Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum Recreational Area

Update Dec. 2014: Repairs are now completed on the Wanapum reservoir. The launch area in Wanapum State Park is now open daily. The visitor center is open by appointment only.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park is a 7,470-acre park with year-round camping at Wanapum Recreational Area. The park features 27,000-feet of freshwater shoreline on the Wanapum Reservoir on the Columbia River. Petrified wood was discovered in the region in the early 1930s, which led to creation of the park as a national historic preserve. Ginkgo Petrified Forest is a registered national natural landmark. It is regarded as one of the most unusual fossil forests in the world.
Gingko Petrified Forest Interpretive Center, part of the Wanapum area, is open weekends and holidays.
 
  
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
There are 57 unsheltered picnic tables, available first come, first served. The park is heavily used during Gorge concert season, and fills early on weekends.

Activities
Trails
  • 3 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
  • Boating
  • Boat ramp
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Personal watercraft
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
Other Activities & Features
  • Bird watching
  • Interpretive activities
  • Museum
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
The Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center offers spectacular views of the Columbia River, Sentinel Gap and surrounding Ice Age flood-carved basalt landscape. Indoor exhibits tell the geologic story of the Vantage Petrified Forest and display one of the most diverse petrified wood collections in North America. Admission is by donation.

The Trees of Stone Interpretive Trailhead, located two miles west of the interpretive center, guides you through an ancient fossil bed with nearly two-dozen petrified logs exposed along this one-mile loop trail. Along the trail you also will find ice-rafted erratics remaining from Ice Age floodwaters thousands of years ago.

The Cove Recreation Area, located one-and-a-half miles south of the Wanapum campground, offers a half-mile, self-guided interpretive trail along Johnston Creek.

For more information regarding tours and programs, call the park at 509-856-2700.

Additional Information
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.