Steamboat Rock State Park

Steamboat Rock State Park is a 3,522-acre camping park with 50,000 feet of freshwater shoreline at the north end of Banks Lake. Dominating the landscape is a columnar, basaltic rock with a surface area of 600 acres. Three campground areas and a large day-use area are on sweeping green lawns, protected from winds by tall dramatic poplars. The surrounding areas are carpeted with wildflowers, adding to the gray-green brush of the Scablands. A sandy swimming area and boat launches make the area a favorite for visitors who enjoy water-play and want respite from the hot, summer sun.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
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  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. Maps

ADA Amenities/Facilities

  • Campground
  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail


In the midst of desert, the park offers both lush green lawns and rocks for climbing. Miles of horse trails are open for day use. A hiking trail leads to Northrup Lake, a natural forest area.


  • 13.1 miles of hiking trails
  • 13.1 miles of bike trails
  • 10 miles of horse trails

Water Activities & Features

  • 320 feet of dock
  • Seven boat ramps
  • Boating
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
  • ADA Fishing Pier

Winter Recreation

  • Bald eagle viewing
  • Ice climbing
  • Ice fishing
  • Nordic skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Other Activities

  • Amphitheater
  • Basketball court
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Volleyball field
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Playground

Additional Information

  • Mosquitos are prevalent in summer. Grant County has a mosquito-control program in the park.
  • Northrup Point watercraft access is open 24 hours a day.
  • The Northrup Canyon day-use area offers hiking, biking and equestrian opportunities. 
  • Crown Point remains open until after the laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam concludes in the evening. Crown Point Vista near Grand Coulee overlooks the Grand Coulee Dam, the cities of Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee, and the Columbia River.
  • Castle Rock Natural Area Preserve is on the butte nearby.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.