Although I’d been to the Methow Valley many times before, we were first introduced to Pearrygin Lake State Park last September by our friends, Pam and David, when we camped there for 2 nights. The days were HOT and the nights were COLD (near freezing) which led to our purchase of the T@B.
As per the official site, “The State Park is a 743-acre camping park in the Methow Valley in north central Washington. The park features expansive green lawns leading to 11,000 feet of waterfront on Pearrygin Lake. The lake offers swimming, fishing and boating. Old willows and ash provide shade on hot summer days.”
Their description doesn’t begin to do Pearrygin Lake justice, nor does the word ‘beautiful’.
Kayaking on a glassy Pearrygin Lake in the early morning surrounded by leaping trout, and looking at balsam root and lupine covered foothills with vistas of the magnificent snow-capped Cascades to the west, the area almost perfection.
Sitting in the sun at the campsite watching marmots and ground squirrels play and red winged blackbirds defend their patch from crows and robins is sheer heaven.
Discovering the flutist reveling in his solo practice in the group camp area at the east end of the lake was one of life’s more precious moments.
If you’re planning to camp in or around Winthrop and the Methow Valley – I highly recommmend passing on the KOA and venturing 4 miles past Winthrop to Pearrygin Lake State Park and more specifically, the East A+B Loops.
Here are some more of our pictures of Pearrygin Lake State Park, both from September 2008 and May 2009.