Sun Lakes Dry Falls State Park - Washington

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Park Overview

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.


Originally called "Dry Falls," Sun Lakes was renamed to better describe the area. Victor A. Myers, lieutenant governor at the time, suggested the change.

Park Features

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. Other park features, available seasonally, include boat rentals, a nine-hole golf course and a miniature golf course.

Interpretive opportunities

Dry Falls Visitor Center is located two miles north of the main park on Hwy. 17. The center is open daily. Admission is by donation.

Physical Features

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 four 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.


34875 Park Lake Road NE, Coulee City, WA 99115


Located seven miles southwest of Coulee City, Wash. in Grant County.

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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