The best camping near Battle Ground Lake State Park

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Lush forests and a volcanic crater lake delight at this Cascades foothills gem.  

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Naked Falls

21 sites · RVs, Tents130 acres · Stevenson, WA
Naked Falls is the second largest waterfall on the Washougal River. This section of the river has been a hotspot for Kayakers and Cliff divers for decades. If you like watching Salmon run, this is a great place to do it. This is easy car access to a raw outdoor camping experience. You will be camping next to the crystal clear Washougal River and have access to Naked Falls and Reeder Falls. Come prepared as the nearest potable water source is at least a mile away and you won't see any lights or electrical outlets on the property. There are portables toilet now between sites 4 and 5 on the east side of the road and between sites 15 and 16 on the west side. Portable toilets taken out in Mid October and put back in in Mid March. Firewood is not delivered to each site if you order it. There are many good reasons for this, not the least of which is that it can rain and then all the wood gets wet. We keep the firewood in a small woodshed and give you instructions on where to find it and what the code is before you check in. Also, please remember that I don't live there and there is limited service on the property. If you have questions, please contact me in advance as I may be unreachable when you arrive at the property. The Campsites mostly go in the order they appear as you drive through the campground. With some exceptions. Sites 8 and 11 (in that order) are up the hill from the fork at site 2. Sites 12 through 19 are in order on the West side of the river. There are signs with the site numbers next to each site. The sites each have their own parking spaces. Please see the brief descriptions below so you have a good idea of what kind of experience you can expect at each site. If you are not familiar with the area, or even if you haven't camped there before, I recommend contacting me for directions or information about the area before you go up. Also, if you have an RV, you will want to contact me to discuss which site you really want to book depending on the size of your RV, awnings, slide outs, etc. Each booked site is allowed 2 cars or 1 RV. If you have more than 2 cars or 1 RV, there is a fee of 10.00 per additional vehicle. Camping was banned all along the upper Washougal River in 2006 due to abuse from the public. An attitude that no one could be trusted up there formed and I lost my favorite place to camp in the whole world...but I understood why they did it. In 2017 I bought the property and worked with Skamania County to restore camping and the public trust in good people who love nature. There are now 20 campsites, mostly along the river, and I'm so pleased that the vast majority of Hipcampers are reliable co-stewards of this amazing recreational resource. It is up to us to keep Naked Falls available by keeping in mind that it is a crucial fish and wildlife habitat and we are but visitors there. Be sure to stick to trails and pack in/pack out. Nothing from town should be left there and nothing there should be brought back to town. *** Site 1: Saltness Creek This is the only site with direct trail access to the river on the camping side. It's also right on a creek and encompasses a corner of the confluence of the creek and the Washougal River. It's a nice open space right off the gravel road which allows you to park right by where you will set up tents and have your campfire. It also means other campers will drive right by your site and they will need to pass by it to take the trail to the river. This site is very convenient but not very private. Site 2: Naked Falls There is a short narrow trail that leads to the campsite on the Naked Falls cliff. It's awesome! This is the original campsite at Naked Falls and has likely been there for 100 years or more. It overlooks the waterfall and island downstream. It's really the coolest campsite but it's not for everybody. The area for pitching tents is smaller than at the other sites. Only 2 medium sized tents will fit comfortably. You may be able to cram 3 tents in but should be aware that it's only really meant for 2. Groups larger than 6 may want to consider another site. Also, it is right on the cliff where people like to jump so, while you have the best view of all the fun stuff happening at the falls, you also have cliff divers coming up to say hi during the day. Site 3: Desk Job This site is just past the falls. It has a wide short trail to the camping area and a beautiful view of the river that passes right by the site about 30 ft below it. It is nice, quiet and secluded. Site 4: Middle Management This site is nice for pulling vehicles in and around. It loops around some trees in the center. The trees to the east and North are all alders so it has limited shade in the morning when there aren't leaves on the trees (winter and early spring) The trail down is wide and short. There is a small opening with a nice view of the river and it's quiet. A great place to listen to the flow of the river and the beat of your heart. Site 5: Conference Room The Conference Room is tucked into the woods a little more than the other sites. It's right over the river just like all the rest of the sites but the trees like living on that cliff...like a whole bunch. You can walk to the edge and see the river but it's not the most open view of the river. I love this site. It has two old growth stumps from the first harvest ever at Naked Falls. They tell