Ballard Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sign for Ballard Campground

This forested campground is located along the West Fork Methow River gives access to nearby hiking trails: Robinson Creek Trail 478 and Lost River/Monument Creek Trail 484 entering the Pasayten Wilderness and the West Fork Methow Trail 480.

Sign for Ballard Campground Typical campsite at Ballard Campground Methow River as viewed from the Ballard Campground Ballard Campground WF Methow River2 Ballard Campground WF Methow River3

At a Glance

Current Conditions:  For current conditions go to:
Reservations: First Come First Served
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees $8/Night for single unit plus $5 per extra vehicle. (2 vehicles per site maximum) 2 tents or 1 RV and 1 tent maximum per site
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Trailers 28 ft. max. Maximum stay limit is 14 days.
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No drinking water
Restroom: Vault Toilet Wheelchair Accessible
Passes: A Recreation Pass is required for parking at nearby Robinson Creek trailhead. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead). 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District 24 West Chewuch Road Winthrop, WA 98862 (509) 996-4000.  

General Information


From Winthrop, Washington drive 15 miles west on Highway 20, turn right onto Lost River Road, drive 7.5 miles on pavement and continue another 1.5 miles on gravel forest road 5400 to Ballard Campground on left side of road. 

General Notes:

No trash receptacles provided.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Tent camping sites available

Fire Information Firerings
No. of Sites 7 single site(s)
Reservation Info First Come First Served
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

No RV hook-ups available. Maximum length of site is 28 feet.

Hookup - SewerNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNative Material
Dump StationsNo
No. of Sites 7 single site(s)
Size Restrictions 28 ft. max.
Reservation Info First Come First Served
No. of Accessible sites None
Hookup - WaterNo


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Picnic tables at each site
Toilets vault toilets are wheelchair accessible
Fee charged for some activities self-pay campground fees must be paid within 1/2 hour after arriving
Tent camping sites available
Accessible wheelchair accessible toilets
Camping trailer Maximum length of campsite is 28 feet.
Areas & Activities


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  Elevation : 
2521 feet


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Fire Restrictions

Outdoor Essentials poster

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Recreation App Available

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Okanogan-Wenatchee NF vicinity map

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Outdoor Essentials poster

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Wheelchair at Washington Pass Viewpoint

Wheelchair Accessible Trails