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Blue Lake Creek Campground, WA

part ofGifford Pinchot National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BLUE LAKE CREEK (WA)
Status: Closed through Sun Nov 23 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

In a well-shaded location among maple trees and ferns, Blue Lake Creek Campground offers open, grassy spaces with sites that can accommodate both tents and RVs with a small brook that babbles through the campground.

Both Blue Lake and the Cispus River can be reached from multi-use trails leaving the campground, making this location popular among hikers, mountain bikers and OHV riders.

Natural Features:

Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses over 1.3 million acres, including the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982.

Blue Lake Creek Campground is located in the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

This Ranger District manages four Wilderness Areas including the Goat Rocks Wilderness, Glacier View Wilderness, Tatoosh Wilderness and William O Douglass Wilderness.

The Cispus River runs nearby the campground and can be accessed via a short hike. Blue Lake, a small mountain lake with beautiful turquoise waters, can also be reached by via a trail leaving the campground.

Recreation:

There is direct access to the Valley Trail, which is used by OHV riders, mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. Valley Trail offers a network of over 50 miles of OHV trails.

The shorter High Log Trail is only open to foot traffic and connects with the Cispus River, where fishing and other water activities abound.

Hikers looking to explore the stunning scenery of Blue Lake, can take the Valley Trail #270 to the Blue Lake Trail, which leads visitors on a trek of moderate difficulty to Blue Lake, where fishing and beautiful mountain landscapes await.

Facilities:

The campground consists of 11 back in sites with paved parking spurs that vary from 20 to 30 feet in length. Due to its popularity among OHV riders, Blue Lake Creek can become noisy when trail bikes come and go.

Minimal privacy is provided between sites. Hookups and drinking water are not available at this facility, however there are picnic tables, grills and vault toilets available on site.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
Know Before You Go
  • Water is not available at this campground.

  • No ATVS or OHVS are allowed in the actual campground.

  • The camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle, any extra vehicles will be subject to an extra vehicle fee at the campground.

  • Click here for more information about Gifford Pinchot National Forest

  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.40361, -121.73639
46°24'13"N, 121°44'11"W

Take State Highway 12 to Randle, Washington. Follow State Highway 131 to the fork and and stay left onto Forest Road 23. Follow Forest Road 23 beyond North Fork Campground to Blue Lake Creek.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Blue Lake Creek Campground
Gifford Pinchot NF Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Randle  WA  98377

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
Mail to: P.O. Box 8516

Coburg OR 97408

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