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Wanapum Recreational Area (A Part Of Ginko Petrified Forest State Park)
Campground Description: The Wanapum Recreational Area (a part of Ginko Petrified Forest State Park) is owned and operated by the State of Washington. This state park is located on the shores of the Columbia River, a scant 3 miles south of Vantage, Washington, and Interstate 90 (I-90). This state park offers RV camping, tent camping, day use facilities, swimming, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing. Visitors are forewarned that the Wanapum Campground is very windy at times. Winds of 50 MPH are not uncommon. Children should be tethered to trees by their ankles as a precaution (OK, just kidding about the tethering part). Most of the day use area as well as the RV and tent camping areas have shade provided by several different types of deciduous trees. Of the two Wanapum camping loops, every campsite offers water, electricity and sewer hookups. Tent campers are welcome to use the full hook-up sites but are required to pay the RV camping price. One loop of the Wanapum campground (sites 1-31) are situated among lawns and tall shade trees while the second loop (sites 32-50) are not paved, have no lawn or trees and are desert landscaped. Note that during the summer concert season at the Gorge Amphitheater, concert goers ensure that the Wanapum campground is full every weekend. Displays and interpretative kiosks are available at the Ginko Petrified Forest State Park, 4 miles north near Vantage. The Wanapum Recreational Area and Campground (a part of the Ginko Petrified Forest State Park) is open year round. Reservations are available and suggested during the summer months.
Number of Sites: 50
Electricity: At 50 sites
Water: At 50 sites
Sewer: At 50 sites
Waste Water Dump Station: No
Directions: From Interstate 90 take exit 136 and drive south for 3 miles to the entrance of the Wanapum Recreational Area and Campground (a part of the Ginko Petrified Forest State Park)
Fishing: Yes - mostly bass and trout with salmon and steelhead in season. There is a boat launch at the Wanapum campground
Astronomy Opportunities: There are a lot of trees but if you find a spot with clear sky access you will find the sky very dark. The exact GPS coordinates for computerized telescope campers is 46.97020° N, 119.99030° W
Nearby Golfing: 29.8 miles West in EllensburgReecer Creek Golf Course 1201 W Umptanum Rd Ellensburg, WA 98926-6621 509-962-5256 Reecer Creek Golf Course Ellensburg Golf Club 3231 S Thorp Hwy Ellensburg, WA 98926-8034 509-962-2984 Ellensburg Golf Club
Contact Information:Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission P.O. Box 42650 Olympia, WA 98504-2650 Information: 1-360-902-8844 Reservations: 1-888-226-7688 Ginko Petrified Forest State Park/Wanapum Recreational Area
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The sign at the entrance to Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park
A Map of Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park
The restrooms at Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park offer flush toilets and hot showers
All of the outer loop campsites in loop A at Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park are pull-through.
Some of the pull-though RV camping sites at Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park are as long as 60 feet
The back-in RV campsites at Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park are spacious
The Boat Launch at Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park is wide (the river was low when this photo was taken)
The day use area at Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park offers picnic tables, grills, lawn and a sandy swimming beach
The concessions building at Wanapum Campground at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park offers hot showers, lockers and snacks (in season)
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