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One of our favorite PNW campgrounds. We like to camp in the right hand loop which is more shaded and suitable for our 24’ pop up truck camper setup. The camp hosts make sure there is tp and clean toilets. The water is tasty and is tested. There are garbage dumpsters available. The sites are spacious enough but some aren’t level but the tenting area is, though. The sites do backup to the woods so you have privacy.
The sites are nestled in between pines and other native vegetation. In the spring the wildflowers are scattered about. Do be aware of black bears and rattlesnakes as posted by the kiosk. Since it is set back from Highway 20, there is not as much noise as at Early Winters or Lone Fir. Instead, you can hear Early Winters Creek.
Sites are $12 or $6 with Senior Pass. We have come in at either end when the water is shut off and it is hit or miss if Iron Ranger is covered or not meaning no fees if it is. Still, we like to support our public lands so tuck in extra the next time.
Docked here in mid Sept 2020 to camp for the night. Area was well used, so native grasses were well trampled, as it is the first boat-in camp from Grand Coulee Dam. Vault toilet, fire pits and picnic tables for 4 sites bioat dock supports up to 8 boats. Overall nice camp spot.
We headed out to North Cascades National Park for a close to home camping getaway on Labor Day Weekend. After admiring the Alps of America and the turquoise blue waters we ended up on the east side of Hwy 20. We drove through Lone Fir Campground first. Everything was (not surprisingly) full. Then we drove through Klipchuck and found a great campground! We got a site that had just been occupied 10 minutes before, everything else was full. We felt very lucky to have found this site on Labor Day weekend.
It was very hot, mid 90's all weekend. We were in site 18 that did not offer a lot of shade until late afternoon. Most sites, including ours, are very large with plenty of parking. Clean, even sites, well spaced, and quiet. Water spigots were placed all over the grounds. There are several vault toilets that stayed well stocked and clean. Garbage dumpsters are located throughout the grounds as well.
There are several trails that lead from this campground. The "Creekside Loop" is a short but steep trail down to Early Winters Creek. It was at least 15 degrees cooler down by the water and the water itself was frigid! Not fun for little kids to play, but great for us adults to cool off. The "Scenic Trail" is Early Winters Trail. We did not explore the whole thing, only 30 minutes in and back on the morning we left.
Nearby Mazama is worth a stop. The General Store has unique gifts, espresso, and grocery items. Winthrop is a fun stop as well, a little further down the Hwy 20.
I was really impressed with this campground it's one of the nicer National Forest Service campgrounds I have ever been to. It was really clean and well maintained. Many of the sites are well shaded, big, and private. The inner loop seemed like the best for shade.
Incorrectly listed as a campground, there is room for one car and plenty of room for tents. When I checked it out (Aug) there was very little creek to speak of. The roads continue for miles past the spot and appear to be popular for ATVs. Free, but no amenities. ￼
Great place in forest to enjoy riding bikes. No room for trailers. Several miles up Shady Pass Road. Easy road but moderate climb. Likely have place to yourselves.
Quiet campground, wasn't too busy for 4th of July weekend. close to winthrop. cows are in the area, but the campground has cattle grates to keep them out. lake is pretty and kayakable, a few people out fishing. bring mosquito repellent. road is steep / dirt to campground, would not recommend for large rigs
This campground is on DNR land and is free. There are 7 camp sites and would not recommend anything more than a teardrop trailer. Recently refreshed with new fire rings and gravel, and most sites have new picnic tables. Trail to the lakes is steep, so wear more than sandals. Insects are minimal and no mosquitoes were noted. Vault privy are relatively clean.