Outdoors

Weekend Getaway: Park yourself at Taidnapam

What: Taidnapam Park (pronounced tide-nuh-pom) is a Tacoma Power park that is popular with RVers and fishermen. On the banks of Riffe Lake, the park is open all year for camping and is a good place to land cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout. The park’s most unique feature is its fishing bridge. Anglers can drop a line into the lake from the wheelchair accessible bridge. An abundance of hiking trails can be found near the campground.

When: The park is open all year except Dec. 20 to Jan. 1.

Where: On Riffe Lake near Glenoma.

Getting there: Follow U.S. 12 about five miles east of Morton to Kosmos Road. Turn right and then left on Champion Haul Road and continue to the park.

Cost: Campsites are $28 for full utility, $27 for water and electricity hookups or $15 for a tent site.

History: More than 4,600 years ago the Cowlitz and Yakama tribes inhabited the area, according to the Tacoma Power Web site. An interpretive display is at the park.

Also: The park has day-use kitchen shelters, picnic tables, grills, a horseshoe pit and a play structure for kids. There is a fish-cleaning station for anglers and 67 campsites. The park is near 30-acre Glenoma Community Park, which is mostly used for its baseball fields. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis until May 14. Reservations are accepted May 15-Sept. 15.

More information: 360-497-7707 or visit www.mytpu.org/tacomapower/parks-rec. Starting May 15, call toll-free 1-888-226-7688 for reservations.

Craig Hill, staff writer

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