This is a great mostly unknown little campground. Fun fact: This is the least used campsite maintained by the Lower Granite Natural Resources Management team.
Let’s get to the bad/good, depending on how you look at it.
1. There is NO running water available, unless you want to get some from the river(NOT suggested)
2. Absolutely no electricity here, not even for park lights. This makes for AMAZING star gazing.
3. ZERO cell service at the campsite. You can get service if you absolutely need it at the top of Hammer Grade road, it’s steep.
4. Limited sites have shade all day. Get there early to get one of these prime spots.
5.Summer time is HOT here but, you have the river right there to cool off.
6. There is a boat launch here though it is not maintained, use at your own discretion.
7. There are fire/BBQ pits at each site as well as a picnic table. Wood fires are NOT allowed from June 10th through October 10th. It gets very dry out here.
8. Bring bug spray! Day time the bugs aren’t bad but, when the sun starts going down, the mosquitoes are coming out. Also, spring into early summer, there are ticks. Summer through the rest of the year you should be tick free.
9. This campsite is open year round and it’s FREE!
10. There are no trash cans or dumpsters. So keep that in mind and take out EVERYTHING you bring in.
11. No dumpsites nearby. Closest I found is right off highway 395 at the rest area.
12. You can cross the dam Monday-Thursday excluding holidays and only during daytime hours.
13. Your trailer, tow vehicle and anything in the bed is going to get dusty getting here and leaving. It’s a decent trek down a gravel road. Speed limit is 45MPH. Good luck to you if you try to go that fast.
14. Come prepared for the whole trip. Washtucna is the closest town and they have limited supplies. No alcohol is available at the “Store” there.
15. If hunting season is coming up, get there as early as possible.
We stayed here in the most shaded part of the campground with our Travel Trailer with a 50 gallon fresh water tank. It lasted the 4 of us the 5 day weekend. It was a hot weekend and we did end up having to run the generator for a few hours during the day to keep the newborn cool.
I followed my GPS which took me off of Highway 26 and onto Old Highway 26. DON’T do this. Take Hay rd. Old HWY 26 will take you onto Hammer Grade Rd. This is NOT a fun road with a trailer. It has some very steep grades and you’ll be HAMMERING the brakes or exhaust brake.
All in all, this was a GREAT trip at a great, hidden and secluded area. We will definitely be revisiting this site.
This was our first experience with a full service resort glamping. We just got a pop up trailer and got some free nights.. the park was beautiful the bathrooms were just remodeled. You were not super close to your neighbors. It as very quiet and there was a walking/ biking path along the river. Hells canyon is right up the road for tours going thru the rapids. We had a really good time.
I spent a night at the guard station in Aug 2019, and it was great. The guard station itself is nothing too special, but the view is incredible. I'm not a huge fan of the Umatilla area, but I like the isolation of staying at the forest service stations. This place would be better if it had a locking outhouse. Even though the guard station and outhouse are off the main road, several people stopped to look at the guard station and use the outhouse. Apparently it's a popular area for atvs, cuz some jagoff on a quad or dirt bike was using the outhouse every hour. FYI, if you want to view a forest service cabin or lookout and it's occupied, don't disturb the people, take a quick photo and be on your way. And definitely don't use their outhouse.
This is our second visit to this park! Susan is so flexible and has wonderful customer service! We also love Ruby who runs the office as well and she is always helpful, and has great customer service as well! We love fishing from the docks and the breathtaking views of the river are really something! A stay here is always wonderful!
Had a wonderful stay here back in June for a week. Enjoyed the quiet of the park as it is tucked away behind Costco with no busy roads around it. Beautiful riverfront spots. Great biking trails and was able to easily bike to and from work. Definitely would recommend.
This area is a fairly popular day use area, and the camping area is quite open with one vault toilet. However, it's a great place for those wanting to get an early start viewing wildlife at the ponds, and there's even a blind. It accesses some 8,000 acres of BLM land spreading over the channeled scablands with many trails for hiking and horseback, and decent hunting in season. It's also interesting to explore the old homestead site. and there are picnic tables and viewpoints. Since this is BLM land, you may share your space with some grazing cattle, and remember to keep the gates closed.
The campground itself is on BLM land and is primitive. There is a pit toilet, picnic tables, fire rings, corrals and horse water. The camping itself is on the primitive side, but the scenery it magnificent! The last two miles driving in is a rough dirt road, and a vehicle with ground clearance is highly desirable. A three mile hike/horseback ride takes you through Washington's Channeled Scablands to Towell Falls through spectacular buttes and meadows along the creek. The best time to visit is in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom and before the RATTLESNAKES get populous. The night skies are particularly dark because you're a long way from any civilization. It's also interesting exploring the old ranch building that remain on the site. The area is popular with horsemen and trail groups up to a bit of "roughing it." It also can be a great day trip from the Spokane Washington area.
