What To See And Do At Nolte State Park!! We seem to spend a lot of time at our Washington State parks, especially in the summertime. We have kind of made it a goal to explore at least two new state parks a summer. Now we typically end up camping at Washington State Parks but I loved the day-use only aspect of Nolte State Park. Deep Lake in the park was the perfect lake for the kids to kayak on and play in as well. (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Since Nolte State Park is a Washington State Park you need to have a Discover Pass (You can buy one -> here or on-site), I always buy a year pass because it pays itself off after three days or visits. My kids love to be in the water so we always looking for new places to go and kayak especially since they have their own little kayak. Add in some pool floaties from the dollar store and they are happily playing for hours!!
What To See And Do At Nolte State Park:
Now Kylie had googled the state park before we headed out and kept calling it Deep Lake. I looked as well and the lake is called Deep Lake and it was a resort before it was donated in 1970 by the Nolte family to Washington Parks. Since Nolte State Park doesn’t allow motorized boats it is perfect for kids to kayak and swim in as well.
Easy Access To Nolte State Park
Now, this was easy to get to go as well, this was less than an hour’s drive from our home in Puyallup to get to. The state park is easy to get to from Hwy 167 in Washington. Since we got there early parking was a breeze but if you get there later the day-use parking gets closed, while there is street parking it isn’t safe for families to easily cross.
Walking And Bike Trail At Nolte State Park:
There is a trail that is 1.4 miles that circles the whole lake. You can bike, run, or walk on the trail very easily, and this is one of those few trails that could be considered stroller friendly. We pulled our wagon loaded fully with the kids swimming gear without an issue. I know one of my running groups uses this as a practice trail for getting used to running on a trail.
Boating Activities At Nolte State Park
Now no motorized boating is allowed at this Washington State Park. The day we went it was a hot summer day with lots of kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes on the lake. Michael is itching to go back and dropping a fishing line in the middle of the lake from his kayak.
Swimming At Nolte State Park
Now, the swimming is what drew us to the Washington State Park, the weather was pushing 100 degrees so what better way to cool off. We packed a sack lunch and we had walked around to find our own private little beach for the kids to play from. There is a big beach area by the parking lot but we didn’t’ like how crowded it was.
There are also two picnic shelters that can be reserved as well for bigger get-togethers. It is important to note that there is no lifeguard on duty, so be sure to pack your own life jackets before heading to the lake.
The Educational Information for Nolte State Park
Now one thing I love about Washington State Parks is the placement of education information. Due to the location of the park, there is plenty of bird watching, wildlife viewing, and plants to find. I love that on our trek to the bathroom Michael found these signs and it started a fun conversation for us as well.
Have you been to Nolte State Park? What is your favorite thing to do at the lake?