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Lake Wenatchee State Park Closed

Posted by Susan Elderkin at Aug 27, 2010 01:13 PM |

Lake Wenatchee State Park has been closed until further notice due to issues regarding the safety of the trees in the park.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has closed Wenatchee State Park until further notice. Two trees that appeared healthy fell in the campground over the past two weeks, and subsequent tests found root rot in other firs in the park.

The closure is in effect until at least September 1, and has Labor Day campers scrambling for alternatives. The state park is one of the largest in the state, with 197 campsites, 12,623 feet of waterfront on Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee River, and several miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.

People with camping reservations have been notified individually, and the park is working to find other accommodations for them. Unfortunately, the beach area, boat ramp and trails in Lake Wenatchee Park will be closed as well.

Anyone with plans for the area this weekend should be seeking alternative places to play. If you need an idea, please consult our Hike Finder. If you plan to visit the Lake Wenatchee area for Labor Day, check in regularly with the Lake Wenatchee State Park website for updates. Crews are working as quickly as they can to assess the extent of the tree problem. Some areas could open in time for Labor Day.