It’s a ways from anywhere unless you happen to live in the middle of nowhere. It’s a great place for big groups. Get a few sites together and bring your bikes. Many sites are in full sun which is not awesome, but there are some really cool lakeside sites. It’s cool for tow behind tubing, a little morning fishing, daytime swimming in the swim area. If you need a day trip there’s plenty of hiking and the town of Winthrop is pretty cool even though it’s pretty touristy, once we took a day trip horseback riding, too. It’s awesome, totally relaxing and gorgeous. Be advised that it is like all high altitude areas really hot in the day and reallly cold at night. Bring shorts and sweats.
Campground was pretty full. I think the best part was the beach. The kids loved kayaking near the ducks. I would not let them kayak too far though. The lake was full of boats and jet skis going pretty fast and the lake is not very wide. Also, there is a boat docking fee which I think is silly when we only have kayaks.
Swimming area for kids, lots of big grassy fields for playing. The stores are an added bonus!
We were scheduled to camp for 2 nights but ended up leaving after 1 night. We camped at the West Campground, it’s right after the private resort. We arrived early and they were watering our site so we drove around and checked out the East Campground. Seems likes the East was more popular with campers. There were maybe a total of 5 campers on the West side in the middle of the week on a Wednesday. This campground is a short distance to Winthrop and Twisp. Our site was great, fished on the back part of our site and there was enough room for our pop up camper and truck. It was very windy while we were there and the mosquitoes were everywhere. We drove in to town to get additional mosquito repellents and nothing worked. We decided to leave a day early because of rain in the forecast and I was getting eaten by mosquitoes. If it wasn’t for the rain and mosquitoes we would have stayed! Wing
This is a very busy park/campground so it’s kinda noisy when you wanting to get away! However we still had a great time hanging out at the lakeside beach area, it’s dog friendly, hot weather, and close to downtown Winthrop for great shopping and food!
Hosted a Northwest Forest Soils Council field tour based here. The sites were good for multiple tents and group activities. The bathrooms and showers were clean and well kept. It was a very nice site for a group camping. The lake and surrounding scenery were spectacular!
Disclaimer - I never camped here, but we visit the park all the time during the day whenever we are in the area to let our dog swim and just enjoy the lake.
This place is BUSY. There is no real privacy as most of the sites are clumped together on loops in a grass field by the lake.
The lake is fun - people are always boating (there is a boat slip) and floating and swimming. So if you want to be around a large community, (and don't mind no privacy) then this could be the place for you.
If you are tent camping, there are MUCH better campgrounds in the area that offer more privacy.