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Washington State public lands parking permit.

Starts July 1, 2011.
Supports our parks.

WDFW Public Water Access sites.

Paddling Park Lake Sun Lakes State Park

    Contents
  1. Put-in
    Launch fees, parking ...

  2. Summaries
    Location, conditions, warnings, paddle route, nature ...

  3. Provisions
    Food, fuel, firewood, WIFI, local information

  4. Accommodations
    Camping, cabins

  5. Additional info
    Rating, disclaimer


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Put-in

Park Lake is situated in Sun Lakes Park. There are numerous locations to put a kayak or canoe in the waters of Park Lake.

The large picnic area on the east end of the park has a large amount of free parking and sandy spots along the shoreline to put-in.

There are other locations across the street from the main campground check in location. This is also a very smooth and free possible launch site.


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Descriptions


Location
Park Lake is located in Sun Lake State Park along Highway 17 in the Grand Coulee Corridor of North Central Washington State.

See the map provided on this page for the exact location and how far it is from some major population centers in the Pacific Northwest.

Conditions
The weather and the scenic dry basalt cliff lined Grand Coulee are major attractions.

The summer can be 100 plus degrees. Fall and summer are a mixed bag of unsettled weather patterns.

Warnings
This lake like most lake has its wind at times.

As the water level drops during the hot months there are rocks underwater to watch out for.

Bees, hornets and wasps lurk along the shoreline gathering mud etc. When launching from the shorelines here beware possible stings. In the past on banks the record was about 6 stings in the feet in a couple of minutes while putting the water.

Can be ticks in the bush along the shoreline.

Rattlesnakes call the lake shoreline home as well.


Paddle route
This is a very casual place to put-in and kick back and relax when the weather is good. Possible place for family paddling and introducing newbies to the fun.

If up for it the paddle south to where only a little land separate Park Lake from Blue Lake, around the lake shore, can be a good time. At the south end like the north end of the lake there are reeds and other plants where more animal life might be seen or heard.

Going down the east side of the lake there is a road/trail called Park Trail which starts in the vicinity of the picnic point parking and possible launch sites.

The lake features some small islands that can be fun to paddle around and check out from the craft.

Nature
There are some waterfowl, herons and other birds out and about on Park Lake. Spring and fall bring more birds for birding possibilities.

Conclusion
This is a nice place for family and friends to camp and paddle spring, summer or fall. Kewl place to camp and listen to the cicadas serenade after a day of paddling Park Lake or other lakes in the area.


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Provisions

There are some provisions like food and firewood in the camp store in Sun Lakes Resort.

Coulee City is about 7 miles. There is food and fuel in Coulee City and along Highway 2 on the east side of town.

Soap Lake is about 18 miles. There is food and fuel available.

Otherwise this is a great place to camp if you don't mind the gravel so bring what you need to eat etc.


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Accommodations

Sun Lakes State Park offers camping under giant locust trees but on gravel. No tents allowed on the grass. This park is extremely popular in the summer. Reservations are important on weekends and possibly other times during the summer.

Sun Lakes Resort a concession next door to the camping area offers cabins, RV parking.

For some budget camping, cabins, yurts, RV and hostels, check out Paddle Heaven's Coulee Corridor map and Coulee Corridor page of links as well as Paddle Heaven's Camping cabins and more.


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Additional Information


Deliverance rating. Banjo music here and the crazy bells don't ring during the off season at least. Peak season is very busy here.

Tranquility Ranking
One way to up the tranquility rank besides taking Valium, until a National Day of Silence, no fossil fuel noise, try hearing protection. Off season is very pleasant. Peak season brings hordes of sun worshipers to the Sun Lakes State Park.
Fishing Reports, Stocking Reports & Fish Counts from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Things your need to know.
Read Me disclaimer, warnings, paddle at your own risk.

Living In Gangland: Rural Gangs Claim Public Lands

Click for Coulee_City, Washington Forecast

See some of the weather conditions in Washington State by viewing Web Cams in diffefrent locaitons before you head out paddling.



View Coulee Corridor Paddling in a larger map

Approximate distance from:
Seattle 194 miles.
Everett 186 miles.
Bellingham 261 miles.
Vancouver Canada 311 miles.
Spokane 134 miles.
Portland Oregon 329 miles.

Link to Topographic Map of the area from the USGS Store

GPS: 47.589564,-119.391781

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1. Sun Lakes State Park paddling trip .

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Paddling Park Lake Sun Lakes State Park .

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Park Lake golf course view .

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Park Lake sagebrush view .

Region: Coulee Corridor

Overall rating: 4 paddles.

Launch: Free launch sites in Sun Lakes State Park.

Launch rating: 5 paddles.

Parking: Free parking in Sun Lake State Park. Washington State public lands parking permit

Highlights: Scenic, camping, sunshine.

Warnings: Traffic along highway 17. Wind of course. Underwater hazards.

Fossil fuel noise levels: 2 on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the loudest.

Facilities: Water, washrooms.

Services: Food in Sun Lakes Resort peak season.

Budget accommodations: Tent,Cabin,Hostels,Kayak Camps,RV,Yurt.




One of many great put-in location on Park Lake in Sun Lakes State Park.




Birds and calm warm paddling in October 2010 near put-in.



A " Sensurround" view of Park Lake while paddling.

Morning has broken at Park Lake cliff view paddling adventure.

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