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					                       Alternative approaches to resolve issues at Lake Wenatchee State Park
                                                        Revised Friday, April 14, 2006

After reviewing the issues identified in stage one of the planning process, the State Parks planning team has developed the following
“alternative approaches” document. This document outlines a range of alternative approaches that could be used to address each issue
previously raised by the public and our planning team. We are now asking for your comments. We are hoping that the public will look at
this "alternatives" document and tell us which approach they prefer for each issue.

For Lake Wenatchee, the planning team has decided to take the issues raised and frame them in two alternative approaches:
       1. “Natural Resource Protection and Interpretation”- a more “natural” approach that leans more towards preservation of the park’s
       natural environment and existing infrastructure (as opposed to promoting new development).
       2. “Regional Recreation Service Center”- an approach that still protects the park’s natural environment, but places more emphasis
       on the park’s role as an important recreation and recreational support services provider in the area.

Note: We are not presenting a “preferred proposal” at this stage- just a range of possibilities for you to comment on. It is wide open at this
point- nothing has been finalized! We want you to help us decide how to deal with each issue. We will then take your recommendations
(and the recommendations of staff) and put together our preliminary recommendations to present to our State Parks Commission and again
to the public. Once this input is gathered, we will consider further suggestions and put together our final recommendations.

You may either send comments by mail or e-mail to Bruce Beyerl (see contact information below)
Please submit comments by April 28.

As a reminder, the process in which you are involved is designed to comply with State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) (WAC 352-11).
Any comments you provide that help State Parks identify environmental issues to be analyzed as it considers alternatives will be most
welcome. That will help State Parks determine the overall environmental impacts of its actions.

If you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact Bruce Beyerl at:

E-mail: lake.wenatchee.planning@parks.wa.gov
Phone: (509) 663-9730
Fax: (509) 663-9754
Mail: 2201 N. Duncan Dr. Wenatchee, WA 98801
Lake Wenatchee Issues and Alternatives
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                                            Lake Wenatchee State Park
                           Issue Areas, Information to Consider, Alternative Approaches
                                                  April 14, 2006
Issue Area         Public/Staff Comments   Alternative Emphasis: Regional                Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                   and/or Information      Recreation Service Center                     Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION
RESOURCE
ISSUES

Expansion of ski                           Attempt to secure a management agreement Maintain current north end ski trail network.
and mountain                               for extension of the park’s cross-country
bike trail                                 ski trails through the YMCA property. If
network                                    the property becomes available for
                                           purchase, consider acquiring it.


                                           Develop/designate more trails for             Do not develop new mountain bike trails.
                                           mountain biking on both State Parks
                                           property and appropriate surrounding
                                           lands.


                                           Expand the groomed cross-country              Provide modest increases in runs and
                                           program from the current 25 kilometer trail   interconnect existing runs. Retain the primary
                                           network serving primarily beginning and       focus on beginning skiers.
                                           intermediate skiers, to a larger network
                                           (including trails on adjacent private and
                                           public lands) serving a full range of skill
                                           levels.
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Issue Area         Public/Staff Comments       Alternative Emphasis: Regional                 Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                   and/or Information          Recreation Service Center                      Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION
RESOURCE
ISSUES (cont.)


Expansion of                                   Explore the possibility of purchasing /        Maintain current campground.
recreation                                     leasing / trading USFS Nason Creek
opportunities                                  Campground property and assume
and consistency                                operation.
of operations

                                               Explore the possibility of constructing        Keep Sno-park facilities at present level
                                               additional Sno-parks (possibly at Butcher
                                               Creek and the Lake Wenatchee airstrip) for
                                               skier access- include parking and vault
                                               toilets.


                                               Add accessible winter camping RV               Continue offering “dry” winter RV camping
                                               hookups.


Expansion of       Adding visitor services     Explore the possibility of operating a joint   Continue current visitor information services.
visitor services   will be very difficult at   State Parks/USFS visitor center at a
                   present staffing levels.    location to be determined.


