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Top Tent Camping near Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

Looking for an adventure where you can explore Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and then fall asleep in your tent? You can find tent campsites by type, including drive-in, walk-in, and even hike-in for a backpacking adventure. Each spot offers quick access to one or more of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Washington's most popular destinations.

Best Tent Camping Sites Near Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, WA (226)

    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek South Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek South Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek South Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek South Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek South Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek South Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area

    1.

    Colonial Creek South Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area

    40 Reviews
    147 Photos
    533 Saves
    Marblemount, Washington

    Overview

    Colonial Creek South Campground in North Cascades National Park is a remote, yet bustling campground nestled in old -growth forest. Located on the south side of State Route 20 near milepost 130, there are 94 campsites that are surrounded by forest and located on Diablo Lake.__ Colonial Creek South Campground can accommodate a variety of camping, whether it___s drive-in camping, or walk-in tent camping. The campsites vary in size from small to medium. Most of the campsites do not accommodate large trailers or RVs.____

    Recreation

    Campers can access the Thunder Creek Trailhead from the South Loop. The Thunder Knob Trailhead is on the north loop across State Route 20.____ Fishing is allowed in Diablo Lake with a Washington State Fishing license, the nearest location to purchase a license is in the town of Marblemount, WA. Follow Washington State Fishing Regulations when recreating.__ Black bears are active in this campground and the surrounding trails. Be aware of your surroundings while hiking, picnicking, and camping. Use the provided bear boxes in your campsite to store coolers, cookware, and other odorants when not in use. If you encounter a bear around the campground or on a trail, inform campground staff or go to the North Cascades Visitor Center and fill out a bear report.__

    Facilities

    Campers can access the Thunder Creek Trailhead from the South Loop. The Thunder Knob Trailhead is on the north loop across State Route 20.____ Fishing is allowed in Diablo Lake with a Washington State Fishing license, the nearest location to purchase a license is in the town of Marblemount, WA. Follow Washington State Fishing Regulations when recreating.__ Black bears are active in this campground and the surrounding trails. Be aware of your surroundings while hiking, picnicking, and camping. Use the provided bear boxes in your campsite to store coolers, cookware, and other odorants when not in use. If you encounter a bear around the campground or on a trail, inform campground staff or go to the North Cascades Visitor Center and fill out a bear report.__

    Natural Features

    Colonial Creek South Campground is surrounded by a forest of western redcedar, western hemlock, Douglas-fir, red huckleberries, and other native vegetation. The campground has easy access to Diablo Lake for recreating.____

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (360) 854-7200.

    Nearby Attractions

    Traveling west on State Route 20:____ The North Cascades Visitor Center is 11 miles (18 km) west on State Route 20 from Colonial Creek South Campground, operating seasonally, typically from May to September. Campers can find the passport stamps, exhibits, park film, park store, and much more.______ Traveling east on State Route 20:____ Diablo Lake Overlook is 1.5 miles (2 km) east on State Route 20. the turquoise lake can be viewed safely from this area and there is ample day use parking and vault toilets.__ Ross Lake Overlook is 5 miles (8 km) east on State Route 20, this is a less developed vista point. There are two pull off areas with interpretive way sides and with views of the Ross Dam and Ross Lake.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $16 - $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Klipchuck Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Klipchuck Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Klipchuck Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Klipchuck Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Klipchuck Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Klipchuck Campground

    2.

    Klipchuck Campground

    20 Reviews
    74 Photos
    185 Saves
    Mazama, Washington

    This forested campground is located near Early Winters Creek, has majestic trees with a stream and good hiking opportunites nearby. Units combinable to accommodate groups.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wenatchee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wenatchee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wenatchee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wenatchee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wenatchee State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Wenatchee State Park Campground

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    Lake Wenatchee State Park Campground

    41 Reviews
    131 Photos
    432 Saves
    Leavenworth, Washington

    Lake Wenatchee State Park is a 489-acre camping park with 12,623-feet of waterfront on glacier-fed Lake Wenatchee and the Wenatchee River and is a great place for camping near Seattle. The park is bisected by the Wenatchee River, creating two distinct areas – south park, which features areas for camping, swimming and horseback riding, and north park, which is in a less developed, forested section of the park and a quarter-mile walk from the lake.

    The park has 155 tent spaces, 42 water and electric sites, one dump station, seven restrooms, and 16 showers. In addition, the park provides two ADA campsites. Call 509-763-3101 for more information.

    The south campground (sites 1 - 100) has parking pads 30 to 40-feet in length, with only two pull-through sites. Larger RVs and fifth-wheelers should use the north campground (sites 101 - 197) which includes 42 large pull-through utility sites. Maximum tents allowed are one family tent or up to two 2-3 man tents. Maximum vehicles allowed are two per site, additional vehicles may park in overflow areas.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Goodell Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Goodell Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Goodell Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Goodell Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Goodell Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Goodell Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area

    4.

    Goodell Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area

    28 Reviews
    122 Photos
    247 Saves
    Marblemount, Washington

    Overview

    Newhalem Creek Campground consists of 103 individual camp sites in loops A, B, and C, an additional loop with 2 group camp sites, and drive-in picnic sites. The campground can accommodate a variety of camping, whether it is drive-to or walk-in tent camping or tent sites that accommodate RV camping, Newhalem Creek Campground provides a comfortable place for your visit.____ The North Cascades Visitor Center is a half mile by trail or road and operates seasonally, typically from May to September. The campground is surrounded by forested short, informative hikes that connect to the town of Newhalem, Washington.____

    Recreation

    Campers can enjoy easy access to several of the Newhalem area hiking trails and connect to the town of Newhalem, Washington.__ Fishing is allowed in the Skagit River with a Washington State Fishing license. The nearest location to purchase a license is outside of the park in the town of Marblemount. Follow Washington State Fishing Regulations when recreating.____ Black bears are active in this campground and the surrounding trails. Be aware of your surroundings while hiking, picnicking, and camping. Use the provided bear boxes in your campsite to store coolers, cookware, and other odorants when not in use. If you encounter a bear around the campground or on a trail, inform campground staff or go to the North Cascades Visitor Center and fill out a bear report.__

    Facilities

    Newhalem Creek Campground has accessible facilities that provide flush toilets, drinking water, dump station, trash/recycling, paved roads, and campsite driveways.____ Each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring, and some sites have tent pads.__

    Natural Features

    Newhalem Creek Campground is a forested campground surrounded by western redcedar, western hemlock, Douglas-fir, red huckleberries, and other native vegetation. Nearby is Newhalem Creek and the Skagit River. The river is the largest river that flows into the Puget Sound area and provides critical habitat for all species of Pacific salmon which return to the river seasonally. There are salmon-viewing areas along the River Loop Trail and in the town of Newhalem.__

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (360) 854-7200.

    Nearby Attractions

    The North Cascades Visitor Center is one-half mile (1 km) away and operates seasonally, typically from May to September. Campers can find passport stamps, exhibits, park film, park store, and much more.______ The campground is surrounded by forested short, informative hikes that connect to the North Cascades Visitor Center and the town of Newhalem, Washington, one mile (2 km) east.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $16 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pearrygin Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pearrygin Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pearrygin Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pearrygin Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pearrygin Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pearrygin Lake State Park Campground

    5.

    Pearrygin Lake State Park Campground

    22 Reviews
    71 Photos
    84 Saves
    Winthrop, Washington
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lone Fir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lone Fir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lone Fir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lone Fir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lone Fir Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lone Fir Campground

    6.

    Lone Fir Campground

    8 Reviews
    43 Photos
    167 Saves
    Mazama, Washington

    Lone Fir Campground is open from July - October. Maximum stay is 14 days.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek North Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek North Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek North Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek North Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek North Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Colonial Creek North Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area

    7.

