Tumwater Campground


Tumwater Campground is located on US Highway 2, approximately 10 miles west of Leavenworth and 4 miles east of Coles Corner and the turn off to Lake Wenatchee. This campground is located right in Tumwater Canyon and is surrounded by steep hillsides and thick forests. It is a great place to head to for anyone looking at some quality time camping in the great outdoors.

Tumwater Campground is a U.S. Forest Service campground in the Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest. It falls under the responsibility of the Wenatchee River Ranger District which is headquartered in nearby Leavenworth. The campground has sites for tent camping as well as RV-friendly units, including many that can serve both purposes. The group campsite features a covered picnic area and there are restrooms within the campground as well. There are 84 single sites, 2 group sites, and capacity of the group site is 70 people and 40 vehicles. Reservations are required for use of the group campsite but all other campsites in the campground are on a first come first serve basis.


Tumwater Canyon is a gorgeous part of Washington State and can be a perfect getaway. When you visit Tumwater Campground you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the things that make camping a great experience, from outdoor cooking to sitting around the campfire. There is also a basketball court as well as horseshoe pits at the Tumwater Campground too and these can be very popular with campers of all ages. Chiwaukum Creek flows through the area, along the northwestern border of the campground, and into the Wenatchee River. This makes it a popular place with anglers. In a time when many campgrounds in the state have more and more wide open spaces and less seclusion, Tumwater Campground still features a healthy population of trees and other plant life that helps make your experience there much more private.

There are also great activities located very nearby too. There are a lot of hiking options in this part of the state, including everything from an easy outdoor walk found at the nearby Tumwater Pipeline Trail to the much harder climb to Dirty Face, a local rock landmark that is a short drive from the campground. Castle Rock is located nearby and is very popular with rock climbers. If you are into skiing or snowboarding, the Stevens Pass Ski Area is located about 25 miles west of Tumwater Campground and you can hit the slopes or just hang out in the lodge enjoying a nice bite to eat. The ski area also offers some great mountain biking opportunities during the warmer months of the year. Lake Wenatchee is also a short drive away and if you go there you can play on the beach, go for a swim, go boating or jet skiing, or even get out on the water to go fishing too. You can also have a nice fishing experience at nearby Fish Lake too. Leavenworth is a very popular place to visit near Tumwater Campground too. This Bavarian themed community is home to award winning restaurants, as well as truly unique shops, bars, and activities. The Wenatchee River flows nearby too and it has quite a reputation with experienced kayakers. A visit to Tumwater Campground puts you right smack in the middle of a long list of things to do and see in and around Tumwater Canyon.

Whether you go there for a pure camping experience or to enjoy all of the things found in the surrounding area too, you are sure to enjoy your stay at the Tumwater Campground.



Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)