Conserving the Teanaway

Color photo of River in Teanaway Community Forest
Recreation alert: In The Teanaway Community Forest is closed to recreation access north of the West Fork Teanaway River and west of the North Fork Teanaway River for public safety due to the Jolly Mountain Fire. This includes Indian Camp, 29 Pines and Teanaway campgrounds, Middle Teanaway Road and a number of U.S. Forest Service trails accessed from the Teanaway Community Forest. Accessed from the Middle Teanaway Road, Way Creek, West Fork, Middle Fork and Yellow Hill trails are closed. Jungle Creek, accessed from the Jungle Creek Road is also closed. The remainder of the Teanaway Community Forest remains open at this time. Click here for more information. You can also view the Jolly Mountain Fire Info Facebook page and follow #JollyMountainFire info on Twitter. Contact or 509-596-2423 to learn more. View a closure map here
Apply for our Teanaway Community Forest Adivosry Committee: DNR and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are looking for applicants for a vacant position on the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee. To apply for the committee, submit a resume with a completed application to or by mail to 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926, Attn: Larry Leach. Click here to download an application and see application details. For more information, contact Larry Leach, DNR Assistant Region Manager for State Lands, at 509-925-0924 or Mike Livingston, WDFW Regional Director, at 509-457-9325. 
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 Washinton's first state-owned 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. 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, dispersped campfires (or campfires outside of our approved fire pits) are not allowed. Check for burn bans before having a campfire. 
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. Please purchase firewood near your campsite. Find more information here.
  • 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. As a percautionary measure, 29 Pines Campground is curently closed due to the Jolly Mountain Wildfire. More information is available 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 using the following address: 20831 North Fork Teanaway Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922. 
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.  As a percautionary measure, Indian Camp is curently closed due to the Jolly Mountain Wildfire.  
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 using the following address: 1160 West Fork Teanaway Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922. 
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. As a percautionary measure, Indian Camp is curently closed due to the Jolly Mountain Wildfire. More information is available 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 using the following address: 4394 Middle Fork Teanaway Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922.