Alta Lake State Park - Washington

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Park overview:

Alta Lake State Park is a 181-acre camping park where the mountainous pine forests meet the desert. Alta Lake is about two miles long and a half mile wide. The park offers good trout fishing during summer months. Lake Chelan, with its many activities, is 30 minutes away.

Campsite Information:

The park has 91 tent spaces, 32 utility spaces, four restrooms (one ADA) and 12 showers. Maximum site length is 38 feet (limited availability).

The park also has one ADA hookup campsite and one ADA standard campsite reservable by qualified individuals.

Group Accommodations:

The park offers two group camps. The Wooded Group Camp accommodates a minimum of 15 guests, maximum of 45. The Field Group Camp accommodates a minimum of 20 guests, maximum of 85. RVs are allowed, but there are no RV hookups. Fees vary with size of the group.

Driving Directions

Located four miles southwest of Pateros, Wash., on Highway 153 in Okanogan County.

Park address:

1B Otto Road, Pateros, WA 98846

From Pateros:

Drive two miles west on Hwy. 153. Turn left on Alta Lake Road. Continue two miles to the park.

Park Features

AltaLake offers good trout fishing and "conditional" waterskiing and windsurfing during summer months.


The Alta Lake area was given to State Parks by the city of Pateros and was established "Alta Lake State Park" in 1951. The lake was named "Alta" in 1900 by Mr. Heinz, a jeweler from Wilbur, who was mining in the area. Finding the lake without a name, he called it after his daughter, Alta Heinz


2 mi. Hiking Trails - Boating (freshwater) - 2 boat ramps (freshwater) - 60 feet of dock (freshwater) - Fishing (freshwater) - Personal Watercraft (freshwater) - Swimming (freshwater) - Water Skiing (freshwater) - Diving - Bird Watching - Golf - Sailboarding - Wildlife Viewing

Sailboarding is also popular with park visitors.

Waterskiing can be dangerous on this small lake. There are waterskiing opportunities four miles away on the Columbia River.

There is an 18-hole golf course in the Alta Lake area.

Horseback riding is allowed at the park.


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Picnic and Day-use Facilities

The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity, two sheltered picnic tables and 18 unsheltered picnic tables. All day-use facilities are first come, first served.


Bears, Bobcats, Chipmunks, Coyotes, Deer or Elk, Marmots, Muskrats, Rabbits, Raccoons, Squirrels, Crows or Ravens, Doves or Pigeons, Ducks, Eagles, Geese, Grouse, Gulls, Hawks, Hummingbirds, Jays, Owls, Quail, Woodpeckers, Wrens, Bluegill, Trout

Environmental Features

The mountainous terrain that surrounds Alta Lake was formed by glaciation. The native rock is primarily igneous.

Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Birch, Cherry, Maple, Poplar, Daisy, Lupines, Rose, Berries, Thistle, Poison Ivy

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