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DNR’s Pacific Cascade Region stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Range and includes more than 500,000 acres of DNR-managed land. Unique to the region are the scenic Columbia River Gorge, infamous Mt. St. Helens volcano, numerous DNR natural preserves and natural resources conservation areas. Recreation in this region occurs primarily in the Capitol State Forest and the Yacolt Burn State Forest with many recreation sites that include campgrounds, trailheads, day-use areas, and a several hundred miles of recreation trails.  
 

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Updated:  January 7, 2014

Find out which recreation sites in the Pacific Cascade Region are open or closed...and more. Select one of the following links:

Major DNR Recreation Sites:

Recreation Areas by County

Recreation on DNR-managed lands (includes statewide map)
Please note: DNR may close a recreational facility or trail either temporarily or permanently for the purposes of protecting the environment, public safety, property, or to ensure DNR meets its management and administrative obligations. (Learn more | WAC 332-52-100

Pets
Pets are allowed on department-managed lands, except in areas that are closed to pets or animals for the protection of wildlife, sensitive natural systems, special cultural areas, or for other purposes. All pets must be on leash. If pets are accompanying livestock, they can be off leash but must be voice controlled. (Learn more | WAC 332-52-140)

Capitol State Forest (Grays Harbor & Thurston Counties)

Recreation Area StatusAdditional Information
CAPITOL STATE FOREST

 

 

 

Learn more about recreation in Capitol State Forest

 

Recreation Information:

  • Camping outside of designated campsites is not allowed in Capitol State Forest.
  • Maximum stay length at campgrounds is 10 days every 365 days.
  • All trails are open to foot traffic year round.

  • Mountain bikes OK year round except for McLane Creek.

CAUTION! Timber harvest activities occur throughout the forest. 

Capitol Forest Motorized TrailsClosed

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Capitol Forest Non-motorized Trails

Open to other uses                                       

Closed to equestrian use Dec. 1 to April 30.

 

Fall Creek CampgroundClosed 

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Fall Creek TrailheadOpen Closed to equine use.
Margaret McKenny CampgroundClosed

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Margaret McKenny TrailheadClosed  

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

McLane Creek day-use areaOpen

Permit required for groups of 25 or more. Call 360-596-5145.

Closes at dusk.

No equestrian use

Middle Waddell CampgroundClosed 

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Middle Waddell TrailheadClosed

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Mima Falls CampgroundClosed

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Mima Falls TrailheadOpen 

Open to equine use for access to year-round equine Loop Trail.

Mima Mounds Interpretive CenterOpen

Permit required for groups of 25 or more. Call 360-902-1434.

No pets.

North Creek CampgroundClosed 

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Porter Creek CampgroundClosed

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Rock Candy TrailheadClosed

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

Sherman Valley CampgroundClosed 

Closed seasonally from Dec. 1 to April 30

 YACOLT BURN STATE FOREST (Clark & Skamania Counties)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
YACOLT BURN STATE FOREST

Organized events of more than 25 people require a recreation permit.
Call 360-577-2025.

CAUTION: Timber harvest activities occur throughout the forest. For safety reasons, areas or gates may be closed without notice.

  • Campfires outside of designate fire rings are not permitted.
  • ORVs permitted on open gravel forest roads.

Please yield to all traffic.

Cold Creek CampgroundOpen

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

Cold Creek Day-use AreaOpen*Note: The L-1300 road has been rerouted.  The new L-1300 road is approximately ½ mile to the north of the old L-1300 road.  Access to Cold Creek Campground and Day Use Area is available via the new L-1300.
Dougan Falls CampgroundOpen

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

Dougan Falls Picnic AreaOpenPark in designated areas only.
Jones Creek TrailheadClosed   
Jones Creek Motorized TrailsClosed

Trails are closed seasonally from Dec. 1 - April 30.

*Note: Baz gate is subject to closure at any time.

Rock Creek CampgroundOpenMaximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.
Tarbell TrailheadOpen

 

 

Tarbell /Bells Mountain Trail SystemOpen

 Caution: Cold Creek Bridge out - trail reroute in place.

*Note: Tarbell Trail CLOSED between Rock Creek Campground and Cold Creek Day Use Area until further notice due to forest management activities. Trail reroute being planned.

Three Corner Rock TrailheadOpen

 

Three Corner Rock TrailOpen

 ClarK COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Mitchell Peak Trailhead — Southern trailheadOpen
Mitchell Peak TrailOpen*Note: 10 Road closed. More information here.

Yacolt Burn State Forest

 CowlitZ COUNTY 

Recreation AreaStatus Additional Information
Merrill Lake Campground Closed

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

 Grays HarboR COUNTY 

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Chehalis River Surge Plain
Parking & Trail
Open

No pets.

 

Capitol State Forest

C9030 Road (accesses Triangle Pit)

CLOSED Because of forest land management activities, the C-9030 Road (accesses Triangle Pit) is temporarily closed for public access until roughly Mid-September.  

 LEWIS COUNTY 

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Winston Creek CampgroundOpenReservation only. Call region office at 360-577-2025.

 Pacific county

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Snag Lake CampgroundOpenWalk-in camping only.

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

Tunerville CampgroundOpen

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

Western Lakes CampgroundOpen

Maximum stay length: 10 days in a 365 day period.

 Skamania County

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Mitchell Peak Trailhead — Northern trailheadCLOSEDAccess to the trailhead is currently not available due to private landowner gate on 10 Road. More information here.

Yacolt Burn State Forest

 Thurston county

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Chehalis Western Trail & TrailheadSee message >>The DNR-managed section of the trail has been transferred to Thurston County Parks. Visit Thurston County's Chehalis Western Trail web page for more information.
Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation AreaOpen

No pets.

Overlook Trail closed from March 15 - August 15 to protect sensitive wildlife.

Canoe launch open April 15 - Labor Day.
Overlook trail begins at the Chehalis Western trail.

Capitol State Forest

C-9030 Road accessing Triangle Pit

CLOSEDBecause of forest land management activities, the C-9030 road (accesses Triangle Pit) is temporarily closed for public access until roughly Mid-September.  

 WahkiakuM COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Bradley Hills Trailhead & TrailsOpen

Day use only.

No camping.

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 Contacts

General Recreation Contact
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
recreation@dnr.wa.gov

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