Rock Creek Campground reopens thanks to valuable conservation partnership

9-7-2017 11-33-58 AMWith the help of a Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crew, our Rock Creek Campground in the Loup Loup State Forest has now reopened! Rock Creek Campground, along with our Leader Lake Campground that we reopened in fall of 2016, was damaged in the 2015 Okanogan Complex Fire.

Recent improvements to Rock Creek Campground include new picnic tables, fire rings and clearing downed debris. Pending additional funding, our Wenatchee-based WCC crew will install a new day-use shelter and updated signs at the campground. The crew has been assisting DNR staff with recreation maintenance in the Okanogan since summer of 2015.

Washington Conservation Corps and Puget Sound Conservation Corps crews use valuable work on DNR-managed lands to launch them into Washington’s workforce and careers. Corps members gain experience while helping to fill a variety of needs – from working on DNR trails and campgrounds to caring for wild spaces by removing invasive species and fostering the growth of native plants. In the summer, crews often assist wildfire fighting efforts throughout Washington. To learn more about the conservation corps, and view available positions, click here.

Help prevent wildfire 

Due to extreme fire danger all around Washington, all outdoor burning, including recreational campfires, are banned until further notice.  Before you head out to enjoy the revamped Rock Creek Campground, or any of DNR’s 70+ campgrounds and more than 1,100 miles of trail statewide, remember these safety tips for preventing wildfire.

  • Fireworks, incendiary ammunition and exploding targets start fires and are illegal to use or discharge on public lands, including all state forests.
  • Be sure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle or trailer. They can throw sparks and start fires.
  • Make sure all off-road vehicles have a properly functioning and approved spark arrester.
  • Be careful driving through or parking on dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes can start the grass on fire. You may not even notice the fire until it’s too late.
  • Check tire pressure and condition. Driving on an exposed wheel rim can cause sparks.
  • Have brakes serviced regularly to prevent brake pads wearing too thin; metal on metal can spark or drop pieces of hot brake pad.

Getting to Rock Creek Campground
Start in Okanogan at the junction with US Highway 97 and SR-20. Go west on SR-20 for 9.8 miles. Turn right on Loup Loup Canyon Road (dirt, two lane) and go 3.9 miles. Site is on left. Get directions.

Before you go, don’t forget your Discover Pass, your path to exploring Washington’s great outdoors. With the purchase of a $30 annual Discover Pass, camping with your vehicle at Rock Creek, and any of DNR’s 70+ campgrounds, is free. To purchase the pass online or find a vendor near you, click here.