Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a CAMP plan for Alta Lake and Bridgeport State Parks. State Parks prepares land use plans through an agency-wide planning system called Classification and Management Planning or CAMP. CAMP is a multi-staged, public participation-based planning process for individual parks that culminates with adoption of park land classifications, a long-term park boundary, and a park management plan. The combination of these deliverables constitutes a land use plan. The CAMP process typically takes ten to fifteen months to complete.
Alta Lake State Park
Tucked into the hills between Winthrop and Lake Chelan, Alta Lake State Park is a 174-acre camping park where mountainous pine forests meet the desert. It has long been a hub for anglers, water sports enthusiasts and families that love to camp. The lake is about 2 miles long and a half-mile wide and offers good trout fishing, conditional water skiing, and windsurfing during summer months. Lake Chelan, with its many activities, is 30 minutes away.
Bridgeport State Park is a 622-acre camping park with 7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on Rufus Woods Lake. Set directly behind Chief Joseph Dam, the park provides 18 acres of lawn and a bit of shade in the midst of a desert terrain. To find out more about Bridgeport State Park, visit http://www.parks.state.wa.us/480/Bridgeport.
Melinda Posner, Parks Planner Project Lead P.O. Box 42650 Olympia, WA 98504
The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.
At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established; rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.
Stage Two Documents
STAGE THREE – PREPARING PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS
The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.
Stage Three Documents
STAGE FOUR – PREPARING FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS
At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.