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USA Parks
North Cascades Region
Alta Lake State Park
1B Otto Road
Pateros, Washington   98846

Phone: 509-923-2473
Toll Free: 360-902-8844
Alta Lake State Park
'Lake Alta from trail'

Alta Lake State Park is a 181-acre camping park where the mountainous pine forests meet the desert. Alta Lake is about two miles long and a half mile wide. The park offers good trout fishing during summer months. Lake Chelan, with its many activities, is 30 minutes away.
Nature of the Area
Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Bobcats? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Marmots? Muskrats? Rabbits? Raccoons? Squirrels ? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Grouse? Gulls? Hawks? Hummingbirds? Jays? Owls? Quail? Woodpeckers? Wrens ? Bluegill? Trout

Plant Life The mountainous terrain that surrounds Alta Lake was formed by glaciation. The native rock is primarily igneous. ? Douglas Fir? Ponderosa Pine? Birch? Cherry? Maple? Poplar? Daisy? Lupines? Rose? Berries? ThistlePoison Ivy
History of the Area
The Alta Lake area was given to State Parks by the city of Pateros and was established "Alta Lake State Park" in 1951. The lake was named "Alta" in 1900 by Mr. Heinz, a jeweler from Wilbur, who was mining in the area. Finding the lake without a name, he called it after his daughter, Alta Heinz
The park has 91 tent spaces, 32 utility spaces, four restrooms (one ADA) and 12 showers. Maximum site length is 38 feet (limited availability).

Group Accommodations:

The park offers two group camps. The Wooded Group Camp accommodates a minimum of 15 guests, maximum of 45. The Field Group Camp accommodates a minimum of 20 guests, maximum of 85. RVs are allowed, but there are no RV hookups. Fees vary with size of the group.
There are two boat ramps with 60 feet of dock space. Waterskiing and personal-watercraft use on the lake is restricted to the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Okanogan County safety ordinance).
Boats and RVs
KJ Watersports - Coulee City, WAStorage
We rent premium well maintained equipment including SKI BOATS, JET SKIS, and PONTOON BOATS We are located at Sunbanks Lake Resort outside of Electric City, which is 20 minutes from Steamboat Rock State Park, 35 minutes from Sun Lakes State Park, as well as only 5 minutes from Grand Coulee Dam. We also deliver to the surrounding areas. Call 509-681-0283 or 509-633-8079
40.3 miles from park*
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WABoat Rentals
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
48.7 miles from park*

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The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity, plus two sheltered and 18 unsheltered picnic tables. All day-use facilities are first-come, first-served.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other? 2 mi. Hiking Trails ? Boating (freshwater)? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? 2 boat ramps (freshwater)? 60 feet of dock (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Personal Watercraft (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? Water Skiing (freshwater)? Diving ? Bird Watching? Golf? Sailboarding? Wildlife Viewing

Sailboarding is also popular with park visitors.

Waterskiing can be dangerous on this small lake. There are waterskiing opportunities four miles away on the Columbia River.

There is an 18-hole golf course in the Alta Lake area.

Horseback riding is allowed at the park.
Things To Do in the Area
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WAFamily Outting
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
Web Site: leavenworthoutfitters.com
48.7 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 29 Park Ranger Sharon...
...helped us out immensely - especially since it was our first time to the site and we had some campsite confusion. While both professional and kind, her assistance made our trip to Alta Lake excellent.
June 22 by jaedoe ( jay-dow )
cant wait to go here next week it has been my favorite place in washington for more than 15 years now
August 27 My Favorite Place by Chuck H.
Been going there 11yrs. At least once,and sometimes twice a year. Have met great people from all over the state, and I see them there every year,like family. Jetskis and camping,too much fun!!!
July 26 great family get away/ vac.
June 25 by KATYA
this place is beautiful and it became a traditional place to visit. kind poeple and i look forward every year to go hiking and ride horses.
May 27 No power
Beautiful lake and surrounding area. The horseback tour is a major plus, but unfortunately there are a bunch of power boats and jet skis on this small lake; would be much nicer for everyone if these folks would go to Chelan instead.
January 10 A place I come back too time after time. by Juanito
I love this place we come here at least two times a year. Its worth the three and a half hour drive from marysville.
August 10 just awesome, restrooms need work tho by maple valley family :)
We went twice this summer. Water is warm and clean to swim in. Camp sites are good but privacy poor. Like the other ratings bathrooms were just flat out horrid. We complained to the park officials there.
July 20 Beautiful location by R & M Thomas (England)
What a stunning place but oh what a pity about the dirty restrooms/showers. We stayed July 2010 over a holiday weekend and although the site seemed to be very well patrolled by wardens, no-one seemed to take care of the sanitation. Great pity because the area is stunning.
June 26 Nice gettaway
This was our first time there. It was peaceful and nice. Very pretty lake. We tried to catch fish the 3 days we were there but no luck. The only bad thing was there is no privacy when camping. Everyone is right there together.
May 19 fav place every year tradition!! by Genevieve
My family and friends go there every year the end of july. we take the jet skis out and have the most fun in the same state we live in. I fell like im in another state every time it only take a couple hours from lynnwood were we live. Every one that has gone trys to get new people out to experience the fun, they always come back!!! cant wait till july 22nd Im already packing for a great time. there is about 9 of us going to Vegas july 12-18 and we are more excited to come back and grab the camp gear and head out to the water...;)
March 25 A gem among Washington State Parks by Western Flyer
Alta lake is a mini Crater Lake. Very beautiful. I camped there on my bicycle ride down the length of the Columbia River
August 6 One of our favorite parks by pavel radion
July 7 Great Park. Horrible facilities. by jg
I was just there for 4th of July weekend 2009. We had a great time and will continue to come back. However, the bathrooms and showers are horrible! Its one of the biggest weekends of the year and the bathroom closest to our camp was damn near out of service all weekend so I had to walk further to get to the main bathrooms. I know its camping but when you walk in to the bathrooms theres bees, spiders and flying and crawling bugs everywhere and the toilets are horrible. Shut the damn doors! Put up a few bee and flying insect traps and throw some drain aid in the toilets and shower and that would fix the problem. I work for the state and know how things work. It doesnt take much to have a descent bathroom.
July 1 great park by oksana
August 22 mr by peter gbeve
May 29 A nice place to start summer camping by FYLER05
A quiet park in the trees, the upper utility sites are pretty bad they sit a top some rough grade broken up concrete (it needs a repave badly) the utilty sites are power water only, so if you are there for a week you will need to brel camp dump tanks then do the reverse (not very vacation like) the lake is very small and ski times are constrained by fishing in the morning and again in the evening (its not the best tournament ski lake) Brian the ranch owner down the end of the road has 100 head of horses and can take you on a horseback riding tour a two hour, 4 hour or even all day its really realy nice! the 18 hole golf course is really nice too, if you are as bad of golfer as me its a great place. If you want to go down to the lake from your camp spot its a long jorney especially if you have much gear to bring and the beach is not very inviting (better to stay in the boat) The nearby trails provide a little adventure for hiking and mountain biking. All in all Alta Lake is a good place to take the family, dont forget your lifejackets and even a small boat to enjoy the lake preferably a ZODIAC with a little motor or a Kayak, Canoe thart word be fine. enjoy and have a great 2008 camping season.

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Located four miles southwest of Pateros, Wash., on Highway 153. From Pateros:Drive two miles west on Hwy. 153. Turn left on Alta Lake Road. Continue two miles to the park.

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