- Your Public Lands
Umatilla National Forest (Pomeroy Ranger District)
- What To Do
There are a number of hiking trails in the area: Tucannon Trail (#3135), Rattlesnake Trail (#3129), Panjab Trail (#3127), Meadow Creek Trail (#3123).
There are 18 campsites available, of which 15 are available for trailers. The road loops through the campground making for easier access and maneuvering by recreational vehicles.
The Tucannon Lakes are just down the road. Tucannon Campground is a great central location to hike, fish, and even mountain bike via the Meadow Creek Trail (#3123). 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.
- How To Get There
Please do not solely rely on Google Maps as their route might not always reflect what is maintained. From Walla Walla take HWY 12 east 31 miles to Dayton, WA. Pass through town, and as the road makes a sharp left out of town, turn right onto Patit Road. Patit Road runs roughly 14 miles and ends at Hartsock Grade Road. Take a left at Hartsock Grade Road, which becomes a steep gravel road that is well maintained. Drive another three miles to meet Tucannon Road, and take a right. The campground will be on your left roughly 11 miles ahead at the end of the paved road.
If winter comes early or hangs around late, this route may be closed. There is a flashing sign at the Patit Road turn off that lets you know if the road is open or closed. In case this route is closed, continue on HWY 12 for 13 more miles and take a right onto Tucannon Road just after crossing the Tucannon River bridge. Follow for roughly 28 miles to the end of the paved road and the campground on your left.
- When To Go
Weather dependent, enjoy Tucannon Campground starting late spring all the way through early fall. This campground enjoys heavy use, but there are many places to dispersed camp. The Fish & Wildlife Campgrounds are numerous along the main road, and Ladybug Campground and Panjab Campground are a few miles down the road. Keep your travel plans flexible as there are many wonderful ways to enjoy the forest for a few nights under the stars and plenty of room for everyone.
- What To Expect
This campground is a nice, easy place to bring a recreation vehicle. The road loops through the campground making it easy to navigate and scout available campsites. Expect some competition for a spot, so venture out early or during the week. Peak season is definitely spring for fishing and fall for hunting. As mentioned, there are numerous places to camp throughout this canyon and along the Tucannon River, so bring your sense of adventure.
April 1 - November 30 the fee is $8 per night night. There is no fee in the offseason.
None other than being good stewards of the land! If fishing, please always consult the latest information available from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
There are two vault toilets. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit.
- 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.