WALLACE FALLS STATE PARK
The Wallace Falls State Park Management Area is a 4,735-acre camping park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, Shaw Lake and the Skykomish River. Located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, the park features a 265-foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forests, and fast- moving rivers and streams. Cougars have been sighted several times near Wallace Falls, and peregrine falcons inhabit the rock cliffs of the Index Town Wall. The scenery is outstanding in this park, which includes numerous waterfalls, three back-country lakes and a river. Wallace Falls drops from a height of 265 feet. The park offers a rock-climbing wall eight miles east near Index. Atop Mount Pilchuck, 60 miles away, a fire lookout provides a spectacular, panoramic view. Swimming access is five miles east at Big Eddy.
Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk Camping:Check-in time,: 2:30 p.m.Quiet hours, 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Bobcats? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Foxes? Marmots? Marten? Otters? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Crows or Ravens? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Grouse? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Bullhead? Salmon? Steelhead? Trout
Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life Special
Wallace Falls is a dramatic display of the power of water to erode rock.
? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Spruce? Alder? Maple? Foxglove? Lupines? Paintbrush? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens? Thistle
Evidence of logging, including railroad trestle ruins, old railroad grades and springboard notches in old stumps, are visible in the park. There is an historic fire lookout atop Mount Pilchuck.
The lake, falls and mounts are named "Wallace," after the name "Kwayaylsh." Joe and Sarah Kwayaylsh, members of the Skykomish tribe, were the first homesteaders in the area.
The park has two walk-in tent sites and one restroom. There are no showers. The camping sites are 20 to 50 feet in from the parking area. Sites are very private, with picnic tables and campfire rings. All campsites are first-come, first-served.
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.
Available in the park Available in the area? Camping? Pay phone? Fire wood? Auto repair? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Groceries? Hardware? Horse rental? Hospital? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood
The park provides a pop machine with bottled water. Most services are available within a few miles of the park.
There is a boat ramp at Big Eddy (a satellite park five miles east) for put-in or take-out on the Skykomish river.