Family histories take root at state parks

April 30, 2018

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Once the Andersons discovered Alta Lake State Park in the 1950s, the family was hooked.

On Saturday, Tom Anderson made his 60th pilgrimage to Alta Lake State Park in north central Washington, where his family and friends have celebrated the first weekend of fishing season since 1959. Known to the park and surrounding towns as the Alta Anglers, the original two-family group from Kirkland now counts an average annual attendance of more than 100 people.

The Anglers are but one group of multi-generational family and friends that make annual treks to Washington state parks. Most arrive in caravans of cars, campers and recreational vehicles. In the case of the Alta Anglers, members come from all over Washington, as well as from Phoenix, Dallas, San Diego and New Zealand, to attend the event.

Other Washington state parks are also well-known first date spots and coveted wedding venues to which couples return for anniversaries or vow renewals.

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