Loomis and Loup Loup State Forests
The state forests of Loomis and Loup Loup, located in Okanogan County, are DNR-managed lands that serve to provide sustainable revenue in support of public services.
Timber production, biomass byproducts, communication tower leases, and other activities in these forests and many surrounding areas serve to help fund local services, prisons, universities, and construction of public K-12 grade schools throughout Washington. In addition to earning income, Loomis and Loup Loup undeveloped working lands provide habitat for native plants and animals, water retention and quality benefits, and diverse recreation opportunities. In the 1990s, DNR developed a Loomis State Forest Landscape Plan to help guide these activities in the forest.
- Cover/Opening/Table of Contents
- Section 1: Introduction
- Section 2: Landscape Objectives
- Section 3: Implementation Plan
- Section 4: Guidelines
- Section 5: Monitoring and Adaptive Management
When working in or visiting Loomis or Loup Loup state forests, always remember to:
- Be alert for other road users, ranging from heavy vehicles to bicycles, and check your speed accordingly.
- Know the fire risk and of any burn bans or Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) restrictions before entering.
Those interested in learning about planned forest activities in, or near, these forests may use our Habitat Conservation Plan, recreation planning, Forest Practices Application Review System (FPARS), and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) web pages to find out about proposed and authorized timber harvests, thinning projects, road projects, planning efforts, and other activities.
Loomis and Loup Loup State Forests, located in Okanogan County, provide dynamic opportunities for camping, hiking, off-road-vehicle riding, fishing, and hunting. Whether you're looking to camp at a high-altitude fishing lake, like Loomis State Forest's Chopaka Lake, or all-terrain-vehicle ride, popular near Loup Loup State Forest's Sportsmen's Camp, these landscapes have something for everyone. Head to the Loomis and Loup Loup State Forests in northeastern Washington to enjoy a pristine, secluded recreational experience.
- To access recreation sites on DNR-managed land with your vehicle, you'll need a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington's Great Outdoors.
- No need to make a reservation. Camping is first come, first served.
- Enjoy campfires in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Always check for burn restrictions before lighting 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 your firewood near your campsite. Find more information here.
- Unless otherwise posted, camping stay limit is 10 days within a 30-day period.
- Keep dogs on leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs controlled by voice command.
- Practice leave no trace principles. Pack out what you pack in.
You'll also find low-impact recreation opportunities at the Disappointment Trailhead, located in the nearby Loomis Natural Resources Conservation Area. Use our statewide interactive recreation map to find recreation opportunities near you.
Loomis State Forest
Palmer Lake Campground
Located near Loomis, Palmer Lake Campground is near a 2,100-acre lake surrounded by orchards and mountainous terrain. It is a popular site for non-motorized boating. The site has seven campsites, vault toilet, and hand boat launch. Open for the summer camping season. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Recreation alert: As of Friday, May 11, Palmer Lake Campground is closed due to flooding on the access road. It's expected to reopen in one to two weeks, check back for updates.
Directions: From Loomis, travel north on Loomis-Oroville Road for 8.5 miles to site. Get directions.
Chopaka Lake Campground
Located in northern Okanogan County, Chopaka Lake Campground is a popular fly-fishing site. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lists this high-altitude fishing lake as a Quality Fisheries lake where the fish are managed by quality, not quantity. Open as of April 17. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Directions: From Loomis, take 2nd Street to Loomis-Oroville Road. Follow Loomis-Oroville Road to Toats Coulee Road. The site is on right. Get directions.
Toats Coulee Campground
Toats Coulee Campground has both an upper and lower campground area with nine campsites. Glaciers and water have moved and smoothed giant boulders that make this campground unique. Campers can also enjoy a picnic near a forest stream. Open as of April 14. View our Flickr page for photos.
Update: Toats Coulee Campground is open for the camping season as of April 19.
Directions: Start at Loomis. Go north for 2.1 miles. Turn left on Toats Coulee Road. Go 5.5 miles to lower site. Continue .1 mile to the upper site (junction of roads OM-T-2000 and OM-T-1000). Get directions.
North Fork Nine Mile Campground
Located near a scenic forest stream, North Fork Nine Mile Campground is a secluded campground up Toats Coulee Road. Open for the season as of April 15. View our Flickr page for photos.
Directions: From Loomis, go north for 2.1 miles. Turn left on Toats Coulee Road. Go 5.6 miles to the junction of roads OM-T-2000 and OM-T-1000, turn right on OM-T-1000 and travel 2.5 miles to site. Get directions.
Cold Springs Campground
At an elevation of 6,100 feet, Cold Springs Campground has views of the Pasayten Wilderness, Snowshoe Mountain, and Chopaka Mountain. Sites are surrounded by preserved land with more than 50 miles of trail. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Directions: From the upper site, Toats Coulee, take OM-T-1000 Road for 2.1 miles. Turn right on Cold Creek Road (gravel) and go .4 miles. Stay right. Go 1.8 miles. Stay left. Go 2.3 miles to the picnic area. Continue .4 miles to camp.
Loup Loup Forest
Leader Lake Campground
Leader Lake Campground surrounds Leader Lake and offers boat launch facilities. A diverse population of spiny rays and rainbow trout make this lake a favorite among local anglers. Visit our Flickr page for photos. As of March 31, Leader Lake Campground has reopened following a temporary road closure to protect wet soils.
Update: Leader Lake Campground is open again as of Sunday, April 8.
Directions: Start from the junction with US Highway-97 at Okanogan. Go west on SR-20 for 8.4 miles. Turn right on Leader Lake Road (paved, one lane) and go .4 miles to site. Get directions.
Rock Creek Campground
Loup Loup Creek flows near campsites in Rock Creek Campground, located in Loup Loup Canyon. View our Flickr page for photos.
Directions: Start in Okanogan at the junction with US Highway 97 and SR-20. Go west on SR-20 for 9.8 miles. Turn right on Loup Loup Canyon Road (dirt, two lane) and go 3.9 miles. The site is on left. Get directions.
Rock Lakes Campground
Rock Lakes Campground is a primitive campground nestled in a forest setting near two small lakes. Trails lead down to the lakes and shore access. Open for the season as of April 17.
Directions: Continue past the Rock Creek site for .9 miles. Turn left on Rock Lakes Road. Go 5.8 miles. Turn left and go .3 miles to site. Get directions.
From the ATV-accessible forest roads to the quiet of nature back at the campground, small campground in the Loup Loup Forest has something for everyone. A small stream flows along the edge of the campground. Open as of May 1. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Directions: Start in Okanogan at the junction with US Highway 97 and SR-20. Go west on SR-20 for 14.9 miles. Turn right onto Sweat Creek Road. Go 1 mile. The site is on the right side of the road. Get directions.