Pacific Cascade Region Recreation Information
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Pacific Cascade Region Recreation Information 
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DNR’s Pacific Cascade Region stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Range and includes more than 500,000 acres of DNR-managed land. Unique to the region are the scenic Columbia River Gorge, infamous Mt. St. Helens volcano, numerous DNR natural preserves and natural resources conservation areas. Recreation in this region occurs primarily in the Capitol State Forest and the Yacolt Burn State Forest with many recreation sites that include campgrounds, trailheads, day-use areas, and a several hundred miles of recreation trails.  
 

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Updated: August 8, 2014

Find out which recreation sites in the Pacific Cascade Region are open or closed...and more. Select one of the following links:

Major DNR Recreation Sites:

Recreation Areas by County

Looking for directions? Find directions to most Pacific Cascade Region recreation sites in DNR's Recreation Guide Map.

Please note: DNR may close a recreational facility or trail either temporarily or permanently for the purposes of protecting the environment, public safety, property, or to ensure DNR meets its management and administrative obligations. (Learn more | WAC 332-52-100

Pets
Pets are allowed on department-managed lands, except in areas that are closed to pets or animals for the protection of wildlife, sensitive natural systems, special cultural areas, or for other purposes. All pets must be on leash. If pets are accompanying livestock, they can be off leash but must be voice controlled. (Learn more | WAC 332-52-140)

Capitol State Forest (Grays Harbor & Thurston Counties)

Recreation Area StatusAdditional Information
CAPITOL STATE FOREST

 

 

 

Capitol State Forest is now managed by DNR South Puget Sound Region.

 YACOLT BURN STATE FOREST (Clark & Skamania Counties)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
YACOLT BURN STATE FOREST

Organized events of more than 25 people require a recreation permit.
Call 360-577-2025.

CAUTION: Timber harvest activities occur throughout the forest. For safety reasons, areas or gates may be closed without notice.

  • Campfires outside of designate fire rings are not permitted.
  • ORVs permitted on open gravel forest roads.

Please yield to all traffic.

 

Rec Alert: W-1200 Road will be closed from July 1 to August 15 for fish culvert removal and road work. Grouse Vista Trailhead will need to be accessed from the north via the L-1200 road (out of the Larch Mountain area, accessible from L-1000N).

Cold Creek CampgroundOpen

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

Cold Creek Day-use AreaOpen*Note: The L-1300 road has been rerouted.  The new L-1300 road is approximately ½ mile to the north of the old L-1300 road.  Access to Cold Creek Campground and Day Use Area is available via the new L-1300.
Dougan Creek CampgroundOpen

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

Dougan Falls Picnic AreaOpenPark in designated areas only.
Jones Creek TrailheadOpen   
Jones Creek Motorized TrailsOpen

Trails are closed seasonally from Dec. 1 - April 30.

*Note: Baz gate is subject to closure at any time.

Rock Creek CampgroundOpenMaximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.
Tarbell TrailheadOpen

 

 

Tarbell /Bells Mountain Trail SystemOpen

 Caution: Cold Creek Bridge out - trail reroute in place.

*Note: Tarbell Trail CLOSED between Rock Creek Campground and Cold Creek Day Use Area until further notice due to forest management activities. Trail reroute being planned.

Three Corner Rock TrailheadOpen

 

Three Corner Rock TrailOpen

 ClarK COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Mitchell Peak Trailhead — Southern trailheadOpen 
Mitchell Peak TrailOpen*Note: The northern trailhead is currently inaccessible due to private landowner gate on 10 Road. More information here.

Yacolt Burn State Forest

 CowlitZ COUNTY 

Recreation AreaStatus Additional Information
Merrill Lake Campground Open

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

 Grays HarboR COUNTY 

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Chehalis River Surge Plain
Parking & Trail
Open

No pets.

 

Capitol State Forest

Capitol State Forest is now managed by DNR South Puget Sound Region.

 LEWIS COUNTY 

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Winston Creek CampgroundOpenReservation only. Make reservations by email at winstonres@gmail.com

 Pacific county

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Snag Lake CampgroundOpenWalk-in camping only.

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

Tunerville CampgroundOpen

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

Western Lakes CampgroundOpen

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

 Skamania County

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Mitchell Peak Trailhead — Northern trailhead

Yacolt Burn State Forest

 Thurston county

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Chehalis Western Trail & TrailheadSee message >>The DNR-managed section of the trail has been transferred to Thurston County Parks. Visit Thurston County's Chehalis Western Trail web page for more information.
Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation AreaOpen

Woodard Bay NRCA is now managed by DNR South Puget Sound Region.

 

Capitol State Forest

C-9030 Road accessing Triangle Pit

Open

Capitol State Forest is now managed by DNR South Puget Sound Region.

 WahkiakuM COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Bradley Hills Trailhead & TrailsOpen

Day use only.

No camping.

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 Contacts

General Recreation Contact
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
recreation@dnr.wa.gov

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