DNR has more than 160 recreation sites across the state that are perfect for cooling off this holiday weekend. Read on for some ideas on where to beat the heat at our sites with water access.
As you plan your trip, keep in mind DNR’s statewide burn ban. Campfires and all outdoor burning activites are currently prohibited on state forests and anywhere else on the 13 million acres of Washington forestlands DNR protects from wildfire.
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Yahoo Lake, in DNR’s Olympic Region, has opportunities for fishing, boating, and swimming. Photo/ DNR.
Yahoo Lake, Olympic Peninsula, near Olympic National Park
At 2,400-feet elevation, the remote Yahoo Lake Campground provides opportunities for hiking, fishing, and swimming during a stay at one of its three campsites.
Lily and Lizard Lakes, Blanchard Forest, near Bellingham
Enjoy a swim at one of Blanchard Forest’s backcountry campsites. Watch for views of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands on the hike to these forested lakes.
Howell Lake, Tahuya State Forest, near Bremerton
This day-use site in the Tahuya State Forest is great for fishing, swimming, and picnicking. Access the lake from the Howell Lake Trail.
Enjoy the gentle, cascading falls of Yacolt Burn State Forest’s Dougan Falls. Photo/ DNR.
Dougan Creek, Yacolt Burn State Forest, near Washougal
The large boulders, forested edges, and cascading 100-foot waterfalls of Dougan Creek are a treat for picnickers and campers who visit Yacolt Burn State Forest.
Palmer Lake Campground, Loomis State Forest, Okanogan area
Palmer Lake Campground is near a 2,100-acre lake surrounded by orchards and mountainous terrain. It is a popular site for boating.
Island Camp, Glenwood Forest, near White Salmon
Island Camp, along Bird Creek, is a perfect campground for exploring Mount Adams.
Remember to bring a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington’s great outdoors. You can purchase the Discover Pass online, from more than 600 licensed vendors across Washington state, or at automated pay stations in select state parks.