Dec 26, 2000
By Mike and Susan Emerson
Alta Lake is a 170 acre lake located in Okanogan County, about 1 1/2 miles west of Pateros on Hwy. 153. It was planted with 36,000 rainbow fry in the Spring of 2000; no larger plants were put in. The lake is a deep, clear oval lake with mountainous cliffs on one side and the State Park, a resort and homes on the other side and ends. Can get windy as the picture of the boat launch shows. Trolling along the rocks using a small spinner such as a rooster tail can be productive. If you use leaded line, go down 2 colors. During the hot summer season, the lake is taken over by jet skis and skiers so go early in the season and early in the morning. On the summer holiday weekend, fishing (other than extremely early in the morning) is non existent as the fish go to the
bottom and stay there because of all the activity on the water during the day. There is a State Park at the north end of the lake and a resort at the south end. Many private homes are located on the lake, also. The State Park offers a lot of standard campsites along with a few utility sites. There is a store, restrooms and a nice swimming beach. The boat launch access is near the entrance of the park.
20 picnic sites, 148 standard campsites, 32 utility campsites with electricity, 9 group campsites (capacity 88 people), 2 kitchen shelters, 3 comfort stations, 300 feet of beach, 2 boat launch ramps, 2 residences, 1 seasonal residence, shop, hiking trail 0.6 mile long, a bathhouse, a boat launch dock and a trailer dump.
Picnicking, camping, bird watching, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, fishing, scuba diving, boating, water skiing and swimming.