What: Alder Lake Park is a 161-acre is a park with play toys for kids and a campground with year-round (except Dec. 20-Jan. 1) availability. The park, run by Tacoma Power, has group camping areas as large as 20 sites. One of the park's biggest attractions is the 330-foot Alder Dam.
Getting there: Follow state Route 7 south to Alder. Turn south on School Road and follow the signs to the park.
Cost: $5 for day-use parking. Campsites range from $21 to $28.
Of note: There are 173 individual campsites. Some of the campsites are located farther down the lake at Rocky Point. Sunny Beach Point is a popular destination for swimmers in the summer but it is closed Sept. 16-May 14. The park has a playground, open areas, a picnic shelter and grills. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at Stacel Point. The park has two boat launches and coin-operated showers. Anglers can fish for species such as rainbow and cutthroat trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie and bullhead catfish.
History: Alder Dam was built in 1945.
Information: Call 360-569-2778 or visit www.mytpu.org/ tacomapower/parks-rec/alder -lake-park/Default.htm