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Camp on the Sunny Side: 8 Eastern Washington Camping Adventures

Seattle-area families: Head over the mountains for sun and fun

Lauren Braden

Published on: February 25, 2022

Camp on the Sunny Side: 8 Eastern Washington Camping Adventures

Lakefront campsite at Lake Chelan State Park
Kids in their camp chairs look out over the lake at Lake Chelan State Park. Credit: Nancy Chaney

Lake Chelan State Park

If your family is lucky enough to snag a campsite on the glacier-carved fjord at Lake Chelan State Park, you’ll have a front-row seat to a true wonder of nature. About 55 miles long and never more than two miles wide, the deep blue waters of Lake Chelan are flanked by mountain peaks reaching up to 9,000 feet in elevation.

This state park on the lake’s south shore offers families much more than a glacial geology lesson, though; it’s an epicenter of summer fun for kids of all ages. The 127-acre park is set in an open ponderosa pine forest with 6,000 feet of public shoreline. There are 109 tent sites plus 17 utility hookup sites, and plenty of restrooms and showers.

A big bonus is the lake views from many of the campsites, and some of the campsites even have their own docks. The walk-in tent sites are the most spacious and private.

Do: Go swimming, boating, fishing — you name it, you can do it here. The park has an expansive lawn for playing Frisbee in the sun, and a modern kids’ play structure. The park has a full-service concession stand that sells grocery items, snacks and candy.

Reservations: Book online.

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