Alta Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

Washington

The Alta Lake State Park sits on the northern end of Alta Lake among the mountains of northwestern Washington. The park covers a 181-acre area alongside the 220-acre lake. With its beautiful blue waters, Alta Lake is popular for boating, fishing, sailboarding, and swimming. The park is located just two miles south of Pateros, WA, and 55 miles north of Wenatchee, WA. 

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Weather
Spring 30-68 F
Summer 51-84 F
Fall 30-73 F
Winter 21-35 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Alta Lake State Park

Alta Lake State Park is accessible throughout the year, but the region gets a lot of precipitation in fall and winter. The most comfortable campers at Alta Lake State Park use an RV. For those without an RV, however, getting a rental is always an option.

Alta Lake State Park Campground

The Alta Lake State Park Campground has 32 RV full-hookup campsites, one of which is reserved for ADA campers. Located right on the lake, the campground has four restrooms and 12 showers. The longest RV space is 38 feet in length. Firewood and food are available at the park store.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50-amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No. Dump station on site
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $30-$50 per night
  • Office hours: Summer hours, 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Closed during the winter months from November through March

Carlton RV Park

The Carlton RV Park is a privately owned and operated campground about 20 miles north of the lake. While you can get a homemade breakfast every Sunday, your RV can enjoy partial or full hookups. Located on the shores of the Methow River, the park is a great sight for rafting, fishing, swimming, and tubing.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50-amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $40.00 - $50.00 per night
  • Office hours: Open 24 hours a day

Pine Near RV Park

Located 40 miles north of Pateros, WA, Pine Near RV Park is a full-service RV campground offering both partial and full hookups with access to the Methow River. The park offers 31 RV campsites within walking distance of Winthrop, WA. Pine Near provides some fantastic activities, such as horseback riding, hot air ballooning, fishing, biking, hiking, and visits to the local art gallery in Winthrop. Call ahead to make reservations as this park tends to fill quickly during the weekends.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $36.97-$48.50 per night
  • Office hours: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily

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What to Do at
Alta Lake State Park

Inside Alta Lake State Park

Alta Lake State Park is small in size but broad in content, covering an area of 181 acres adjacent to the 220 acres of Alta Lake. The park is recovering from the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire that blackened many of the trees along its outskirts. Visitors arrive for fishing, boating, swimming, and other watersports. A concessionaire rents kayaks and paddleboats for those who wish to view more of the lake or enjoy some uninterrupted sun.

Outside Alta Lake State Park

Alta Lake State Park lies amid the Cascade Mountain Range in an area that is sparsely populated. However, the small towns in the neighborhood provide restaurants and shops. The area's sights speak for themselves. 

Restaurants

The Sweetriver Bakery

If you are looking for an immediate fix for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, try The Sweetriver Bakery. The restaurant specializes in breakfast and lunch sandwiches as well as pizza for dinner. Try their Horseradish, Roastbeef, and Swiss Sandwich for a real wakeup call. Their pizzas are prepared with homemade sauces and fresh toppings on a crust baked to a crispy finish.

Type: American, Sandwich, Pizza

Location: 203 Lakeshore Drive Pateros, WA 98846

Camperos Mexican Restaurant

To find some of the best Mexican cuisines in the Pateros, WA, area, drive seven miles northeast, and look for the Camperos Mexican Restaurant. At this restaurant, expect to receive large portions delivered by a friendly waitstaff. Customers rave about the Carne Asada Burrito.

Type: Mexican

Location: 301 E. Main Ave. Brewster, WA 98812

Ed's Mudville Breakfast Bar and Grill

At Ed's Mudville Breakfast Bar and Grill, you will find a mixture of cuisines. On any given visit, you can order a mix of hamburgers, hotdogs, or steaks if you are looking for American cuisine. When you are craving Mexican food, look for the tasty Camarones a la Diablo for the ultimate in spiced shrimp. 

Type: American Traditional, Mexican

Location: 500 W. Main Ave. Brewster, WA 98812

Shopping

Mauk Fishing Stuff

No matter where you go fishing in Washington, you need to know where to go when you need some additional gear. Mauk Fishing Stuff provides angling gear for any kind of fishing. The business specializes in hook covers designed for fishing in weedy lakes or snaggy rivers. Any other kind of gear you need, including tackle boxes, poles, leader, line, lures, or bait, are available at this store.

Location: 1408 Sunset Dr. Brewster, WA 98812

Walmart Supercenter

For those items that always seem to be left behind or to run out, there is a Walmart Supercenter in Chelan, WA. The store is only 19 miles from Lake Alta. The Supercenter holds a little of everything to take care of you and the needs of your family.

Location: 108 Apple Blossom Dr. Chelan, WA 98816

Mazama Store

If you plan to stay for a while at Alta Lake State Park, eventually you will run out of supplies. A great place to shop is the Mazama Store. The great thing about this store is that it specializes in local products. There is a kitchen where sandwiches, pizzas, and other foods are created from scratch while you wait. At the Mazama Store, you can shop for clothes, brews, and foods all at the same time.

Location: 50 Lost River Road Mazama, WA 98833

Sightseeing

Lake Chelan Helicopters

If you want to see the incredible lake area that includes Alta Lake State Park, take a 19-mile trip south to Chelan to find Lake Chelan Helicopters. Your family will love this adventure. From high above the lakes, you see how the contours of the land formed rivers and lakes. Such experiences serve as educational tours for children who take these sights back to school and share them with others.

Location: 2813 Totem Pole Road Chelan, WA 98831

Extreme Adventures

If you and your family are looking for a greater level of excitement after experiencing the calm of Lake Alta State park, visit Extreme Adventures. The fun of a lifetime is only an hour's drive from Alta Lake. The family picks its level of enjoyment. The word "extreme" means just what it says and should only be engaged by those with some experience in rafting white water. There is also the opportunity to engage in tubing down some light rapids. No matter what level you choose, look for some smiles after an exciting time.

Location: 306 W 4th St. Tonasket, WA 98855

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How to Get to
Alta Lake State Park

You can reach Pateros from either the east or west. From Spokane, travel 200 miles west along US Highway 2 and US Highway 97. When traveling from Seattle, take US Highway 90 and US Highway 97 for 200 miles through Wenatchee until you get to Pateros. From Pateros, take 153 North for about two miles. Find Alta Lake Road and follow it to Alta Lake State Park. 

Entering Alta Lake State Park

The office at Alta Lake State Park is only open during the summer months. When the office is open, their hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The park offers both partial and full hookups for RVs. If you are looking for a full hookup, be sure to make a reservation to guarantee it is still available when you arrive. For day use, you'll need a Discover Pass, which you can purchase on-site.

One day pass : $10

Annual pass : $30

For the best camping experience at Alta Lake State Park, you'll need an RV. If you do not own one, get a rental via RVshare. After your visit, please inform us of your thoughts about the park. Send us an email with photos to [email protected] or tag us on social media. We are always interested in what our fellow RVers discover at these state parks.