Kachess Campground sits just off the forested northwest shore of Kachess Lake in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Set in dense old-growth conifer forest and surrounded by high mountains, Kachess Campground is considered one of the most beautiful sites in the Cle Elum Ranger District.
Kachess is a prime location for fishing, swimming, boating, paddling and mountain biking in summer and early fall.
The campground is also a great base camp for day-hikers and overnight backpackers. Several access trails from the area give hikers the chance to create their own excursions, whether it be a day hike or an overnight trip.
Starting at the campground, the Kachess Lake Trail is a short loop next to the lake, enjoyable for hikers of all levels.
Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon from boat or shoreline. Box Canyon Creek is closed to all fishing from the mouth, 2-miles up to the falls. Check current WDFW fishing regulations for additional restrictions.
Kachess Lake Campground offers 150 sites that accommodate both tent and RV camping, including one designated group site that can accommodate up to 50 guests. The group site and 106 single family sites are available for reservation, and the rest are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Sites are equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings with grills, vault toilets. Drinking water is available. There are no electric hookups. One motorized boat launch, one non-motorized boat launch, a swimming area and picnic areas are also available to visitors.
Towering peaks, high-country lakes and old-growth forests provide visitors with a variety of landscapes. Kachess Lake, adjacent to the campground, is a reservoir that stores and provides water for irrigation for south-central Washington. The surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests support an abundance of wildlife, including deer, porcupine, native fish and migratory birds.
The spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) can be accessed near the campground. One of the world's premier National Scenic Trails, it showcases some of North America's most fantastic scenery as it winds its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.
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We stayed here because it's the perfect base camp for our mtn bike ride. This spot was super clean and had everything we needed to be comfortable including nice bathrooms! I would encourage anyone to stay here!
My boyfriend, dog and I stayed at this campsite for the first time and we were impressed! The camp host and all the other rangers we met were helpful when we had questions, our neighbors were pleasant and generally quiet, and the location was the best part. We were just steps from lake access through a short trail that led from our campsite to the shore, and then a short walk to the flush toilets and the creek. The flush toilets BTW were very clean - I was impressed by this. Not smelly at all, and in the morning there was an employee already there stocking up the TP and hand soap! No lights in the facilities though so be sure to bring a headlamp with you. The only downside that one might have is that there is not much forested coverage as there was some logging that had taken place prior to our stay. This didn't affect our specific campsite much, but at other larger group sites you could tell there was less privacy as a result.
Overall - great stay, definitely plan on returning again!
The campsite was very clean, large and perfectly placed next to the water.
One of the things I love about living in Seattle is the number of camping spots that feel off the grid, but are less than 2 hours away. Lake Kachess is one of those places. There are a variety of sites, my friend and I walked around most of the park and checked out all of the spots. Some are very private, and somewhat more remote, while others are closer to the water and you can see your neighbors. We drove up hoping for a first come first serve spot and were lucky enough to get one! Though after camping there I would highly recommend reserving spot 20 if you plan on going. There was an older man camping there this weekend who says he has been coming for 24 years, this is by far the best spot. Lots of room, trees for hanging hammocks, and a view of the water. You can also hear the waterfall so you’d get to fall asleep to the true sound of relaxation. You can put your boat in the water from the loop at the front of the campground (plenty of people were jet skiing and boating even in the less than great weather this weekend brought). This place is beautiful whether you prefer just hanging out at your site, sitting in front of the water, low key hiking, or spending the day on the lake. I will definitely go back with a bigger group some time.
This campground is huge! Gets very busy and also great place for kids. lake access with boat and trails to hike. Been going here for years as it's fairly close to Seattle for a quick weekend trip.