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Paddling Turtle Island Lincoln Rock State Park in the land of Marmots

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Paddling in the land of the Marmots.

Camp and paddle locations can be had in the low rent section sites 1-27. Some of the sites along the water have some gravel where a canoe or kayak can be slipped into Lake Entiat. That is if the marmots don't mind. :)

Other then the camp and paddle there is the parking lot and slip your cartop into the water in the swimming area. If you do that you won't have to pay the $7 bucks to use the boat ramp. Don't park in the boat and trailer area and save some money.

Parking away from the trailer area is free as is hauling the cartop vessel to the beach area and paddling off to Turtle Island or ...


Friday the 13th May 2011.

Paddling Turtle Island Lincoln Rock State Park

Drum roll please. Marmots, plus an Island called Turtle. Can't be half bad. In fact this is a very nice place to spend a day or weekend with family, friends, a group or just by yourself.

Lincoln Rock Park is on the east side of the Columbia River in Douglas County on Highway two on its way from Everett, Wenatchee onto Orondo, up the canyon to Waterville and on through the Scablands and Spokane to the east.

This park is part of a string of hydro parks along the Columbia that feature day use and in many cases tent and RV camping.

Camping can be great. Paddling can also be great if a paddler is mindful of the river. The water is cold much of year. Even if the water is not cold, getting cotton and other no synthetic clothing wet and mix in the wind, and a paddler can freeze. How this works. In the olden days canvas water bags were hung on the front of vehicles in desert regions. Why? Because the damp bag would cool the water down as the vehicle traveled the wind evaporated the moisture that seeped to the surface. What evaporation lowers water temperatures in a canvas bag and in the human body. If a paddler is wet in the wrong clothing in the wind and is a thin human, you a recipe for a disaster, especially if far from a way to warm up. OK enough of the soapbox.

Once again cold water can kill. Wind can be a serious problem here. Check the weather forecast for both wind and electrical storms. Storms love to brew and break out here in a very short time.

Summer times brings tons of boaters that like to race around and water ski. Spring and fall are better for paddling because it isn't so terribly hot and the fossil fuel roar on the H20 has subsided.

This is called Lake Entiat but there can be a good current to paddle into on the way to the island from the campground.

Paddle route
From the main park area north around Turtle Island, the distance is about 5 miles.

Note the island is off limits for hiking and doing much of anything on.

Last but not least this is Marmot country. The fat little furry creatures are all over the place. The live in the rocks along the shoreline and in the sagebrush on the edge of the lawns. The critters run to and from the sage and back to chow down on the green, green grass. Marmots love to eat green veggies. We can learn a lot from them diet wise. But they are fatties. Cute to look but don't touch. If alarmed they will stand on hind legs and chirp like a bird to warn their buddies to head back to the safety of the sage and rocks. Odd they are fat with all the scurrying back and forth.

I had been to Lincoln many times before and never saw any marmots. Then I learned in the park, the marmots hit the hay in June and come back out in late February. Hum the old song, "If going to San Francisco wear some flowers in your hair." You might want to hum something like, "If you want to see the Marmots you better come in spring." :)

Otherwise you will have to settle for a island called Turtle. Oh and all the lovely Columbia River scenery including a view of Lincoln Rock across the river.

Besides Marmots there was a Beaver slapping its tail on the water in the early morning. Lots of birds from quail, to song birds doing their thing through out the park on and off the water.

The park is bordered by sage and water. There are wildflowers in spring around the park edges and along the paddle route. So keep your eyes sharpened if you get off on spring color and critters.

There are two fossil fuel dinosaur paths that run north and south on both sides of the Columbia River. Unlike Confluence State Park downstream in Wenatchee this place is quiet in comparison. The dino highways were not very loud camping or paddling. But, when the kids bring their hydro boats in the summer the noise is more intense. At least they won't be roaring to far south of the camping area because there is a buoy line between the park and Rocky Reach Dam the park's neighbor.

