Standard (Tent/RV)
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About La Wis Wis Campground

Situated at the confluence of three waterways near Mount Rainier, La Wis Wis is nestled under a canopy of towering Douglas firs and red cedars. The handful of sites that dot the riverbank enjoy the most sunshine.

With an abundance of activities nearby, La Wis Wis is a popular destination for long-stay camping. Its proximity to Mount Rainier National Park makes it an excellent base for exploring all of the area's natural wonders.

Recreation

Hikers can easily access the Blue Hole Trail and Purcell Falls Trail from La Wis Wis.

Anglers can fish for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and whitefish at either Butter Creek or Skate Creek.

Facilities

La Wis Wis is ideal for tents, car campers and truck campers with a slide-in. The Hatchery Loop sites can accommodate RVs, but navigation through other parts of the campground may be difficult due to narrow roadways and large trees.

The campground features 122 sites, including walk-in tent camping. Both vault and flush toilets are available. Picnic tables, picnic shelters and grills are provided.

Drinking water is available on-site at the main part of the camp. Campers staying at the Hatchery Loop need to bring potable water or get water at the main site.

Natural Features

Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, established by Congress in 1982.

La Wis Wis is located in the Tatoosh Wilderness area of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District. The campground sits where the Ohanapecosh River, Cowlitz River and Purcell Creek meet.

The campground features old-growth forest and opportunities to observe a variety of wildlife.

Nearby Attractions

La Wis Wis is located near the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. The popular Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise within Mount Rainier National Park is 28 miles away.

contact_info

This location has limited staffing. Please call (360) 686-3008 for general information.

Charges & Cancellations

A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy.

ADA Access: N

Sites
82
Price
$22.00 - $90.00
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
No WiFi
RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 60 ft.
Location
La Wis Wis Campground is located in Washington
Latitude
46.6739 N
Longitude
-121.5878 W
Get Directions
Directions
From Packwood, Washington, go 5 miles east on State Route 12 to Campground.
19 Reviews of La Wis Wis Campground
I didn’t want to leave!

I camped in one of the sites on the river and it was just lovely 😻 I wish I had planned on staying another night. The campsites are also huge!

Great seclusion, fantastic campground

Went in late June. Our sight was very big and right next to the river. Camp sites were very spaced out too which was a plus. Close to the town of Packwood as well as the National Park. I highly recommend.

Family favorite

My friend showed me this place when I was in middle school and I haven’t stopped going back to it since. I try to keep it low key when people ask me where I camped but I need to stop being selfish lol

Ranger Review of GCI chairs at La Wis Wis Campground

Campground Review

This campground is at the base of Mt Rainier National Park in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  To get to the campsite, you have to drive down into the ravine of where the Cowlitz River cuts through the campsite. There are many sites on the river, with the rest in the trees covering the expanse of the grounds. Large RV/ trailers can only be in the upper Loop H.

The road is a one way and for the most part, campers respect the speed limit, though there are some idiots who drive fast through. 

There are no hookups, so you will be dry camping if you bring an RV. This is very close to Packwood and a great place to stay during Memorial Weekend for their annual Flea Market.  There is no cell service at this site. Site claims to have flushing toilets, but those were removed a few years ago, there are only vault toilets and no showers. Depending on how the snow melt is during the spring, will dictate fishing and camping opening. 

Product Review

I had the opportunity to review a GCI Outdoor Backpack Event Chair.  This product is amazing for lugging around from campground to fishing and back. The chair has four different positions for reclining and hard arm supports for getting up and down. There is a large pocket on the back allowing for easy toting of items from car to wherever. The backpack straps make toting a breeze and the clip to close keeps the chair in place. It is very light and easy to transport and has a weight limit of 250, but my very large cousin (300+) was able to sit with no problem. 

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Super remote, Gorgeous

Super remote site. It’s a long road down to the campground and it is really nice but there’s only one area you can go with an RV that’s over 25 foot. There’s no Cell service so we decided not to stay.

Peaceful Riverfront Camping

Stayed in a group site in Loop E. Lovely grounds along the river. Clean campsite, clean (though dark) vault toilets, easily accessible water spigots and trash deposits throughout camp. Easy hikes to the Blue Hole swimming area and falls. Flush toilets appeared to be in the process of decommissioning. Primary drawback is parking and the overall narrowness. Roads into and around camp loops are narrow, larger RVs will struggle. Parking spaces at most campsites seemed to be designed for a time when everyone drove sedans and compact cars. The average family SUV will feel a bit cramped. Even the pull through sites were pretty slim. We were able to squish 2 SUVs, a wagon and 2 small trailers in, because parking partly in the brush was not permitted. Luckily the camp hosts were lenient with us. All in all a beautiful campsite. Gotta remember to keep it compact next time.

One of the nicest around

Campsites were big and clean with lots of privacy. Mostly new vault toilets as well. Only downside is parking is a bit of a challenge. Most of the sites look like they will barely fit one car. We got a multi site (e1) and it had space for 3 vehicles with no overflow parking. We were there in beginning of June 2019, the campground already changed all toilets to vault toilets, they are kept clean. We took a short walk to Blue hole trail, the river is freezing cold but still beautiful. This is one the best campground around. It became our favorite.

FAVORITE TRIP

We actually love this campground so much we went here for not just one but two senior trips. The big trees, fresh mountain air and awesome river make this one of the best campgrounds we have ever stayed at. We will be back, again and again. Plenty of sites for tents or RV’s. Rope swings and places to jump off just down the road. White pass hiking and sledding if there’s still snow. Always a great time.

Quiet escape from crowded Rainier

This is a great little campground to head To when Ohanepecosh in Mt Rainier NP is full and you still want to be in the area for local hikes. There is a great watering hole to swim in in the frigid but refreshing river that runs alongside most campsites, accessible from the upper (closed) loop. Some brave souls jump from the rock outcropping though we were not so intrepid. Friendly camp hosts, mostly families in camp made for a nice atmosphere in a lovely setting. Good access to Mt. Rainier hiking trails.

Riverfront, sprawling, good access to Mt. Rainier Nat. Pk.

I camped here twice this summer, once in late June and again in late July. Both times for hiking in Mt Rainier Nat Park. Great alternative to the parking lot conditions at Ohanakaposh just inside the park. Most of the sites are reservable, but a fair number are first come, first serve. The campsites along the river are the best, but fill up quickly near the weekend. Best to go early in the week if you don't have reservations. On my first trip I managed to get a riverside spot, not so lucky second time around. However, all the campsites are nice, large and well equipped. Camp hosts were very friendly and helpful.