September 30, 2020
We needed to get out of the house and wanted to know what is was like to go camping in eastern Washington in the summer 2020 post Covid, so we took out our new trailer, and headed to Wenatchee for the weekend. We made reservations at the Wenatchee River County Park and stayed there Thursday night to Sunday morning.Yep!
The campgrounds were open! At our campsite, the restrooms and playgrounds were closed however the we did have free reign of the park.
When we headed over there, we were winging our whole weekend plans and thought we would hit some trails. Some of the trails were closed at the time, so we adjusted our plans and turned our focus to some fun camping in eastern Washington summer planning trip.
Robert and I have not been to Leavenworth during the summer, and it was fun to explore the unusually empty town.
Leavenworth is a cute Bavarian Village, with loads of shops and eateries and is oh so cute! When we were there, most businesses were not open because of Rona, and the main street was closed off to traffic to help with social distancing.
We did some shopping, but mostly it was fun to walk around the town with the empty streets, now sure that will happen again! On three day weekends, this town is normally packed, but at the time we had the whole place to ourselves!
We are in an interesting phase in the COVID restrictions, people are getting out, and it does not feel that COVID is really a thing over in Eastern Washington. I did not see masks or gloves except for the employees at some of the businesses. I often forgot we were living in the twilight zone. It feels like camping in Eastern Washington in the summer 2020 is high on our bucket list.
If you are not comfortable with being around people yet, I would avoid camping in eastern Washington. Yeah, just stay home! Eastern Washington did have as many precautions from Covid, so it was so nice to feel a little normalcy. We saw people playing at parks, on the beaches and all over.
Now let’s get down to what we learned about the Eastern Washington Camping Situation.
We scoped out other campgrounds and areas that we wanted to camp at later this summer. Here is what we thought of the campgrounds we checked out!
This is an amazing park! This park is not too far from Leavenworth, and it has the most breathtaking views. The lake is huge, in a valley surrounded by beautiful wilderness. The day we went, there were waves like the ocean because of the wind, and it was an amazing sight. closed. They have horses there for horseback riding and that is one the reason we plan on staying there next summer.
Personally, we loved it! We stopped there and spent some times there, the park was open to water recreational sports and swimming. This location had the most options for water sports out of all the ones we took a tour of. You can rent Jetski’s, paddleboards, or even boats. It had the most perfect place for all these activities. It is at a pretty wide part of the Columbia River with calm waters.
The restrooms were open, and as of the first, the state camping grounds are supposed to be open. We scoped out our favorite spots and made reservations that night 🙂
Daroga State Park was not our favorite because it was too small, good if you have a boat but it was not what we were looking for, so we passed on staying there. It is off the Columbia River
We liked Beebe Bridge State park because it was nice and big, so it made it to our stay list. The state park is right off the Columbia River right next to Beebe bridge.
This is not a campground, but they did have a park, and it was a perfect place to swim and paddleboard, especially for younger kids. It was right across from Beebe State park.
Lakeshore is in the middle of town, right at the end of Lake Chelan, and it was oh so crowded. There was zero social distancing there. LOL! It was not on our hit list because it was just too crowded for us!. We like having space around our trailer when we camp.
This was a super nice park; however, it was too crowded for our liking, but the park (which had a pretty big parking lot) was packed regardless! It was so crowded we did not stop to check it out, mostly because there were no parking spaces. That is how it was with no campers, so I could imagine that it would be even more packed with campers, so we moved on.
This park was beautiful and quiet and maybe a little dated. It would be a great place if you had a boat. There was not a good place for swimming or getting in to the Lake because it had a huge area that was meant for docking boats. It was not one we were excited about.
At the very north end of Lake Chelan is a town called Stehekin. The only way to get there is on boat or air. We looked into taking the boat “Lady of the Lake’ across to Stehekin, but our options were limited, and so we will be passing on going this summer. You can stay for 3 hours or stay overnight for a minimum of 2 nights, which would cost around $1,000. We did not want to go that bad, LOL! If anybody else knows if there are other options for a one night stay that won’t break the bank, I would love to know.
Alta Lake State Park is a combination of forrest and dessert with a 2 mile long lake. This Park is in the middle of nowhere! Alta was not MY favorite but hubs and the girls liked it a lot. This location is a great place for water sports. If you are interested in horseback rides, there is a Outfitter located at the end of the road.
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