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Pearrygin Lake State Park
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Pearrygin Lake State Park is a 743-acre camping park in the Methow Valley in north central Washington. The park features expansive green lawns leading to 11,000 feet of waterfront on Pearrygin Lake. The lake offers swimming, fishing and boating. Old willows and ash provide shade on hot summer days.
Nature of the Area
Winter temperatures reach well below zero. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. There is an annual average rainfall of 11 inches, with an average annual six inches of snow.

Pleistocene glaciation formed the Methow Valley and all the little valleys which hold lakes in the area. Pearrygin Lake's waters come from underground springs and Pearrygin Creek, two natural sources. Water flows down off surrounding mountains into the Pearrygin Lake basin.
History of the Area
The park opened in 1964 as a state park recreation area. Renovation and construction of the campground was done in 1972. In 2004, 94 acres, including a store, hayfield and the West Campground were added to the park.
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.
Two cabins are reservable from April 25 through October 29. Each cabin sleeps four and is equipped with heat and lights, single bunk-beds, double bed, small cook stove, refrigerator, sink with hot water, microwave, coffee maker and toilet. Bathroom and showers nearby.
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 92 standard sites, 71 utility sites, one dump station, three restrooms (two ADA) and six showers (two ADA). Two campsites are primitive. Utility sites have electricity, water and sewer service. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Group Accommodations : For information on group camps, call the park at (509) 996-2370.
1. Pearrygin Lake State Park offers a designated swimming area with sandy beach.
2. Lifeguards are not provided, so swim at your own risk.
3. The lake's water is typically warm and clear during summer months.
4. Swimming aids like floats or inflatable devices can be used in the park's waters.
5. There are no restrictions on swimming hours within the state park boundaries.
6. The shoreline provides easy access for swimmers of all ages and abilities to enter/exit the water safely.

The watercraft launch at the East Campground reopens the first Friday in April, depending on snow and ice conditions on the lake.

The park has a boat ramp and 60 feet of dock.

May and June water-ski and personal watercraft operating hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. July and August operating hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays through Mondays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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The East Campgroun has 30 unsheltered picnic tables. There is a parking area with overflow directed to boatlaunch parking. Available in the day-use area are a bathhouse, marked swimming beach, four barbecue stands, a volleyball court and a large lawn with shade trees. Picnic sites are available first-come, first-served. There is one wheel chair accessible picnic site and bathhouse.
Cycling enthusiasts can explore various trails, but be aware that some are challenging and require a good fitness level. The East Campground Loop is an easy 2-mile ride suitable for beginners or families with children.

For more experienced riders, the Rex Derr trail offers a moderate challenge over its four miles of mixed terrain. It's important to note this path has steep sections which may not suit all cyclists.

The Bear Creek Road route provides another option; however it involves cycling on public roads so extra caution should be exercised due to traffic presence.

Mountain bikers will find opportunities too, although they must stick strictly to designated paths as off-trail biking isn't allowed in order protect local wildlife habitats.

Remember always wear helmets when riding bikes within park boundaries - safety first!
1. Rex Derr Trail: This is a 3-mile loop trail that offers scenic views of the lake and surrounding mountains, suitable for all skill levels.

2. Lake Shore Loop: A relatively flat 4-mile round trip hike along Pearrygin Lake's shoreline with opportunities to spot wildlife such as deer or waterfowl.

3. East Campground Trail: An easy half mile walk from the east campground through pine forests leading directly to the beach area on Pearrygin Lake.

4. West Campground Nature Walk: Short but informative nature walk starting at west campgrounds featuring interpretive signs about local flora and fauna; perfect for families with young children.

5. Bear Mountain Road Hike: Challenging uphill trek offering panoramic vistas over Methow Valley, best suited for experienced hikers due its steep inclines.

6. Lloyd Ranch Interpretive Trail: Easy one mile long path showcasing historical ranch buildings while providing information about early settlers in this region.

7. Lakeview Ridge Runners Pathway: Moderate difficulty level pathway stretching around two miles across rolling hills overlooking beautiful landscapes of Pearrygin lake.

8. Pearrygin Peak Climb: Strenuous climb up towards peak rewarding climbers with breathtaking view points, recommended only during summer months when snow has melted away completely.

9. West Chewuch Riverbank Trek: Tranquil riverside stroll ideal for birdwatchers who can enjoy spotting various species inhabiting these areas.

10. Eastside Viewpoint Track: Gentle slope track winding upwards revealing stunning viewpoints capturing entire park's beauty under different light conditions throughout day.
Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species such as American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks and Northern Harriers. Other birds include Western Bluebirds, Mountain Chickadees and Pygmy Nuthatches. Waterfowl like Mallards are also common on the lake itself.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 10 by Ronda
park review stars; one to five Beautiful always, but we make an annual trip in October and the colors are OUTSTANDING!!! Such a nice, quiet place...
August 11 Annual family vacation by Tony from Puyallup
park review stars; one to five I found this area several years ago while hunting. I now take my family camping at Pearygin Lake State Park every summer. The kids love swimming and I love the great trout fishing. And the wildlife viewing in good also.
May 29 Great Fishing, Hit With Kids! by Not available
park review stars; one to five I enjoy going here and we are in fact going next month! (I hope)
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19961 Highway 20
Twisp, WA
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677 Bear Creek Road
Winthrop, WA
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Located four miles northeast of Winthrop, Wash., in north central Washington.

NOTE: Due to hazardous snow conditions, SR 20 is closed for the season.

From SR20 south : At the four-way stop in Winthrop, continue through the intersection and follow the main street up a hill, past the ambulance garage and town maintenance shop. Proceed north one-and-a-half miles as the road turns into East Chewuch Rd. Turn right onto Bear Creek Rd. (look for park signs) drive 3/4 mile to the entrance of the West Campground (campsites 86-165). For the picnic area, watercraft launch, park store and East Campground (campsites 1-83) continue past the west entrance 3/4 mile to the end of the pavement and turn right; follow the paved road into the park.

From SR20 west (North Cascades Hwy) : Turn left at the four-waystop in Winthrop. Follow the above directions.

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