Alta Lake & Bridgeport State Parks – Stage 3 Preliminary Recommendations
Development of long-range plans for Alta Lake and Bridgeport is underway, following the agency’s Classification and Management Planning (CAMP) process. Stage 1 captured the issues the plan should consider, Stage 2 included lands use plans based on alternative approaches for addressing the issues identified in Stage 1, and Stage 3 includes one set of preliminary recommendations for each park. These reflect feedback heard from the public and other interested parties in Stage 2. Stage 3 comments informed the final recommendation, which is scheduled for action by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on November 19, 2020. Note that this the schedule could change due to COVID-19 response.
The plan identifies land classifications for the existing recreation areas in each park, as well as potential purpose and land use classification for any new lands that are identified in the long-term boundary for Alta Lake. There are no long-term boundary changes proposed for Bridgeport State Park.
Melinda Posner, Parks Planner Project Lead P.O. Box 42650 Olympia, WA 98504
The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.
At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established; rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.
STAGE THREE – PREPARING PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS
The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.
At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.
Tucked into the hills between Winthrop and Lake Chelan, Alta Lake State Park is a 174-acre camping park where mountainous pine forests meet the desert. It has long been a hub for anglers, water sports enthusiasts and families that love to camp. The lake is about 2 miles long and a half-mile wide and offers good trout fishing, conditional water skiing, and windsurfing during summer months. Lake Chelan, with its many activities, is 30 minutes away.
Bridgeport State Park is a 622-acre camping park with 7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on Rufus Woods Lake. Set directly behind Chief Joseph Dam, the park provides 18 acres of lawn and a bit of shade in the midst of a desert terrain. To find out more about Bridgeport State Park, visit http://www.parks.state.wa.us/480/Bridgeport.