Satsop Center Campground
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.|
|Area Amenities:||Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking|
|Open Season:||May - Late Fall|
|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|
|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.|
|Information Center:||Operated by Wilderness Adventures. For more information email: email@example.com|
Accessible RV Site:
Satsop Center Campground Photos
|Tent site along Picket Line Satsop Center||Satsop Office|
|Tent group site at Satsop Center||Group area near RV sites at Satsop Center|
|Tent camping site (the Knob) at Satsop Center||Tent camping area (the Picket Line) at Satsop Center|
|Site along “Picket Line” at Satsop Center||Men’s Showers at Satsop Center|
|RV Site at Satsop Center||Group area fire pit near RV sites in Satsop Center|
|Entrance to “the Knob” camp site at Satsop Center||Entrance sign at Satsop Center|
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.
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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|No. of Sites||13 sites|
|Reservation Info||first come, first serve|
|No. of Accessible sites||8 sites|
|No. of Sites||8 sites|
|Size Restrictions||36' maximum length|
|No. of Accessible sites||8 sites|
|No. of Sites||1 large group site, accomodates up to 50 people|
Lake and Pond Fishing