South Skookum Lake Campground

Area Status: Open

South Skookum Lake is relatively small and is not suitable for boats exceeding 20 feet. The boat ramp is small and unimproved. Two docks, one of which is accessible, are located near the launch area and provide fishing opportunities for campers who do not have boats. South Baldy lookout, which is still staffed during the summer months, is visible from the campground and is a popular day trip.

At a Glance

Reservations: Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
  • Camping: $29/single site
  • Extra vehicle: $10 (Overflow Parking)
  • Day use: $10
  • Season Day Pass for Colville and Idaho Panhandle: $52 
Open Season: May 24 - September 16
Restrictions: Washington state fishing license required. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at for more information.  Use of lead weights or lead jigs are prohibited. 
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Campfire in developed fire ring only        
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Pets must be on leash       
  • OHV use prohibited in the campground          
  • Maximum length of stay: 14 days     
  • No lead weights in lake
  • Food and wildlife attractants must be properly stored at all times
Closest Towns: Newport, WA
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping fees, with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age and Golden Access.
  • Day use: $52 Concessionaire Season Pass accepted. No other recreation passes honored.
Operated By: Scenic Canyons Recreational Services
Information Center: Concessionaire: Scenic Canyons -

General Information


From Newport, WA:  Follow State Highway 20 north for 15 miles to the town of Usk. Cross the bridge over the Pend Oreille River on the east edge of town and follow the Kings Lake Road (County Road 3389) 8 miles to the junction of Forest Road 5032350 (Kings Mountain). Follow Kings Mountain for 0.5 mile to the campground entrance.

Google map directions from Newport, WA

Latitude 48.39166667 Longitude -117.1827778

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Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Campground Camping

  • Popular family campground. 

RV Camping

  • Rustic campsites for small RV’s.

Lake and Pond Fishing

  • Fish Species: Cutthroat Trout
  • Fishing Access: Shoreline fishing and boat fishing.
  • Angling Season: Spring, summer and fall.

Fishing License

Washington state fishing license required. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at for more information. 

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy


  • Small picnic area next to the lake.

Boating - Motorized

  • Small watercraft advised due to small size of lake.

Boating - Non-Motorized

  • Excellent opportunity for kayakers and canoeists.


  • Popular lake for swimming. Small beach area.  


Camping trailer: Maximum vehicle length 50 feet
Picnic tables: Day Use Fee
Parking: Day Use Fee
Toilets: Vault
Accessible: Limited number of campsites
Boat ramp: Day Use Fee
Drinking water: Hand Pump

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