Campground: Iron Creek

Area Status: Open
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This large campground (98 sites) is on a flat along the Cispus River and is located in an old growth stand of Douglas fir, Hemlock, and Cedar. Lush vegetation and ample space between sites makes them quite private. This is a great place to camp while exploring the more remote side of Mount St. Helens. Iron Creek Campground Loop encircles the campground and is perfect for a stroll through the big trees and offers great views of the Cispus River.

View an Iron Creek Campground Loop Trail map (.pdf)

View an Iron Creek Campground map (.pdf)

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 4/30/24: The 2024 Camping season will be operated by ExplorUS Concessionaire commencing May 17th, 2024 and ending September 22, 2024. For reservations visit: (Ranger District Does Not handle reservations or availability of campsites)
Reservations: Make reservations at, or by calling 1-877-444-6777, up to 6 months in advance. *Some first come first serve sites are available.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water
  • Camping: Reservations open on 5/24/2024
    • Single Site/$27
    • Double Site/$50
  • Extra Vehicle: $8
Open Season: 05/17/2024 - 09/22/2024
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Maximum vehicle length is 24-40 feet.  Due to a fire in 2023 Loop A will remain closed in 2024.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA You can only reach this campground on Forest Road 25 from Randle, Washington. You cannot reach this campground by traveling from Cougar Washington heading north. Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Alerts & Closures (
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: 50% discount for single site camping fee with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.
Operated By:
Information Center:
  • Concessionaire, ExplorUS: 661-702-1420
  • Ranger District Office: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District (THIS OFFICE DOES NOT MANAGE RESERVATIONS OR REFUNDS!)

General Information


From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer right in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Continue to follow Forest Road 25 for 7.8 eight miles and arrive at the campground on your left.


This is one of the first recreation areas encountered when entering the forest heading south just off of Forest Road 25 from Randle, WA. This site, including the campground and picnic area, offer flat, accessible parking and paths.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
No. of Sites 80 single site(s), 18 double site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
No. of Accessible sites 3 of 98

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

There are paved, level spurs and easy RV parking.

No. of Sites 98
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
Pavement Type for Parking Asphalt
Hookup - Water No
Size Restrictions 40'
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Corrals 42'

River and Stream Fishing

Recreation areas with activity River and Stream Fishing:

Fishing in Cispus River.  See Washington State fishing regulations.

Fish Species Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout, whitefish


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking: Barrier-free picnic area in campground.


Accessible: water, trail, toilets, picnic table, camping

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