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This was our first time here, however our friends have been coming here for a long time. We brought in a 25” travel trailer. The road in is EXTREMELY bumpy, you have to drive really really slow, at least down the right side of the airstrip. We also had to back over some pretty large tree roots to get our trailer into the camp stop. Other than getting in our stay was very pleasant. We were adequately spaced out from other campers and there was a great 8.3 mile trail nearby. Plus it was also kinda cool seeing planes land and take off (only 2 in the two days we were there, and only during the day). I would definitely stay here again.
The Winthrop KOA is similar and on par with most other KOA campgrounds, as far amenities go. The campground is right on the Methow River which is great, however, early in the camping season the current is so swift, you would not be able to swim in it. The campground itself has a western vibe, with old wagons that you can actually rent to sleep in, log cabins, and western-style artifacts throughout. The campground is right off of the highway, so there is a little car noise during the day. At night, we didn't really notice it. With the location of the campground in Methow Valley, it can get really windy. One of the nights we were there, we had to douse our campfire because embers were flying everywhere. We had site 18 which was at the end of one of the rows and it was very spacious with a big grass area and a few trees.
We liked the location because it was close to Winthrop and many of the outdoor activities available in the area such as hiking trails, off-road tracks, fishing, kayaking, etc. The area is beautiful and has much to offer in the scenery department, even for folks that are car-bound.
We absolutely loved this campground. The sites are clean and the camp host was great. Close to the water without being right on the water. Baker lake is a glacial lake so recommend later summer/early fall camping. Only down side is the sites are a little small hence the 4 star.
Seems like these sites are quite popular. However, I went during the middle of the week, on a slightly rainy day, at the end of August and was the only person there.
If you're like me and not from Washington, remember to get a discovery pass (~$10 per day) if you're parking at the Baker Lake Trailhead. The hike in to Maple Grove is approx. three and a half miles. Don't be surprised if you run into some folks on horseback.
The trail is relatively flat and goes through some beautiful old growth forest. We got a spot right by the lake that was flat and soft. All of the sites had fire pits and seemed pretty dispersed. There were also bear boxes. The vault toilets were some of the cleanest I'd seen.
As you can see from some of the photos, there's a dock that you could boat up to that doubles as a great place see Mt. baker.