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This is a lovely campground not far from town with multiple spots backing up to the Touchet River. The Lewis & Clark Trail State Park is a prime spot to relax. It is a great location for folks who want to visit the area and enjoy the surrounding small towns. Locals can trade weekend chores for s’mores in this well-shaded and really beautiful riverside campground.

  • Distance:

    Within 1.5 Hours

  • Difficulty Level:

    Day Tripper

  • Seasons:

    Spring, Summer, Fall

  • Elevation:

    1,371 feet

  • Pets:

    Yes

  • Status:

    Open

  • Reservations:

    Yes

  • ADA:

    No

  • Multi-Use:

    No

  • Motorized Vehicles :

    No

  • Your Public Lands

    Washington State Parks

  • What To Do
    • Hiking

      A short trail along the river (part of the Great Washington State Birding Trail) and through the campground is great for an evening stroll after dinner or for the kids to burn off some energy before bed. With 1,333 feet of shoreline and a total of 0.8 miles of hiking trails, there is enough room to roam around the state park.

    • Camping

      There are 28 campsites--24 of which are tent/ trailer sites and eight are full utility sites accommodating RVs up to 42 feet. Two teepees that sleep eight are sometimes set up and are first come first served. Additionally, two giant group sites that can accommodate 50 people each are awesome for family reunions. One group site is tent only while the other group site can serve a limited number of RVs. It is possible to reserve a spot May 15 through September 15, and the park itself opens April 1 through October 31.

    • Fishing

      The Touchet River enjoys populations of rainbow trout and steelhead. The 1,333 feet of shoreline offers plenty of opportunity to cast a line. Flows vary greatly throughout the year. Consider waiting until after spring runoff for safer access to the bank.

  • How To Get There

    From Walla Walla take HWY 12 east, the campground is approximately 26 miles from town on left side of highway prior to reaching the town of Dayton, WA.

  • When To Go

    The campground is open April 1 through October 31. Because it is so close, we often escape town for a night and let the kids explore the nature trail or splash around in the river. If visiting from out of town, this campground provides a lovely riparian area to explore and preserves the camping experience despite its proximity to the highway and town. There is plenty of time in the day to shop at a local farmers market, take a hike, and enjoy local history as all of those things are less than half an hour away.

  • What To Expect

    Even though it is quite close to the highway, this surrounding vegetation and sound of the river does a decent job of drowning out road noise. It feels more remote than it is. Each site is quite private, which almost makes it hard to pick one if multiple spots are available. If busy in the summer, don’t worry if your site isn’t next to the river. There is a trail that allows all campers access. Fishing or tubing might be fun activities to add to the plan for the weekend, and don’t forget to brave crossing the highway to check out the day-use area and all its history.

  • Fees

    There are various fees based on your definition of camping and when you plan on going: $27-37 per night for non hookup sites and $40-50 per night for full hookup sites during the busy season of May 15 through September 15. In the off season (April 1 through May 14 and September 16 through October 31) fees are between $20-30 per night for non hookup sites and $30-40 for full hookup sites.

  • Permits

    A Discover Pass is required for the day use area. Valid Washington fishing license (if fishing). Fishing licenses are available online via the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website or local retail shops such as Bi-Mart, Sportsman's Warehouse, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Cascade Farm and Outdoor, and Dunning Irrigation.

  • Regulations

    Fishing regulations are highly specific and based on location and species. Please always consult the latest information available from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Otherwise, be good stewards of the land!

  • Amenities

    Toilets, showers, picnic tables, walking trails, river access, playground, and day-use area are all available just a short drive from Walla Walla and even closer to Waitsburg and Dayton.

  • Wildlife Awareness

    We are all so fortunate to recreate in the Blue Mountains. So many opportunities exist to play outside whether in a national forest, wilderness area, on a Wild and Scenic River, and more! With these opportunities comes great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards of the wild. Many animals call these protected places home, including moose, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and snakes to name a few. Take precautions to respect their home and understand the appropriate response should an encounter occur. Additionally, many plant species thrive in the Blue Mountains, so staying on trail is always good practice. Carry First Aid supplies to better respond to accidents or encounters, and always let others know where the day's adventure is taking you.

  • Field Notes

    Navigation: Consider downloading the Avenza Map app. This app allows users to upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay GPS data from the phone onto the map. The vehicle use maps (for trails allowing motorized vehicles) are the easiest to use. Otherwise, Geo Tracker offers similar tracking capabilities and additional details about your adventure. If no service, Geo Tracker will at least show your location. The Blue Mountains and surrounding area offer a remote recreating experience, and knowing your location is paramount to staying safe. Always make sure to bring paper maps. Tell others where your adventure is taking you and when you expect to return.

    Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.

    Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.

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