stories of the Yacolt burn and a lot of hard winters. A short narrow trail get's you from your car to to the camping area in about 20 steps. Site 6: Printer Jam This site is quite large and has the most extensive view of the river. Great for bigger groups or bigger tents. This is a chill spot where you can roast marshmallows while watching the flow of the Washougal River 35 ft below. Site 7: Budget Meeting This site is not meant for vehicle traffic! Please do not drive your vehicle onto the site as that has caused damage to the site itself and it needs to recover. The last site on the road has the longest walk...about 50 yards. It is also a large space and is the most secluded. It's the longest distance from river access but also the most private. The walk down passes an old growth tree that must have fallen decades ago. It has a huge base and the root structure is about 12 ft tall. There are a variety of trees that hug this campsite. If you don't mind the walk, you are sure to dig the vibe at our version of a Budget Meeting. Site 8: The Slash Pile Please read this full description before booking. I'm giving this site a go because I think it's a rather unique experience for the right people. This site sits up above all the river sites. It is not on a river but has a river view and view of all the other campsites. It is surrounded by a slash pile which is the wood debris left over from logging. You can drive right to it but only if you have 4wd/AWD. The road is also surrounded by alder trees that might slap the side of your car as you go up so if you are concerned about that, this is not the spot for you. There is not much shade up there either. You may want to bring a shade tent. The site is fairly large and has plenty of room for tents but I don't recommend any trailers or RVs here due to the steep rocky road. Your walk to the river will be about as long as the walk from site 7. It will be an easy walk down and a bit of a trek up. If no one books this site, I will totally understand but It's a cool spot if you are cool with the challenges it presents. Site 9: Hard Scramble Creek This site is embedded in the woods and has the most tree cover. It is even further from the river access than site 8...about a half mile walk. There is plenty of room but only one way in and out so turning around should be thought out before you set up your tents. Also, I've seen people pull off trailering large rigs up there but I'm pretty sure it was painstaking. If you have a large RV or Trailer, I would skip this site. Smaller trailers and RVs should be fine if you have some experience and patience. This site is quiet and the sound of the creek is soothing during the day and night. Site 10: Rock Beach Woods This site is in the woods along the river near an inviting rock beach that flows into a crystal clear swimming hole. This site is not behind a gate and day use visitors are allowed to use the trail and access the rock beach. The rock beach gets less traffic than we have right by Naked Falls but it is part of the day use area. This is a park and walk site. Parking is along the main road and you hike in about 50 yards to the campsite. This is one of the coolest campsites we have. Literally cooler as it is along the river edge and not along a cliffside like most of the other sites. Also cooler because it is under deep tree cover with soft mossy terrain. If you like the sounds of the river, shady woods and very close access to swimming, you will love this site! Site 11: This One Goes to Eleven! Situated on the top of the hill, this site has the most impressive views of all the sites! About a 270 degree view of the surrounding mountain region give you a great vantage point that often includes eagles flying below you, elk across the valley and a variety of other wildlife. This site is the farthest from the river, civilization and all the other campsites. If you are looking for something remote and have a 4wd/AWD vehicle, this might be the best site for you. Sites 12-19: All of these sites are right near the West side of the river. They were designed to accommodate RVs and Trailers. They are made for one trailer or RV per site or 2 camper vans. Tents are fine here too. There is easy in and out access to each site. It is nearer to the W2000 road and the sites are a bit closer together. There is still a significant amount of treed space between each site, just not as much as the original campsites. They each have a fire pit and cleared space for tents along with the graveled area for parking your RV. The sites are fairly level but not perfect and some leveling may be required depending on the size of your RV. This area has it's own trail down to the river or you can use the day use trail just a short walk North past the wooden Naked Falls sign. There are 3 total vehicles allowed at each of these sites (no exceptions) that includes the rv or trailer. So, truck and trailer count as one and you can have one addition car...or you can have 3 cars if you are car or tent camping. There is a charge of 10.00 extra for the third vehicle. No parking is allowed along the W2000 road unless you have a Naked Falls parking pass for day use. Site 0. This is the old site 12 that I had closed down. It is just up the hill from the fork at site 2. So at the fork near site 2, you will take a left and go up the hill about a quarter of a mile. It will be on your right hand side before you get to site 8. This is a large site part way up a hill surrounded by trees about 15 ft high. Very little shade, so you will want to bring a shade tent in the Summertime.
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River Mountain Meadow