    Colonial Creek North Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area

    14 Reviews
    59 Photos
    365 Saves
    Marblemount, Washington

    Overview

    Colonial Creek North Campground is a remote, yet bustling campground nestled in old-growth forest. Located on the north side of State Route 20 near milepost 130, there are 41 campsites that are surrounded by forest and located on Diablo Lake.__ Colonial Creek North Campground can accommodate a variety of camping, whether it___s drive-in camping, or walk-in tent camping. The campsites vary in size from small to medium. Most of the campsites do not accommodate large trailers or RVs.__

    Recreation

    Campers can access several trails from within the facility, such as Thunder Knob Trail located in the North Loop and Thunder Creek Trail from the South Loop.________ Fishing is allowed in Diablo Lake with a Washington State Fishing license, the closest location to purchase a license in the town of Marblemount, WA. Follow Washington State Fishing Regulations when recreating.____ Black bears are active in this campground and the surrounding trails. Be aware of your surroundings while hiking, picnicking, and camping. Use the provided bear boxes in your campsite to store coolers, cookware, and other odorants when not in use. If you encounter a bear around the campground or on a trail, inform campground staff or go to the North Cascades Visitor Center and fill out a bear report.__

    Facilities

    Campers can access several trails from within the facility, such as Thunder Knob Trail located in the North Loop and Thunder Creek Trail from the South Loop.________ Fishing is allowed in Diablo Lake with a Washington State Fishing license, the closest location to purchase a license in the town of Marblemount, WA. Follow Washington State Fishing Regulations when recreating.____ Black bears are active in this campground and the surrounding trails. Be aware of your surroundings while hiking, picnicking, and camping. Use the provided bear boxes in your campsite to store coolers, cookware, and other odorants when not in use. If you encounter a bear around the campground or on a trail, inform campground staff or go to the North Cascades Visitor Center and fill out a bear report.__

    Natural Features

    Colonial Creek North Campground is forested with western redcedar, western hemlock, Douglas-fir, red huckleberries, and other native vegetation. The campground has easy access to Diablo Lake for recreating.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (360) 854-7200.

    Nearby Attractions

    Traveling west on State Route 20:____ The North Cascades Visitor Center is 11 miles (18 km) west on State Route 20 from Colonial Creek North Campground, operating seasonally, typically from May to September. Campers can find the passport stamps, exhibit, park film, park store, and much more.____ Traveling east on State Route 20:____ Diablo Lake Overlook is 1.5 miles (2 km) east on State Route 20, the turquoise lake can be viewed safely from this area and there is ample day use parking and vault toilets.____ Ross Lake Overlook is 5 miles (8 km) east on State Route 20, this is a less developed vista point. There are two pull off areas with interpretive displays and with views of the Ross Dam and Ross Lake.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Marble Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Marble Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Marble Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Marble Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Marble Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Marble Creek Campground

    8.

    Marble Creek Campground

    10 Reviews
    55 Photos
    177 Saves
    Marblemount, Washington

    Overview

    Situated on the banks of the scenic Cascade River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Marble Creek campground offers some of the most stunning scenery in the northern Cascade Range. Campsites are scattered beneath a towering canopy of diverse forest. They are widely spaced and within walking distance to the waterfront, making it an ideal setting for visitors wanting to camp in a private, rustic setting.

    Recreation

    In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, picnicking and horseback riding in summer and early fall, Marble Creek offers excellent skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. The area surrounding the campground can accommodate anyone from the novice hiker to the most experienced outdoor enthusiast. Several trailheads for the overnight backpacker are located in the vicinity of the nearby town of Marblemount, including Hidden Lake Trail. Beginning in a forested setting, the trail climbs quickly to open meadows and grand views of the Cascade River. As it reaches higher elevations, it winds through angular slabs of granite and groupings of alpine fir. Hidden Lake and the Hidden Lake Lookout can be seen below from the pass.

