Loomis and Loup Loup State Forests
Attention: Recreation Alerts and Closures
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.
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.
Loomis and Loup Loup State Forests Tips
- Limit your stay to 7 days in a 30-day period, unless otherwise posted.
- Dogs are allowed in Loomis and Loup Loup State Forests but must be kept on leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs if they are controlled by voice command.
- Be alert for other road users, ranging from heavy vehicles to bicycles, and check your speed accordingly.
Other Tips for Your Visit
- Don’t forget your Discover Pass! Learn more about it at DiscoverPass.wa.gov
- Campsites are available first come, first served at no additional cost with the purchase of a Discover Pass.
- Enjoy a campfire 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 firewood near your campsite. Find more information here.
Leave No Trace
For your safety and the safety of our wildlife, please follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace. You can brush up on them here. Food and garbage that is left behind or improperly disposed of can attract wildlife and create potentially dangerous situations for visitors. Please pack out all food items and garbage. NEVER feed wildlife.
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. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
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. 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. View our Flickr page for photos.
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. 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.
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.
Recreation alert: DNR, in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is scheduled to repair and restore roads at the Leader Lake recreation area on July 13. Expect delays and limited access to the lake. Potential delays will occur Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Roads will be open for travel on weekends and during evening hours. Repair work is expected to be completed by July 30. Learn more about the closure here.
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.
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. 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.