Conserving the Teanaway

Color photo of River in Teanaway Community Forest
The Teanaway Community Forest demonstrates how conservation, sustainable forestry and community partnership goals can be achieved. This beautiful 50,241-acre landscape lies at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed. The state purchased the land in 2013 with funding provided by the Legislature and established Washington’s first community forest. The forest contains nearly 400 miles of free-flowing streams and prime habitat for fish and wildlife. It has a history of grazing and timber harvests and offers unique recreation opportunities. The law establishing the forest set up clear goals for the landscape:
  • To protect and enhance the water supply and protect the watershed,
  • To maintain working lands for forestry and grazing and grazing while protecting key watershed functions and aquatic habitats,
  • To maintain and where possible expand recreation opportunities consistent with watershed protection, for activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping birding and snowmobiling,
  • To conserve and restore vital habitat for fish, including steelhead, spring Chinook, and bull trout, and wildlife, including deer, elk large predators and spotted owls, and
  • To support strong community partnerships, in which the Yakama Nation, residents, business owners, local governments, conservation groups and others provide advice about ongoing land management.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is collaboratively managing the Teanaway Community Forest with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) with significant public input from a community-based advisory committee. The collaborative has recently completed a Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan.


DNR and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) are beginning a planning effort to enhance the recreational experience for all who enjoy the Teanaway Community Forest. The plan will act as an outline for the next 10 to 15 years to broadly define the types and locations of recreation activities in the 50,241-acre landscape.
Kiosk maps within the forest help to guide visitors to trails campgrounds found within the scenic Teanaway. Until a recreation plan is created for the Teanaway Community Forest, hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers may use the existing, unmaintained trails and gated roads, at their own risk. Nearby national forests also have several multi-use trailheads within the community forest. Visitors should follow the rules set by the U.S. Forest Service when using these trails.
  • Discover Pass is now required to recreate in the community forest. By using the Discover Pass, you provide support for recreation activities in the Teanaway, such as campground maintenance.
  • Please respect private property inholdings by using our map to avoid trespassing. 
  • To protect the landscape, visitors may not construct new trails or change existing trails. Motorcycle, ORV and ATV riders are reminded that they are not allowed on gated roads closed to motor vehicles and are asked to honor posted off-limit areas; it is illegal to drive around berms or other barriers intended to inhibit motorized use.
  • Cutting firewood is not allowed.
  • There is no fee to camp in the Teanaway's three campgrounds. Access is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis (no reservations) and stays are limited to seven days. Enjoy equestrian camping in Indian Camp and Teanaway Campground only.
  • Campfires are currently allowed in Teanaway Campground, 29 Pines and Indian Campground. Enjoy campfires in Teanaway Campground in designated fire pits only. DNR is pursuing additional funding for approved campfire pits for the forest’s other two campgrounds, Indian Camp and 29 Pines campgrounds. In the meantime, enjoy campfires there while practicing leave-no-trace practices, like keeping campfires less than 3-feet wide and refraining from forming rock campfire rings. By joining us in stewardship, you help to limit your impact on these well-loved campgrounds. 
  • Dispersed camping, backcountry camping outside of a designated campground, must be located at least 500 feet off an open road and campfires are not allowed.
  • Hunting and fishing in the Teanaway are allowed under WDFW regulations.
  • Please honor county parking signs when accessing the groomed trail system. Parking for 47 miles of groomed trail is available at the Teanaway/ 29 Pines Staging Area located on the North Fork Teanaway Road. For more information click here
Use our statewide interactive recreation map to find recreation opportunities near you.
Recreation Sites
29 Pines Campground
Located along the north fork of the Teanaway River, the camp offers 59 campsites with fire rings and toilets. 29 Pines Campground will be open throughout the winter, but it will not be plowed. Campfires are currently allowed at 29 Pines Campground. See additional information above. 
Directions:  Start at I-90 exit 85 (Cle Elum). Go east on SR-970 for 6.9 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road. Go 12.9 miles on the Teanaway Road and turn left into 29 Pines Campground. Get directions
Teanaway Campground
Located along the west fork of the Teanaway River, the camp offers 64 campsites with fire rings and two ADA-accessible toilet. Enjoy campfires in campfire pits only. Teanaway Campground is open for the season as of April 18. 
Directions:  Start at I-90 exit 85 (Cle Elum). Go east on SR-970 for 6.9 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road. Go 7.3 miles. Turn left on West Fork Teanaway Road for .6 miles and turn left into Teanaway Campground. No fee. Access provided on a first-come, first-serve basis (no reservations). Get directions
Indian Camp 
Located along the middle fork of the Teanaway River, the camp offers eleven campsites with fire rings, two group campsites with fire rings, and a toilet. Campfires are currently allowed at Indian Camp. See additional information above. 
Directions:  Start at I-90 exit 85 (Cle Elum). Go east on SR-970 for 6.9 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road. Go 7.3 miles. Turn left on West Fork Teanaway Road for .6 miles. Turn right on Middle Fork Teanaway Road. Go 3.9 miles. Turn left into Indian Camp campground. Get directions