Craving a misty morning walk on a lake? Planning a campout with family and friends? Look no further than Lake Easton State Park!
Located between Seattle and Ellensburg off I-90, Lake Easton is a magnet for urbanites who have limited time for escapes. The park is also far enough east to (sometimes) see sun when Seattle is shrouded in gray.
Activity is the name of the game at Lake Easton, so bring your bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, fishing poles, swimsuits and hiking boots. Engineered to be child-friendly, the playground is a short sprint from the swim beach, so the kids will run back and forth all day. And don’t forget that camp chair for lounging, reading and chatting in one of the park’s wooded campgrounds or picnic areas.
This park does not shut down in winter. Though snow covers the closed campgrounds, a day at the lake is worth bundling up for. Cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and dogsledders use miles of groomed trails, and families throw snowballs and build snow structures to their hearts’ content. West-siders may find blue skies at Lake Easton even in the darkest months of the year.
So, go jump in the lake, or don your skis for a glide through a wintry forest. Even if you’re not far from home, you’ll take note as stress yields to fun.
Lake Easton State Park is a forested, 697-acre camping park with 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton and mid-state access to the Iron Horse State Park Trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills.
The park provides 40 picnic tables without shelter, available first come, first served. The day-use area is in a wooded setting with grills, fire pits, a play structure and an amphitheater.
6 miles of bike trails
6.5 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
20 feet of dock
Boating (10 HP or less)
Winter activities & features
Other activities & features
Horseshoe pits (2)
A basketball hoop is available in the standard camp area.
There is playground equipment for kids in the park.
Lifeguards are not provided at the swimming beach.
The park allows for varied winter activities. There are five miles of groomed cross-country ski trails in the park December through March, and seven other Sno-Park areas within a 15-minute drive.
There is a snowmobile trail through the park with access to Easton and the groomed trail system in the Kachess and Stampede Pass areas.
Permits are needed for any groups larger than 20 persons. Fees for special activities permits vary depending on the size of the group. For more information, call (509) 656-2230.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Located in Kittitas County on Lake Easton, the park offers one boat ramp and 20 feet of dock. Watercraft launch opens in April. Opening day is dependent on snowfall levels. Though motorized boating is allowed, Lake Easton is a shallow reservoir with stumps near the water's surface. High-speed activities are not recommended. Boat motors are limited to 10 horsepower. Lifeguards are not provided at the swimming beach.
Launching a boat at a state park requires one of the following: • An annual launch permit (Natural Investment Permit); or • An annual Discover Pass and a daily launch permit; or • A one-day Discover Pass and a daily launch permit.
A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 and a trailer dumping permit for $5 is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.
Latitude: 47º 14' 58.56" N (47.2496) Longitude: 121º 11' 37.33" W (-121.1937)
The park has 90 standard campsites, 45 full-hookup sites, two hiker / biker sites, one dump station, four restrooms (three ADA), and four showers (two ADA). All sites are in a wooded setting. Most tent sites are near the Yakima River, and most RV spaces are near Lake Easton. Tents must be placed within the designated tent pad. The park can accommodate RV units up to 60 feet in select sites. Some sites will accommodate tip-outs.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. Check-out time is 1 p.m.
The park offers a walk-in / tent only group camp that accommodates up to 50 people. Fire pit, benches, water, restrooms, and parking are available. Fees vary with size of the group.
Reservations & fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Services & supplies
Firewood and bags of crushed ice are available for purchase at the contact station.