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CLE ELUM RIVER GROUP SITE, WA

part ofOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: CLE ELUM RIVER CAMPGROUND MAIN GATE
Status: Open through Fri Sep 05 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cle Elum River Group Campground is situated just off its namesake river in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Set near a mixed-conifer forest at an elevation of 2,300 feet and surrounded by high mountains, this campground offers a large site suitable for large family and group camping excursions.

Natural Features:

Okanogan National Forest offers stunning scenic views, with high, glaciated alpine peaks, valleys of old growth forest and rugged shrub-steppe country making up the diverse landscape. Elevations range from below 1,000 feet to more than 9,000 feet.

Precipitation varies greatly throughout the area, ranging from approximately 140 inches along the Cascade Crest to only 10 inches along the eastern edge. Visitors can expect many days of warm, sunny weather in the summer, and winters with clear skies and plenty of snow.

The surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests support an abundance of wildlife, including deer, porcupine, native fish and migratory birds. Endangered and threatened species, including the Northern Bald Eagle, the Northern Spotted Owl, gray wolves and grizzly bears, also find havens in nearby ecosystems.

Recreation:

In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, swimming and birding in summer and early fall, Cle Elum River offers excellent skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter months.

Anglers will find the waters teeming with rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon in the river as well as the nearby reservoir.

Facilities:

This large group site is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings with grills, drinking water and vault toilets.

Nearby Attractions:

Speelyi Beach is a great place to spend the day. Featuring a wide sandy beach surrounded by conifer forest on Cle Elum Lake, visitors will have plenty of space to wade, swim and splash around. Those searching for deeper water will enjoy a kayak outing along the shore at sunset.

Visitors enjoy the Mt. Rainer National Park, where interpretive programs and exhibits offer education about the diverse landscape and history of the area.

The spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails, showcases some of North America's most fantastic scenery, winding its way its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington, and is accessible near the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • Some individual first-come, first-served sites are available
  • Click here for more information about Okanogan 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):
47.34972, -121.10333
47°20'59"N, 121°6'12"W

From Cle Elum, Washington, take State Highway 903 north for 13 miles. Turn left at the campground sign. At the T in the road turn right into the group site.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CLE ELUM RIVER GROUP SITE
23931 Salmon La Sac Road
Ronald  WA  98940

Phone Number:

Information:  (509)649-3744
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