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Lost Lake: RV paradise in the Western Washington
By Karl Webber

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Catch a trout on Lost Lake.
The setting for Washington's Lost Lake RV Resort looks like it was stolen from your childís favorite summer camp. It's set in tall pines with a serene 11-acre trout lake, log cabin clubhouse and deck right along the shore overlooking the peaceful setting. Spacious RV sites woven throughout the 130-acre park look straight out of a master plan for a National Park.

This is one beautiful place and RVers can buy a little piece of it for their seasonal home for a fraction of what some of the fancy RV resorts in Arizona
RV sites are in the forest or on a sunny bluff
or Florida demand. The idea, says owner Jeff Graham, is to provide a summer home for RVers who winter in the south. Many of the initial residents have come from one large park in Arizona, where the word got out on Lost Lake and the RVers responded.

"Why donít you advertise with the Arizona park to get some more business?" I asked Jeff. "Donít need to," he said. "I already have five salesmen there!" Jeff is sure word-of-mouth will keep a steady flow of new residents, and he's probably right.

Enjoy your favorite beverage at the clubhouse
Lost Lake is a 20-minute drive south of Tacoma, Wash., in the Nisqually Valley, about five minutes east of I-5, and only 50 minutes away from Seattle. But once there, it's hard to tell you're not 100 miles away from traffic and the city.

The resort was built 25 years ago as a membership RV park. But it fell into disrepair and eventually went out of business.

Deeded lots sell from about $25,000 to $50,000. For about $80,000 you can buy a log-cabin-style park model, with space along the side for an RV. The park models could not be cuter ó if that's the word. If I didnít already live close by, I may have allowed my "love at first sight" feelings to get the best of me and plop down a down payment.

Swim year round in the indoor-outdoor pool
Most of the RV lots are in the forest setting, but others are being developed on a sunny bluff with a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier in the distance. If the ol' volcano decides to blow one day, these folks are going to be hosting BYOB tailgate parties ó "bring your own binoculars."

Park models are rustic and comfy.
Amenities include an indoor outdoor swimming pool and spa, fitness center, library (in a historic cabin on the property), mini-golf, volleyball and basketball courts, game room, WiFi Internet service, 30 and 50 amp electrical service, free garbage pickup, and group picnic areas. A championship public golf course is a five-minute drive away. Anglers can buy an annual fishing pass for $100. The lake is stocked regularly with rainbow trout: It's not uncommon for a resident to pull out a 20-incher.

Learn more about Lost Lake by visiting its website at www.llrvr.com or by calling 1-888-220-Lake.

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