Steamboat Rock State Park
Steamboat Rock is a butte of basalt formation which rises 800 feet above Banks Lake. The butte was originally an island in the ancient Columbia River route but when the river changed course after the Ice Age, the massive rock remained as a landmark. The state park is full of activities and improvements are constantly making the park more interesting. There are several camp areas and a large day use area surrounded by poplar trees. You can hike, boat, fish, swim, horseback ride, water ski, scuba dive, wind surf, or fly a kite. Facilities include camp sites, hot showers, picnic tables, playground equipment, swimming beach, volleyball, bath house, snack shop and boat ramp. A new bike trail snakes around all the campsites making travel fun for families heading to the waterfront area. New cabin rentals are also available.
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Twelve miles south of Electric City on State Highway 155. The park is open year round for camping and day use.
There are two main hiking areas. Steamboat Rock has several trails and Northrup Canyon which is a few miles from the main state park, on Highway 155 to the north.
Hike the trail to the top of Steamboat Rock where multiple trails take you to different vistas over Banks Lake and the surrounding area.
Northrup Canyon is a few miles from the main state park, on Highway 155. Two trails leave the trailhead, one up a road built in the late 1800s used by stage coaches and wagons that winds through Northrop canyon. The other to Northrop Lake.
State Park from Steamboat Rock
Main road through Steamboat Rock State Park
Grass fields in the day use area
Kids play equipment
Park Map showing the Steamboat Rock area and the Northrup Creek Area