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Anderson Lake State Park
Anderson Lake State Park © ECTran71 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Toxic blue-green algae seen on the surface of a part of Anderson Lake in Anderson Lake State Park, Washington, USA.
Anderson Lake State Park © ECTran71 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
View of Anderson Lake at Anderson Lake State Park of Washington, USA on a late September day.
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1061 Anderson Lake Road
Chimacum, Washington   98325
(lat:48.0163 lon:-122.8059) map location

Phone: 360-385-1259
Anderson Lake State Park is a remote marine day-use park of cedar, fir and alder forest mixed with freshwater marshes. Surrounded by 410 wooded and wetland acres, the park slopes down to the 70-acre Anderson Lake and abounds with birds and wildlife.
Nature of the Area
The park combines freshwater marshes with cedar, fir and alder forests.
History of the Area
Prior to becoming a state park, Anderson Lake was owned by William F. Anderson, who used the land around it to graze his cattle. Curiously, the lake was not named for him or anyone in his family. William Anderson purchased the property in 1947 from Amanda Anderson, who, though not a relative, shared his last name. Anderson Lake was named for one of her ancestors.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Watercraft launch site reopens toward the end April.

There is one boat ramp for boats with electric motors only. Be advised lake water is 25 feet at its deepest spot.

The lake is open year-round for lowland fishing of all game fish.

The park has several picnic tables along the lake shore. No public water is available. Two vault toilets and equestrian trailer parking with hitching posts are avaliable within the park.
8 miles of hiking trails

7 miles of bike trails

5 miles of equestrian trails
Area Attractions
The park is open seasonally for lowland fishing of trout last Saturday in April to August 31. Catch and release only is permitted September through October.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 25 Water quality?? by Matu421
park review stars; one to five What is up with this lake? I have been a resident of Jefferson county for over 30 years and it has been the since the state took over that the water quality has taken a nose dive!! Why is no one doing anything about it? I know that there are natural ways to deal with the issues in that lake, not to mention the aerator! Here is a natural way to deal with the milfoil in the lake; . May be the state should turn it back over to a private owner who will do what needs to be done there! Then maybe I would be willing to spend money to fish there, I miss this lake, but will not take my family there until something gets done!
September 14 nice place for a short day ride/hike
park review stars; one to five The trails are nice, parking is nice,good place for a beginner horse rider as the trails are easy to navigate and the scenery was nice.
November 2 algae bloom
park review stars; one to five Wondering if the lake will open next April. Has been closed for a long time. Thank you. Anderson Lake in Jefferson County
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Located on the Olympic Peninsula, eight miles south of Port Townsend, Wash. in Jefferson County.

From Port Townsend:Take SR 20 south for 6.7 miles, then turn east on Anderson Lake Rd. Proceed 1.1 miles to park entrance.

From Hwy. 101 heading north:At Discovery Bay, turn right onto Hwy. 20. Go 3.7 miles to Anderson Lake Rd., and turn right. Follow this road for 1.1 miles, and turn left into park entrance.

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