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Washington
North Cascades Region
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
GINKGO PETRIFIED FOREST STATE PARK
GINKGO PETRIFIED FOREST STATE PARK
4511 Huntzinger Road
Vantage, Washington   98950

Phone: 509-856-2700
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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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.
Camping
Camping Fees : Please note that the following general fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all fees will apply to all parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations). An additional $1 per night is added to the basic camping fees listed below at this high-use park. Basic camping fees are:

Standard campsite, $15.

Utility campsite, $21.

Primitive campsite (accessible by motorized/non-motorized vehicles) and for water trail camping, $10

An additional $3 fee (standard) or $5 fee (utility) may be charged for select premium campsites at some parks.

Maximum eight people per campsite.

Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.

Dump stations: Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.

More about park hours : 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. 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. Campsite Information : 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.
Boating
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.
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
79.6 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.
72 miles from park*


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Picnicking
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

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
72 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
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.
June 29 A great field trip by Braden a 2 grade student
It was awesome, had a fun time and I learned alot. I am looking forward to going back again.
March 31 A Park Meeting Many Interests by David
A visit to the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park was a highlight of our 1948 family auto trip through eastern Washington, and has been a favorite ever since. I was impressed as a child, and I remain impressed whenever I visit. In addition to the great displays of petrified wood and Native American petroglyphs, the magnificent vistas of the Columbia River, historic buildings, and the pleasant grounds, the park is on a heritage road route where travelers once crossed the mighty Columbia by ferry.
May 26 It was great by Sadie Claire
My class went on a field trip there and it was amazing. The petrified wood really was awesome.
January 24 Extremely interesting by Russ from Chapel Hill NC
Great examples of petrified wood. Interesting location. Adjoining mmineral store sells specimens collected locally.
July 20
the best examples of petrified wood that I have ever seen. The movie about the floods is also excellent. russell walker


Area Campgrounds

Vantage Riverstone Campground
551 Main Street
Vantage, WA
509-856-2800


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Directions
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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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
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