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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Guide

Introduction

Take a well-deserved self-care break and camp in your RV at Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. A vast area of over one million acres, discover the lush, green old-growth forest and calming blue rivers of this park. Located next to the Canadian border, this national forest finds its home in Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima counties in Washington state. Home to abundant wildlife, you may see mountain goats, bears, and osprey. Let yourself relax and enjoy the majestic sights of the breathtaking peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range. Spend time hiking one of the 213 trails, paddling down the Columbia River, or fly fishing at Waptus Lake.

Grab your camera to take photos of the majestic glacier-fed Lake Wenatchee and once you’re there, plan on having a picnic. If heading out on an ATV, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the trail map. If you need a little more adventure, consider rock climbing. You’ll want to pack your rain gear in your camper as Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest annually receives 70 inches of precipitation. There are dozens of RV campgrounds to choose from. Read on below to find out details on some of those featured RV campgrounds.

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Camping Accommodations

36'
Max RV length
36'
Max trailer Length
Electrical hookup
Water hookup
Generator use
Food storage
Sewer hookup
Dogs & cats

RV Rentals in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Transportation

Driving

Escape to the calming forest as you drive down the North Cascades National Scenic Highway to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is only a two-hour drive from Seattle and a three-hour drive from Yakima. A beautiful place to visit and drive through, you'll be glad you came to Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests for your next RV camping adventure. Keep in mind that this national forest is in a mountainous region, so many roads are winding or narrow. You'll want to drive slow if you are in a big rig. Check road conditions before you head out in the winter since roads may be dangerous or closed due to snow. Most of the roads within this natural forest are gravel, although there are paved roads at some campgrounds.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Campsites in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

First-come first-served

Lone Fir Campground

Tucked away among the fir trees, you'll find tranquility when RV camping at Lone Fir Campground. Located near the east side of the pass, the campground is accessible from Highway 20. Campers love having the nearby hiking trails and scenic views of the nearby mountain range, making this a popular campground. This is an excellent spot for bicyclists due to its access to the Cutthroat Creek Trail and Lone Fire Trail. Or, you can spend your time watching a sunset over Early Winters Creek after a day of fishing or paddling. Open from July through October, the campground offers 54 camping sites with picnic tables and vault toilets. The maximum RV length is 36 feet.

Klipchuck Campground

Once you arrive at Klipchuck Campground, you will wish that you could stay forever. A highly coveted campground, this area offers 92 camping spots for RVs and features toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables. Open from May to October, you are limited to a maximum stay of 14 days. If traveling with a larger group, you can combine sites so you can all stay together. There is the Early Winters Creek nearby to enjoy some early morning fishing, as well as hiking trails like the Driveway Butte Trail. The maximum RV and trailer length is 34 feet.

Fox Creek Campground

Be among the wild beauty of Washington when you live the rustic lifestyle from your motorhome at Fox Creek Campground. Nestled near Fox Creek, enjoy a little fishing for your next outdoor meal. For campers, picnic tables, drinking water, and vault toilets are available. Garbage service is provided. Pick one of the 16 spots, as the campground offers large and privates sites among the trees. With its excellent proximity next to the Breitenbush River, you'll soon fall into a peaceful sleep while listening to the sounds of running water. The maximum RV length is 28 feet.

Seasonal activities in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Off-Season

Fishing

Take yourself the calm and tranquil waters of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. An angler’s haven, you can fish from your boat, along the Columbia River, or in the glacier-fed Lake Wenatchee. Fly fishing is a popular sport as well. Relax among the beautiful settings as you catch an array of trout, Northwest salmon, steelhead, and much more. Pack your favorite rod in your campervan, and make sure you have the correct Washington fishing license.

Wildlife Watching

If you want to get away and lose yourself for a couple of hours, this national forest is an excellent place to do just that and view the area’s wildlife. A photographer’s paradise, this unspoiled Washington’s wilderness runs the gamut as you see native animals, such as wolverines, moose, deer, bear, and eagles. You may even see large herds of mule deer, mountain goats, and elk during your RV camping trip.

Snow Sports

There is nothing like being out in the winter powder on your snowmobile at Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. You can enjoy excellent snowmobile routes, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing for fun and adventure for all ages - young and old. No matter how you like to spend time outdoors among the snow, the fun doesn't stop in winter. Plan on checking the current weather conditions before you head out and always travel with avalanche gear.

In-Season

Hiking

Exhale and let yourself take in the beauty of the great outdoors at Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests. There are 213 trails to hike, run, or bike. While a majority are perfect for beginners, 97 trails range from three to almost 123 miles in length. Pack your best hiking shoes, bug spray, and some sunscreen and head out from your RV for a day of adventure.

Paddling

Plan to head out from your motorhome camping site early in the morning and take advantage of the majestic scenery of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest out on your kayak or canoe. From the lush, green forest to the east Cascade Range mountains reflected along the water’s surface, your trip down the river will be like no other. There is a boat launch you can use from most of the campgrounds.

Picnicking

Come out to Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests to see majestic jagged mountain views to the green canopy from the old-growth forest as you relax and enjoy your outdoor next meal. There are beaches at campgrounds that provide picnic tables with small fire pits, making for a perfect moment to stop, relax in the sun, as you take a break from being out in the water.