Satsop Center Campground


Area Status: Open
Tent camping site (the Knob) at Satsop Center

Satsop Center Campground is located just southeast of Wynoochee Lake. Evergreen conifers and hardwoods provide a beautiful wooded setting at this historic Forest Service work center. This campground is an ideal location for group gatherings and camping.

Nearby Wynoochee Lake provides opportunities for hiking along Wynoochee Lake Shore Trail #878, boating on the lake, and day use opportunities at Wynoochee Dam and Coho Campground at the lakeshore. There are no commercial services available at Wynoochee Lake. The water is very cold so be prepared. Other nearby hiking opportunities include Spoon Creek Falls, Maidenhair Falls and Church Creek Trail #871

Available campsites & amenities: 7 RV sites (6 w/ full hookups), 17 tent sites (including 5 that can be a group sites), 5 group sites. Potable water, showers and toilets, are available. Ice and firewood available for purchase. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open, first come first serve. Tentative closing date: November 30, 2022.
Reservations:
  • First come, first serve.
  • For more information about opportunities at Satsop Center Campground please email talmadgedobbs@gmail.com
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees:
  • Full hook-up RV $25.00/night
  • Dry RV Site $20.00/night
  • Tent Only Site $20.00/night
Open Season: May - Late Fall
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Summer and Fall
Restrictions: No more than 8 people per single campsite. Maximum stay is 14 days. Pets must be on leash. Trailer and RV 36 foot maximum length.
Closest Towns: Montesano, WA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush toilets and showers
Passes: Camping Fee: 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: Operated by Wilderness Adventures. For more information email: talmadgedobbs@gmail.com

General Information

Accessibility:

Accessible RV Site:

Accessible RV site at Satsop Center

Satsop Center Campground Photos

Tent site along Picket Line Satsop Center
Tent site along Picket Line Satsop Center
Satsop Office
Satsop Office
 
Tent group site at Satsop Center
Tent group site at Satsop Center
Group area near RV sites at Satsop Center
Group area near RV sites at Satsop Center
Tent camping site (the Knob) at Satsop Center
Tent camping site (the Knob) at Satsop Center
Tent camping area (the Picket Line) at Satsop Center
Tent camping area (the Picket Line) at Satsop Center
Site along “Picket Line” at Satsop Center
Site along “Picket Line” at Satsop Center
Men’s Showers at Satsop Center
Men’s Showers at Satsop Center
 
RV Site at Satsop Center
RV Site at Satsop Center
Group area fire pit near RV sites in Satsop Center
Group area fire pit near RV sites in Satsop Center
Entrance to “the Knob” camp site at Satsop Center
Entrance to “the Knob” camp site at Satsop Center
Entrance sign at Satsop Center
Entrance sign at Satsop Center

 


General Notes:

History:

The history of the location of what is now Satsop Center Campground goes back to early 1927 when the Forest Service first identified timber sales in this area and the first rail line right-of-way was cut through the valley. Shaffer Brothers logging built the Olympic Camp-Camp 10 and started active occupancy in 1941 where, over time, more than 200 people resided. Power for the camp was provided by a turbine generator located at the base of Spoon Creek Falls. The camp was in operation from 1941 until 1955 when it was bought by Simpson logging company and moved to Camp Grisdale. 

The Satsop Center construction began in 1959  and  was completed in stages, the warehouse being built first, followed by other buildings and finally the barracks.  The facilities were used as an administrative site and it was very busy  in the early years supporting the various Forest Service activities such as roads maintenance, fire crews, fire watch, tree planting & reforestation.

With the closure of and dismantling of Simpson’s Logging Company’s Camp Grisdale in 1985, Forest Service-related support operations greatly diminished and the use of the facilities slowly expired. The buildings sat vacant for many years, and were used briefly from time to time by fire crews or for other temporary needs. The facilities were used By the Department of Fish and Wildlife in the early 90’s and again in 2001 - 2003 while providing lodging for volunteers, state employees and college students conducting various wildlife resource studies on the Roosevelt Elk. 

 
 

Directions:

From Montesano, WA head north on the Wynoochee Valley Road (1 mile west of Montesano off Route 12).  Drive 35 miles on the Wynoochee Valley Road (Forest Service Road 22) to a major intersection.  Stay straight for 0.25 miles.  Turn right onto Forest Service Road 23 and drive 1.7 miles.  Turn left onto Forest Service Road 2372 and travel 0.5 miles to Satsop Center entrance.

 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 13 sites
Reservation Info first come, first serve
No. of Accessible sites 8 sites

RV Camping

No. of Sites  8 sites
Size Restrictions  36' maximum length
No. of Accessible sites  8 sites

Group Camping

No. of Sites  1 large group site, accomodates up to 50 people

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

Amenities

Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Parking:
Toilets:
Accessible:
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights

  • Recreation Passes