Open Year-round
No
Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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Pine Flats Campground is nestled into the Lower Mad River Valley of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest about 10 miles from Ardenvoir and 14 miles from Entiat. It's a small campground with only six first-come, first-served camping sites. If you're looking for a group campground, there is one that can be reserved and can host between 20 and 50 people.  

The first thing you'll notice upon arrival at the campground is the sound of rushing waters from the Mad River.  Spring snowmelt causes high waters and swift currents that can wipe out areas of the hiking trail found at the end of the camping loop. While the river is not the best for swiming or wading, fishing is permitted in the Mad River with appropriate licensing.  

The sites are spacious. Many of the sites can accomodate trailers or popups. There are plenty of level areas to set up multiple tents at each site. Campfire rings are provided as well as a picnic table for convenience. They are mildly maintained to promote the best possible habitat for the natural wildlife in the area. While there are six main camping sites that are great for car camping, if hike-in camping is more your style, the Mad River Trail hosts serveral sites off the trail for one to spend a night or more.  

Vault toilets are maintained by the rangers on a daily basis. They're exceptionally clean considering this campground does not see much use, making it a great hidden gem in the Cascades. Water is available on site, but it is not potable. The water can be pumped directly from the Mad River with a good old fashioned pitcher pump. It is suggested to boil or treat water before consumption.  

The Lower Mad River Trail, which follows along the river, offers 15 miles of hiking.  Currently, only 11 miles are available to be accessed due to a washout. The trail is a great place in the spring to view beautiful wildflowers and ponderosa pines.  

Note that there are plenty of active rattlesnakes in this area. As you hike along the trail, you'll pass through rocky hillsides that provide perfect homes for them. They aren't aggressive when they are not threatened, but you should be vigilant of your surroundings. They are known to be found inside the campgrounds as well, and they usually lay in the sun midday. Keeping your dogs on leash and your children educated on rattlesnakes will help prevent an emergency. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer

Congestion

Occasionally full

Parking Pass

National or state forest pass

Open from

April 27 to November 03

Price per night (basic site)

8.00 $ (6.72 €)

Pros

Not crowded. Reservable group site. Near water. Most sites are shaded.

Cons

Rattlesnakes and mosquitos. No potable water. Limited sites. First-come, first-served.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District

Features

Vault toilet
Wildlife
Fishing
Family friendly
Wildflowers
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Bird watching

Access

Vehicle

Total number of sites

6

Maximum trailer length

28.00 ft (8.53 m)

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

Sites 1 and 3

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

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Nearby Lodging + Camping

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