    Facilities

    In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, picnicking and horseback riding in summer and early fall, Marble Creek offers excellent skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. The area surrounding the campground can accommodate anyone from the novice hiker to the most experienced outdoor enthusiast. Several trailheads for the overnight backpacker are located in the vicinity of the nearby town of Marblemount, including Hidden Lake Trail. Beginning in a forested setting, the trail climbs quickly to open meadows and grand views of the Cascade River. As it reaches higher elevations, it winds through angular slabs of granite and groupings of alpine fir. Hidden Lake and the Hidden Lake Lookout can be seen below from the pass.

    Natural Features

    Hemmed in by several designated wilderness areas, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest showcases rugged peaks, sparkling alpine lakes and old-growth forests. Mt. Baker, the most prominent feature of the area, dominates the landscape on a clear day. Rising to an elevation of 10,781 feet, the active volcano from which the forest takes its name is perpetually snow-capped and mantled with an extensive network of creeping glaciers. Mt. Baker's summit, Grant Peak, is actually a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive volcanic crater. Flowing adjacent to this campground is the Cascade River, a tributary of the Skagit River, designated as a National Scenic River. Wildlife in the area include mountain goats, coyotes, pine marten and a variety of migratory birds and native fish.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (530) 932-0242.

    Nearby Attractions

    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 Verlot Public Service Center, near the South Fork Stillaguamish River, is a popular attraction. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1942, Verlot`s handsome buildings reflect the architectural style and fine craftsmanship of that era and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Once your reservation start date has begun, neither the Recreation.gov Contact Center nor the campground manager will be able to modify your reservation.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $30 - $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Purple Point Campground — Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Purple Point Campground — Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Purple Point Campground — Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Purple Point Campground — Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Purple Point Campground — Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Purple Point Campground — Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

    9.

    Purple Point Campground — Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

    4 Reviews
    14 Photos
    36 Saves
    Stehekin, Washington

    Overview

    Campgrounds in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area are walk-in sites located in the Stehekin Valley at the head of Lake Chelan. Purple Point Campground is an approximatly eight minute walk from the boat dock at Stehekin Landing along a paved road. Most sites are located very near the road. Stehekin is a remote community with limited facilities and is only accessible by foot, boat, or plane.__

    Recreation

    Visitors can access several trails from near the campground, such the Imus Trail, the Purple Creek Trail, and the Lakeshore Trail. Other trails trails further up the valley can be reached by via foot, bike, or shuttle bus. Many of the trails from Stehekin provide the opportunity for longer wilderness backpacks. A backcountry permit is required for overnight stays in the backcountry.____ Visitors can boat, fish, and swim (although the water is a chilly 45 degrees) in Lake Chelan. Bears do inhabit the area, so care should be taken when hiking, picnicking, or camping.

    Facilities

    At the Stehekin Landing area, the North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin has a small store with very limited groceries and a restaurant. Public showers and laundry facilities are located near the Landing, though not in the campground.____ There are no roads or car access into Stehekin. Accessible by foot, boat (ferry and private) or plane only. Visitors may take a passenger ferry or their own boat, which may be moored at the public docks in Stehekin with the purchase of a federal dock permit. Each campsite offers a picnic table. Fires are allowed in designated fire pits. Purple Point offers drinking water, flush toilets, and garbage removal, but all waste must be eventually barged downlake and visitors are encouraged to pack out everything they pack in.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Stehekin is a gateway into the east side of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Many short to multi-day backpacking trips begin in the Stehekin area. Other attractions in the area are the historic Buckner Orchard, where visitors can pick apples in the fall, and Rainbow Falls, a 312-foot waterfall near the Stehekin Valley Road.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Drinking Water
    • Toilets

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Newhalem Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Newhalem Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Newhalem Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Newhalem Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Newhalem Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Newhalem Creek Campground — Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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