Takhlakh Lake Campground

Takhlakh Lake Campground is one of the best-kept secrets in western Washington. It boasts some amazing views of Mt. Adams, a lake that’s perfect for water play, and is remote enough even for the pickiest of stargazers.

Location: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Rating: ★★★★(.5)
Price: $18 Single, $30 Double
Extra Parking: $9 per Vehicle
Online Reservations: Yes,  Reserve Here!
Max Length: 22 ft.
Hookups: None
Restrooms: Vault Toilets Only
Potable Water: No

Be warned, the last few miles to the campground consists of one lane and gravel roads. While this can be a touch rough, its accessible for almost all vehicles; even considering this, the trip will be well worth the drive!


There is no potable water anywhere near the campground. Forgot to pack some? If you don’t have a filter handy that’s going to be at least a 45-minute drive to the nearest town (Randle).

The campground host will occasionally have firewood for sale ($6 per bundle), but this should be a backup source of wood. They often sell out and there’s no guarantee they’ll be selling.


There are plenty of vault toilets available and they’re surprisingly clean…. for vault toilets that is. Please remember to help keep them that way by lowering the seat and closing the door when finished!

There are drains throughout the campground that are designed for the disposal of wastewater from cooking and general clean up but don’t expect any accommodations for RVs. There are no hookups and no waste stations; in fact, the sites have a maximum length of 22 feet (including the car) so it’s a great place to bring the tents.


Fire rings with cooking grates and sturdy picnic tables are included with every site, and many sites even have direct access to the lake via a walking path.

Don’t expect to get lonely! This campground books early and fast. If you don’t get an early reservation keep an eye out for cancelations.


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One Comment on “Takhlakh Lake Campground

  1. Excellent review! We’ll put this on our list as the accommodations seem right up our ally!

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