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Kachess Campground is a popular camping destination located within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State. It offers beautiful views, access to Kachess Lake, and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.

Basic Campground Information

Location: Kachess Campground is north of Interstate 90 on Kachess Lake, near Easton, Washington. It's roughly an hour and a half drive from Seattle.

Accessibility: The campground is typically open from late spring through early fall, as snow conditions may limit access during winter months.

Site Details: Kachess Campground has multiple loops with sites that can accommodate tents and RVs. Not all loops have the same amenities, and some may have more primitive conditions than others.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Some sites in Kachess Campground are available for reservation through the national reservation system, while others may be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees: Camping fees vary by site and are subject to change. Discounts may be available for holders of certain federal recreation passes.

Amenities and Facilities

  • Water Access: Drinking water is available at several locations within the campground.
  • Toilets: The campground provides vault toilets; no flush toilets are available.
  • Garbage Disposal: There are garbage services, so visitors are encouraged to pack out what they bring in.
  • Tables and Fire Pits: Each campsite usually comes with a picnic table and a fire pit with a grill.

Recreation Activities

  • Hiking: There are trails accessible from the campground, including pathways around Kachess Lake and into the surrounding forest.
  • Boating: While there isn't a formal boat launch at the campground, Kachess Lake is popular for various water activities.
  • Fishing: Anglers can fish in Kachess Lake, which is stocked with various species of trout.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is known for its population of deer, birds, and other wildlife.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Restrictions: Check current fire conditions and restrictions as they can change based on weather and forest conditions.
  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash.
  • Quiet Hours: Enforced quiet hours typically ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Stay Limits: There is often a maximum number of consecutive days you're allowed to stay, typically around 14 days, but this may vary.

Safety Considerations

  • Wildlife: Store food properly to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Water Safety: Practice safe boating and swimming in Kachess Lake.
  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially in shoulder seasons.

Access and Contact Information

Getting There: Driving directions usually involve taking Interstate 90 to Exit 62, Kachess Lake Road, with the campground being a few miles from the highway.

Contact: For the most up-to-date information, contact the Cle Elum Ranger District within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest or check the U.S. Forest Service website before your trip.

Website: U.S. Forest Service (USFS) - http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=57113

Before heading out, always check the latest campground status, any potential alerts or safety concerns, and ensure you have any required permits or passes.

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