Tumwater Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed


Based on the recommendation of Forest Service Hydrologists and the 2014 Burned Area Emergency Response Team, Tumwater Campground will remain closed to the public for 2017.  Tumwater Campground sits on an alluvial fan and is prone to debris flows and flooding, resulting from conditions created by the Chiwaukum Fire of 2014. The lack of vegetation recovery across the upper watersheds of Chiwaukum, Hatchery, and Thompson Creeks makes these drainages prone to flooding and debris flows which can directly affect Tumwater Campground.  The powerful hydrological events which were observed this fall after average rainfall events, combined with dam/debris flow potential immediately upstream from the campground have contributed to the decision to keep Tumwater Campground closed for the 2016 season.  The Forest Service will reevaluate conditions later in 2017 to determine whether the campground will open in 2018.

UPDATE 3/26/2018: In 2017 the Forest Service, along with Thousand Trails, began the process of cleaning up Tumwater Campground so as to re-open the site for use. This includes the removal of over a hundred hazard trees as well as assessing the water and distribution system. In 2017 Forest Service crews and a contractor from Thousand Trails dropped over 100 hazard trees. Brush clean-up and disposal also occurred and will occur again in the spring of this year.

There is still much to be done to bring this site up to speed so as to open after 4 years of being closed. Safety of the public is of utmost importance and we are making sure that all hazards are mitigated prior to making it available for use.

The intent is to open at least the first compground loop and day use area sometime for the summer of 2018, though an exact date for this is not known at this time. It is likely that it would be a dry camp as issues with the water system may not be addressed until a later time. We will continue to assess hazards and conditions to open more of the campground possibly in 2019.

Thousand Trails is the current concession that operates and maintains campgrounds on the Wenatchee River Ranger District under permit with the Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest.


Located along Highway 2 and the Wenatchee River in Tumwater Canyon, 11 miles from Leavenworth. The group site includes shelter with a fireplace. There is also a basketball court.

At a Glance

Reservations: First-come, first-serve, except reservations required for group site. Call 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639) or  recreation.gov
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Single unit: $23 / night  Double unit: $46 / night Extra vehicle: $14 / night Group site: $100 / night Picnic site: $7 / vehicle between 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions: Trailers 50 ft. max. Maximum of 70 people and 40 vehicles at group site.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Passes: 50% discount for single site camping with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Wenatchee River Ranger District

General Information


From Leavenworth, WA, take US-2 West for about 10 miles. The campground is on the right side of the highway.

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Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

No. of Sites1 55+ people group site(s)
Reservation InfoReservations required for group site. 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 http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73881&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

Campground Camping

No. of Sites84 single site(s), 2 double site(s), 1 55+ people group site(s)


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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Tent camping
Camping trailer No hookups. Max trailer length 50'