Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Across the Skagit River from the far larger Newhalem Creek Campground (North Cascades National Park's second largest campground), Goodell Creek Campground is far quieter and smaller. With only 19 campsites, Godell boasts two very large, isolated, and reservable group sites (Upper and Lower).

Under a canopy of massive old-growth Douglas firs, western redcedars, and black cottonwoods, the campsites here are relatively large and spaced well enough from one-another to provide ample privacy. Unlike Newhalem however, Goodell offers little amenities beyond potable water and boat access. In fact, Goodell Creek Campground is perhaps best known as a rafting and kayaking put-in location for those floating the Skagit River, which runs along the entire campground.

Note: Goodell Creek Campground is open year round; however, potable water and services are only provided during the summer months from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. There is no fee during the off season. Upper and Lower Goodell Group Sites are only open during the summer months and can be reserved via Recreation.gov or by calling 1.877.444.6777.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Large and private campsites. Removed from busy Newhalem Creek Campground.

Cons

Limited amenities.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

National Park Service

Features

Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Potable water

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

7, 8, 11

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park
Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park

Comments

08/06/2016
We had an annual multi-family camping (5 families - 12 kids) trip at the Lower Goodell Group campsite B. At $50/night I consider this place a steal! The individual campsites were pretty large, private and have tent pads approx 10'x10' which wasn't quite big enough for our ginormous 10 person tent. Each campsite has a fire pit. There is a very nice shelter and group fire pit. Site B is at the end of the road and has a very spacious common area that the campsites are situated around the perimeter of and which the kids were able to ride there bikes in. There is no potable water at the site, so you will have to bring in all drinking water. There is a vault toilet that was quite clean and well maintained. Goodell Creek was flowing very well and was a bit noisy, but quickly became white noise. There is not good access to the creek for swimming for the kiddos, but I imagine adults could manage assuming that they can take the cold water.

There is no designated hiking directly from the campsite, but it is very close to the North Cascades Visitor Center and the town of Newhalem which have nice, easy kid friendly trails. It is about a 20 min drive to Colonial Creek Campground and the trail heads for Thunder Creek and Thunder Knob.

Overall I thought it was a great site for our group!
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