                                               Add more visitor services- interpretive        Add more visitor services- interpretive
                                               programs, staff-lead hikes, law                programs, staff-lead hikes, law enforcement
                                               enforcement patrols. Develop “canned”          patrols.
                                               programs for presentation to schools and
                                               local groups.
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Issue Area           Public/Staff Comments          Alternative Emphasis: Regional                  Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                     and/or Information             Recreation Service Center                       Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION
RESOURCES
ISSUES (cont.)


Improvement of                                      Develop improved communication of               Develop improved communication of current
winter recreation                                   current snow conditions and trail grooming      snow conditions and trail grooming
visitor                                             information for the public.                     information for the public.
information
programs


Expansion of                                        Support a partnership to add a series of        Continue grooming Nason Ridge ski trail, but
winter recreation                                   warming huts on the Nason Ridge ski trail.      do not add facilities.
facilities


Connectivity         Capital and major              Construct a trail connection between north      Do not construct new bridge.
between north        maintenance project            and south park areas, which may include a
and south park       planning will take into        pedestrian and/or a vehicle bridge across
                     account the latest             Wenatchee River to provide connection
                     sustainability practices and   between north and south park (hiking,
                     policies.                      skiing, day-use access from north park
                                                    etc.). At present, visitors and staff have to
                                                    travel between the two sections of the park
                                                    by using Highway 207.


Adding more                                         Construct two new shelters.                     Do not construct new facilities
day-use facilities
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Issue Area        Public/Staff Comments   Alternative Emphasis: Regional               Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                  and/or Information      Recreation Service Center                    Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION                                Construct new group camp and cabin area      Maintain existing group camp. Do not add
RESOURCE                                  in NW corner of park (all-season use).       cabins.
ISSUES (cont.)


Improve roads,                            Finish road paving, including south          Finish road paving. Maintain ADA sites and
ADA sites, and                            campground, ADA sites, and trails that go    trails in a more natural condition (that still
trails surfaces                           from ADA sites to the restrooms.             meets ADA requirements).


Replace/renovat                           Replace enclosed kitchen shelter to serve    Maintain existing shelter
e aging park                              picnickers, winter campers, and events
facilities                                (such as weddings).


                                          Replace playground equipment at North
                                          Beach.


                                          Replace #9 and #10 restrooms.


                                          Upgrade restrooms where possible:
                                          showers, sinks, towel racks, shelves,
                                          lighting, solar panels.


                                          Renovate campsites in north and south        Renovate campsites in north and south parks-
                                          park areas. Install defined tent pads        install defined tent pads to reduce damage to
                                          (including some larger pads to allow for     vegetation / soil compaction, add parking
                                          large family tents), add parking barriers.   barriers.
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Issue Area        Public/Staff Comments         Alternative Emphasis: Regional                 Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                  and/or Information            Recreation Service Center                      Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION
RESOURCE
ISSUES(cont.)


Silting in of                                   Investigate the feasibility of renovating the Allow continued reduction in the size of the
swim beach                                      beach to counter the effects of silting- swim swim area- let nature take its course.
                                                area is shrinking. Might include dredging
                                                and/or moving buoys further out from the
                                                beach.


Add overnight     Issues to be decided           Construct up to 25 cabins in the south park   Do not construct cabins.
accommodations    include whether cabins         area. Number of cabins and location to be
– cabins          should be given the best       determined.
                  existing campsite areas
                  (waterfront sites) which
                  would maximize income,
                  or be located in less
                  desirable locations in order
                  to not create a two-tiered
                  “elitist” set of
                  accommodations for park
                  visitors. Location should
                  also take into consideration
                  if it is desirable to separate
                  cabins, utility sites and tent
                  sites from each other.
                  The exact number and
                  “type” of cabins to be
                  constructed also need to be
                  decided.
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Issue Area        Public/Staff Comments         Alternative Emphasis: Regional               Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                  and/or Information            Recreation Service Center                    Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION
RESOURCE
ISSUES, (cont.)


