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 approximately 450,000 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 Yacolt Burn State Forest with many recreation sites that include campgrounds, trailheads, day-use areas, and many miles of recreation trails.  
 

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Updated: April 21, 2015

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: DNR staff will be posting No Target Shooting signs in the vicinity of the new upper trailhead (Larch Mtn Trailhead) starting today. DNR staff will sign 4-Corners (intersection of L-1000, L-1400 and L-1500) past Arrowhead Pit and continuing past the L-1510 gate with No Target Shooting signs. Access to Arrowhead Pit will also be restricted. DNR is doing some construction activities in the area.

Rec alert: The Thrillium Mountain Bike Trail is currently closed due to the construction of the Larch Mountain Trailhead.

NEW! Yacolt Burn State Forest motorized trails (Hagen Creek 4x4 trail system; Hagen Creek Trail, Deer Pen Trail, and Mountain View Trail) to open May 2 following Pick up the Burn, a volunteer event in the Yacolt Burn State Forest.

 

Cold Creek CampgroundOpen

 

Cold Creek Day-use AreaOpen
Dougan Creek CampgroundOpen
Dougan Falls Picnic AreaOpenPark in designated areas only.
Jones Creek TrailheadOpen   
Jones Creek Motorized TrailsClosed

Trails are closed seasonally from Dec. 1 - April 30. Will Open May 1

*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

 Note: Detour in place between milepost 15 and 17. Trail reroute in place between milepost 19 and 20.

Three Corner Rock TrailheadOpen

 

Three Corner Rock TrailOpenCAUTION: Timber harvest activities near milepost 6.
Grouse Vista TrailheadOpen

 ClarK COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Mount Mitchell and Siouxon Creek Trail System Southern Trailhead Open 
Mitchell Peak TrailOpen

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, and Canoe Launches (Preachers Slough and Blue Slough)
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 CampgroundClosedClosed for winter. Reservation 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
Mount Mitchell and Siouxon Creek Trail System Northern TrailheadClosed*Note: The northern trailhead is currently inaccessible due to private landowner gate on 10 Road. More information here.

Yacolt Burn State Forest

 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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