Lake Easton State Park | Easton, Washington, United States
Location Name: Lake Easton State Park
Address: 150 Lake Easton State Park Road, Easton, WA 98925
State Information: Lake Easton State Park
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Lake Easton State Park is a 516 acre state park located in Easton, State of Washington, USA. The state park is for the most part surrounded by pine trees, which in my opinion, it’s what make this park special. Even though the park is located right by a major roadway – interstate 90 (I-90), once you enter the state park, you will immediately feel you have step into another world, an instance feeling of calm and peace wash over you and you will feel relax in no time. We have the pine tree forest to thank for this effect, the pine trees really did a good job in secluding the state park from the outside world.
Lake Easton State Park has 90 tent spaces, not too many, and half of the tent sites are purely first come first serve only, you must also reserve a week in advance if you are going to reserve through the reservation system. So if you want to camp at the state park, you better reserve early or show up early for those first come first serve sites. Even though the park can be considered in the middle of nowhere, surprisingly, the campground are usually full during weekends.
As far as I can see, all of the tent sites are pretty secluded due to the pine trees and lush forest growth. Some of the tent sites are so hidden you can hardly see the tent itself. However, since the park is so close to interstate I-90, you will hear the automobiles going up and down the busy interstate. You will hear less of it during daytime (most likely because you are busy doing something or just gotten use to it quicker in the day) but at night, when everything are calm and quiet, the noises from the highway are a lot more noticeable. This is the one drawback of this state park.
This state park is one of the rare one in Washington States that open year-round, most of the state park in Washington only open to the public in the summer months. It seems there are also limited campsites open for the winter months. I have never try camping in winter yet, maybe this is a good place to start.
You can make campsite reservation here: Washington State Parks Reservation Service or by calling them directly at (888) 226-7688.
One of the major activity you do here is …. you guessed it, it’s Washington and it’s a state park, of course it is hiking. The trail at the state park is very well maintain. Hiking in these peaceful and beautiful pine tree forest trail sure is relaxing, a good way to recharge before heading back to the city.
The above video clip shows the vista point at one the hike. It is a short hike from the campsite, very easy to reach with only a little bit of elevation. Not an ideal hike for the avid hikers, but perfect for family with children. Lake Easton State Park is not a very big state park, so the hiking options at the park is very limited, but for a short weekend camping slash hiking getaway, especially for those with children, it’s perfect.
If you keep going on the trail that takes you to the vista point, you will pass through the whole pine tree forest, walking along the edge of the lake and eventually reach the main lake area and public park. This part of the park is perfect for a relaxing hangout. Picnicking by the beautiful Lake Easton, take an afternoon nap on the beach chair, enjoying some tasty BBQ, life is good my friend.
They even have a playground for your children (or you) to go wild at. Above the playground is the RV site. There’s also suppose to be a basketball court around, although I did not see it on this visit.
This is where the state park get its name – Lake Easton. It’s not a big lake, but big enough to meet the requirement of all kind of fun! Obviously you can swim here (see those yellow and white float), but you can also fish here (not at the swimming part), kayaking/canoeing here, and float (it’s a new sport) here.
Overall it’s a nice state park to get a quick getaway from the city, about one and half hour driving from Seattle is not bad. The campsite is quite and peaceful, the pine tree forest is very cool and secluded, the hiking is easy and relax, the lake is calm and beautiful and the beach park is merry and happy. The only bad thing about this state park is its closeness to the interstate, which does introduce noise at night to the campers, not good for light sleeper.
Lumaca recommendation: Recommended for picnic, campers who are looking for calm and relaxing camping, also recommended for people who want to try camping for the first time.