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General Information

Gingko Petrified Forest State Park
Copyright: - Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Gingko Petrified Forest State Park
Description - The Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park covers nearly 7500 acres with 26,620 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Wanapum Reservoir. The park includes two recreational areas, Ginkgo and Wanapum.

Ginkgo offers 10 picnic sites, an interpretive center, three miles of hiking trails, a 1-mile interpretive trail, and parking for 80 cars.

Wanapum offers one ADA campsite, 47 picnic sites, 50 utility sites, a double lane boat launch, a bathhouse/ concession stand, and a shop.

Recreation - Activities include hiking, picnicking, camping, interpretive appreciation, water skiing, swimming, and fishing.

Climate - The climate of Washington varies within each region. The Cascades split the state and alter the weather patterns. The terrain east of the mountains, which includes Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, receives approximately 12 inches of rainfall per year, generally much less than west of the mountains. Since the area east of the mountains is landlocked, temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.

Location - Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park is located near the geographic center of the Washington in Kittitas County where Interstate 90 crosses the Columbia River at Vantage.


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Filed By: Tiffany (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely awesome view of the Columbia River! I didn't even care about the rocks and I had a great time just admiring the views in very direction. This part of Washington is one of the most beautiful and so many people miss out on it. I highly recommend this park and the whole area nearby!

Filed By: phil & bonnie ventura (blaine, wa)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: hot, hot, hot. definitly in the desert. don't miss the rock shop near the tourist ctr. a rock hunters' area, but very hazardous away from the park areas,

Filed By: Kathy (Newport News, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place to visit! Wonderful views!! Great History!


More Information

Contact Information:
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, P.O. Box 1203 , Vantage, WA, 98950, Phone: 509-856-2700, Fax: 509-856-2294

Additional Information:
Columbia River Plateau - Throughout the Columbia River Plateau region, you can be as active or sedate as you want at any given moment. If you think of Washington only in terms of the damp forests and cityscapes of Puget Sound, you will be amazed at the sculpted beauty of this high desert land.
Washington State Parks - Washington has 149 state parks located around the state.

Links:
Washington State Parks - Official Agency Website

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