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Alder Lake Park and Campground

Campground Description:  Alder Lake Park and Campground is owned and operated by Tacoma Power as a part of its Nisqually River Project.  Alder Lake Park and Campground is one of the best family tent and RV camping facilities in the state of Washington.  The Alder Lake Campground in broken into 4 separate sections - the Main Campground, the Elk Plain Campground, the Osprey and Group Campground and the (four mile distant) Rocky Point campground.  Alder Lake offers almost as many tent camping sites as they do RV spots.  In the group camping area there are full hook-up sites for RV camping as well as basic tent camping sites.  The group camping area also offers kitchen shelters, group fire pits, playground equipment and horseshoe pits.  The day use area is an easy walk from all camping areas except the Rocky Point campground.  The day use area is a destination in itself.  In the day use area there is a kitchen shelter, several both open and secluded picnic areas, playground equipment, a sandy swimming beach and fishing opportunities from the shore or the boat docks.  If you are a boater you are allowed to tie up at the docks and then enjoy the rest of the day use area.  Minor shopping is available in Morton, 17 miles south or full shopping in Tacoma, 37 miles north.  Open year round for camping but the day use area is closed from December 20 until January 1 each year.  Camping reservations are possible and strongly recommended during the warm months.

Number of Sites:  149

Electricity:  At 109 camping spaces

Water:  At 109 camping spaces

Sewer:  At 35 camping spaces

Waste Water Dump Station:  Yes

Directions:  From Tacoma Southbound - Follow Interstate 5 (I-5) south to exit 127 which is state Highway 512.  Follow Hwy 512 east for 2.0 miles to the Pacific Ave South exit.  Turn south onto Pacific Avenue South (which becomes state Highway 7) and follow for 30.0 miles to Alder Lake Park and Campground.  From Portland Northbound - Follow Interstate 5 (I-5) north to exit 68.  Turn east onto US Highway 12 and follow for 113.9 miles to state Highway 7.  Turn north onto state Highway 7 and follow for 17 miles to the entrance to Alder Lake Park and Campground.

Fishing:  The predominant species in Lake Alder is Kokanee.  Available from shore, the docks or from a boat are rainbow trout, crappie, catfish small mouth bass.  A tackle store is located near the entrance to Alder Lake Park and Campground.  Fishing and recreation line: 888-502-8690

Astronomy Opportunities:  Very good from almost anywhere in the group camping area as well as the park.  the exact location for computerized telescope users is 46.79830 N, 122.30124 W

Nearby Golfing: 

Ironwood Green Golf Course
32.3 miles south of Alder Lake
8138 US Highway 12
Glenoma, WA  98336-9606
360- 498-5425
Ironwood Green Golf Course
 
Maple Grove Golf Course
40 miles south of Alder Lake
175 Highway 131
Randle, WA  98577
360- 497-2741
Maple Grove Golf Course

Contact Information:

Alder Lake Park
50324 School Rd
Eatonville, WA 98328
Park office: 360-569-2778
Fishing and recreation line: 888-502-8690
Alder Lake Park
 
Alder Lake Park and Campground Brochure
 
Alder Lake Park and Campground Rules & Reservations
 
Alder Lake Park and Campground Pet Considerations
 

                                 

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The sign at the entrance to Alder Lake Park and Campground

A map of the camping and park facilities at Alder Lake Park and Campground

All of the restrooms at Alder Lake Park and Campground offer flush toilets and hot showers

Almost one-half of the RV camping sites at Alder Lake Park and Campground are pull-through

All of the back-in RV camping sites at Alder Lake Park and Campground are on the driver's left side

In the group RV camping sites at Alder Lake Park and Campground are pull-through on one side and drive-through on the other side

Many of the tent camping sites at Alder Lake Park and Campground offer shelters

All of the tent camping sites at Alder Lake Park and Campground offer paved parking and lush lawns

The day use area at Alder Lake Park and Campground offers a sandy beach swimming area

In both the group camping area and the day use area at Alder Lake Park and Campground pavilions with BBQs are provided

The day use area at Alder Lake Park and Campground offers playground equipment

The boat launches at Alder Lake Park and Campground offer concrete pads to a depth of almost 5 feet

The day use area at Alder Lake Park and Campground offers expanses of groomed turf

Several picnic areas in the day use area at Alder Lake Park and Campground are seculated

The day-use area at Alder Lake Park and Campground offers docking facilities that are open to dock side fishing

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