Overall, a nice state park campground, but a little too close to the city. The bathrooms were decent, with free showers. We arrived around 6pm and the weather was weird, light rain then hail, but it stopped after about an hour. We started to settle in and then a group of maybe 30 teenage boys with a handful of “leaders” arrived around dark taking up 4 spots near us. The kids were rowdy throwing firecrackers until midnight. The leaders did absolutely nothing to stop them and neither did the campground. Luckily they slept and then all took off early around 8am after morning prayers. In hindsight, nothing against the campground other than close proximity to each other and the city and the camp host didn’t break up the “fun”
We dreaded dealing with crowds over the 4th of July weekend and back in March, this was one of the few state parks where I could get reservations in this area. Keep in mind that "this area" is about 40 minutes from Clarkston, the nearest town so make sure you stock up and don't count on cell service (except for the top of Puffer Butte!) The campground is small - only 20 sites but even on July 3, there were still a handful of empty sites. It was very quiet. Some sites are pull through and some are larger than others (mostly the ones on the outside of the loop) Site 16 was large and could accommodate several vehicles and tents. One restroom that was very clean with my three necessities: soap, hand dryers, and garbage. Coin-operated shower but make sure you have quarters because there is not always a staff person to give you change. Firewood is on the honor system at $5 per bundle. There is an actual spring that the park is named for but it was still turned off (didn't know you could turn a spring on/off?) There are teepees, cabins, and shelters and it appears to be a popular place in the winter for cross country skiing and tubing. The 2+ mile roundtrip hike to the Puffer Butte is a must as the three state view (WA, ID, OR) is sweeping and gorgeous. Other than that, we enjoyed a quiet two nights at this state park
Palouse Falls was designated the state waterfall in 2014 and we had been told it was not to miss. Apparently, four people have died falling off the cliffs here, according to signs as we approached. The road in is dirt with a lot of “washboard” and just over two miles. Navigable by any car, just take it slow. The falls are beautiful but not much to do here. Tent camping only, no RV or van camping in the parking lot. When we arrived on July 2 at mid-day, there were no tents and we mistakenly ate our lunch in a “campsite”, not realizing the day use area was off to the right. Camping area was a large field with no separation between the sites other than the picnic tables being numbered. Pit toilets only. We camp in a van so we moved on down the road after enjoying the Falls.
We spent a few days here and had a great time. Tucked back off main roads which allowed for nice quiet sleep! Runs along side the river and has a great walking/biking trail. The owners have fun with the residents… “Sweet Saturday” with homemade goodies in the office and then Sunday Sundaes for $1 you can have an ice cream sundae with toppings in the office! The kids LOVED it! Overall GREAT park!
The campground has only has 5 sites, but we were the only campers. We camped the first week of June, so days were warm and it got cool enough at night to sit close the campfire. There are plenty of logging trails to hike within walking distance, and more a short drive away. The drive to Midway is beautiful, worth it even if you don't plan to stay overnight. There is one very clean vault toilet on site. No water, so bring your own.
Amidst the rolling hills of farmland and open spaces emerges this deeply forested reservoir. Wonderful fishing, trout, bass, catfish, and even tiger musky. This isn't a great lake for swimming, as it's loaded with thick algae. It is great for boating a small boat or getting lost in the thick pines around it.
This a a great site with all the amenities. It provides a boat launch and nice sized RV lotes. It is kid friendly and is a 2 minute drive from Lower Granite Dam if you want to take a tour. It is also a 10 minute drive from Illia Dunes for a day trip.
If you are a night sky photographer, this is the campground for you. The limited to no light pollution makes this perfect for any night sky event! If you are not a night sky photographer, I wouldn't waste my money. It's a very reasonable $12 a night. But it's hot, very hot. Limited to zero shade, a pit toilet that doesn't get maintained often enough with the amount of visitors. Don't get me wrong, the area is beautiful, gorgeous canyon, high cliffs, waterfall is amazing. There is a trail, on the other side of the protective fence, on the side of the cliff. That's a big nope for me! DON'T GO PAST THE FENCE. So yes, very hot, amazing waterfall, cool wildlife. Not much else. Great day place, not exactly where you want to spend a week.
We stayed only one night, around the 4th of July. It was very busy with lots of kids and little privacy. We had lots of fun with the river right there and watersports. Bathrooms and showers are available for a fee. Busy campground and park for fun.
We were there over the weekend of the 4th of July. Lots of campers and children, we only stayed one night as there were too many people and we moved to a quieter campground nearby. Bathrooms and showers were provided for a fee and there was the river there for water sports. Overall a fun day
There are bathroom facilities. Beautiful views, hikes are about 1-3 miles. Beautiful overviews of the falls and if you’re adventurous and fit enough can climb down the canyon to the base of the falls and walk along the river. Lots of wildlife, watch out for rattle snakes. Stick around for sunset you won’t be disappointed. Camping is in an open grassy area, no reservations or real boundaries between sites, all sites are smushed together. Very transient turnover. Most people stay one night. A discover pass is required.
Our stay here was very satisfying. Plenty of hiking to do. Plenty of places to stay. If you are into biking, it is located at the beginning of the Trail of the Coeur d'alenes, a 72 mile paved trail. The Chatcolet campground is only feet from the side of the trail. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time and leave plenty of time to explore.
We have stayed at Chief Thimothy quite a few times. It doesn’t seem as well kept as other parks we like! The grass is blotchy, so if there’s rain, there’s mud…no rain,lots of dust and dirt! Easy access to the river with little docks along the shore. Swimming area available,too! Bathrooms, laundry, and full hookups all available. Dog friendly!
I wish we had more time to spend at this campground. It was a bit off the beaten path but worth it. It is also situated right by a lake, but did not see any direct access to the lake from the campground. There were clean restrooms here and showers. There is also a visitor center to purchase items but they were closed by the time we rolled in. They were open in the morning, roughly around 8. Would like to go back and stay a couple of nights in the future. There was a no burn order in place, or site was nice and secluded.
The camp is first come first serve. There’s only 12 spots for tents and there can be up to 8 people per spot. The views are amazing and the sunrise is amazing from camping area. We were there in late August and it was pretty cold at nights but the days were cool enough to go for a hike.
Even in early June it was sweltering and dry at Palouse Falls. We stumbled upon the park while driving across the country and it was a welcome break from the monotony of the region. As soon as the sun started going down the weather cooled off enough to walk around the rim of the canyon above the river and waterfall. We didn't try swimming but I hear that there are a few places that it's safe to cool off in the water.