Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
Pets Unknown
Drinking Water
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.


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.


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.

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

$20.00 - $90.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Firewood Available
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
La Wis Wis Campground is located in Washington
46.6739 N
-121.5878 W
Get Directions
From Packwood, Washington, go 5 miles east on State Route 12 to Campground.
16 Reviews of La Wis Wis Campground
Always a Joy for the family

This camp ground is always a blast for the family, however it can be crowded. We try and plan our trips so we arrive on Thursday and have a day of relaxing before a lot of people show up. Our Kids love site C-12 because of the hill behind the site it great for climbing, playing and exploring. Just a short drive into the national park with lots of trails!

One o the best in Washington

This is one of my favorite campgrounds in Washington State. The area is very large, offering campers the choice of woodsy sites or water front. There are port o hole bathrooms spaced out amongst the sites, though no showers. Depending on snow melt, the river can be bare or flowing freely. Water is very cold but there are lots of swimming holes and even a rope swing.

There is a group site, but when we have gone we just get a few spaces clustered together on the river. Works well and gives the little ones nice space to play in between camp sites.

Large campground, pit toilet, right on the river.

Our space was large, and was right on the river, we enjoyed our campfire, and quiet time. Some campsites are pretty tight and the road in the campground is very narrow. I might go back, it wasn’t hot enough to swim yet and the river was beautiful to watch.

Great for tent camping

This is an older campground with smaller roads and bigger campsites. This makes it great for tent campers and those with smaller RV's or tent trailers. The larger loud RV's would not fit in the spots or on the roads. Quiet for the most part with sounds of the river being heard and only the occasional sound of road noise. The bathrooms were not well kept up and lots of broken toilets and sinks when I went so that was a downfall. The river spots are prime real estate and I would recommend those if you can due to the cool breeze that comes off them. Overall a good campground that I would go to again. Oakwood is close by and has a small grocery store and the entrance to Mt. Rainier was only a 10 min drive away.

Big Trees

Nice restrooms. The scenery is gorgeous and is conviently located by Packwood. Massive trees and campground is pet friendly. Also reservations are welcome. The spots are kind of close together so you will be able to see & hear your neighbors. But there is a lot to do.

First to Review
Long time favorite

I've been coming here since I was a little kid and it's still one of my favorite campgrounds (with leashed pets allowed). It's cute, wooded, with a moss covered old growth forest, fairly private camps, with one large group site available. Obviously the river spots are the prime locations but we recently had to branch out and stayed in the more wooded Loop B at site B4. We found we had plenty of space and privacy for a party of 5. At this location we had piped water between us and site B5, and we were conveniently located a short walk from restrooms and Purcell Falls. There are plenty of options to keep you busy inside the campground such as visit to one of the many rivers or creeks, the blue hole or a hike to Purcell falls.
If you choose to use the campground as a base camp your close to many other options as well; Ohanapecosh campground and amphitheater, hike naches peak loop, visit the town of Packwood or Mount Rainier National Park (no pets allowed).