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KACHESS, WA

part ofOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 05 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Kachess Campground sits just off the forested northwest shore of Kachess Lake in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Set in dense old-growth conifer forest and surrounded by high mountains, Kachess Campground is considered one of the most beautiful sites in the Cle Elum Ranger District.

Natural Features:

Towering peaks, high-country lakes and old-growth forests provide visitors with a variety of landscapes.

Kachess Lake, adjacent to the campground, is actually a reservoir and stores and provides water for irrigation for south-central Washington.

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, horseback riding and mountain biking in summer and early fall, Kachess offers excellent skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter months.

The campground is also a great base camp for day-hikers and overnight backpackers. Several access trails from the area give hikers the chance to create their own excursions, whether it be a day hike or an overnight trip.

Starting at the campground, the Kachess Lake Trail is a short loop next to the lake, enjoyable for hikers of all levels.

Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon from boat or shoreline.

Facilities:

Kachess Lake Campground offers 141 sites that accommodate both tent and RV camping, including one designated group site that can accommodate up to 50 guests.

Sites are equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings with grills, vault toilets and flush toilets, however drinking water and electric hookups are not available.

Two boat launches and a picnic area are also available to visitors.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors enjoy the North Cascades and Mt. Rainer National Parks, 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
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Mushroom Picking
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Water levels in Kachess Lake and Little Kachess Lake vary during the summer
  • First-come, first-served sites may be available
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted
  • Click here for more information about Okanogan- Wenatchee National Forest


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.35484, -121.24342
47°21'17"N, 121°14'36"W

From Highway 90 take exit 62, then Road 49 for approximately 5.5 miles to campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KACHESS
8000 Lake Kachess Rd
Easton WA 98925

Phone Number:

Information: (509)649-3744
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