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Camping at Eightmile Campground

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Location and Access

Eightmile Campground is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, which spans the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range in Washington State. Access to the campground typically involves driving on the Icicle Creek Road, which starts from the town of Leavenworth. Depending on the time of year, it is crucial to check the road conditions, as mountain roads can be subject to closures or restrictions, especially during winter.

Campsite Information

Eightmile Campground offers several campsites which cater to both tent and RV camping, although hookup facilities may not be available. It is important to review the maximum vehicle length allowed in the campground's specifications when planning to bring an RV or trailer. Each site usually provides a picnic table, fire pit, and access to potable water and vault toilets. Advance reservations may be required, especially during peak camping seasons.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations can normally be made in advance through recreation.gov or by calling the campground reservation hotline, depending on the Forest Service policies. There are fees associated with camping at Eightmile Campground, which include nightly rates for camping and possibly additional charges for extra vehicles. Senior pass holders might be eligible for discounts. Fees are subject to change, so check current rates before planning your visit.

Amenities and Services

Amenities in Eightmile Campground generally include:

  • Drinking water sources
  • Vault toilets
  • Campsites with fire rings and picnic tables

Do not expect services like electrical hook-ups, showers, or a camp store. Visitors must be prepared to pack in all their necessities and pack out their trash, following Leave No Trace principles.

Activities and Attractions

Eightmile Campground offers various outdoor activities including:

  • Hiking: Access to numerous trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
  • Fishing: Icicle Creek and nearby lakes provide opportunities for fishing.
  • Wildlife viewing: A chance to see birds, deer, and other forest inhabitants.
  • Photography: Scenic views of the forest and Cascade Mountains.

Visitors should be prepared for mountain weather, which can include sudden changes and require appropriate gear.

Safety and Regulations

Safety is paramount in a forested, mountainous setting:

  • Be aware of wildlife and proper food storage to avoid attracting bears and other animals.
  • Campfires must be managed carefully to prevent forest fires, with restrictions often in place during high fire danger periods.
  • Be prepared for changing weather and have appropriate clothing and equipment.

Following US Forest Service regulations is required. This includes campfire management, vehicle use on designated roads only, and adherence to campground rules regarding noise, pets, and campsite use.

Seasonal Access and Restrictions

Eightmile Campground typically operates from spring through fall, with specific opening and closing dates largely depending on weather conditions and snow levels. Winter access can be limited due to snow and road closures, so check the forest service or campground website for current operating status and seasonal restrictions if planning a visit outside of the summer months.

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