Alta Lake State Park

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For the lake in Whistler (Canada), see Alta Lake (British Columbia).
Alta Lake State Park
Washington State Park
Country United States
State Washington
County Okanogan
Elevation 1,348 ft (411 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°01′43″N 119°56′31″W / 48.02861°N 119.94194°W / 48.02861; -119.94194Coordinates: 48°01′43″N 119°56′31″W / 48.02861°N 119.94194°W / 48.02861; -119.94194 [1]
Area 748 acres (303 ha)
Established 1951 [2]
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Wikimedia Commons: Alta Lake State Park
Website: Alta Lake State Park
Alta Lake
Location Okanogan County, Washington
Coordinates 48°01′17″N 119°56′13″W / 48.0214°N 119.937°W / 48.0214; -119.937 (Alta Lake)
Basin countries United States
Max. length 2 mi (3.2 km)

Alta Lake State Park is a 181-acre (73 ha) Washington state park located in the mountainous northwest interior of the state. The park and adjacent lake lie beneath towering stone cliffs, formed by glaciation, that rise 1000 feet (304 m) above the valley floor, and carry on up to the top of Old Goat Mountain which sits 4200 ft (1280 m) above the park. The lake is about 2 miles (3.2 km) long and .5 miles wide.[3] The park has 2 miles (3.2 km) of hiking trails. Popular activities at the park are sailboarding and golf at the nearby Alta Lake Golf Course.[4] Although quite small, this park is a very popular summer camping location. There is also a sizable number of houses along the golf course and lake that are either primary or vacation residences.


The lake was named "Alta" in 1900 by a miner from Wilbur, Washington, after his daughter Alta Heinz. The area around Alta Lake was originally owned by the city of Pateros and sold to the Washington State Park System in 1951.[2]


The park lies about 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Pateros and over 20 miles (32 km) from Chelan. The two mile (3 km) road leading to the park, Alta Lake Road, can be accessed from State Route 153, which runs along the Methow River.


  1. ^ a b "Alta Lake State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Alta Lake State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Alta". Washington Lakes. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Alta Lake Golf Course". Retrieved January 27, 2015. 

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