Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
Pets Unknown
Drinking Water
About Gatton Creek Campground/Day Use Area

Gatton Creek Campground is located on the south shore of Lake Quinault next to Gatton Creek, a small rainforest stream. Campsites and the picnic units are located along the shore of the lake with views across the water to the forested slopes of Olympic National Park.

The area provides opportunities to swim and use non motorized boats nearby. There are 5 walk-in campsites that accommodate tents. There are also 3 picnic units. Nearest boat ramps are located at Willaby and Falls Creek Campgrounds.

Access Gatton Creek Trail #888 from the trailhead across from the campground along South Shore Road. 

Operator
National Forest
Access
Walk In
Features
Drinking Water
Firewood Available
Market
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Gatton Creek Campground/Day Use Area is located in Washington
Latitude
47.4731 N
Longitude
-123.838 W
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Directions
From Aberdeen, WA travel north on US Highway 101 for 45 miles to the junction of the South Shore Road. Turn right (east) and proceed 2.8 miles on South Shore Road and turn left into the Gatton Creek Campground and Day Use parking area.    
3 Reviews of Gatton Creek Campground/Day Use Area
Lakeside Walk-In sites

This 6 site campground is walk-ins only. On the south shore of Lake Quinault. It was full when I was there so couldn't get any photos of the tent sites but they seemed pretty standard with gravel footprints, picnic benches and fire pits.

 There's a pit toilet on-site and extra parking. It looks like $25 per night and there is lakefront access to Lake Quinault, which is always a plus. This is a good spot if Falls Creek and Willaby are full and you don't have time or the desire to travel way upriver to Graves Creek or North Fork campgrounds. In my opinion, it's a little steep for a tent-only site but then again the view is worth a million dollars!

Great spot

Only five sites at this campground - first come first served - all are walk up and all are on a semi private beach on Lake Quinault with beautiful water for swimming and kayaking and fantastic trails directly across the road. Easy access to the Quinault lodge restaurant and a Mercantile general store which has almost everything you could need, including firewood. This was a fantastic campground the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because there is very little privacy and less than ideal bathroom facilities. Not much but a shrub or two separates you from your neighbors, so if that is something that's important to you, you might consider looking elsewhere. There is only one women's and one men's bathroom - in the parking lot - and the women's room was so foul (and I mean foul by campground standards) I couldn't stay in there longer than 20 seconds and wasn't able to use it again the whole weekend. No showers available on site. That said, the lake is gorgeous and the ability to literally walk out of your tent and be on the beach is pretty fantastic and I was able to swim in the lake every morning so I didn't miss the shower facilities much! Oh, and one more important note – unless you have an air mattress or serious pads don't even think about staying here, because the campsites have no grass or dirt and they are solid rock just like the beach - I'm talking large pebbles. Didn't bother us because we had an inflatable mattress, luckily, but if we hadn't there would've been no way to sleep on the ground at this site!

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Practically Perfect

no plan, just hoping. chatted with the gentleman working the museum at Lake Quinalt and he recommended Gatton. great spot! only five sites, all walk up, all right on the lake. we had our own private beach and it was lovely. the sites are close but private. the grounds are well maintained and have water, toilets. hikes and trails nearby so lots of walking opportunities. bring your kayak!