August 7, 2008

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash., Weekend Getaway Column

By The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

Aug. 7--WHAT: Anderson Lake State Park, a remote day-use park, opened for the season in late April. The lake is surrounded by 410 acres of woods and wetlands.

WHEN: The park is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from April 20 to Oct. 1.

WHERE: Olympic Peninsula, south of Port Townsend.

GETTING THERE: From U.S. 101 at Discovery Bay, turn right on Highway 20 and go 3.7 miles to Anderson Lake Road. Turn right and continue for 1.1 miles. The park entrance will be on your left.

ACTIVITIES: The park offers 4.4 miles of hiking trails, 3.4 miles of bike trails, non-motorized boating. Anderson Lake also is a popular birdwatching location.

COST: There is no parking fee for Washington's state parks.

OF NOTE: The park was closed earlier this year because of an algae toxin. The lake is now open, but it's recommended that people and pets stay out of the water. The lake is only 25 feet deep at its deepest point. A daily permit is available for watercraft launching and trailer dumping at the park for $7. Many animals can be seen at the park including coyotes, deer, raccoons and skunks.

HISTORY: Before becoming a state park, the lake was owned by cattle rancher William F. Anderson. However, the lake isn't named after him or anybody in his family. He purchased the lake from Amanda Anderson in 1947. The lake was named after one of her relatives. Craig Hill, The News Tribune Source:


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