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Lake Easton State Park
In between Cle Elum and Snoqualmie Pass, WA.


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Lake Easton State Park

Lake Easton State Park is a forested, 516-acre year-round camping park with 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton in the Cascade Mountain foothills. The park has beautiful mountain views and hiking trails to explore in the summer and cross country and snowmobiling trails to enjoy in the winter. The park's location also allows for snowy winter-sport opportunities.

Location:
15 miles west of Cle Elum, Wash., and 15 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.

Acreage:
516.06 acres with 24,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Easton Reservoir and 2,000 feet on Yakima River.

Acquired:
The park was acquired in five parcels; the first in 1961 and the last in 1991, for a total cost of $1,435,809.

Historical Background:
The park is located within a glacial valley in Washington Cascade Range.
The Northern Pacific Railroad built a tunnel through the Cascades beginning at Easton (now part of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail). A town exists at each end; the one in King County called Weston and the one in Kittitas called Easton.

Facilities:
There are 92 standard sites and 45 utility sites, 8 group camp sites (50 people), 4 restrooms, 40 picnic sites, playground equipment, boat launch ramp and dock, 37 miles of trail for winter public cross-country skiing on State Park land and adjacent U.S.F.S. and private lands, 2 residences, 2 pumphouses, trailer dump station, and shop.

Of Special Interest:
Saturday evening interpretive programs are offered in the summer.

Activities:
Trails
2 mi. Hiking Trails
2 mi. Bike Trails

Water Activities
Boating (freshwater)
Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)
1 boat ramp (freshwater)
20 feet of dock (freshwater)
Fishing (freshwater)
Swimming (freshwater)

Other
1 Amphitheater (sheltered)
1 Basketball Court
Bird Watching
3 Horseshoe pits
Interpretive Activities
Mountain Biking
Wildlife Viewing

A basketball hoop is available in the standard camp area. There is a log play-structure for kids in the park. Lifeguards are not provided at the swimming beach. The lake is good for fishing.

The park allows for varied winter activities. There are five miles of groomed cross-country ski trails in the park December through March, and seven other Sno-Park areas within a 15-minute drive. There is a snowmobile trail through the park with access to Easton and the groomed trail system in the Kachess and Stampede Pass areas.

Boating Features
Watercraft launch.
The park offers one boat ramp and 20 feet of dock. Though motorized boating is allowed, Lake Easton is a shallow reservoir with stumps near the water's surface. High-speed activities are not recommended.

A watercraft launch permit is available at the park for $5. For information about other locations where permits may be purchased, call (360) 902-8500.

Winter Recreation
Cross-country Skiing
Dog Sledding
Snowmobiling
Snow Play

Driving Directions:
From I-90:
Take exit #70, and follow signs to the park.

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