Recreational      Present campgrounds are       Redesign and renovate campground             Retain existing design for campgrounds.
Design –          very heavily used, which is   (roadway width, site length and width, and
campground        resulting in soil             adding utilities) to accommodate and
improvements      compaction, soil              encourage more use by large RV’s.
                  compaction, and damage to
                  trees.
                                                Consider constructing new campground at      Maintain existing campground. Explore
                                                location to be determined.                   possibility of modifying WAC to allow park
                                                                                             staff to lower the maximum number of people
                                                                                             allowed per campsite to relieve overcrowding
                                                                                             concerns.


                                                Convert more campsites into ADA sites        Convert the number of standard campsites into
                                                than called for by ADA standards.            ADA campsites called for by ADA standards.



                                                Add walk-in campsites or set aside areas     Set aside areas for tent-only camping.
                                                for tent-only camping.


                                                Add more vegetative privacy screening        Retain as much vegetative screening between
                                                between campsites.                           campsites as possible to increase privacy.


                                                Add more hookup sites, including sewer       Retain the present number of water and
                                                hookups when feasible.                       electrical hookups (and do not add sewer
                                                                                             hookups) to minimize environmental damage.
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Issue Area        Public/Staff Comments   Alternative Emphasis: Regional             Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                  and/or Information      Recreation Service Center                  Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION
RESOURCE
ISSUES (cont.)
                                          Add electricity and water hookups to       Retain the present number of electricity and
                                          appropriate ADA sites. Some ADA sites      water hookups to ADA sites to minimize
                                          will still be standard sites.              environmental damage.


                                          Consider moving picnic tables at ADA       Consider moving picnic tables at ADA sites
                                          sites closer to parking pads to limit      closer to parking pads to limit distance needed
                                          distance needed to travel.                 to travel.


                                          Add surface material to campsites (sand,   Retain present natural/dirt campsite surface.
                                          gravel, woodchips) to improve
                                          “cleanliness” of sites.


                                          Construct another group camp area to       Do not add another group camp and retain as
                                          accommodate more large groups.             much undeveloped area as possible.


                                          Consider allowing more cars to park in     Keep the present rules on extra vehicles to
                                          campsites if size of parking pad allows.   avoid the chance of environmental
                                                                                     degradation.
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Issue Area         Public/Staff Comments   Alternative Emphasis: Regional                Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                   and/or Information      Recreation Service Center                     Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION
RESOURCE
ISSUES (cont.)


Recreation                                 Support the development of a regional trail
Facilities –                               system connecting park with proposed
connectivity                               Wenatchee to Leavenworth trail.
with regional
trail system


Recreation                                 Consider adding a canoe/small boat rental
facilities-                                concession.
boating services
improvements


Recreation                                 Construct more information boards or          Limit new development- keep character of the
facilities-                                kiosks to dispense orientation information.   park as natural as possible. Many people are
improve visitor                                                                          attracted to the park because of its natural
information and                            Develop more play areas and facilities for    qualities.
facilities                                 volleyball and horseshoes.

                                           Develop a concession stand on the north
                                           side.

                                           Add more parking near beach and widen
                                           road by beach to ease congestion.
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Issue Area        Public/Staff Comments   Alternative Emphasis: Regional              Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                  and/or Information      Recreation Service Center                   Protection and Interpretation
RECREATION
RESOURCE
ISSUES, (cont.)


Recreation                                Create more defined trails between          Create more defined trails between campsites
facilities-                               campsites and restrooms.                    and restrooms to reduce off-trail traffic.
improving
existing trails
                                          Consider using wood rail fences to define   Leave trails in a more natural condition.
                                          sides of trails and construct benches to
                                          place along some trails.


                                          Add/improve trail signage.                  Add/improve trail signage.


                                          Improve trail surfacing materials- use a    Leave existing trail surfaces natural- dirt or
                                          formal surface such as gravel.              wood chips.

