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Description - Steamboat Rock State Park, Steamboat Rock Rest Area Boat Launch, Northrup Canyon, and Castle Rock Natural Area Preserve comprise the Steamboat Rock State Park Recreation Area, a 3,500-acre area with approximately 50,000 feet of freshwater shoreline.

Of special interest are the Castle Rock Natural Area Preserve, the flora and fauna on top of Steamboat Rock, area eagle roosts and nesting sites, Steamboat Rock Historic Landmark, the original Northrup Homestead, and the natural basalt formations and geological features of the area. The only natural forest in Grant County is located within the park.

Boating and fishing facilities consist of four boat ramps, handling docks, six mooring buoys, 12 boat-access campsites and two fish cleaning stations.

Campers are provided with 100 utility sites, 26 standard sites (2 are ADA), a group camp, 3 comfort stations, 2 solar vault toilets and a contact station. Public phones are at each camp area in the main park. The park is on the campsite reservation program.

Other amenities include a swim beach, a bathhouse and concession, 56 picnic sites, a Big Toy play structure, 34 miles of trails and parking for 264 vehicles.

Recreation - Recreational activities include boating, fishing, water-skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, swimming, sun bathing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, sightseeing, kite flying, metal detecting, and relaxing. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing are popular winter activities.

Shotgun-only hunting is available on adjacent lands administered jointly by the Game Department and State Parks.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region because the Cascade Mountains split the state and alter weather patterns. Steamboat Rock State Park-Recreation Area, located east of the mountains, receives significantly less rainfall than regions west of the mountains with an average annual precipitation of twelve inches.

Average summer temperatures are 94 degrees maximum and 50 degrees minimum. Because central Washington is landlocked and subject to winter winds, winter temperatures are much colder than those in western Washington.

Location - Steamboat Rock State Park-Recreation Area is located 12 miles south of Grand Coulee on State Highway 155 in the northern corner of Grant County. The Boat Launch is 52 miles north of the main park on Highway 155.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: chris (Seattle, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We hiked on Steamboat rock in April. Because it was the off-season there were ZERO people. There are awesome views of the Banks Lake/Grand Coulee area. The geology of the area is nothing less than spectacular with thousand foot deep canyons carved during the last iceage by a flood with more water than all the rivers of the world combined! See a trip report and pictures at http://www.metatropo.com/reports/steamboatrock041906.htm. Other Washington state hikes and ski reports at http://www.metatropo.com/gps_products.htm.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Must make reservations at the beginning of the allowable window - 9 months. This is our favorite camping spot. Kids can ride bikes, scooters, roller skates. Restrooms reasonably clean. Grass well-maintained. Deer saunter thru campsites at dusk. Be aware that rangers spray for mosquitos twice weekly. Cover all food, and leave if possible. We go to see the laser show at Coulee Dam. Never get tired of it. Bring water shoes for swimming. Bring a small boat for fishing and enjoying the water-cooled air. Kick back and relax!

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: First time to this park (Aug.2002) and was very impressed. Clean area with easy access for vehicles and people. Close hiking trail to top of Steamboat Rock was an adventure! Can ride bike, freezbie, rollerblade, walk without any issues. Has a concession stand with all the odds/ends you forget to take with you, as well as reasonably priced. Has day-use area well separated from camping area. Rangers were helpful with answers to questions. Boat launch was maintained. Only downfall was unable to locate anything on net or call direct to ranger office (they never answered phone) to find out the water level of the reservior for possible inability to launch a boat.

More Information

Contact Information:
Steamboat Rock State Park, P.O. Box 370 , Electric City, WA, 99123, Phone: 509-633-1304, Fax: 509-633-1294

Additional Information:
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