2 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Battle Ground, WA
Learn more about this land: It sits upon a meadow with surrounding trees and a cow pasture in the distance. Spring time offers a small pond, but the Lewis river is in within walking distance and tons of recreational activities are close by (swimming, fishing, hiking, wineries, etc.). There are only two sites, far from each other. It is a rural property with surrounding homes along the river. Town is close by for a quick trip. Privacy is better here than at a public campground *This winter was tough, lots of wind, so some trees fell, but they are all cleaned up and lots of small trees were planted. Can't wait until they grow!!!
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Oh-Deer-Me

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Ridgefield, WA
Secluded private site centrally located just a mile from Interstate 5, and 6 miles from the Interstate 5 / Hwy 205 intersection so most places in Clark County are less that 20 minutes away. Located 10 minutes from ilani Casino, 5 minutes from the Clark County Fairgrounds and amphitheater, and less than 30 minutes from some of the nicest freshwater lakes around. Hosts are avid Flyboarders, Jetskiers, and Paraglider Pilots. There is an active sawmill onsite IES-Sawmill.com. There are hiking trails that go around the property and past the sawmill and log deck. Walking access is permitted, but you must keep pets on leash and keep an eye on your kids. Some of the equipment is big, heavy, and doesn't have the greatest visibility if people walk up un-noticed. Always ensure that the operator sees you, and don't place yourself anywhere where a log that comes loose could run you down. Operating Equipment alwasy has the right of way.
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Bar UK River Ranch Camp & Ride

5 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · La Center, WA
Erik's Swedish parents Ulf and Petsy Kahn purchased the Ranch in 1969, raising horses and cattle (200 head at one time). They rode the trails, tended the cows, and had great times fishing, swimming and camping. Campers can enjoy Kayaking, Horseback Riding ...and Swimming at our beautiful riverside location! Camp by river with tent, trailor or RV, RV "Boondockers" are welcome. Tour the beautiful Lewis river valley by horse back and ride into town for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Perfect first experience with horses for the kids, Erik is great with the little ones and makes sure everyone is comfortable and has a wonderful time. Kayakers and Paddleboarders will love the location, camping right on the 32 mile John Pollack water trail. The Quaint town of La Center can be your destination, an easy paddle, about four miles of natural wetlands and wildlife along the way. Visit The new IIani Casino 15 minutes away, offering entertainment and five star restaurants. We are really excited to share some of the most beautiful areas by creating a few private campsites overlooking the river. We want it to be everything the crowded campgrounds are not!
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Camp Vino

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Battle Ground, WA
Welcome to our enchanting glamping site nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, just 30 minutes away from the vibrant city of Portland. Prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure that seamlessly blends the allure of the great outdoors with the indulgence of luxurious accommodations. Our glamping site offers unrivaled access to an array of outdoor activities. Immerse yourself in the stunning rivers and lakes that dot the vicinity, hike through picturesque trails, conquer the majestic peaks of Mount St. Helens, or simply enjoy an invigorating bike ride through the flourishing countryside. At the end of your exhilarating day, retreat to the cozy embrace of our queen size bed that beckons you to unwind and recharge. Sink into its plush comfort and feel the stresses of the world melt away. To enhance your stay, our glamping site is conveniently connected to a restauran and winery. Indulge your senses with exquisite wine tastings, delicious wood-fired pizza, craft cocktails and so much more. Savor the taste of award-winning wines crafted with passion and expertise, completing your extraordinary getaway with a touch of elegance. In summary, our glamping site at the winery is the perfect fusion of enchantment, adventure, and proximity to downtown Portland's vibrant energy. Embrace the allure of the great outdoors, relax in comfortable accommodations, and delight in the treasures of the winery. Don't hesitate - book your unforgettable glamping experience today and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Crown Point Camp

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · Corbett, OR
Crown Point Camp is the perfect gorge base camp on the Western edge of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Gateway to hiking, biking, kayaking, wind surfing and many other Adventures! Our camp is right off the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway just minutes away from Portland Women's Forum and Crown Point, the Jewel of the Columbia. Our facilities include an outdoor shower, a solar-powered composting toilet, fresh water, and plenty of flat ground surrounded by trees for excellent camping! Please read this whole message so that you are not surprised when you get here! Our home and farm is on two acres. Your tent site, are all in our ample acreage. Although pets are welcome, we expect them to be well-behaved around our two cats, our own big sweetie of a pup, Frejya, our two crazy goats Cupcake and Muffin, and our free-ranging chickens. Expect to hear some animal noises here on the farm. Our property literally borders the scenic highway. Because we are so close, you can hear the sunset-view-seeking drivers, motorcycle riders, and yes, racers who come out this way for a spin on one of the most scenic highways in the world. Traffic quiets down after dark and mornings are quite 'chill'. If you like what you are reading, please feel free to book with us and take off for your bike journey or hiking adventure from here. Wahclella Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Eagle Creek, and Multnomah Falls are among our favorites. Larch Mt, trails are always great for mushroom hunting or bird watching. Rick and Ellen are your hosts. We love welcoming fellow travelers!
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Nature’s Refuge on the Lewis River

