WA Sunlakes State Park

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  1. cutman

    cutman New Member

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    Have stayed at Sunlakes (aka: Dryfalls) twice in the past 4 wks. We have two kids (13 and 10). There are great hiking/biking trails, interpretive center, swimming, fishing. The park is neighbored by a resort that offers a store, snack bar, gift shop, putt putt golf, paddle boat/bike rental. About 40 min away is Grand Coulee Dam. The visitor center was incredible. Killed about 2 hrs there. There is a lot to keep kids busy. It is one of our favorite place we have been. We will be going back. I recommend you make a reservation and get a "full hook up" spot. Despite what the website says about "shade"... there is not a bad spot in the "full hook up" sites.
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    We have camped at the neighboring Sun Lakes Resort for many years. The whole area is wonderful and is like an oasis in the Eastern Washington high desert. There is so much for the family to do.
     
  3. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Steamboat Rock SP is between Sun Lakes and the dam and is also a nice place if you like developed parks with hook-ups. It has a marina/boat launch and several other amenities.
     
  4. Idahawk

    Idahawk " Esta Perpetua "

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    Ah yes the Channeled Scablands great geological history ! I know them well . I haven't camped over there in years but we go to the dam every year for the laser show. In my younger days it has dirt bikes and tents and a great time.

    If you haven't pushed up further north I highly recommend doing so the Okanogan Loomis and Colville forests have camp grounds and boon docking available . There is also a place to dig for fossils that you can keep. Stone rose I think its called.

    We visit Omak for the stampede and the Suicide race every year.
     
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    Sun Lakes is very cool, but a bit busier than we like. However, Dry Falls is an incredible site and historical occurence. You owe it to yourself to visit the info Center at the top of the rim just a mile or two up from the Sun Lakes entrance if you haven't already.
     
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    We're heading over to Sun Lakes with the camper on Sunday for our annual week camping trip with our grandsons. They love it there as there's so much for them to do and we enjoy watching them have so much fun. It can get too hot for me after a few days and we'll see if it proves true this year too. We'll certainly make a visit to the visiter's center, as always.
     
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    We just got back from 6 days at Sun Lakes. We debated about staying at the Resort vs the State Park (they're adjoined) and we decided on the Resort so the grandsons could use the swimming pool. We were sorely disappointed. We've been there before, but compared to the State Park now, the Resort just doesn't compare. Especially the newer area in the State Park, which has new bathrooms, beautiful plush grass, hook-ups and nice pads.

    The campsite boundaries in the Resort are not clearly marked and people are piled on top of each other. The sites aren't level or close to it and they're dirt filled. There are some grassy spots with nice pads, but they seemed to be given only to big rigs. There is no choice of campsites. It doesn't matter how far in advance you make your reservations, they put you wherever they want. The site we were assigned was amongst big hardsides, which was fine, but the one behind us was terribly encroached onto our campsite and looked to be permanently settled there. There was no space to put our camper so after returning to the office to let them know, we were assigned a different site. It was even more unlevel and we had to avoid holes and tree roots as we went in and out of the camper. Also, the hook-ups were on the opposite side of our camper so we had to be careful to avoid the water hose and electrical cord, which we ran under the (wobbly and falling apart) picnic table as best we could to help get them out of the way. It was so disappointing knowing we were paying twice as much for that piece of dirt than we'd have had to pay to camp in the new area of the State Park.

    Aside from our campsite, we enjoyed the week. Even though it was in the mid 90's for temperatures and we had no shade or air conditioning. It cools off nicely at night... and the area is known for high wind in the evening and night. We've experienced this before and we were expecting it. We took our canopy down every night. Our camper did great in the winds, but there were some of tenters who had tents and/or canopy's damaged and poles broken. Quite a few of them packed up and went home early.

    One good thing is that we had nice camping neighbors all around who respected quite hours and there wasn't a big problem with dogs barking or noise. But all in all, we've decided not to go to Sun Lakes Resort again. We'd consider going to the State Park there... but not this time of year. Way too hot. [SUN]
     
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    I love the resort and the pool is a Godsend on days in the upper 90's. One thing I would say is beware of your awning and loose items at night. Temps drop quickly down in the coulee at night. The air up on the plateau bakes all day and when you have a big differential like that, high winds can come up quickly. We almost lost our awning, chairs and other items got blown all over the place.
     

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