Goose Lake Campground is situated among a mix of mature cedars and Douglas firs within the Mount Adams Ranger District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This spot becomes popular in late summer and early autumn, when the weather is warmer and dryer, and bald eagles and osprey can be observed hunting for fish on Goose Lake. The 58-acre lake is characterized by the somewhat haunting presence of old trees rising from its cool, clear waters. Formed abruptly when a lava flow from Big Lava Bed dammed a nearby stream, this curious sight is all that remains of the trees that were consumed by what is now Goose Lake. Natural Features: Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses over 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, established by Congress in 1982. Mount Adams, a potentially active stratovolcano and the second-highest mountain in Washington state, is a prominent landmark in the District. Elevations in the area range between 1,200 ft. at the Wind River Work Center (12 miles north of Carson, WA), to 12,276 ft. at the summit of Mount Adams. The Mount Adams Ranger District features a great diversity of habitats, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows and lakes, as well as glaciers. Recreation: At a 3,200 foot elevation, Goose Lake is a popular spot for brook, brown and cutthroat trout fishing and offers a concrete boat ramp for launching small boats, kayaks and canoes. Big Lava Bed is located just south of the campground and offers a trail that takes hikers through a landscape marked by both pine forest and basalt lava formations. Huckleberry picking is a popular pastime through the late summer and early fall. Facilities: The campsite is accessed via 8 miles of narrow gravel road. Roadside parking is available. This facility is a tent campers dream, with 18 primitive walk-in tent sites dotting the eastern bank of the lake. These hillside sites are on level ground with immediate trail access to Goose Lake. Campsites have vault toilets, picnic tables and fire rings. Campers must bring their own drinking water and may purchase firewood on-site. Nearby Attractions: The 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail runs for 16.4 miles in a north-south direction through the nearby Indian Heaven Wilderness, just north of Goose Lake. Indian Heaven Wilderness is known for its abundant lakes, meadowlands and pine forests, as well as its variety of wildlife. ACTIVITIES Fishing Hiking
Nice campground. I went mid-week in Sept. Only gave 4 stars because of the toilets. Highly recommend yellow jacket traps this late in summer. Aggressive is an understatement.
Nice spot. Has a boat launch, great sites to put up tents. Love fishing here :)
Goose Lake is one of my favorite places to camp. It is a smaller campground and pretty secluded, so it's nice and quiet/private. The lake itself is beautiful - motorized boats aren't allowed so it's nice and quiet. Last year we brought our paddle boards and had a great time on the water. The campsites themselves are decent size and fairly well spread out. The whole campground is on a hill, but the sites are nice and flat (the hill is nice - everyone has a view of the lake!). They have vault toilets, which are regularly cleaned. I'd say the only downside is that you can't reserve in advance, so it's a good idea to arrive early on a Friday to get a spot.
Beautiful forest with views overlooking the lake and far-off snowy mountain peaks. Really exceptional beauty here. Campsites are all tents and all walk-to along a hill (sites are flat though) and there are pit toilets but no drinking water. This is in the middle of nowhere in a good way! We were hiking nearby, including a few miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, but the main attraction at this campground is the fishing. Make reservations if you can!
The lake is lovely and small, great for a short walk.
This is one of my favorite camping spots ever. The campground is on a hill (but all the camping spots are flat) so you get a great view of the lake from most campsites. Beautiful spot. When you start driving through the campground loop, the beginning of the loop is nearest to the water and lower than the second half of the loop. I think the first part of the campground has slightly better campsites. We stayed in 9 which I think was the best spot.