The campground is next to Wynoochee Lake, which offers swimming, boating and fishing. The sites were adequate in size and have picnic tables and fire rings. Reasonable privacy. The bathrooms were clean and things were generally well maintained. There was a fair amount of noise during the day from power boats on the lake, but it was always possible to find a quiet place along a trail to enjoy nature. Firewood available for purchase from the campground host. If you camp in a lot of National Forest campgrounds, this is pretty standard: basic amenities, clean & maintained, scenic location. There were lots of mosquitoes, so come prepared. (Our experience in this campground inspired us to buy a screen house, which is well worth it. If we would have had it here, we would have avoided some of the dozens of bites we got.)
This campground has scenic beauty all around it. If you like taking pictures of dramatic mountain peaks reflected in a lake, or fields of colorful wildflowers amongst the boulders,you will find plenty of opportunity here. Despite the fact that we were there over the 4th of July, the only busy place was at Redfish Lake. Many people walked down to the lake to fish or to paddle on inflatables, and a few braved the cold lake temperature to swim. We had the trails to ourselves, and the campground itself was reasonably quiet and never filled to capacity while we were there midweek. The campsites are large, with paved and relatively level driveways for campers and RVs, and flat cleared areas to set up a tent. Bathrooms are clean, with flush toilets. No showers here, but they are available within the Redfish Lake area. The drinking water was cool and tasty. Firewood is available for purchase, and the campground host, Wally, was very friendly and helpful.
This was a one night stop on a road trip, but we had an incredible experience and plan to return. After driving through the desert for most of the day, we were amazed to climb into the mountains and be in an alpine environment. The elevation is 8400 feet, and the views are incredible. There were so many wildflowers in bloom, in such artfully arranged groups of color and form. The sunset was unreal, with the sinking sun illuminating the clouds from underneath. And the stars - oh my god, I've never seen so many stars. We do a lot of camping, and this is at least in my top 10 of awe-inspiring overnight stays.
There are cattle grazing in the area, and our dog couldn't resist rolling in fresh cow poop. Luckily I was prepared to give him a bath and wash his harness, and the surroundings were so stunning that I couldn't get mad at either the dog or the cows. There was no drinking water available. The vault toilets were clean and maintained. There were mosquitoes, so be prepared.
The most important thing to know is that you will get lost, or at least confused, if you use the information listed on even the official website. This campground is NOT in the Caribou-Targhee NF, it is in the Cache NF. And the road is not marked as St.Charles Canyon Road; it is labeled as Minnetonka Cave Road. We wasted an unnecessary amount of time finding the campground because of this misinformation. We also had to wait for cattle that graze the area to move off the road.
This is a pleasant enough campground, with views of rock formations, a flowing creek, and plenty of wildflowers. There is good drinking water available, and the vault toilets were clean.
When we camped here in July 2018, the road over Boca Dam was closed, and the detour directions were very confusing. After driving over miles of unpaved and poorly marked roads, we finally arrived. It was worth it. The lake is a beautiful shade of blue, and there is a sweet smell of pine in the air. The views from our campsite were amazing. Boating and fishing are permitted, and families with young kids were paddling around the shallows on inflatable rafts. There is no drinking water. The vault toilets were clean and maintained. The campground host was friendly and helpful.
We camped from 6/18 - 6/20, a Monday through Wednesday. There was only one other occupied campsite out of about 25 on our loop. When we came last year in early July, there were more campers but it still wasn't filled. We have a Senior Access Pass, so we paid only $10 per night instead of $20. Clean campsites with picnic tables, and fire rings with nice adjustable height cooking grates. There is firewood for sale at the campground host's. Drinking water is available, and the bathrooms are clean and have flush toilets. We were happy to have our screen tent, because there were more than a few mosquitoes. A paved trail goes along the lake for 5 miles, suitable for bicycles, strollers, and hikers. There are big fish in the lake, and there are white pelicans and bald eagles who feed on those fish. Beautiful scenery with strategically located picnic tables near the lake, and nice places to spread a blanket and take a lakeside nap.
We were not able to camp at Mackerricher as planned, so we pulled into Van Damme. Beautiful little beach and woodsy, shady campsites. The downside for us was that dogs were restricted on trails, so we had limited hiking opportunities available to us.
This campground has not been open for years, so I've never actually camped here. Don't plan on spending any time here.
I just reviewed the campground and the posting indicated that dogs are not allowed! I couldn't find a way to edit it so listen up - if you've got a well behaved pup, this is an awesome place to camp with your furry pal.. Dogs are supposed to be on a 6 foot leash, but I see lots of dogs enjoying the beach sans leash every time I go.
There is no source of fresh drinking water. There are portable toilets, but they are often lacking toilet paper, and at times the garbage cans are overflowing and the toilets are a health hazard. The 10 campsites are small, and except for #1, there is no privacy or space between sites. The picnic tables are rotting away. It's ridiculous that the camping fee is $35. And yet, this is one of my favorite places to camp. The Navarro River flows into the Pacific here, and this is a great site to watch seals in the ocean and otters in the river. People build incredible driftwood structures on the beach.