August Newsletter From Washington State Parks

News from Washington State Parks and Recreation

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A Newsletter from Washington State Parks | August 2016

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A hidden gem: Alta Lake State Park

Alta Lake

With a month of the summer season left, there's still plenty of time to get one more camping trip in and check out the hidden gems of Washington. Alta Lake state park is a 181-acre camping park with 123 campsites where the mountainous pine forests meet the desert. The lake offers good trout fishing, waterskiing and even windsurfing.


Although the surrounding park area was damaged by wildfires in the past few years, new growth is coming in, displaying a beautiful contrast in nature.

The park is just 30 minutes from Lake Chelan, north central Washington. There are still plenty of campsites available through September 15. For more information about Alta Lake or to book a reservation, visit our website.

cannon summer shot

Summer is coming to an end, but the Discover Pass is good all year!

New Old Time Chautauqua


State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program partnered with the New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC) over the summer for a tour of seven Washington state parks.


The Chautauqua movement began in 1874. NOTC is the only traveling Chautauqua operating in the U.S.


View photos from this colorful celebration of community, culture and creativity.


Visit our website for additional information to learn more about the great events the Folk & Traditional Arts are bringing to state parks.