Nestled in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Creek (Entiat River) Campground offers visitors some of the stunning scenery in sunny central Washington and easy access to an abundance of recreational activities, such as hiking, dirt biking and mountain biking.
Hiking, horse riding, mountain biking and dirt biking top the list of recreation activities in the area. Three different trails start adjacent to the campground and are open to most activities. The Silver Falls National Recreation Trail is a short drive up the river and provides a great family hike to spectacular waterfalls. Backpackers and horse riders can enjoy the trails of the Glacier Peak Wilderness from the Entiat River Trailhead approximately 12 miles from the campground.
Lake Creek (Entiat River) Campground offers sites that accommodate both tent and RV camping, however hookups are not available. Picnic areas, trails and scenic overlooks, along with the conveniences of firewood (available at Silver Falls), drinking water and CXT vault toilets, give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while still having many of the conveniences of home.
Many of the sites overlook the Entiat River as it cascades down the valley to meet the Columbia. The open forest provides plenty of sunshine and diverse habitat that supports deer, bears, coyotes and many other creatures. Salmon and steelhead still use the Entiat as spawning grounds.
Silver Falls National Scenic Trail provides a one and a half mile loop hike to a large waterfall. Hundreds of miles of multiple use trails are accessible from nearby trailheads. Entiat National Fish Hatchery is at mile six on the Entiat River Road and welcomes visitors in the summer. The tourist destinations of Chelan and Leavenworth are a relatively short drive away.
If a single site could ever embody a feeling of being detached and isolated while also being surrounded by natures warm reception, the Lake Creek Campground would be that location.
Having checked out Fox Creek only a short distance away from this location I thought it simply could not get better, however having arrived a bit later in the day I had missed out on the riverside location I had desired. I opted to drive upward toward the Chelan Recreation Area and try my luck as the road began to change to a more bumpy terrain. Just before arriving at the area, to which I certainly could not navigate with my small car,
I found this location and was inspired to stop and see how it could differ from the last. I was elated to discover how the site was near empty in comparison and seemed to offer such a unique experience in comparison to others.
Each site was distanced at a comfortable spacing from the last and provided a comfortable amount of room to move freely. I really enjoyed the layout of these sites, while they did offer a bit less tree coverage they more than made up for that in views. In the not so distant view there were mountains visible and the escarpment of parking level and camping level made for a beautiful dynamic for camping without interruption.
A parking pad was located at the top with a few steps downward to the camping area. Though only a few feet higher than the lower pad, the barrier of the height formed a near soundproofing from the roadway or other campers.
The camping pad was equipped with standard amenities of a fire ring and picnic table but more impressively the view of the river flowing just a short distance below was like a post card. The pad site was even and hard packed but had just enough give thanks to the pine needles which lined its top layer. Camping here is no frills, no water or electricity and only vault toilets.
But with views like this who even seems to mind. It seemed like a steal for only$10 and though I had no cell service I felt safe as I saw a Forest Ranger pulling though to check on the location and make sure fees had been collected at the honor box.
If you visit this location I recommend Site 6. After driving through camp there were several very impressive sites but this one had a magical feel to it as the sunset over the treeline and beams of light filtered through well into dusk. It also provided some amazing night sky views.
- You will need an America the Beautiful Pass or a National Recreation Pass, Discover Passes are not honored here as this is a national site not a state maintained site.
- Check the entry kiosk at the pay station, this will have a full listing of rules and regulations and will additionally have information about any possible burn bans in the area.
- If you are wanting to visit the Chelan Recreation Area and do not have a 4 wheel drive or high clearance vehicle I do not advise visiting from the entry point on this side. Instead enter on the Chelan Lake entrance side.