Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Mountains, trees, streams, good ol dirt. Smiles and miles of Lake Kachess.

In mid-June 2021, we packed our camping gear and our German Shepherd and rumbled into Kachess Campground for a one-night stand.  Our tent was staked into site 86 and we took the dog for a walk around the grounds.  I had been here in 2006, but did not realize just how big it was.  The good thing is you really can't sense its size due to trees and growth between the sites. There are campsites here for whatever your needs are:  We saw some pretty big rigs here, some secluded sites, spaces near either of the two creeks, and plenty of opportunity to camp very close to the lake.

We cooked a pretty traditional camper supper, hotdogs over a fire, potato salad, cut apples. Smores!  In the middle of the night, we woke to animal(s) walking outside our tent. I suspect it was a deer or two, with carefully placed footing, occasional crunching of leaves and snapping of twigs. Our dog made sure they knew he was there with a few low-key but throaty "woofs".  You know what I mean.  :)

There are trout at Kachess, kokanee too, but you might be more skilled at fishing than I am and actually be able to catch something here.  I skunked again.  As I always say, though, being here is the biggest catch, and a fish is a bonus.  Some say "A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work".  Whatever you want to say, you'll enjoy yourself here.

We think we want to try the south end of the campground next time, along Gale Creek.  There's a pretty nice beach along that end. Dogs aren't allowed on that beach, though, nor are jetskis, canoes, kayaks, kites, frisbees or just about anything at all except swimming (look it up, I guess).  We pulled into that area just to have a look at it on our way out.  A seemingly harried groundskeeper told us all about what we couldn't do there (we hadn't even asked).  Maybe she was just having a bad day, but I don't know how anybody could have a bad day here.

It's gorgeous at Kachess, and smells like heaven.  Check it out sometime.


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