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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park © Ray Ortiz
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park © Ray Ortiz
4511 Huntzinger Road
Vantage, Washington   98950

Phone: 509-856-2700
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park is a 7,470-acre park with year-round camping at Wanapum recreational area. The park features 27,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Wanapum Reservoir on the Columbia River. Petrified wood was discovered in the region in the early 1930s, which led to creation of the park as a national historic preserve. Ginkgo Petrified Forest is a registered national natural landmark. It is regarded as one of the most unusual fossil forests in the world.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

Camping at Wanapum:Check-in time: 2:30 p.m.Check-out time: 1 p.m. Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Badgers? Bobcats? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Marmots? Muskrats? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Chukars? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Owls? Quail? Snipes? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Clams? Bass? Bluegill? Bullhead? Catfish? Crappie? Perch? Salmon? Steelhead? Sturgeon? Trout? Walleye

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life ? Douglas Fir? Ponderosa Pine? Apple? Ash? Birch? Maple? Oak? Poplar? Lupines? Paintbrush? Thistle? Poison Oak
History of the Area
The park was set aside as a historic preserve when remains of a fossil forest were unearthed during highway construction in the 1930s. Petrified wood from many different trees are common in the area, but specimens of petrified Ginkgo are rare. Many buildings on the premises owe their origin to the work of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps.
The Wanapum recreation area has 50 utility sites and two restrooms. All sites have full hook-ups. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). Tenters are allowed to use the sites but must pay full fee.

The campground is subject to high winds, especially in the evening. Campers should secure tents and light-weight articles.

The park is heavily used during Gorge concert season. Facilities fill early on weekends.

To reserve a campsite for dates between May 15 and September 15, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area ? Camping? Pay phone? Auto repair? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Groceries? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Wood? Swimming

Most services are available within 30 miles of the park.
There is one watercraft launch with two ramps in the park.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

There are 57 unsheltered picnic tables, available first-come, first-served. The park is heavily used during Gorge concert season, and fills early on weekends.
Nature Programs
The park features an interpretive center. Hours vary with the season. Group tours are available for a fee and by advanced appointment only. For information, call the park at (509) 856-2700.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other ? 3 mi. Hiking Trails? Boating (freshwater)? 1 boat ramp (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Personal Watercraft (freshwater)? Water Skiing (freshwater)? Bird Watching? Interpretive Activities? Museum? Wildlife Viewing

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 22 Summer is a bit ambiguous . . . by Red-Toad
On a recent trip, May 18 to 25, through Washington and Idaho, we discovered parks and museums may trigger seasonal openings for Memorial Day weekend. Turned out to be a bummer at Farragut State Park, where we pre-paid for five days of museum visiting at the park and in the area. Ginko S.P. lists hours for Summer -- Can we count on a visit during our return to western Washington on May 24
April 10 Nothing There! by Disappointed
I went during the summer and it was awfully hot. There were pieces of logs underneath the ground that are caged. I felt screwed over.
August 5 Nice Beach and Beautiful River View by Nolan from Florida
Visited here a couple times with my family when I was a young kid and it was always fun. I never went to the Ginko S.P. but we went to the Wanapum recreation area quite often. There is a small beach there for swimming, picnic tables, big, tall trees, and great views of the Columbia River.

Area Campgrounds
Vantage Riverstone Campground
551 Main Street
Vantage, WA

Located appoximately 30 miles east of Ellensburg, Wash., on the Columbia River.

From east or west on I-90: Wanapum recreation area: Take exit #136. Follow signs south on Huntzinger Rd. three miles to the park entrance.

Ginkgo Interpretive Center: Take exit #136 north through Vantage one mile to Ginkgo.


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