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Columbia River Plateau Region
Sun Lakes State Park
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34875 Park Lake Road NE
Coulee City, Washington   99115

Reservations: 888-226-7688
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park is a 4,027-acre camping park with 73,640 feet of freshwater shoreline at the foot of Dry Falls. Dry Falls is one of the great geological wonders of North America. Carved by Ice Age floods that long ago disappeared, the former waterfall is now a stark cliff, 400 feet high and 3.5 miles wide. In its heyday, the waterfall was four times the size of Niagara Falls. Today it overlooks a desert oasis filled with lakes and abundant wildlife. The park's dramatic landscape was formed by Ice Age floods that swept through the area 15,000 years ago. The park and the interesting exhibits at Dry Falls Visitor Center offer many opportunities for people to learn about this unusual landscape. Special programs, hikes, talks and classroom visits are available by appointment, through the visitor center, (509) 632-5214. Other park features, available seasonally, include boat rentals, a nine-hole golf course and a miniature golf course.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.

The park is open year round.Deep Lake is open the last Saturday of April through Sept. 30.Dry Falls Lake is open April 1 through Nov. 30.Dry Falls Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except holidays.

Camping: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 ? Bobcats? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Marmots? Rabbits? Raccoons? Chukars? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Ospreys? Owls? Pheasants? Quail? Snipes? Turkeys? Woodpeckers? Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

The park stands at the foot of one of the greatest geological wonders in North America -- a former waterfall that now stands as a dry cliff 400 feet high and 3.5 miles wide. When active, this waterfall was ten times larger than Niagara Falls. Carved by ice-age flood and known as "Dry Falls," this natural monument is the site of a staff visitor center. The surrounding area is full of beautiful natural formations.

? Ash? Poplar? Thistle? Poison Oak
History of the Area
Originally called "Dry Falls," Sun Lakes was renamed to better describe the area. Victor A. Myers, lieutenant governor at the time, suggested the change.
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.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area ? Boat rentals? Camping? Commissary? Park store? Pay phone? Propane? Fire wood? Boat rental? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Hospital? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Wood? Swimming

There is a park store and laundromat, boat rentals, propane, fire wood, a commisary and a pay phone. Most other services are available within a few miles of the park.
The park has 152 standard campsites, 39 utility spaces, one dump station, six restrooms and 12 showers. Maximum site length is 65 feet (may have limited availability). Park campsites do not have tent pads. All campsites have fire pits.

Be prepared for the possibility of heavy winds. Reservations are advised for the summer months. To make a reservation, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Group Accommodations:The park provides a group camp for tents only that accommodates up to 75 people. Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

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.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.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.
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The park provides two boat ramps and 20 feet of dock. Water-skiing activities are restricted during certain times of the year. Be sure to contact the park if you have questions about Grant County boating ordinances (509) 632-5583Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

There are 90 unsheltered picnic tables, available first-come, first-served.
Nature Programs
Dry Falls Visitor Center is located two miles north of the main park on Hwy. 17. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except holidays. Admission is by donation.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other? 15 mi. Hiking Trails? Boating (freshwater)? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? 2 boat ramps (freshwater)? 20 feet of dock (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Personal Watercraft (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? Water Skiing (freshwater)? Bird Watching? 1 Fire Circle? Golf? 2 Horseshoe pits? Interpretive Activities? Mountain Biking? Museum? Wildlife Viewing

Heavy winds are always a possibility in this park.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 27 it will do in a pinch by Kathy_M
Sites are very small and close together, there is some shade in some sites. You are not allowed to put a tent on the grass, you have to put it in the gravel. There is a charge if you have 2 cars even though they state that you can have 2 cars in most sites. The staff can get very busy on weekends and are less helpful. The boat launch is a distance away, not a short walk if you carry things to your boat. do not leave items in your boat There is a fee for a boat site at the dock but worth it not to have to launch every day and there is a fee for that as well. There is no launch site for kayaks or canoes other than using the very busy boat launch or the swimming area beach. There was adequate ATT cell service. This is not the best that Washington has to offer but is not terrible.
July 31 Love this park by San
I look forward to pitching my tent, in this park, every year. Beautiful settings. Love the location.
September 11 my favorite place for camping
very nice place
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Located seven miles southwest of Coulee City, Wash..

From eastbound I-90 : Take exit #151 to SR 283. Go through Ephrata, and continue on to Soap Lake. Turn north on Hwy. 17, and continue 17 miles to park.

From U.S. Hwy. 2 : Take Hwy. 17 south for five miles, just two miles west of Coulee City.


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