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About Takhlakh Lake Campground

Takhlakh Lake Campground sits at an elevation of 4,400 feet in a well-shaded location next to its namesake lake. The campground sits at the base of Mt. Adams, providing visitors with incredible views in every direction. The campground has a short season, but it's a particularly popular destination for hikers exploring the trails around Mt. Adams.


The campsite offers access to the Takhlakh Loop, an accessible trail suitable for all ages and skill levels and the Takhlakh Meadow Trail.

The lake provides an ideal spot for anglers to cast for rainbow trout and for boaters looking to kayak or canoe. The lake is reserved for non-motorized use only.


The campground consists of 54 back-in sites with unpaved parking spurs that vary in length from 15 to 40 feet. Some sites are tent only.

No drinking water is provided at this campground, but other amenities include vault toilets, picnic tables and campfire rings.

Takhlakh Lake Campground offers accessible sites and activities and amenities that support current accessibility standards.

Natural Features

Takhlakh Lake is part of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is located in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

This location offers breathtaking views of not only Mt. Adams, but also Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Saint Helens.

Nearby Attractions

Near the campground, hikers can access trailheads for the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail. This leads to the Highline Trail, which attracts experienced hikers and backpackers for its views of Mt. Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Oregon's Mt. Hood.

ADA Access: N

$20.00 - $32.00
National Forest
Drive In
Alcohol Allowed
Firewood Available
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Takhlakh Lake Campground is located in Washington
46.2808 N
-121.5986 W
Get Directions
From I-5: Take exit 68 and head east on US Highway 12 to Randle, Washington. Turn south onto State Highway 131 and travel 1 mile, stay left at the Y and continue southeast on Forest Road 23 for 30 miles to Forest Road 2329. Turn left onto Forest Road 2329 and follow it through the junction with Forest Road 5601. Proceed on Forest Road 2329 for 3/4-mile to the campground. The last 7 miles of Forest Road 23 are gravel surfaced.
11 Reviews of Takhlakh Lake Campground
So beautiful, bring alllll the bug spray

We love this campground. It’s remote and peaceful and the view is unparalleled. It’s a great place to play in a lake, take a hike or two, or ride bikes around the dirt roads. The mosquitos are unreal though - like clouds of them as if in a cartoon. Come prepared! Bathrooms were clean and I was surprised the actual camp roads were paved (which was great for the kids to ride bikes in the loop.) There weren’t any “bad” sites - nice to be by the water for the view, but them more bugs, so it’s a trade off.

Beautiful Site!

Takhlakh Lake campground is an absolutely gorgeous place to visit. We came in July and the weather was not that great but we were still able to enjoy ourselves. The site we stayed in had stairs that lead up to your vehicle. Beware of this if you need an ADA ore stair free site. The camp host was very friendly and had bundles of wood for sale. There is no potable water, so you must bring up your own water. The bathrooms are dump toilets and there are no showers.

While this place was beautiful, it was completely infested with mosquitoes. We had a bug canopy so got away from most of them, but I stopped counting my bites after 40. If you come, remember to bring ALOT of bug spray.

Lake is magical, lots of mosquitos

Our campsite was spacious for three couples and three dogs, and the lake is absolutely gorgeous to float on. Bathrooms are pretty well kept up, and there is firewood for sale with the camp host.

I expect bugs to be present while camping, but we all left with at least 20 mosquito bites (even after going through 4 bottles of bug spray) and the nearby hike had so many flies we had to turn around after 2 miles. Would be perfect without bugs - I would love to come back not in July.

Amazing magical and peaceful!

Although there is no potable water here, the magical lake makes up for having to haul in your own water. No motors allowed on the lake, so you can spend hours just floating around the peaceful lake, with Mt Adams watching over you. Just under 30 minute drive from Trout Lake, but feels like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Mid-July = Bugs

I camped here two nights on the ends of a backpacking trip. Lots of sites and lots of people. No water other than what’s at the lake. We also had a lot of bugs, mostly mosquitos. Great view of Mt Adams and a nice trail around the lake. The camp host was not super friendly either. Generally speaking the campground had a weird vibe.

you can't beat this spot

peaceful, serene, heavenly! you won't find a better place to camp with lake access and a view of Mt. Adam's! non motorized boats allowed only. we brought our kayaks and it was perfect! the lake is pretty decently sized and very good fishing. the only downfall was the amount of mosquitos so dont forget your bug spray!

Beautiful but crowded

This campground was very crowded and there were many dogs off leash. We were looking for a quieter get away. We drove the entire campground and found a few non-reservable spots available. However, most of them had slanted tent pads or were beside bathrooms and garbage recepticals. If you are looking to camp someplace with a gorgeous lake and great fIshIng this would be an ideal location. I suggest making a reservation.

An old favorite

We've camped here several years in a row to watch the perseid meteor shower and it was always so peaceful. the lake is beautiful and perfect for paddling. the view of mt adams (my favorite!) is stunning and the light changes so much that it continuously feels new. there's plenty of walking around the lake and outside of the campground. huckleberries galore in august. the sites used to be 1st C/1st S and they accepted no reservations. the last time we went out it was a mess. really busy, most sites already reserved, very noisy and crowded. just a totally different vibe. we paid for three nights but left after two. i still love the location and the beauty of the area but will have to research a quieter time to visit.


A beautiful spot with wonderful views but make sure to bring bug spray. The mosquitoes seemed almost vengeful!

Stunning views of Mt Adams

This is a popular campground, but the incredible views make it well worth it. Be sure to drive a car with good clearance as the road can be challenging.