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Nolte State Park
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36921 Veazie Cumberland Road
Enumclaw, Washington   98022
Nolte State Park is a 117-acre day-use park with 7,174 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake in the Green River Gorge. Covered with forests and blessed with water, the land was a resort for many years before it was donated to State Parks.
History of the Area
Formerly a vacation resort known as Deep Lake Park and owned by the Nolte family, the area was donated in the early 1970s to the state of Washington by Minnie Nolte, for whom the park is named.
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.
The park has no camping.
1. Nolte State Park offers a freshwater swimming area in Deep Lake.
2. No lifeguards are on duty, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is allowed only within designated areas marked by buoys.
4. The park provides accessible restrooms and changing facilities near the beach area for swimmers' convenience.
5. There's also a 500-foot sandy beach perfect for sunbathing or building sandcastles before taking a dip into the lake.

Enjoy fishing in a serene lake setting, home to rainbow trout and largemouth bass. A valid license is required.

The park provides two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus one sheltered and 50 unsheltered picnic tables. Kitchen shelters are reservable for groups of up to 50 persons. There is a fee plus a damage deposit. Make reservations at the park office, 360-825-4646.
1. Deep Forest Trail: This is a 1.4-mile loop trail that takes hikers through the lush, old-growth forest of Nolte State Park.

2. Lake Loop Trail: A scenic and easy-to-navigate 1 mile long path around Deep Lake offering beautiful views of the water and surrounding woodland.

3. Deer Ridge Pathway: An intermediate level hiking route with slight elevation changes providing glimpses of local wildlife such as deer or birds in their natural habitat.

4. Wildflower Walkway: Best visited during spring when wildflowers are blooming, this short but sweet pathway offers an array of colorful flora to admire along your hike.

5. Fern Gully Track: It's a less-traveled track where you can enjoy solitude while walking amidst ferns under towering trees creating a canopy overhead.

6. Lakeside Picnic Area Access Trails: These trails lead from various points within the park directly down to picnic areas by lake side for those who want to combine outdoor dining with their trekking experience.

7. Birdwatcher's Paradise Route: As its name suggests, it attracts bird lovers due its rich avian diversity including woodpeckers, herons etc.

8. Mushroom Hunter's Delight: During fall season mushroom enthusiasts often take up this trail looking out for edible fungi species growing naturally on tree trunks & fallen logs.

9. The Wetland Exploration Path: This boardwalk style walk allows visitors explore wetlands without disturbing delicate ecosystem underneath them.

10. Deep Woods Adventure Hike: For experienced trekkers seeking more challenging terrain; includes steep inclines/declines across densely wooded sections.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 4 The best park around the area! :) by The Wilsons
park review stars; one to five This park is get for family picnics, swimming, and walking around the lake! Also fishing is also fun!
December 29 I wish my aunt never donated it! by Rob
park review stars; one to five
May 11 Amazing History by doublet
park review stars; one to five This park is amazing, the history of the park and the community will be with me always. My mother is the last living Nolte in the family, she is now 93. We would drive from Seattle every weekend to the lake. The early family had to stay out at the lake when Small Pox was running rapid in the early years.
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Located north of the town of Enumclaw, Wash., at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains.

From east of Enumclaw: On SR 410, turn north on 284th Ave., S.E., (look for sign) and continue approximately seven miles to park entrance.

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