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USA Parks
Columbia River Plateau Region
Potholes State Park
6762 Highway 262 East
Othello, Washington   99344

Reservations: 888-226-7688
Potholes State Park
© Melody A. Wilson 2008

Potholes State Park
'Frozen Potholes'
© Melody A. Wilson 2008

Potholes State Park is a 640-acre camping park with 6,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Potholes Reservoir (also known as O'Sullivan Reservoir). Potholes Reservoir is often confused with the Pothole Lakes themselves, which are a 30- to 45-minute drive from the park. The terrain is desert with freshwater marshes.
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 (if available): 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 park has 61 tent spaces, 60 utility spaces, one dump station, four restrooms (two ADA) and four showers (two ADA).

Any camping unit tent or RV may use either site type. However, any unit camped in a hookup site must pay the hookup-site fee. Maximum site length is 50 feet (may have limited availability).

There is no camping next to the reservoir.

To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Group Accommodations : The park provides a group camp that accommodates up to 50 people. It is located near the tent camp area. The group camp has a grassy section and is well-shaded. Restroom facilities are nearby. There is a year-round creek adjacent to the group camp that provides excellent trout and bass fishing. Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Four boat ramps and 100 feet of dock are provided by the park. Water levels in O'Sullivan Reservoir (Potholes Reservoir) fluctuate dramatically from spring to fall.

A daily permit is available for watercraft launching, vehicle parking and trailer dumping at the park for $5. 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
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.
92.3 miles from park*
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
66.2 miles from park*

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The park provides two picnic shelters with two tables each, plus 73 unsheltered picnic tables in a lawned, well-shaded area. All day-use facilities are first-come, first-served. Restrooms are available in the day-use area, located on the banks of the reservoir.
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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
92.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 4 Mosquito nightmare by Mozzies
Beautiful park, well maintained. Mosquitoes are so bad, we left early. Even got eaten through our clothing! Never again! Shame as the park is beautiful with large lots.
May 14 Dont forget your bug spray!!
We tent camped in one of the primitive sites. The campsites are spacious. Campground is clean. Pit toilets were suprisingly clean. However, the park makes you buy shower tokens..only to find out the shower was broken. Plus..the mosquitoes were horrible. Seriously..pack your Deet! If you camp before June..bring extra blankets! Super cold at night.
August 22 We will come back by E. Brink
With only a 3-4 hour drive from the Seattle Area this makes for a great destination to find some warm sunny boating weather. This was our first time to the reservoir and we enjoyed our time swimming and boating. Unfortunately we were notified of toxic algae after our first day of swimming. We were advised not to swim or boat in the water and to take showers after any water activity. We continued to swim and play in the water however we did not let our dogs join us so one person had to stay at camp and play dog sitter. The bees were really bad this year so I highly recommend carrying wasp traps in your camping gear.
July 15 Mosquito Haven by stonetrails
The miniature, winged, blood-sucking, vulgarities are abundant and thirsting for your soul. I needed a transfusion after my visit.
June 17 Great!
I have gone for year they keep improving the park and it is a great place to swim and fish.
August 9 Great RV Park
This park actually allows an RV owner a little space to spread out and not feel cramped. The spacious lawns are beautifully maintained--no mosquitoes!!
July 23 cool by Nickey365365
This place is awesome!!
July 18 camp fires is what camping is all about by abloom
how can one go camping and not even be able to have a camp fire???
July 1 mosquitos by dave
the park is a beautiful park, but the mosquitos were so bad, all day and night, that we could not enjoy our stay. we left early.
June 25 Mosquito Heaven
Beautiful wildlife, beavers, bunnies, and fish. Mosquitos were so bad we left early. Even ate through out outer clothing. Also lots of weird little black spiders that like to crawl on you. Lots of ants in tent camp. Also tent camp smelled like dirty sanikan all day, and no grassy areas in tent camp, only in RV area. This could be a great campground if they put more work into it.
June 15 Mosquitos by Pat
Beautiful park. We wont go back the Mosquites were so bad we left early. We were so ate up that all we did was itch. something has to be done. There is to much standing water that is a haven for Mosquites.The camp ground was well keep just did not enjoy the pest.
July 11 i loveit alot
it is grate i will go back we hade fun it was not loud there everone is nice park is clean showers are clean fishing is good store is close by big spaces we but up two big tents and still had room
June 15 Plan for mosquitos by Trace
The park is an oasis in the scrublands. The lawns are well maintained and the facilities are decent. Unfortunately the mosquitos also like this area and are thick. Bring spray adn cintronella and screened tents, etc.
May 12 I loved it
the place is amazing for family fun. I have been going here since I was a kid and now I am taking my own children and looking forward to a wonderful trip
April 5 extreamly bad a** by rangerfan1984@aemailsomewhere.
hot chicks, great fishing, clean water, the resort was not that great. everything was WAY over priced for how old it was. the bathrooms stink and the partys are lame. but who needs the resort!? :D just pick an island and party (responsably). keep our country cleaner than when you got there. Lol.
December 6 preety good by camplover
the rv park is wonderful and grassy but the tent grounds have dirt and dead grass fun if youre into rough hard camping

Area Campgrounds

Sun Basin RV Park
5522 North Frontage Road West
Ephrata, WA

Pier Four Resort-Sunrise Resorts
3400 Sage Road
Moses Lake, WA

O'Sullivan Sportsman Resort
6897 Highway 262 SE
Othello, WA

The New Mar Don Resort
8198 Highway 262 South East
Othello, WA

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Located 17 miles southwest of Moses Lake, Wash., just east of the Cascades.

From I-90 : Take exit 179 at Moses Lake and follow signs to park.

From the south : Take Hwy. 17 and turn west on Hwy. 262 (O'Sullivan Dam Rd.). Or take Hwy. 26 and turn east onto Hwy. 262 (O'Sullivan Dam Rd.). Each direction is well signed.

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Columbia River Plateau Region
Potholes State Park
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