishing information: Alta Lake fishing information

Astronomy Opportunities:  In an odd twist of fate, there are several areas where the tall trees have burned, offering great view of the night sky for camping astronomy.  The exact location for computerized telescopes is 48.02630 N, 119.93969 W

Nearby Golfing: 

Alta Lake Golf Course
140 Alta Lake Rd 
Pateros, WA  98846-9625
509-923-2359

Alta Lake Golf Course

Contact Information: 

Alta Lake State Park
1B Otto Road
Pateros, WA 98846
509-923-2473
888-226-7688 reservations

Alta Lake State Park

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The sign at the entrance to Alta Lake State Park

A map of the facilities at Alta Lake State Park

The rest rooms at Alta Lake State Park offer hot showers and flush toilets

One of the tent camping or RV camping sites in the area burned during the 2014 forest fire at Alta Lake State Park

Alta Lake State Park offers great lake views

One of the many areas at Alta Lake State Park that was spared from the 2014 fire

The swimming beach at Alta Lake State Park

The day use area at Alta Lake State Park was spared by the 2014 fire

The public shelter in the day use area at Alta Lake State Park

The paved boat launch at Alta Lake State Park


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