Campground: Government Mineral Springs

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This is a historic site in an attractive old-growth forest setting. The campground was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937.  Camp sites for tent camping are located under trees around the edge of the foundation of the old resort hotel that was built in 1910 and burned in 1935,  in an unusual configuration for a campground. The Iron Mike Bubbling Spring provides mineral water once thought to have medicinal properties. The campground is located near Trapper Creek Wilderness. Nearby trails provide access to this Wilderness.  

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 09/25/2015: Note: Iron Mike water pump turned off for winter.
Fees $5/night
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Maximum vehicle length is 18 feet.
Closest Towns: Carson, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


From Carson, Washington travel north on Wind River Highway/Forest Road to the Fish Hatchery. Just past the Fish Hatchery, after about 13.5 miles, Forest Road 30 forms a V with Forest Road 3065.  At this V take the left fork on to 3065 and continue for about a mile to the campground.


This site is flat, but gravel. The sping is reached via a short trail from the gravel parking area.

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites5 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone

RV Camping

There is room for extra vehicles and to back in larger RVs.
Hookup - WaterNo
Reservation InfoNot reservable
Size Restrictions18'
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsNo
Hookup - SewerNo


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