Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Located on the South Fork of the Skykomish River in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Money Creek Campground is right around the corner from numerous trailheads. Its 24 standard, non-electric sites are scattered along the river under towering old-growth trees, and it offers plenty of privacy and some sites right next to the water.

Several short trails lead from the main campground road down to the river, and a day use area provides picnic tables with a river view. There are many great day hiking options in the area, including Lake Dorothy just down Miller River Road from the campground, and Barclay Lake, which is a few miles down the highway.

The near and direct access from Highway 2 makes Money Creek Campground a convenient choice for those wishing to camp in the area without venturing miles down a rough road. Because of this convenience, the campground is very popular, so reservations are recommended for weekend trips. Keep in mind that a train track does run nearby, so the occasional train might cause noise in the middle of the night.

Note: Most sites cost $18, but some especially well-located sites are $20. The price of each is clearly labeled on posts at each site.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Convenient from highway. Close to trails. Riverside camping.

Cons

Noise from trains.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Hoodoo Recreation Services

Reservation phone number

1 (541) 338-7869

Features

Vault toilet
Potable water
Picnic tables

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

24

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

08/26/2016
My family stayed in one of the non-reservable sites (#13) here on a recent August weekend after finding Beckler River completely booked up. The forest is beautiful, site privacy is good, and the creek is nice to wade or float in. However, the train tracks are *right* next to the campground and maybe a dozen trains a day come through, honking even while you sleep. In addition, you can hear the sound of Hwy 2 from some sites--this is less of an issue, except for people honking their horns as they enter the nearby tunnel. Lastly, the vault toilets were really really smelly. (Caveat: I've only camped at vault toilet campgrounds earlier in the season before so maybe they're all this bad by mid-August.) The drive from out 522 to Hwy 2 should be quick and easy, but the traffic on Friday and Sunday afternoons was *barely moving* for hours. It was pretty awful.

In short, this campground is fine as a backup or if you're not noise sensitive, but it didn't give me the nature experience I needed due to the soundscape. Recommend driving out on a Thursday both to get a site and to avoid Friday traffic. Also don't drive home on Sunday.
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