Conserving the Teanaway
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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.


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.
  • Enjoy a campfire in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only.  
  • 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 and dispersed camping are 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.
  • Dispersed camping, camping outside of a designated campground, is not allowed.
  • Hunting and fishing in the Teanaway are allowed under WDFW regulations.
  • Enjoy equestrian camping in Indian Camp and Teanaway Campground only.
  • Signs saying that a Discover Pass is required have been posted in the Teanaway Community Forest, though the remainder of this year is being treated as a grace period. Beginning January 1, 2016 however, forest visitor vehicles will be required to display a Discover Pass to recreate in the community forest without the risk getting a ticket. By using the Discover Pass, you provide support for recreation activities in the Teanaway, such as campground maintenance.
  • The Teanaway River is closed to fishing to help protect fish during drought conditions. Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildfire for more info.
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.
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.
Teanaway Campground
Located along the west fork of the Teanaway River, the camp offers 64 campsites with fire rings and two ADA-accessible toilet.
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).
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.
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.