Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
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Drinking Water
About Salmon La Sac

Salmon La Sac Campground is bordered by the Cle Elum and Cooper Rivers in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. This campground is a popular gathering place for individuals and families wanting to enjoy the mountains and a multitude of recreational activities at an elevation of 2,300 feet.


In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and mountain biking in summer and early fall, the area offers excellent cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter months. Snowmobiles are not allowed in the campground. 

Salmon la Sac is closed to camping October through April. Nearby Salmon la Sac Sno-Park offiers access to groomed ski trails through the campground December through March.

Salmon la Sac Campground is also popular among anglers, with rainbow and cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon available in abundance.

Hikers will enjoy traversing rugged terrain from the Waptus River Trail, located within walking distance of the campground. Forested and lined with an underbrush of blueberries, hikers reach Hour Creek after strolling 3 miles. Take your lunch next to this clear mountain stream and return to camp or continue another 6 miles along the Waptus River to stunning views of Waptus Lake and craggy peaks of Summit Chief Mountain. 


Salmon la Sac Campground offers drinking water, trash collection and vault toilets. There are 67 sites for both tent and RV camping, 40 of these are reservable.

Sites are equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings with grills.

Natural Features

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers stunning scenic views, with high, glaciated alpine peaks, valleys of old growth forest and rugged shrub-steppe country making up the diverse landscape. Elevations range from below 1,000 feet to over 9,000 feet. Visitors to the area can expect many days of warm, sunny weather in the summer, and winters with clear skies and plenty of snow. The surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests support an abundance of wildlife, including deer, porcupine, native fish and migratory birds.

Nearby Attractions

The spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is accessible near the campground. The PCT is one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails, showcasing some of North America's most fantastic scenery as it winds its way its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.

ADA Access: N

$21.00 - $42.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Firewood Available
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Salmon La Sac is located in Washington
47.3983 N
-121.0986 W
Get Directions
From Seattle, take I-90 east for nearly 80 miles. Take exit 80 toward Salmon La Sac and turn left on Bullfrog Road. Continue to the 2nd traffic circle and take the second exit onto WA-903 north. Continue onto Salmon La Sac road. The campground is on the left, just past Cayuse Campground. From Cle Elum, WA travel north on Highway 903 / Salmon la Sac Road for 19 miles. Stay left on Salmon La Sac road to the campground. The campground is on the left, just past Cayuse Campground.
9 Reviews of Salmon La Sac
Dispersed Camping Haven

I stayed at the regular salmon la sac campground and loved the beautiful area and proximity to Seattle. The next week I went again but scouted around for dispersed (free) camping spots on this road up to the lake. There are so many of them with river access I lost count. For safety reasons me and my friend wanted one out of sight of the road, not a lot of those but we found a great one. Got chased by a female mule deer on the way to the lake and had to run back to the campsite but other than that a great trip!

Watch out though with the elevation increase it can be really cold at night.

Super fun campground

This campground was very well maintained. It had nice bathrooms and well laid out camp spots. Some are more private and forested and some are more open and on the River. We staid in a forested spot and it was private and very quiet. Also super easy to walk to the river and play.

Large, popular

It's big, it's relatively close to Seattle, great access point for local trails, close enough in to local towns for quick runs to the store if you need to. Sites vary with privacy and shade. River access between some sites. A little something for everyone.

Camping Paradise

This place is my favorite campsite! It’s very isolated from other campsites and you have the river right by you to enjoy and to beat the heat! The water may be cold, but it’s perfect for those hot 90 degree and up days.


Show up early to get a good spot because things get crowded fast. Plenty of space for setting up tents and beautiful views along the river, but my preference is for fewer people.

First to Review

It’s got access to lake hiking trails at horses. Everything.

My favorite

I've gone to Salmon la Sac (aka Fish Bag) almost every year for the past 10 years. It is my favorite! The campground itself is light on amenities so it's good if you like to rough it, but the beauty and quietness make up for it spades.


Such great views, tons of wild life, beautiful water.

Fun place to explore with amazing Lake views.

Beautiful, tranquil and relaxing. Lots of hiking and as for amenities, they've got water pumps and vault toilets. On the site, there's a fire pit and picnic table. The campsites are large. While there make sure to stop in Roslyn, WA and have a beverage at the Brick. Roslyn, WA is where Northern exposure was shot.