Gifford Pinchot National Forest
|Camping in Gifford Pinchot National Forest Camping in Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Paul Edmondson/National Geographic/Getty)|
Campsites in the following campgrounds list are available for advanced reservation through the National Recreation Reservation Service. These campsites are managed for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest by Northwest Land Management, 675 Gilman Street, Palo Alto, California 94301-2528. Call Toll Free: 877-444-6777.
Some campgrounds close after Labor Day, but dispersed camping is still permitted.
|Campground||Capacity Persons||Total Sites||Sites Reserveable||Water|
|Walupt Horse MF||12||6||6||Yes|
|Walupt Lake MF||12||3||2||Yes|
|Adams Fork #21||12||1||1||Yes|
|Adams Fork #13||20||1||1||Yes|
|Adams Fork #11||10||1||1||Yes|
|Chain of Lakes||6||3||0||No|
|Lewis River/Sunset Falls|
|Lower Falls MF||12||2||2||Yes|
|Lower Falls Grp||20||1||1||Yes|
|Tower Rock Prem||6||7||5||Yes|
|Nrth Fk Gp Bear||40||1||1||Yes|
|Nrth Fk Gp Beaver||40||1||1||Yes|
|Nrth Fk Gp Elk||40||1||1||Yes|
|North Fork Prem||6||4||3||Yes|
|Iron Creek Prem||6||9||7||Yes|
|Iron Creek MF||12||17||14||Yes|
|Blue Lake Creek||6||11||10||Yes|
|Goose Lake Prem||6||6||4||Btl|
|Peterson Pre MF||12||7||5||Yes|
|Peterson Sm Grp||20||1||1||Yes|
|Cultus Creek MF||12||8||5||Yes|
|Paradise Cr Prem||6||5||4||Yes|
Outside of Campgrounds
Camping outside of campgrounds is permitted throughout most of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Please observe a few simple guidelines to make your stay safer and fun, practice the "No Trace" ethic and leave a clean forest for others to enjoy.
- Maximum Stay Limit: 28 days per site, 45 days per year.
- After 28 days, you are required to move at least 5 miles away.
- Locate your camping spot outside of fragile meadows and restricted areas, and preferably on bare or mineral soil.
- Camp out of view from major roads and trails, where possible.
- Camp at least 100 feet away from the shoreline of lakes and streams to help protect plants and animals that use these areas.
- Avoid trenching around sleeping areas. Select a campsite with good natural drainage.
Streams and lakes are home to many microscopic organisms; some of them can make you very sick. So don't take a chance; treat your water or bring water from home... and, of course, never clean dishes or fish in a stream or lake.
Campfires are a favorite camping tradition. Help protect the site and forest with a few precautions:
Use camp stoves to help conserve ground cover resources or....
- Use and existing fire ring where available. If you need one, build it small and in a safe place and not under overhanging branches.
- Gather only dead and down wood for your fire while camping. Never cut (or nail into) live trees. (A firewood permit is required to remove wood from the Forest.)
- You should have a bucket, shovel, and axe available to control or extinguish escaped fire. Never leave a fire unattended.
- Remember Smokey's Message: "Prevent Forest Fires." Be sure your fire is DEAD OUT before you leave. Drown it, turn it, stir it until it's cool to the touch (including charcoal).
If there are no toilets available, choose a suitable, screened spot at least 100 feet away from any stream or lake. Dig a small hole about 6 inches deep by 8 inches in diameter. After use, fill the hole with soil and replace the duff. This allows the waste to decompose naturally. Bury toilet paper in the same hole. Empty built-in or portable toilets at sanitary dump stations.
Always "PACK IT OUT!" Please leave your campsite cleaner than you found it. Clean up and remove any manure, hay and straw before leaving.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication