June 28 2008

Lake Wenatchee State Park, Leavenworth, WA


Lake Wenatchee State Park is a 489-acre camping park with 12,623 feet of waterfront on glacier-fed Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee River. The park is bisected by the Wenatchee River, creating two distinct areas — South Park, with areas for camping, swimming and horseback riding; and North Park, in a less developed, forested section, a quarter-mile walk from the lake. The park is a natural wildlife area, and visitors should be aware of the presence of bears and other natural dangers.

Windsurfing is also popular. As the park is in bear country, coolers must be stowed. The area receives an average of 150 inches of snow during the winter months and offers groomed sledding hills and more than 25 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, as well as marked showshoe trails and winter camping.

Lake Wenatchee is in a transition zone between wet, western Washington woodlands and the drier pine and fir of the eastern Cascades. The lake is of glacial origin, dammed up at the foot by glacial gravels and wash. The White River and the Little Wenatchee River combine to fill the lake at its western end.

Mosquitos may be prevalent May to early July, so visitors are encouraged to bring repellant. Annual rainfall is 24 inches, and annual average snowfall is 150 inches.

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Posted June 28, 2008 by Tom Martin in category "Camping and RV", "Camping in the NorthWest

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