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.
This was a wonderful little car camping ground. While there was no complete privacy from your neighbors, there were tons of tall trees and the spots were good sided so it wasnt a big downside at all. The bathrooms were ok considering how secluded this place is. The view of the lake from here is absolutely gorgeous. Walk down to the water and drop your kayak in and enjoy the views! While there are no drinking and no smoking notices, no one was a stickler, it think they are just trying to keep out partiers as this was a fairly quiet place.
This amazing little campground is fantastic. Right next to Beaver Bay and about a 10-15 minute drive from the Lava Flows and Mt. St. Helen's, we totally lucked out finding a spot here.
We were a little nervous at first by the huge "NO DRINKING NO SMOKING" sign, but the campground hosts were easy going. This is not a party campground by any means but we kept beers on the down low and no one minded.
We were in Campground "A" which is reservation only while Campground "B" is first come, first served. My friend booked it but I think for 2 nights it was $40 or so. Not bad for 4 people. Firewood bundles were $5
There are incredibly beautiful, tall trees that surround you here. It rained a bit so I would advise putting up that rain fly!
The bathrooms are basic but decent!