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Alta Lake State Park
Alta Lake State Park
ALTA LAKE STATE PARK
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
Camping
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.
Boating
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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Picnicking
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.
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.


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Directions
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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Alta Lake State Park
Alta Lake State Park