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Paradise Creek campground, WA

part ofGifford Pinchot National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: Paradise Creek campground
Status: Closed through Wed Nov 26 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Paradise Creek sits at the confluence of Paradise Creek and the Wind River, nestled under an old-growth forest of cedars, firs, alder and maples. The sites by the river enjoy privacy from an abundance of lush undergrowth, while the other sites have a more open and spacious feel. The campground's remote location is ideal for campers seeking a quiet and relaxed environment.

Natural Features:

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.

Paradise Creek Campground is located in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. Elevations here range between 1,200 feet at the Wind River Work Center, 12 miles north of Carson, WA and 12,276 feet at the summit of Mt. Adams.

The Mount Adams Ranger District offers a large variety of habitats and natural features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.

Recreation:

The Wind River provides excellent fishing, with a population of steelhead and Chinook salmon. Wading is permitted in Paradise Creek.

Seasonal berry picking is a popular pastime and for visitors interested in hiking, there is access to the Lava Butte Trail near the camp.

Facilities:

The campground consists of 42 back-in sites with paved parking spurs that vary from 20 to 40 feet in length. The Premium Sites are adjacent to the Wind River.

Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. An on-site hand pump offers drinking water, and vault toilets are available.

Nearby Attractions:

Paradise Creek is an ideal base for exploring the different viewpoints around Mount St. Helens. The nearest town is Carson, which features hot springs, a golf course, shopping and restaurants.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
Know Before You Go
  • Although the site may accommodate more vehicles, this reservation includes up to one (1) vehicle with (1) legally towed vehicle. Any additional vehicles will be charged an extra vehicle fee on-site.
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted in 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):
45.95, -121.93667
45°57'0"N, 121°56'12"W

Take Highway 14 to Carson. From Carson, travel about 19 miles northwest on Wind River Highway. The campground is between mile post 20 and 21.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Paradise Creek campground
Gifford Pinchot NF Mt Adams Ranger District
CARSON  WA  98610

Phone Number:

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

Coburg OR 97408

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