Washington state has some really incredible state parks, and Potholes State Park is an amazing place to visit. Sitting on close to 800 acres, it is aptly named for the geological features of the area. Ice Age activity left a pattern of divots and channels through the area, and since the construction of the O’Sullivan Dam the landscape has a definitive series of “pothole” lakes. These smaller pothole lakes are about 30-45 minutes away from the actual state park though, as it borders the deeper waters more suitable for boating and fishing as pointed out by the Washington State Parks website.
Animals can be found aplenty during certain times of the year, and that includes eagles, owls, geese, and various mammals that wander through the park. It is also nearby the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, which can make for a nice drive while in the area. Wildlife can be found wandering through the arid brushland, finding food or drinking from the freshwater pools. People can camp at Potholes, and according to www.stateparks.com it features 61 tent spaces, and 60 utility spaces. There are also a handful of cabins available to rent, and pets are allowed in certain cabins with an extra fee.
Referring back to Washington State Parks the fishing is pretty solid, and features large mouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, and yellow perch. Also plenty of open water for the people that simply want to get out in the boats and feel the air. When looking to the air, visitors can expect to see a plethora of birds. Small birds such as plovers and killdeer can be seen darting about the grass, while raptors such as owls and eagles will be seen during certain times of the year. A wide open park area has picnic tables scattered about, and there are also 2 covered stations for people to eat if needed. Several miles of hiking trails are great for park visitors after they have seen the immaculate waterfront. Being a state park, visitors do need to either have a Discover Pass or purchase a day or year pass from the automated kiosk on site.
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