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North Fork Beaver Group Camp, WA

part ofGifford Pinchot National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: NORTH FORK BEAVER GROUP
Status: Open through Sun Sep 21 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

North Fork Beaver Group sits alongside the Cispus River in the North Fork Campground, shaded by a dense canopy of pine, fir and cedar trees. Typically open from mid-May through late September, North Fork Beaver Group is one of three popular group sites within the compound.

North Fork is situated between three of Washington's most impressive mountains: Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier. The variety of recreational activities and the diverse natural beauty draws many visitors to this area.

Natural Features:

North Fork is part of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is located in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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

This Ranger District manages four Wilderness Areas including the Goat Rocks Wilderness, Glacier View Wilderness, Tatoosh Wilderness and William O. Douglass Wilderness. Major River drainage includes the Cowlitz River, Clear Fork of the Cowlitz and the Cispus River.

A variety of wildlife may be spotted in this area, including elk, deer and bears.

Recreation:

North Fork Beaver Group makes a great base camp for a variety of activities. Hikers, mountain bikers and OHV riders can access the nearby multi-use Valley Trail. From this trail, OHV riders can enjoy a network of over 50 miles of OHV trails.

The North Fork Loop trail is open to foot traffic and can also be accessed in this area.

Anglers can fish the Cispus River for brook trout, steelhead and salmon.

Facilities:

The group site can accommodate up to 40 people with tents and RVs. It is secluded with gated access and offers visitors picnic tables, grills and drinking water.

There is a host on-site and firewood is available for sale.

Nearby Attractions:

Randle is the closest town to North Fork, and offers access to the Windy Ridge Lookout at Mount St. Helens.

Adventurous hikers who want to enjoy some spectacular views may be interested in the Tongue Mountain Trail, which climbs to an elevation of 4,838 feet.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
Know Before You Go
  • Maximum vehicle length is 30 feet
  • Store food in bear-proof containers
  • No ATVs or OHVs in 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):
46.45083, -121.78778
46°27'3"N, 121°47'16"W

From I-5 travel to Highway 12. Continue east on Highway 12 for 50 miles. At Randle, go south on Highway 25 until you reach the "Y," where you will take a left onto Highway 23. Follow Highway 23 for 11 miles to North Fork Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

North Fork Beaver Group Camp

Randle  WA  98377

Phone Number:

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

Coburg OR 97408

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