Everybody loves Black Lake and hates it when they have to leave! It's just nature with good fresh smells and views with quiet beauty. It has always been a safe place, up and away from the road and not heavily used. For now, because of the pandemic campers should maintain their guard in the restroom/shower house.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 3 nights
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
It is hilly. For experienced cyclists there is some beautiful countryside out towards Old Dominion Mt.
This is a NO WAKE lake so no fast boats and no jet skis here. Just quiet fishing boats and, of course kayaks, canoes, and padd...Read more
The lake is stocked with Tiger Trout and Rainbow.
Check hiking resources for formal trails in the general area. Here people walk mostly on the narrow gravel and dirt roads.
I have a full, modern horse barn with stalls and runs but if you are planning to bring horses we must discuss the conditions. ...Read more
I love human powered boats. So quiet and thoughtful ! I have a few for your use.
5 mph in resort area, quiet quiet quiet
We have loons, hawks and Bald Eagles. We have beavers, bears and cougars but it is VERY unlikely that you will see the predator...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Old Black Lake Resort & Campground in Washington.
There is a small beach for swimming and it is shared with other campers or guests.
There is a lot of beautiful forest around here. There is some deep dark forest all along the 2 miles of Gap Creek from the lak...Read more
There are no jagged peaks but there are pretty mountains to be seen and to be hiked up for a good view and to get cell service.
River, stream, or creek
This property is at the lake outlet so there are wetlands, Gap Creek and a beaver pond.
I love to paint the waterlilies and wetlands. and watch for water birds, turtles and the overhead predators. The froggies sing...Read more
Places to see near Old Black Lake Campground
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Quiet, peaceful and perfect.
It was a pure joy to stay at Old Black Lake. The hostess was enjoyable and very welcoming. The area is so quiet and is a mental healing sort of place. Be prepared to have some relaxing solitude without a crowd. We definitely found a pure gem for camping. Our puppy was just as happy to chase bugs and watch chipmunks. We look forward to our next stay!
Thank you Priscilla!
This would-be my go-to, except....
What a wonderful relaxing place to get away! The no-wake lake was very serene and allowed for water activities without a bunch of noise or traffic. Although we brought our own kayaks, Priscilla provides several water toys - including kayaks, paddleboat, canoe, and rowboat. She also has a dock. The amenities include a bathhouse - with restrooms. Very well cared for! The site itself had power available. There is no potable water (so bring fresh water, as indicated in the listing) - although there is spigots with lake water for some outside tasks...like rinsing off kayaks.
This definitely rates as one of my most favorite places we have been - and would love to go back on regular basis. Perhaps we will - if I can convince my husband that getting there is worth it! Unfortunately - and my only 2 negatives -
1-it was a little difficult to BACK down to our lake-side site. ..due to some trees & length of driveway. If the campsite across from us would have already been there, we most likely would not have had enough room. But the site itself was right beside the lake and loved it once settled. The upper site next to us (tiered landscape) would have been easier - but we were there to be lakeside. I should note that we're pulling a 34' TT...so 55'+ in length with the truck. Smaller setups wouldn't have the same issues.
2-we didn't realize the road off the highway was a 2-mile primitive road. A little wash-boardy and narrow at some points (again we're hauling TT). First time we ever put the truck in 4WD while towing - going uphill towards the lake. The road was not horrible & very doable...just didn't care for the shakeup/rattling & anxiety hoping no one would come down the other direction at us. We even had to move a tree out of the road that had recently fallen.
I hate writing good reviews for GREAT campsites - with it being so difficult to find good places to go the past couple of years - but can't help it - the place is WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, and AWESOME!
My new favorite spot!
This place was a little slice of northwest paradise! My daughters and I paddle boarded and swam everyday. It beautiful, quiet and peaceful. Pricilla was the sweetest host, always checking to make sure we had what we needed. Clean facilities. RV locations were amazing! We loved our stay!!
We can’t wait to come back.
A little slice of heaven when it comes to camping.
Beautiful clean lake and beach along with kayaks, canoes and paddle boat.
Set up is very close to water with ease of watching wildlife and small children.
Very clean Toilets near and shower house close by.
Best of all is Pricilla our camp host who cared and provided information and guidance for the camp site and local area. If I was to rate this as a ten and ten is excellent this one comes in at an 11.
Old black lake is great
Old Black Lake was out best Hip Camp experience yet... by far! Priscilla is an excellent host. The sites are private, shady, clean and right on the lake with access to several kayaks, canoes and a paddleboat. We will definitely go back and would highly recommend Old Black Lake to anyone. Also caught a trout of the pier, which was pretty neat.
Old Black Lake Campground is a relaxing, quiet location, a couple miles up a well-maintained gravel road off of Hwy 20, about 25 minutes east of Colville, WA. The lake is ringed by forest, with cabins spaced well apart and set back in the trees, has swampy areas at either end (inlet and outlet?) that make for great wildlife habitat, and is wide open in the middle for a nice afternoon of rowing the length and back. During our stay, we saw ducks, loons, turtles, fish, frogs, and toads, in addition to a few jays and chipmunks. At night, we watched the bats perform aerial acrobatics near the shore as twilight turned to darkness. The bats and dragonflies must be very proficient, because flies and mosquitoes were not a problem!
Our campsite in the mature evergreen trees overlooked the lake, felt private, was level, and was very spacious (we pitched a large tent, a small tent, and a screen room, and still had tons of room to spare). There are several other campsites available right along the lakeshore. Electricity and water were at the site, and an outhouse was nearby but not too close, as was a clean restroom with hot showers. There was a nice fire pit at our site which we didn't use because of fire restrictions. The warm, late summer days turned chilly at night - in the upper 40s - so we missed sitting by the fire and roasting s'mores, but understand the need for the burn ban, and stayed plenty warm with an extra layer of clothing and some campstove cocoa.
Due to COVID-19, we had the grounds nearly to ourselves, but this is a small resort, so even if all the spots were filled it would have been pretty private compared to most public campgrounds. A peddle boat, canoe, and four kayaks were available for our use, as was an assortment of life vests.
We also tried floating in tubes that we brought with us, but the wind was too strong that day and would just push the kids into the lily pads; they still had plenty of fun that day jumping off the dock and playing in the water.
Priscilla is a kind, generous, and gracious host who has found the right balance between being attentive and allowing privacy. We enjoyed meeting her and her dog, and reading the sweet children's book that she has written. Priscilla is knowledgeable about the area, and recommended several sights nearby (including Douglas Falls, Crystal Falls, and Radar Dome) when we inquired about activities.
We recommend Old Black Lake Campground for singles, couples, or families with well-behaved kids of all ages, and would stay there again!