I’m much more of a state park and remote campground person. The Steamboat Rock campground seemed crowded and overly developed to me. It was also the most expensive place I stayed on a drive across the country. There are multiple loops and sections to choose from. Most sites have a view of the water if you can see past the RVs.The scenery is incredible especially in the early morning and evening light. There is also a store and concessions stand. Seems much more a place for bigger groups or families than a solo traveler looking for a peaceful evening.
Discovered this place 2 years ago and now it's an annual event. We go in late June, perfect weather, and few bugs. This geography reminds me of the southwest, AZ, NV, bit jist a few hoirs drive from Seattle.
Snack shack and playground for kods, with paved trails to connect all the loops. Showers with hot water for a small fee. Campground is beautiful and very clean.
Cabins with A.C. are available.
My favorite thing is the clear skies at night, so I can lay in my tent and watch for falling stars.
Really has everything you need.
This camp ground has everything… Group camping, cabins, tent and RV. Nestled at the base of steamboat rock which provides trails for hiking. The top provides some amazing views. Sun rise at the top is breathtaking, sunset may be a challenge to scale back down for less experienced hikers. Worth the trip to the top.
My favorite is boating it even just floating on the lake.
This campground must cost a mint to maintain - the lawn is midwestern-perfect and trimmed to perfection, the landscaping is gorgeous, and the campground is sprayed nightly if mosquitoes are particularly bad even in the height of August. That being said, there's nothing delineating your site from the neighboring site, so you're really just sharing a lawn with a hundred of your fellow campers. This campground is very popular with families with young children, so be prepared to have kids whizzing around on their scooters at all hours of the day. It was kinda awesome to see kids play in the street in a way i bet they couldn't at home.
So the cabins - that's what you really want. they're air-conditioned, comfortable, and clean. there's a fridge, a picnic table, a fire pit, and your own personal patch of pristine kelly-green lawn. worth EVERY penny!
We went here during the summertime and the cabins were just awesome they have a little AC unit in there which made it great to relax and after we had gotten home from hiking around in the rocks. You could also camp in a tent however with the quality of the cabins the price was well worth it especially during the summer time when it was sweltering hot highly recommended
We stayed a couple of nights in the cabins in this campground when they were brand new in 2013. Personally, I'd be wary of tent camping in the summer here because it gets very hot. Returning from a day hiking on the rock and chilling in the AC of the cabin was priceless.
The location is great, you can walk right from the camp area up the mesa which has incredible views, or go swimming in the lake or any other water based activity. It's a short drive to town where there's a grocery store and the Grand Coulee Dam, which is a must-see if you're in the area. At night they do laser light shows, which was a fun side trip.
The facilities are great, water tap nearby, picnic table and fire pit with grill at the site, and clean restrooms with showers (that you pay for). The bathrooms get pretty sauna like in the heat but are survivable. We had a blast trying our hardest to grill things on the fire pit, though we did break down and use the microwave in our cabin at least once… The minifridge in the cabin was also nice for that. Glamping at it's finest!
Great camping spot at a state park with trails and lake access. This is a big park with lots of amenities and lots of people in the summer time. But you can always hike a trail or get on the water to escape the crowds.
The area is stunning and outside of the camp ground and park its pretty remote.
Because this campground has a boat launch we would make this an annual trip with the ski boat. The lake is big enough to find a clear spot for skiing.
Another option on Baker Lake is a private resort Sunbanks Resort. They also have boat launches and their campground is much larger and even has a few dozen little dry cabins. They get much more crowded and hectic but, it's an option if you can't reserve a spot at the Steamboat State Park you can likely get a spot at Sunbanks.
Very busy place but worth the compromise. Wonderful swimming, boating, fishing and hiking all within walking distance of all campsites.
Sites are spacious and very well cared for, but not private. I wouldn't tent camp here in high season due to the extremes of heat and crowds, but had a wonderful 4 days in April in the trailer with a mostly empty park.