Campground: Horseshoe Lake


A map depicting trails in the High Lakes area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

High Lakes area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include: Adams Fork Campground, Boulder Trail #1C, Cat Creek Campground, Council Bluff Trail  #117, Green Mountain Trail  #110 , Hamilton Buttes Trail  #118 , Hamilton Peak Trail  #109, High Lakes Trail  #116, Horseshoe Lake Campground, Keenes Horse Camp, Keenes Trail #120, Killen Creek Campground, Spring Creek Trail  #115,  East Canyon Trail  #265, Takh Takh Meadow Trail  #136.

Area Status: Not Cleared
Photo of a body of water with trees in the distance.

The campground is a rustic site situated on a 24 acre lake, and offers most campers a view of the water. The campground is small with only 11 campsites. Fishing, boating (electric motors only), and hiking are available. Trail access to Mt. Adams Wilderness is nearby at Killen Creek trailhead. 

Nearby access to Green Mountain Trail #110High Lakes Trail #116Spring Creek Trail #115.

View a map of Horseshoe Lake Campground (.pdf).

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/17/24:  Reports of snow and down trees in campground. Concessionaire management and operations anticipated to start June 14th. Access for recreations is allowed but you must follow guidelines for Disperse Camping and Leave No Trace Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Outdoor Safety & Ethics (!  Campground has both reservation and first come first serve sites July 14-Sept. 10. Make reservations on up to 6 months in advance or you may call 1-877-444-6777.
Reservations: First come, first served
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
  • Camping: Single Site/$20
  • Extra Vehicle:$8
Open Season: 06/14/2024 - 09/22/2023
Usage: Light
  • Maximum vehicle length is 16 feet.
  • Electric motors only allowed on the lake.  Gas powered motors are not allowed on the lake.
  • Wilderness regulations apply within Mt. Adams Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: 50% discount for single site camping fee with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, In
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center:

General Information


From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Continue to follow Forest Service Road 23 for 18.5 miles then turn left onto Forest Road 21. Follow Forest Road 21 for 4.6 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 56. Follow Forest Road 56 for 3 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 5603. Follow Forest Road 5603 for 5.2 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 2329. Follow Forest Road 2329 for 3 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 2329078. Follow Forest Road 2329078 for 1.3 miles and arrive at the campground. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

A trail around the lake provides opportunities for hiking and biking.

Campground Camping

Sites are not well-defined.

No. of Sites 11 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites 1 of 11

RV Camping

Limited space for RVs.

Reservation Info Not reservable
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 16'
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Corrals 16'

Lake and Pond Fishing

A trail around the lake provides access to a variety of fishing spots.
Fish Species Tiger, Brook, and Brown Trout

Viewing Scenery

Picturesque lake.

OHV Camping

A small campground by the lake.   Nearby access to Green Mountain Trail #110, High Lakes Trail #116, Spring Creek Trail #115.
Fees: $12 overnight camping fee

Boating - Non-Motorized

Non-motorized only.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation :