Craving a misty morning walk on a lake? Planning a campout with family and friends? Look no further than Lake Easton State Park!
Located between Seattle and Ellensburg off I-90, Lake Easton is a magnet for urbanites who have limited time for escapes. The park is also far enough east to (sometimes) see sun when Seattle is shrouded in gray.
Activity is the name of the game at Lake Easton, so bring your bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, fishing poles, swimsuits and hiking boots. Engineered to be child-friendly, the playground is a short sprint from the swim beach, so the kids will run back and forth all day. And don't forget that camp chair for lounging, reading and chatting in one of the park's wooded campgrounds or picnic areas.
This park does not shut down in winter. Though snow covers the closed campgrounds, a day at the lake is worth bundling up for. Cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and dogsledders use miles of groomed trails, and families throw snowballs and build snow structures to their hearts' content. West-siders may find blue skies at Lake Easton even in the darkest months of the year.
So, go jump in the lake, or don your skis for a glide through a wintry forest. Even if you're not far from home, you'll take note as stress yields to fun.
Lake Easton State Park is a forested, 697-acre camping park with 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton and mid-state access to the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills.
PICNIC & DAY-USE FACILITIES
The park provides 40 picnic tables without shelter, available first come, first served. The day-use area is in a wooded setting with grills, fire pits, a play structure and an amphitheater.
6 miles of bike trails
6.5 miles of hiking trails
WATER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
20 feet of dock
Boating (10 HP or less)
WINTER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
OTHER ACTIVITIES & FEATURES
Horseshoe pits (2)
Located in Kittitas County on Lake Easton, the park offers one boat ramp and 20 feet of dock. Watercraft launch opens in April. Opening day is dependent on snowfall levels. Though motorized boating is allowed, Lake Easton is a shallow reservoir with stumps near the water's surface. High-speed activities are not recommended. Boat motors are limited to 10 horsepower. Lifeguards are not provided at the swimming beach.
Launching a boat at a state park requires one of the following:
An annual launch permit (Natural Investment Permit); or
An annual Discover Pass and a daily launch permit; or
A one-day Discover Pass and a daily launch permit.
The park has 90 standard campsites, 45 full-hookup sites, two hiker / biker sites, one dump station, four restrooms (three ADA), and four showers (two ADA). All sites are in a wooded setting. Most tent sites are near the Yakima River, and most RV spaces are near Lake Easton. Tents must be placed within the designated tent pad. The park can accommodate RV units up to 60 feet in select sites. Some sites will accommodate tip-outs.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR