Campground: Forlorn Lakes

Area Status: Open

Forlorn Lakes, one of the most popular campgrounds in the southern part of the forest, offers 25 campsites scattered around the wooded shores of small, picturesque lakes. Swimming and fishing are possible in the larger lakes. Huckleberry bushes grow in the campground and surrounding area making this site very popular during huckleberry season. The campsites at a maximum 18 feet long are suitable for tent camping and small campers or RV's. The day use area has lake views, picnic tables, and fire rings.

The campground is very popular, the camping spots fill early in the week. Forlorn Lakes offers nearby access to Indian Heaven via the East Crater Trailhead.

View a Forlorn Lakes Campground map. (.pdf)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/15/2024: Campground is open and being maintained. There is a $15 fee per site per night. For further information contact the Mt. Adams Ranger Station 1-509-395-3402.
Reservations: First come - first serve.
  • Camping:
    • Single site: $15/night
    • Double sites: $30/night
  • Extra Vehicle: $5/vehicle
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Maximum vehicle length is 18 feet.
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (6)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


From Trout Lake, Washington drive west on Highway 141 to the forest boundary where 141 becomes Forest Road 24. Continue west on Forest Road 24 past Peterson Prairie Campground to the intersection with Forest Road 60. At this intersection continue straight onto Forest Road 60. At the intersection with Forest Road 66 follow the signs for Goose Lake, taking a right to continue driving west on Forest Road 60. After about one and one-half miles there will be a sign for Forlorn Lakes Campground. Turn right onto Forest Road 6035 at the sign and continue on this road to the campground.                                                                                                        

From Carson, Washington, drive north for 4.8 miles on Wind River Highway (Forest Road 30) to Panther Creek Road. Take a right on Panther Creek Road at the sign for Panther Creek Campground. Stay on this road which becomes Forest Road 65 at the forest boundary for approximately 11 miles. At the intersection with Forest Road 60, take a right onto Forest Road 60. Continue on Forest Road 60 past Goose Lake to the sign for Forlorn Lakes Campground. Turn left at the sign on to Forest Road 6035 and continue to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 22 single site(s), 3 double site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

Easy RV parking for some of the spots.
No. of Sites 25
Reservation Info Not reservable
Pavement Type for Parking No
Hookup - Water No
Vehicle Clearence
Size Restrictions 18'
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Corrals 18'

Group Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

The picturesque lakes are shallow and are not usually fished. Good for very small watercraft.

Viewing Plants

Berry picking in the fall.

Viewing Scenery


Boating - Non-Motorized

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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