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Alta Lake State Park
The Park is a 181-acre camping park where the mountainous pine forests meet the desert. Alta Lake is about two miles long and a half mile wide. The park offers good trout fishing during summer months. The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity, plus two sheltered and 18 unsheltered picnic tables. All day-use facilities are first-come, first-served. 2 boat ramps, 60 feet of dock, Fishing, Swimming. Water Skiing and Sailboarding are popular with park visitors.  Water-skiing can be dangerous on this small lake. There are waterskiing opportunities four miles away on the Columbia River in Pateros. From Pateros, drive two miles west on Hwy. 153. Turn left on Alta Lake Road. Continue two miles to the park. 
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Winter: Closed Nov. 1, reopens March 18.
Brewster Legion Park
The City of Brewster is very proud of its Parks system.  Brewster boasts waterfront parks with docks and a boat launch, gazebos, several sports fields, a community center and public swimming pool. Brewster's park gazebos are available for rent for special occasions for a nominal fee.  
Brewster Columbia Cove Park
The park is directly adjacent to the beautiful Columbia River, Columbia Cove Park and boat launch.  The RV Park is now open for the season May through October 2006. Think of us for your next reunion, club get together or just a weekend away from home. Also check out Brewster Waterfront Trail
Water Skiing
Pateros offers everything you need for boating, rafting, water-skiing, wake boarding, and jet skiing. There are 8 docks and also two boat launches at Waterfront Park in Pateros.
Fishing around Pateros and Brewster
The upper Columbia River and the Methow River are open for Steelheading. The opening date changes yearly (typically mid-Sept. through Early Oct.). Salmon fishing has been open seasonally a short distance from Pateros. The Columbia River produces a variety of fish including, Walleye, Trout and Bass. Check with the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for all opening dates and regulations. There are other lakes close to Pateros such as Alta and Rat Lakes which are stocked with Rainbow Trout.
Bird watching & Hiking
The Pateros area is a paradise for bird watchers. Large numbers of neo-tropical migrants move through this area spring and fall and large numbers of hawks work the ridge line between Lake Chelan and the Methow valley, just above Pateros. A Hawk Watch station operates on this ridge yearly doing counts and banding. Broad winged hawks have been seen here, as well as Hawk owls, but most of the migration is Coopers and Sharp shinned hawks. The area has nesting Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Golden eagles, Swainson hawks and Kestrels. Wintering populations of everything from Lapland Longspurs to Gyrfalcons occur here. There are several thousand acres of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife managed public lands within 4 miles of Pateros that allow hiking and bird watching.
Hunting  Bird & Deer
More than 80% of Okanogan county is public land and open to hunting during the open seasons, Lake Pateros has excellent hunting for ducks and geese and Dept. of Fish and Wildlife lands (over 7,000 acres) nearby on the Columbia river are managed for upland birds (pheasant, valley quail, chukar, and huns).

The area is also home to large populations of black bear and cougar and there are long seasons available for hunting. See your Washington hunting pamphlet for the details.

Not only are you welcome to snowmobile on the streets of Pateros, you can also access the Black Canyon (8mi.) and Gold Creek (16mi.) Sno-Parks with just a short drive from Pateros. Both sno-parks give you access to literally hundreds of miles of trails. There are many other parks and trail systems that can be reached easily in less than an hour from Pateros.
Visit Alta Lake Golf Resort for beautiful greens, comfortable lodging and breath-taking views!
Contact the Pateros Chamber of Commerce for additional information.

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