Pearrygin Lake State Park - Washington

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Park Overview

Pearrygin Lake State Park is a 696-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.

History

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.

Park Features

The grassy park offers lots of sunshine, deciduous shade trees and a sandy beach. It is a popular water recreation area. Colorful wildflowers predominate in spring and summer. Red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds and marmots add to the display.

Interpretive opportunities

Campfire programs are conducted every Tuesday and Thursday night from June through Labor Day.The park offers a Junior Ranger program for children. Ask for information at the registration/ contact station.

Physical Features

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 glaciations 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.

Address

561 Bear Creek Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862-9200

Directions

Located four miles northeast of Winthrop, Wash., in north central Washington in Okanogan County.

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 1.5 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). Continue past the West Campground entrance to the end of the pavement (3/4 mile), turn right, and follow the paved road into the park for the picnic area, watercraft launch, park store and East Campground (campsites 1-83).

From SR20 west (North Cascades Hwy.):

Turn left at the four-way stop in Winthrop. Follow the above directions.

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