What To See And Do At Potholes State Park!! I love to explore our state parks here in Washington State. I have learned they also make the perfect spots stop for lunches on a long road trip! We have our favorite parks on the west side of the state so it was fun to check out some I have heard about while we were on our way to Spokane last month!
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Kylie and I love to road trip and this was our big one for the summer vacation. We went to Spokane to meet up with some family we hadn’t seen in a while so we planned stops along the way. Now summer got away from us and we didn’t get out camping much but in a Wa State Camping Group on Facebook, (you can find it ->here) pictures shared from Potholes state park looked amazing!
We dropped off I-90 onto highway 26 to swing by and check out the park. We knew from the pictures and website that picnic tables are in the day use. Also, we picked lunch and used the park as a stopping point to stretch out our legs.
Day Use At Potholes State Park:
As we were driving in on Hwy 26 I was wondering if I had mapped the wrong park since everything was so dry beside the orchards! (The orchards are a site to see as well) When you first get to the park the first part you come up to is the day use. This area has an amazing playground, lots of shade, green grass, and lots of picnic areas! It was like an oasis compared to the rest of the scenery in the area!!
Camping At Potholes State Park:
Potholes State Park has two different campground loops that can be reserved (See more ->here) to stay at. One loop has hookups for trailers to use for full hookups. Now, while tent camping is allowed, there are restrictions on when due to the wet grass. This section of the park has bathrooms and State Park token-operated showers for use. Everything was super green in the loops with the full hookups for trailers.
In addition to the hookup loop, there is a “primitive” loop without hookups. This loop also had cabins that can be reserved as well! I loved that these sites have a view of the water that is pretty! We didn’t look closely at the camping sites but they looked to be a decent size.
Activities At Potholes State Park:
I wish we had more time to explore, but it was also hot as the last week of August. The weather was pushing 90 degrees so even though I didn’t hike I wanted too. Potholes State Park has three miles of hiking trails to explore, I love to camp where there are trails for hiking with Bentley or just for a good work out as well.
We didn’t take our kayaks either but the water was impressive even just to look at!! There was plenty of room for parking boats with trailers, and this area was in the same area as the day park use! Now as a mom safety is always a priority and I loved to see this life jacket station right on the boat ramp! While we have life jackets there has been an “Oh man I forgot that bin with the life jackets at home moments.”
In addition to the boat launch, Potholes State Park has a fish cleaning station! We normally tent camp so I love that there is somewhere to clean the fish! Luckily the last time we camped and fished we had my parents camper to quickly clean and clean up the bass fish we caught. There are also bathrooms and showers close to the boat launch as well to use.
There is also the Potholes General Store not too far from the State Park (let’s face it I always forget something when packing). Not too far down is also the Beach House at Mardon isn’t far either if you want to take a cruise around Potholes Reservoir.
Have you been to Potholes State Park? What is your must-see in the area?