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Established Camping

Gatton Creek Campground

About

USDA Forest Service

Olympic National Forest

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.__

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Location

Gatton Creek Campground is located in Washington

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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.______

Coordinates

47.47312687 N
123.8379893 W

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Access

  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets

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4 Reviews

R
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2021

Pretty and nice, but small

Great little campsite with I think 5 tent sites. Looks like it fills up pretty quickly and doesn’t take reservations so get there early! $25 fee always seems a bit ridiculous for a tent site but happy to pay it for the pleasant night’s stay. Was very quiet when we arrived at 8pm.

Month of VisitOctober
Zach A.
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2020

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!

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Gatton Creek Campground by Zach A., June 20, 2020
  • Review photo of Gatton Creek Campground by Zach A., June 20, 2020
  • Review photo of Gatton Creek Campground by Zach A., June 20, 2020
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Erin  S.
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

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!

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Gatton Creek Campground by Erin  S., August 14, 2017
  • Review photo of Gatton Creek Campground by Erin  S., August 14, 2017
  • Review photo of Gatton Creek Campground by Erin  S., August 14, 2017
Amber B.
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2017

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!

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Gatton Creek Campground by Amber B., July 27, 2017
  • Review photo of Gatton Creek Campground by Amber B., July 27, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there cell phone reception at Gatton Creek Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.