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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
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Published on: March 08, 2021

Camp on the Sunny Side: 8 Eastern Washington Camping Adventures

Curlew Lake State Park
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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.

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