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Peterson Prairie Campground, WA

part ofGifford Pinchot National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Wed Jun 10 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Peterson Prairie Campground offers shaded and secluded campsites nestled in a forest of large pine, spruce and fir trees. The campground tends to be popular among huckleberry pickers, but receives much lighter use when the berries are not in-season.

At an elevation of 2,800 ft., Peterson Prairie offers a cool summertime climate during the hottest part of the season. Several kid-friendly attractions are a short distance away, making this campground a great choice for families.

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.

Peterson Prairie is located in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. Elevations here range between 1200 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:

Seasonal harvesting of huckleberries and mushrooms is a popular pastime at Peterson Prairie.

Natural Bridges and Ice Cave are scenic, family-friendly nature trails near Peterson Prairie Campground. A stairway leading into the Ice Cave allows convenient access to the cave's incredible ice formations.

Facilities:

Drinking water and vault toilets are available. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The sites are spacious with long, gravel parking spurs.

Nearby Attractions:

This campground is near Bird Creek Meadows, a trail that offers spectacular wildflower displays and opportunities to observe numerous birds.

Goose Lake is 8 miles west of the campground and offers excellent trout fishing.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Host
  • Mushroom Picking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
Know Before You Go
  • The camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle; an extra vehicle fee of $8 will be collected at the campground
  • No ATVs or OHVs 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):
45.96944, -121.66083
45°58'10"N, 121°39'39"W

From SR 14 follow SR 141 North to the town of Trout Lake, continue through town on SR 141 till the road ends and FS 24 begins(approximately 5 miles WSW of town). Continue west on FS 24 for another 2.25 miles to the entrance of Peterson Prairie.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Peterson Prairie 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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