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GOOSE LAKE, WA

part ofGifford Pinchot National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Fri May 22 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Goose Lake Campground is situated among a mix of mature cedars and Douglas firs within the Mount Adams Ranger District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

This spot becomes popular in late summer and early autumn, when the weather is warmer and dryer, and bald eagles and osprey can be observed hunting for fish on Goose Lake.

The 58-acre lake is characterized by the somewhat haunting presence of old trees rising from its cool, clear waters. Formed abruptly when a lava flow from Big Lava Bed dammed a nearby stream, this curious sight is all that remains of the trees that were consumed by what is now Goose Lake.

Natural Features:

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

Mount Adams, a potentially active stratovolcano and the second-highest mountain in Washington state, is a prominent landmark in the District. Elevations in the area range between 1,200 ft. at the Wind River Work Center (12 miles north of Carson, WA), to 12,276 ft. at the summit of Mount Adams.

The Mount Adams Ranger District features a great diversity of habitats, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows and lakes, as well as glaciers.

Recreation:

At a 3,200 foot elevation, Goose Lake is a popular spot for brook, brown and cutthroat trout fishing and offers a concrete boat ramp for launching small boats, kayaks and canoes.

Big Lava Bed is located just south of the campground and offers a trail that takes hikers through a landscape marked by both pine forest and basalt lava formations.

Huckleberry picking is a popular pastime through the late summer and early fall.

Facilities:

The campsite is accessed via 8 miles of narrow gravel road. Roadside parking is available.

This facility is a tent campers dream, with 18 primitive walk-in tent sites dotting the eastern bank of the lake. These hillside sites are on level ground with immediate trail access to Goose Lake.

Campsites have vault toilets, picnic tables and fire rings. Campers must bring their own drinking water and may purchase firewood on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

The 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail runs for 16.4 miles in a north-south direction through the nearby Indian Heaven Wilderness, just north of Goose Lake.

Indian Heaven Wilderness is known for its abundant lakes, meadowlands and pine forests, as well as its variety of wildlife.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Picnic Area
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Hiking
Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water available
  • No ATVS or OHVS in campground The camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle; an extra vehicle fee of 50% of the overnight charge will be collected at the campground
  • Horses prohibited except in designated areas
  • 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):
45.94472, -121.75833
45°56'41"N, 121°45'30"W

From the East, take SR 141 north from SR 14, to the town of Trout Lake. Continue through town on SR 141 to till it ends and and FS 24 begins. Follow FS 24 to the junction with FS 60 and follow FS 60 for 1 mile to the entrance of Goose Lake.

From the West (Carson, WA), take Wind River Rd. north to Old State Highway. Following the signs for Panther Creek Campground, continue past Panther Creek Campground on FS 65 to the 4 corners, junction of FS 65 and 60. Turn right on FS 60, and continue 7 miles to the entrance of Goose Lake.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GOOSE LAKE
GIFFORD PINCHOT
Vancouver  WA 
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