4 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Woodland, WA
Come and experience a nature safari on the Lewis River! Depending on what time of year you visit us, you are sure to see the pair of resident bald eagles soaring above their nest, sea lions diving for salmon or smelt, flocks of sandhill cranes and migrating geese - even the occasional squadron of pelicans! Take the kayaks up the river to scout for beaver dens and otters, or paddle down to the sandy beaches at the confluence with the Columbia River for a picnic or sundowners. Watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets, or stargaze on clear nights. If you enjoy wildlife and rivers, you are certain to have an adventure with us on the Lewis. There is space for up to a 45 foot Class A motorhome or trailer/truck combo of similar size on the graveled parking area. Newly installed drive-thru site parking. Depending on your RV main door configuration and preferences…the option to enter the site either from the East or from the West is available. Please note that the property is a work in progress and is in the process of being lovingly restored! Watch your step on the planks - some are uneven and can be slippery in wet weather. There are numerous kayaks, which are free to use. There is also a porta-loo for the public on site. Have a wonderful stay!
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Lavender Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · La Center, WA
Experience the fragrance and beauty of Hipcamping in a field of lavender. 360 degree views of rolling hills, fir tree forests and grassy meadows from each site. RV Sites #1, #2, #3 all have 50amp power pedestals, fresh well water hookup, and grey water disposal. Site #5 is reserved primarily for small tents and does not have any utilities…however, Site #5 is close to our public restroom/shower facilities which does have power.
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Akitaaru Forest Camp

1 site · Tent5 acres · Bethany, OR
***Akitaaru Homestead was named one of 2023's BEST PLACES TO PITCH A TENT. … and we just placed again for 2024! Thanks to all of our campers and to Mother Earth for sharing this beautiful place with us humans! *** We run a small active homestead with livestock, gardens, dogs, and free range children. We are happy to share our five acres of beautiful PNW forest with intrepid campers Learn more about this land: Have you ever wanted to have an entire campground to yourself?  Planning a romantic getaway, private group trip, or getting your feet wet with your first trip of the year (or ever!?) We have got the perfect place for you! Camp on the edge of Forest Park and sleep underneath an evergreen canopy of Douglas fir and big leaf maple. We have one large forest glade with room for several tents. We book only one group at a time, so you are guaranteed the place to yourselves. We can accommodate up to 12 people, with a max of 4 vehicles (parking is tight). The campground features:  -Fairy lights strung among the tress to create the perfect magical ambiance -Large fire ring with cooking grate and seating for two -Newly built "glampy"  composting latrine (commune with nature!) - A huge clearing with multiple flat tent spots -1/2 mile of trails with hidden surprises - A parking area suitable for car camping or van camping during the rainy season. -Only 20 minutes from downtown Portland, 15 from I5, and minutes from gas and groceries *COMING SOON* Giant disk swing and swinging loveseat Parking is separate from the campground! It is a brief but steep 1/4 mile hike to get to the main campground and latrine. Bring hiking shoes and pack light. It takes most people 5-15 minutes to hike up, depending on fitness level and load size . If you want to car camp, you will be next to a road and separate from the latrine and fire pit. Enjoy several short trails on the camp's property before heading to Forest Park's Wildwood Trail, which is just up the street, or check out all of the incredible natural and urban nearby attractions in Portland. We are about 20 minutes away Portland's International Rose Test Garden , The Oregon Zoo, and Pittock Mansion Or just swing lazily in a hammock under the trees and enjoy the sound of the forest coming to life. Inquire about a tour of the homestead and the chance to play with our tiny herd of goats who think they are dogs.
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Nature Camp, Cabin and Farm

9 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Yacolt, WA
Do you feel more at peace in nature? Nature Camp is a magical experience that immerses you in nature and all its wonder. It is a beautiful forest garden with lots of wildlife and lush edible plants. If you've been feeling like you need to get away, leave your electronics and your chaotic, busy lives behind, Mother Nature is calling you. Nature Camp has been a dream made reality where we protect and adore our old growth forest. Our property is nestled among hundreds of acres of forest and creeks, some of it also old growth. Only an hour North of Portland, come find yourself here at Nature Camp. Meditate, connect to the Earth, and find peace in our many offered secluded spots. Nature Camp specializes in small groups, couples, and families that are seeking a wholesome family friendly genuine Pacific NW experience. Our mission is to create Heaven on Earth for those who truly appreciate nature and want to create real solutions to protect our forests and planet.
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Hobby Farm

