Just got back from another trip to Council Lake, WA. Arrived on a Tuesday and left on Thursday in the middle of November, and had the entire campground to ourselves. We didn't even have day use visitors or motorcycle riders pass through the whole time we were there.
The place was reasonably clean, with just a little trash left around some of the sites. Roads were still easy going, but it snowed maybe an inch the night before I arrived. And if my memory serves correct, I think they close the main access forest road NF 23 as soon as snow starts to accumulate.
Council Lake, WA is one of my favorite organized campgrounds to stay in. It's a bit of a bumpy road in, most cars should be fine, but no rv's or long trailers. There's only 7 sites with 1 being the premium, on top of the hill, with a bit of a lake view. Again it's kinda hilly driving in to the sites, a Toyota Corolla made it through while I was there, but he bottomed out a few times. The flies and mosquitos are kinda bad by the water, but at least bearable in the sites.
The sites are FREE and 1st come 1st serve. The sites are large and have metal fire rings with flip grills.
The trout fishing is good here. Boats are allowed, but electric or hand operated only.
It's a beautiful clear water lake. I saw a river otter basking in the shallows, and several eagles diving for fish while I was here, in July 2019.
Absolutely everything you want, if camping is your thing and not glamping! Has a beautiful lake (Council Lake) full of fish - fresh fish dinner! Also has crawfish everywhere! These are pretty primitive sites, but that's part of the charm! Does have an outhouse type toilet but BYOTP, because you never know ow if or when it's been supplied. Motor boats not allowed! Unless you are camping the same time a youth group is, it is quiet and you can see millions of stars at night! Yellow jackets can be aggressive, so be alert, otherwise, an awesome way to recharge from the concrete jungle.
Watch out for bees! Beautiful free campground, vault toilets and great fishing! if you go to the far end of the lake and follow the sound of a waterfall, you'll find one!