If you are looking for a casual escape from the rain on the west side of the Cascade Mountains for the whole fam damily, group or just yourself, this can be a pleasant place to camp, lounge on the lawns, and of course do some paddling.


There are not provisions to speak of in Lincoln. There is a gas station with some supplies outside the park south on the way to Wenatchee a few hundred yards.

Otherwise bring what you need or stock up in Wenatchee near Confluence State Park on the north end of town where highways 97 and 2 converge/split.

There is a burger concession type stand in the park during peak summer time fun in the sun.


Camp or drive away to someplace like Wenatchee, Chelan or Waterville for someplace to rest the body for the night.

Camping during May 2011 was $21.00 in the slums by the water. Where else would a paddler want to be? The price goes up to $28.00 for those that need to have water and electricity at their site. You can find the condo sites on top of the knoll in the park. Yes, they have a view up there. So do the slums down below. :) Plus like many state parks east of the Mountains, the lawns are to die for. Hank Hill from King of the Hill that's into lawn competition would approve. Makes for a cooler type under the shade trees that abound in this lakeside park.

Oh, by the way. There are four nice little two room cabins for rent in the park for $55.00 a night. But I don't think they have water or toilets. You will need to haul like camping in the slum section and hoof it to the restrooms a short distance away. They look like a nice deal and have views of the river looking south towards Rocky Reach Dam.

This is a reservation park. Check with Washington State Parks on securing a place in the sun. This is a VERY popular place for boaters and escapees from the wet side of the Cascades. So plan accordingly. Mid week of course is more open for last minute drop ins.

For some budget camping, cabins, yurts, RV and hostels, check out Paddle Heaven's map and page of links as well as Paddle Heaven's Camping cabins and more.

Additional Information

Deliverance rating.

Fewer lunatics in this area then on the west side of the mountains of some regions where like the NPR story says gangs rule public lands nowadays.

Tranquility Ranking
One way to up the tranquility rank besides taking Valium, until a National Day of Silence, no fossil fuel noise, try hearing protection.

Lincoln Rock State Park is far enough out of Wenatchee and the main roads that the fossil fuel noise from the dinosaurs that roam the asphalt on both sides of the river won't keep you up at night.

For a super kewl site about the flora and fauna or the east side of the Cascades, check out Bentler.us. If you enjoy nature like critters and wildflowers this is the place for you. This region EXPLODES in color in the spring.

Fishing Reports, Stocking Reports & Fish Counts from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Things your need to know.
Read Me disclaimer, warnings, paddle at your own risk.

Click for Wenatchee, Washington Forecast

See some of the weather conditions in Washington State by viewing Web Cams in diffefrent locaitons before you head out paddling.

View Columbia River in a larger map

Topographic Map of area. from the USGS store.

Approximate distance from:
Seattle 151 miles.
Everett 126 miles.
Bellingham 187 miles.
Vancouver Canada 237 miles .
Spokane 155 miles.

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Region: Columbia River

Overall rating: 5 paddles.

Launch: Free launch.

Launch rating: 5 paddles.

Parking: Free parking if you don't use the trailer area. No designated long term parking. Washington State public lands parking permit

Miscellaneous Novice and up. If you don't know it by now, cold water requires some protective gear like a wetsuit.

Route Distance: varies 4 miles around the island.

Highlights: Marmots in the spring, island exploration and SCENIC, sunshine and peace.

Warnings: COLD WATER, far less noise than Confluence in Wenatchee. River currents and WIND. Summer heat and boating traffic.

Fossil fuel noise levels: 2 on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the loudest.

Facilities: Restrooms, water, cells work for emergencies.

Services: Fuel and some quickie mart grub and supplies at the gas station outside and south of the park within walking distance.

Budget accommodations: Tent,Cabin,Hostels,Kayak Camps,RV,Yurt.


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Last Update: 05.22.11 5:11am