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Steamboat Rock State Park (Main Park)
Campground Description: Steamboat Rock State Park is owned and operated by the State of Washington. Steamboat Rock State Park is comprised of the main park and several other smaller parks: Osborn Bay Campground, Jones Bay Campground, a boat-in campground just north of the main campground, and an equestrian campground at Northrup Canyon Campground. This page discusses the main park and boat-in campground. Jones Bay Campground may be found by clicking here and Osborn Bay Campground may be found by clicking here.
Steamboat Rock State Park just might be the best in the state park system. With fully paved roads and trails within the campground, 50,000 feet of freshwater lakeshore, mature shade trees and manicured landscaping throughout, Steamboat Rock can't be beat for its aesthetic appeal. Add to that the numerous activities - fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, hiking, paved road bicycling and off road bicycling, and wildlife viewing, the park can keep any camper occupied for a week or more. Complete shopping, restaurants and the Mighty Grand Coulee Dam are available just 12.8 miles north. Open year round. Reservations are strongly recommended. Reservations are available for camping May 15 through September 15. After those dates all camping is first come, first served.
Number of Sites: The main campground offers 100 full hook-up campsites and 26 tent camping sites. The boat-in campground offers 12 primitive campsites with vault toilets and drinking water
Electricity: Yes at 100 campsites in the main campground
Water: Yes at 100 campsites in the main campground and located at several locations in the boat-in campground
Sewer: Yes at 100 campsites in the main campground
Waste Water Dump Station: Yes, 5.7 street miles north at the Northup Bay Day Use area.
Directions: Eastbound on Interstate 90 (I-90) from Seattle and Ellensburg - follow Interstate 90 eastbound to the town of George. Take exit 151 and follow under the freeway underpass and follow 0.1 miles to State Highway 283. Turn right onto State Highway 283 and follow for 14.8 miles where the highway becomes State Highway 28. Continue on State Highway 28 for 10.8 miles and bear left onto State Highway 17. Continue on State Highway 17 for 21.2 miles to US Route 2. Turn right onto US Route 2 and follow for 4.3 miles to State Route 155. Follow State Route 155 for 15.5 miles to the entrance to Steamboat State Park, on the left. Westbound on Interstate 90 (I-90) from Spokane - follow Interstate 90 westbound take exit 277 onto US Highway 2. Follow US Highway 2 for 61.1 miles to the town of Wilber. Upon leaving the town of Wilbur, turn right onto State Highway 21 which becomes State Highway 174 after 0.2 miles. Follow State Highway 174 for 19.2 miles to State Route 155. Turn left onto State Highway 155 and follow for 10.2 miles to the park entrance, on the right.
Fishing: Banks Lake offers some of the best lake fishing in the State of Washington. Fish for Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Lake Whitefish. Panfish, Rainbow Trout, and Kokanee. Detailed fishing information can be found at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife's website by clicking here.
Astronomy Opportunities: Good in the campground and even better outside of the campground elsewhere on the "island" of Steamboat Rock. The exact location for computerized telescopes is 47.86231°N x 1219.12659°W
Nearby Golfing: Banks Lake Golf Course - 19849 Ludolph RD., P.O. Box 58, Electric City WA. 99123 telephone 509-633-1400
Contact Information:Steamboat Rock State Park 51052 Highway 155 Electric City, WA 99123 509-633-1304 Steamboat Rock State Park
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The sign at the entrance to Steamboat Rock State Park
The restrooms in the main park offer flush toilets and hot showers
The wide expanses of manicured lawns add to the appeal of Steamboat Rock State Park
Many of the RV camping and tent camping sites at Steamboat Rock State Park have views of Banks Lake
All of the roads in the main park at Steamboat Rock State Park are paved
The camping cabins at Steamboat Rock State Park are air conditioned
Often, the wildlife comes to your RV camping or tent camping site at Steamboat Rock State Park (DO NOT FEED - EVER!)
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