Kachess Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Kachess Campground is a pleasant 5-1/2 mile drive from Interstate 90, Exit 62. The 92 acre Forest Service facility is located on the northwest shore of Kachess Lake with Little Kachess Lake to the immediate north. Set in dense old-growth evergreens and surrounded by high mountains, Kachess Campground has over 100 campsites and one group campsite (by reservation only). It is an excellent location for family camping.

There are two boat launches and a picnic area. These water access points accommodate cartoppers and trailer boats and there is parking for vehicles & trailers. The south boat launch is paved; and the north boat launch is maintained gravel. On busy summer weekends, the boat launch and day use parking areas fill up fast.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Notice: there are ongoing issues with the water system in the campground. Consider bringing potable water with you in the event of a water system failure.
Operational Hours: Open Gate house is open Thursday through Sunday 8am - 6pm  Credit/Debit cards will be accepted for payment for walk up/first come-first serve sites at the gate house. Cash and checks cannot be accepted at the gate house. If using cash or check or outside of gate house hours use one of the many self service fee stations located throughout the campground
Reservations: Single, Double and Group sites: 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at recreation.gov. Some campsites are first come, first served.
Fees Single Campsite: $21; Double Campsite: $42;  Group Site: $115; Extra vehicle: $8 (2nd vehicle for single sites, 3rd and 4 vehicles for double sites) will be collected at the campground. Extra vehicle is defined as any vehicle (motorhome, trailer, or passenger vehicle) that is not towed in with the first vehicle. If primary vehicle fills the parking pad, no additional vehicles will be allowed. Day use: $5/vehicle/day NEW IN 2017: Credit and Debit cards will  be accepted for camping and day use fees Thursday through Sunday 8am until 6pm at the gate house located at the entrance of Kachess Campground. Outside of gate house hours please pay with cash or check at one of the many self service fee stations located throughout the park. If paying cash, please have exact change as changing making funds are not available. 
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Water levels in Kachess Lake and Little Kachess Lake will vary during the summer as water is drawn to provide irrigation for the lower valleys. Single sites allow six people; Double sites allow 12 people.
Closest Towns: Easton, Washington and Cle Elum, Washington
Water: yes
Restroom: Flush and VaultToilets
Passes: 50% discount for camping single site or day use fee, with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access. Discount does not apply to double or group sites.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Cle Elum Ranger District

General Information


From Cle Elum, travel west on I-90 for about 20 miles. Take Exit 62 and follow Kachess Lake Road for 5-1/2 miles to campground, which is on the right.

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