Curlew Lake State Park | Credit: Mary & Dan/Flickr CC
Curlew Lake State Park, Republic
Camp among nesting great blue herons and bald eagles at 123-acre Curlew Lake State Park. Once a summer camp for Native American tribes in the region and later a hot spot for gold panning, it’s now a quiet and scenic family camping park with a swimming beach, boat launch, putting green and trails alongside wetlands and through the lodgepole pine forest. Bring fishing poles for catching rainbow trout and a pan to fry them in. The campground has 57 tent spaces and 25 utility spaces, with the prime spots being walk-in tent sites right on the lake.
Do: In nearby Republic is the Stonerose fossil site, which includes an interpretive center and real fossil beds for kids to dig around in.
Reservations: Book online.