NATURAL
RESOURCE
ISSUES

Protection of                             Any new trails or development will          Any new trails or development will comply
wetlands                                  comply with state and federal wetlands      with state and federal wetlands regulations and
(riverine)                                regulations and policies.                   policies. Minimize impacts on wetlands by
                                                                                      locating trail systems and other recreation
                                                                                      activities and facilities away from critical
                                                                                      areas and explore opportunities to enhance
                                                                                      wetland habitat.
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Issue Area        Public/Staff Comments         Alternative Emphasis: Regional                   Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                  and/or Information            Recreation Service Center                        Protection and Interpretation
NATURAL
RESOURCE
ISSUES (cont.)


Protection of                                   Any new trails or development will               Any new trails or development will comply
animal                                          comply with regulations and policies             with regulations and policies regarding
communities                                     regarding protection of wildlife, especially     protection of wildlife, especially protection of
                                                protection of threatened or endangered           threatened or endangered species.
                                                species.                                         Minimize impacts on habitat by locating trail
                                                                                                 systems and other recreation activities and
                                                                                                 facilities away from critical areas and explore
                                                                                                 opportunities to enhance habitat (such as
                                                                                                 installing Osprey poles).


Forest            Mixed coniferous              Continue forest fuels reduction/vegetation       Continue forest fuels reduction/vegetation
health/forest     (Ponderosa pine, Douglas      management program. As much as                   management program. In the long term,
fuels reduction   fir and Grand Fir) forest     possible, divert trails or provide alternative   execute program to gradually return the forest
                  has grown denser and more     recreation opportunities when forest             environment to a more natural pre-fire
                  prone to disease because of   management programs interfere with               suppression condition.
                  increased fire suppression    recreation activities.                           Provide fire safety education to park visitors
                  efforts during the last       Provide fire safety education to park            as part of the park’s interpretive program.
                  century.                      visitors as part of the park’s interpretive
                                                program.
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Issue Area         Public/Staff Comments   Alternative Emphasis: Regional               Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                   and/or Information      Recreation Service Center                    Protection and Interpretation
NATURAL
RESOURCE
ISSUES (cont.)


Protection of                              Trade the property east and north of the     Trade the property east and north of the
adjacent                                   Highway 207 Wenatchee River bridge to        Wenatchee River bridge to the USFS or retain
property that is                           the USFS or retain as a buffer.              as a buffer.
consistent with
park
management                                 Work with Forest Service to prevent          Work with Forest Service to prevent intense
objectives                                 intense development on property south of     development on property south of Cedar Brae
                                           Cedar Brae Road. Consider possible use of    Road. Consider possible use of management
                                           management agreements, conservation          agreements, conservation easements, purchase
                                           easements, purchase of development rights,   of development rights, or purchase of property
                                           or purchase of property as options to        as options to accomplish this purpose.
                                           accomplish this purpose.


                                           Acquire the property that residence #4 and   Acquire the property that residence #4 and #5 is
                                           #5 is located on by purchase or trade with   located on by purchase or trade with the Forest
                                           the Forest Service.                          Service.


                                                                                        Explore the possibility of trading or surplusing
                                                                                        small parcel south of Nason Creek
                                                                                        campground.
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Issue Area        Public/Staff Comments   Alternative Emphasis: Regional                Alternative Emphasis: Natural Resource
                  and/or Information      Recreation Service Center                     Protection and Interpretation
CULTURAL
RESOURCE
ISSUES


Protection of                             Conduct archaeological surveys prior to       Conduct archaeological surveys prior to any
Native American                           any development activities. Continue to       development activities. Continue to consult
cultural and                              consult with Tribes that may have an          with Tribes that may have an interest in the
archaeological                            interest in the archaeological and cultural   archaeological and cultural resources in the
sites                                     resources in the state park.                  state park.
                                          State Parks staff will follow the direction   State Parks staff will follow the direction
                                          contained in the Washington State Parks       contained in the Washington State Parks and
                                          and Recreation Commission’s Cultural          Recreation Commission’s Cultural Resources
                                          Resources Policy 12-98-1.                     Policy 12-98-1.

				
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