2 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Battle Ground, WA
Flexible camping in forest, field, or by pond. 20 amp electric and well water available at utility posts located around property. 10 minutes from I5 Exit 11, but you feel way out when you camp here. Pond with ducks, Great Pyrenese dogs, cats and always baby animals around. Property is fenced and gated. Use this as a launching pad for local adventures to hike, swim, boat, or even Portland city life.
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Gather and Feast Farm

14 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · La Center, WA
Hi, my name is Mark and I am excited to introduce Gather and Feast Farm, the perfect stop on your journey! As the go-to place for the Farm experience in the PNW, our family farm and event venue in La Center, Washington, offers a unique and unforgettable setting for you and your loved ones to enjoy, connect, and unwind. One of the highlights of staying at Gather and Feast Farm is the opportunity to explore the farm itself. Take a self-guided tour where you will have the chance to meet our Scottish Highland Cows and calves, goats, chickens, loving farm cats, and even our friendly Livestock Guardian Dogs. This unique experience will not only bring joy and excitement to your family but also create a deeper connection with the natural world and the origins of our food. At Gather and Feast Farm, we're not just an overnight stop; we're a culinary playground where the community celebrates, collaborates, and participates in the farm experience. Our farm store offers fresh herbs, produce, homemade hot sauce, frozen scratch made meals and soups, as well as finishing salts infused with herbs grown right here on the farm. Delivering an authentic farm-to-table experience for you to savor. Ask us about our non-gmo heritage breed pork we raise right here on the farm. With our dedicated team, exceptional service, and attention to detail, your event will be seamlessly executed. Whether you're planning team-building activities or a relaxing day of enjoyment, we'll make it happen. Visit Gather and Feast Farm and witness the magic firsthand. Indulge in the beauty of our farm, savor the flavors of the land, and create cherished memories. Let us craft an unforgettable company picnic filled with laughter, connection, and the true essence of farm-to-table. Plus we even offer overnight campouts! From our family to yours, we look forward to welcoming you to the Farm for a truly magical stay. Minutes away from the Lewis River, great for paddle boarding, floating, and swimming. 30 minutes to Portland 1 hr to the Oregon Zoo
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The best camping near Battle Ground Lake State Park guide

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About

Stocked with trout and open to non-motorized boats, the cool green, spring-fed crater lake is the highlight for many visitors to this southwest Washington park. A shallow swim area is perfect for families with kids, while deeper depths draw scuba divers. Circling Battle Ground Lake are five miles of hiking and equestrian trails and 10 miles of biking trails that wind through evergreen forests. Picnics are also popular, while more active visitors can take advantage of several sports fields. Overnight options include more than 50 campsites spanning standard sites, partial-hookup sites, primitive hike-in and equestrian sites, and camping cabins.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for RVs: The Battle Ground Campground offers just six 30- and 50-amp electrical hookup sites for RVs up to 40 feet.
  • Best for comfort: Four rustic cabins with light and heat can each sleep five, and include picnic tables, a covered porch, and fire grills outdoors.
  • Best for equestrians: Two seasonal, primitive equestrian campsites can be reserved, each with two-stall corrals, a water spigot, picnic tables, a fire ring, and vault toilets.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Reservations can be up to nine months in advance. Make your peak season reservation as soon as you know your dates, or arrive early to grab any unreserved sites.
  2. Try to visit the year-round park during the week or in winter to easily secure a campsite.
  3. If you’re traveling light, opt for a primitive walk-in campsite with just a quarter-mile to a half-mile walk in.

When to go

Peak season from mid-May to mid-September draws the largest crowds, especially over weekends and when temperatures rise. The park store is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Only the main campground is open year-round, while other camping areas are closed from November to mid-March. Rainbow trout fishing is best from November to May, when the lake is frequently restocked, while cutthroat trout fishing is best in April and May. Fall is a good time to see migrating birds.

Know before you go

  • A 60-foot dock and small launch area are open to non-motorized boats only.
  • A privately operated concession offers watersport rentals, firewood, ice, snacks, and fishing supplies.
  • Bring your own nets, balls, and shuttlecocks to play volleyball or badminton on the sports field.
  • One accessible campsite is reserved solely for visitors with disabilities.
  • Bring a camera to capture the lush landscape and binoculars to spot bald eagles.

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