Alta Lake and Bridgeport CAMP

What follows is a summary of the final recommendations adopted for each park and then a summary of the CAMP process stages.Alta Lake & Bridgeport State Parks 

In November 2019, a Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) was completed for Alta Lake and Bridgeport state parks.

The final CAMP plan and Information related to the CAMP planning process can be found below. You can visit the Alta Lake and Bridgeport state parks web pages by clicking on the park name.

What follows is a quick summary of the CAMP stages and then a summary of the recommendations adopted for each park. 

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Alta Lake and Bridgeport CAMP Recommendations

Alta Lake Classification and Management Plan

Land Classification and Long-Term Boundary Recommendations

The Commission approved classification of Alta Lake as a combination of three land classifications: Recreation, Resource Recreation and Natural areas. These are graphically represented on the map below.  The long-term boundary recommendations for the south end of the lake offer an opportunity to expand the offerings at Alta Lake State Park, which is currently limited to the existing developed footprint. It is the logical next place to expand recreational use; will protect views and the recreation experience both in and around the lake; provides an opportunity to offer non-motorized boating access away from the boat ramp at the north end of the lake, which is well-used by motorized boats; and provides a front-country gateway to the backcountry to the southeast. 

Alta Lake Final Recommendations

Bridgeport Classification and Management Plan

One of the most important issues to address in the Bridgeport was to identify opportunities for re-use of the park property that was previously used as a golf course. The CAMP process generated significant feedback about future use of the area including continued trail use along the “links” and other recreation uses consistent with the lease agreement State Parks holds with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The public supports continued use of the area as a landscaped green space, expanded camping and day-use where both types of visitors will enjoy river views, trail development and space for interpretive programming and events. These opportunities will all be supported by the commission’s adoption of the CAMP.

Map showing Bridgeport Land Classification and Long-Term Boundary Recommendations

Final Documents



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.


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.