Sun Lakes State Park Travel Guide

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    rowboat at Sun Lakes

    by Jonathan_C Updated Sep 12, 2003

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    Boys need adventures in the summer. And they need exercise. What could be better than rowing out to 'poison ivy island' on a hot day?

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    pool at Sun Lakes

    by Jonathan_C Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    One of the reasons to stay at the resort is the small heated swimming pool. Some years the lake is pretty chilly and it's nice to have a backup location. If you're staying in the poolside cabins you can watch for your friends from your window.

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    ice cream eaters

    by Jonathan_C Written Sep 11, 2003

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    The closest thing to a community plaza at Sun Lakes is right in front of the ice cream stand. You'll find everyone from grandparents to toddlers all day long beating the heat in true American fashion.

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Sun Lakes State Park Nightlife

  • by OnHorseback Written Jun 17, 2009

    Every Fri and Sat nite, after dark, from Memorial day thru Labor Day, if you park at bottom of Grand Coulee Dam, just 30 miles N of Sun Lakes State Park, you can watch and listen to a brief story of the area, and the Columbia-Grand Coulee Dam Irrigation Project, via a laser light show projected upon the face of Grand Coulee Dam. What a huge screen!!! out does any big screen TV you've ever seen before! On Memorial day, Fourth of July and Labor day, there is also a gigantic nearly 30 minute fireworks display off the top of the dam...cripes! NICE!!

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    Dress Code: In your car or on foot from the parks and observation areas. Dress Code: Summer Informal!!!

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Sun Lakes State Park What to Pack

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    by Jonathan_C Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring your summer/swimming wardrobe. For hikes you should bring covered shoes and a pair of long pants. You may need a jacket in the evenings.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: They do have poison ivy and stinging insects but nothing deadly.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring all your water toys and sports equipment: floaties, baseball, soccer, frisbee, gliders, etc. Anything you or your kids like to do at the park, bring it.

    Miscellaneous: There are precious few places to buy food near Sun Lakes and, if you're a health conscious shopper, you may not like what you find. We bring an entire week's shop.

    A portable gas BBQ grill is indenspensible as there are no grills at the resort.

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Sun Lakes State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • by OnHorseback Written Jun 17, 2009

    Dry Falls Interpretive Center (part of Sun Lakes State Park) just 3 miles south of Coulee City, WA is perched on the precipice overlooking the 200-300 ft spectacular Dry Falls Canyon system and some of the Sun Lakes chain. The Center is a unique self-guided exhibit and explains how the canyon and the area was formed thousands of year ago. Massive glacial floods, from the failure of ice dams containing the ancient Lake Missoula, repeatedly scoured through the thick black basaltic lava flow layers covering most of central GPNW at that time. Gigantic 300 foot waterfalls once thundered here, which carved out the17+ mile long canyon, and left a long chain of small, mostly pothole-type lakes in the aftermath. Sun Lakes.

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    lenore lake

    by Jonathan_C Updated Sep 12, 2003

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    When you drive from Seattle to Sun Lakes and back, the temptation is to get on I 90 or Highway 2 and stay there. Give yourselves a treat and get off the main road. Get out your gazetteer and explore! Yes, it'll take a little longer but you'll see some unforgettable forgotten countryside. Here are a few suggestions, the latter three of which take you past Nature Conservancy projects:

    1) Take the old Vantage highway between Ellensburg and Vantage. It's the same sagebrush landscape as I 90 but on a 2 lane with no traffic.

    2) On the return, loop around to I 90 by driving north to Coulee City and then taking Pinto Ridge Road south. More coulees with less development.

    3) Driving in, take 281 past Quincy to Baird Springs Rd. and then to Ephrata. Rolling, flower carpeted hills.

    4) On the return, follow Moses Coulee from 2 down through Pallisades canyon to the Colubmia, an unforgettable drive!

    5) On the return, head south from 2 at Douglas and drive up Tichenal Canyon Rd. to climb Badget Mtn. Then head west or, for the hardened scary road driver, south to hook up with 28. Beautiful, lonely country that no one seems to know about.

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