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SOUTH FORK GROUP SITE, WA

part ofOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SOUTH FORK GROUP SITE
Status: Closed through Tue May 19 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

South Fork Group Campground is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest along the South Fork of the Tieton River.

Nestled in in the eastern Cascade Mountains, the campground offers warm summer days and and access to a multitude of recreational activities, making it an ideal setting for large family and group gatherings.

Natural Features:

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers stunning scenic views, with high, glaciated alpine peaks, valleys of old growth forest and rugged shrub-steppe country making up the diverse landscape. Elevations range from below 1,000 feet to more than 9,000 feet.

Precipitation varies greatly throughout the area, ranging from approximately 140 inches along the Cascade Crest to only 10 inches along the eastern edge. Visitors can expect many days of warm, sunny weather in the summer, and winters with clear skies and plenty of snow.

The Tieton River, adjacent to South Fork Group Campground, is a tributary of the Naches River. Its headwaters originate in Goat Rocks Wilderness, collecting water from snowmelt and glaciers in high rugged peaks. These peaks are remnants of an extinct volcano, taking the name "Goat Rocks" in honor of the fantastic mountain goats traversing this isolated region.

Recreation:

South Fork Group Campground offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to hike, fish, ski, raft and enjoy a multitude of outdoor recreational activities throughout the year.

Rimrock Lake lies less than a mile from the campground. Whether casting a line out for kokanee salmon or trout or paddling a kayak along the shore, visitors will enjoy the mountainous terrain as a backdrop for a myriad of water-based activities.

River enthusiasts may enjoy a whitewater rafting trip on one of the many scenic rivers in the area. The Tieton River is especially exciting in September, when the Bureau of Land Reclamation floods the Tieton Valley, releasing fast and furious water.

Facilities:

South Fork Group Campground offers ten designated spurs and can accommodate up to 80 people and 20 vehicles. The site is equipped with picnic tables, vault toilets and a group campfire ring.

Nearby Attractions:

Boulder Cave National Recreation Trail is one of the most popular places in the Naches District. Visitors can walk the accessible trail along the river or explore Boulder Cave. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the geology, plants, animals and fire history of the area.

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
  • Beach Access
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Gift Shop
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Restaurant
  • Water Activities
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Security is provided by access through a locked gate; the combination to the lock will be included in confirmation letter
  • Drinking water and electric hookups are not available at this site
  • No trash collection provided; visitors must pack out all garbage
  • Livestock not allowed at this campground
  • Click here for more information about Okanogan-Wenatchee 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):
46.62083, -121.13222
46°37'15"N, 121°7'56"W

From Naches, Washington, follow US Highway 12 west for approximately 23 miles to paved Forest Road 1200. Follow FR 1200 for approximately 3 miles, then take FR 1203 for 3/4 mile. Finally, take FR 517 for .2 miles into the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SOUTH FORK GROUP SITE
US 12
NACHES  WA  98937

Phone Number:

Information:  (509)653-1401
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