Friday, January 6, 2006
WENATCHEE - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced that Squilchuck State Park is open on a limited basis for winter snow play, which includes sledding, inner tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This is a pilot program initiated in response to public demand.
Two areas are designated for sledding: one for adults and older kids and an area for young children. The park has six miles of trails for cross-country skiers. For the latest trail and snow conditions, call Wenatchee Confluence State Park at (509) 664-6373.
Park hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through Feb. 20. Snow conditions might affect the schedule, so visitors should call Wenatchee Confluence before they make the trip there. The cost is $5 for the parking fee. Squilchuck is not an official Sno-Park, so Sno-Park passes are not valid. Snowboards, metal-edged sleds, downhill skiing, snowmobiles, horses and alcohol are prohibited at the park.
The park is available for private day use on days when it is closed to the general public, and a lodge is available to rent for private parties. Call (509) 664-6373 for reservations.
Squilchuck State Park is a 288-acre camping park covered with forests of fir and ponderosa pine. The park, which sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet, is nine miles southwest of Wenatchee.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 120 parks and several recreation programs, including boating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.