Pearrygin Lake State Park
An angler casts her line into a glassy lake, and a sweater-clad camper sips a steaming mug of coffee. They gaze out, admiring the last tendrils of mist on the water as the rising sun plays on the amber hills above. Welcome to mornings at Pearrygin Lake.
White in the winter, green in the spring, gold in the summer and fall, Pearrygin Lake State Park is a park for all seasons.
In springtime, the sunny weather and shrub-steppe landscape make this park a perfect escape from the late winter grays. The spring-fed lake is a fishing oasis, and the Rex Derr Trail allows hikers to take in the lake views and endless folding hills.
In summer, a late-afternoon breeze comes up, signaling social hour. Cabin neighbors chat across decks, tiny trailer enthusiasts compare their homes on wheels, and bicyclists confer about their epic rides. Families cook, and children splash in the shallow swim areas.
Campgrounds and day-use areas close from November to April, but snowshoeing, skiing and fat-tire snow biking are popular at Pearrygin Lake.
Whether you've spent the day clocking bike miles or doing crossword puzzles in camp, you will sleep well at Pearrygin Lake and be ready for morning again.
Pearrygin Lake State Park is a 1,186-acre camping park in north central Washington, near the Western-themed town of Winthrop. The park offers 11,000 feet of waterfront on Pearrygin Lake and 6.5 miles of hiking trails. After Nov. 1, the park remains a haven for winter recreationists, and fat-tire snow bicycling.
Located in Okanogan County on Pearrygin Lake, the park offers a watercraft launch at the East Campground reopens the first Friday in April, depending on snow and ice conditions on the lake. The park has 60 feet of dock.
May and June water-ski and personal watercraft operating hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. July - August operating hours are 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesdays - Thursdays, and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fridays - Mondays.
Launching a boat at a state park requires one of the following:
- An annual launch permit (Natural Investment Permit); or
- An annual Discover Pass and a daily launch permit; or
- A one-day Discover Pass and a daily launch permit. A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 and a trailer dumping permit for $5 is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.
Latitude: 48º 29' 9.24" N (48.4859)
Longitude: 120º 8' 28.67" W (-120.1413)
The park has 92 standard campsites, 27 partial-hookup sites (water and electricity), 50 full-hookup sites, two cabins, a vacation house, two dump stations, six restrooms (two ADA) and 22 showers (two ADA). Two campsites are primitive. Full-hookup sites have electricity, water and sewer service. Maximum site length is 60 feet (limited availability).
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
Pearrygin Lake has two group camps. G1 (east group camp) accommodates up to 48 people and eight cars. G2 (west group camp) accommodates up to 80 people.
The two cabins at Pearrygin Lake have the added convenience of kitchenettes. Each cabin has a picnic table, electric heat, lights, locking door, and bathroom with a toilet. Showers are nearby in the park. Each cabin is 16-by-16-feet in size and is furnished with twin bunk beds, a full-size bed, and small table with two chairs. The kitchen has a microwave, coffee pot, two-burner cook top, sink,and under-counter refrigerator. Outside is a fire pit and a deck. For more information, visit our cabins and yurts page.
Reservations & fees
Services & supplies
Firewood and ice are available for sale at the West Campground Office and East Camp host site. Winthrop and Twisp are full-service communities located nearby. There are medical clinics in each town. The nearest hospitals are one hour away in either Omak or Brewster. Also located nearby miniature golf, hiking and backpacking, full-sized nine-hole golf course and horse rentals.
The park was originally purchased in 1959 from a local orchardist. In 1964, the park opened as a state park recreation area, including a small camp area. Renovation and construction of the campground was done in 1972. In 2004, 94 acres, including a store, hayfield, and the west campground were added to the park. A series of acquisition completions led to the park expanding to a total of more than 1200 acres in 2011, including the old Graves Homestead and ranch south of the park to the boundary and the Bear Creek Golf Course.
The Rex Derr trail, dedicated to lifelong parks and recreation professional and former director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Rex Derr, opened in October 2011.
- Picnic area
Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities.
Picnic & day-use facilities
The East Campground has 30 unsheltered picnic tables. There is a parking area with overflow directed to boat launch parking. Available in the day-use area are a bathhouse, marked swimming beach, four barbecue stands, a volleyball court and a large lawn with shade trees. Picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is wheelchair access to one picnic site and the bathhouse.
- 6.5 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
- 60 feet of dock
- Fishing (freshwater)
- Personal watercraft use
- Watercraft launches (2)
Winter activities & features
- Cross-country skiing
- Fat tire bicycling
- Snow play
Concessions: Paddle EZ offers kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals May through September. Rentals can be made on site or reserved in advance online. Rentals are located near the swim beach.
NOTE: Due to COVID 19 restrictions, Paddle EZ will NOT be available for the 2020 season. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Other activities & features
- Bird watching
- Horseshoe pits (2)
- Wildlife viewing
Campfire programs, if staffing levels allow, are conducted every Tuesday and Thursday night from June 15 - Labor Day. The park offers a volunteer facilitated Junior Ranger program for children. Ask for information at the registration / contact station.
- The park features the 3.1-mile Rex Derr trail, a multi-seasonal trail that begins at the east boat launch, traverses a hillside up through the shrub-steppe environment, skirts the old Graves Homestead and winds its way back through the east campground.
- The area is available for winter sports, including Nordic skiing.
- 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.
- Printable park brochure (PDF).