If you’re thinking of visiting the pristine wilderness of Washington State, the emerald waters of Yale Lake and the surrounding St. Helens wilderness area will surpass your expectations. Beaver Bay Campground is a 65 site recreation area located along Yale Lake, in Cougar, WA. The campground consists of standard amenities including running water, showers, a boat launch, roped off swimming beach, and fire pits. There is also a day-use picnic area for those wanting to recreate here. While there are no RV hookups, there is a vehicle dump station for those who need it. Crowds can get tough here as this is one of the most popular campgrounds on Yale Lake. Subsequently, getting a good campsite can often require going during the off season (Spring/Fall) when crowds are not as common. Otherwise, smaller campsites can get cramped.
Thankfully, you don’t need to hide out in your tent as local activities are plentiful. To start, just 15 minutes North-East, the “Ape Caves” of Mount St. Helens provide visitors a completely unique opportunity to tour the volcanic tunnels left behind by the infamous volcanic eruption of 1980. In addition, those willing to drive can travel through I-5N, east on HWY 504, to check out the Mount St. Helens visitor center. If you’re really adventurous, check out the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument for amazing insight into to eruption, and panoramic views of the dome.
On the lake itself, most forms of boating are common, as well as water skiing and wakeboarding during morning hours. Additionally, the lake is also a premier fishing spot known for its abundance of Kokanee and Cutthroat Coastal Trout. You’ll need a fishing license, which can be purchased on the way in the town of Woodland.
If you have an interest in beautiful scenery, you’re going to feel right at home here. If your thing is fishing and boating, you’re still in luck! Whatever your intentions, Beaver Bay is a great option for those looking for a place to stay and recreate among Washington’s wild terrain.
The camp hosts maintained the park amazingly well, everything was very very clean. The view over the water was stunning (lots of sail boats!) and far enough out of town to be peaceful, and see the stars. The only downside was how close the spots were to each other. I suppose if we’d come in a group it would have been perfect!
Excellent location, close to lots of great hiking!!! Nice clean flushing toilets, showers. Well maintained.
Spent a weekend in late fall camping. Great views and trails for days. Short ride to Mount Saint Helens and the Ape Caves as well as hiking the areas up the side of the mountain. Nice launch point to all kinds of fun.
We had a great stay at Beaver Bay! Located at the base of Mt St Helens, there is so much to do in this area, you’ll never get bored!
We enjoyed the amenities the campground had to offer including restroom and shower facilities, firewood for sale and a dishwashing station. There were some noisy children nearby, but overall our spot was fairly quiet and shaded. We look forward to going back again soon!
Beaver Bay Campground is a well-run private campground in Washington about 45 mintues east of I-5. It's kept clean and has easy access to Yale Lake for boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and inflatables. Ape Caves are nearby as are a number of hikes that are worth considering while you are there.
my family went and they were full and didn't have any walk in sites avail, they said all booked up until after labor day. we got there at ten and stayed until six and they let us pop up our tent during the day so we could take an after swim nap. it was a lot of fun. water was cool, but great to swim in, waves were almost non existant. you can just float on a tube and chill. the lake is filled with a lot of rocks, definitely need to bring water shoes or it hurts and there was a lot of bees. the campsites looked very close together and open, with no privacy. won't be camping there overnight, but a wonderful place to hang out at during the day. will be back
Nice little campground. Sites are a little uneven for tent camping. Clean beach but very cold water.
We have been camping here each summer since I was a kid and now I bring my kids to camp here! There's fishing, swimming, a playground, showers and great camp sites!
This campground is a hidden gem. My husband and I climbed Mt St Helens this month, and this campground was perfect! It was close to the trailhead, gorgeous and affordable! I would absolutely return here!
Some loops don’t take reservations, so we were able to get a spot last-minute. If you’re not boating or swimming, there aren’t really other ways to spend your time. We were on our way further into the mountains, the site is very close to the national park and national forests. Very wooded, not private, close to water.