Free Campspot at Riffe Lake | Informal Campsite

United States

WARNING: THIS PLACE IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

Details

Verified:
3 months ago
Altitude:
242.9 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
dreamtime.gallery

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Natural Source
Toilets:
Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
No
Pet Friendly:
No

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MODERATOR NOTE: seemed to be closed (late 2021) but is open again. Please report if info below is incorrect.

Busy place right on the lake. Pretty clean and well-kept (didn’t try the clean Porta-Potty's as I have one in the van). Free; max days 14. LOTS of people mid-week, some who seem to stay awhile. Stayed here one night, didn’t notice any no camping signs. Provided and maintained by Tacoma Power.

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Much space that’s true, but Verizon doesn’t have signal :(

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Not enough Verizon signal for a zoom call... if THAT'S what you're wondering.

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Stayed here for two nights. It’s not super clear if it’s allowed or not. For the parking lot i would say it’s 100% allowed for 14 days. For spots closer to the lake it depends on how you read the signs. A lot of people camping at the lake who seemed to be locals. They played loud music and some looked like they’re staying for longer. Traffic goes in and out the whole day.

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Wa are camping here! Clean porta potty’s. Free max das 14. Provided and maintained by Tacoma Power.

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Big campsite. Quite a few people camping here. Some for longer it seems. No barrier. Haven't seen any 'no camping' signs when I arrived at nighttime. They might exist. Many fireplaces.

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Busy place right on the lake. Pretty clean and well-kept (didn’t try the bathrooms as I have one in the van). LOTS of people mid-week, some who seem to stay awhile. Stayed here one night, didn’t notice any no camping signs and the lady I talked to said the limit was 14 days.

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I don't understand how people are staying here. there is no camping allowed where you can get to, and further than that is gated off with a sign from November if 2019, saying it is closed until further notice.

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There was a gate and a sign that said it is closed until further notice since November of 2019. I think they are planning some kind of renovation project.

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As described by others, except we had no problem with unfriendly campers. A little loud, as is expected at a busy place. Two portable toilets, serviced at 6am on Friday morning. No shade. Dusty. Great water access - most people had kayaks/paddle boards or were fishing. Better water access here than the $35 campground down the road in late summer, where their boat launch is closed because lake levels are too low.

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No camping signs in several areas. 8 hour parking limit.

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Beautiful view on the lake. Lots of place, there are effectively many others, some less friendly than others.

We choose to stay without interacting with anyone (we normally like to get in touch with others). We had a nice time.

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The reviews and pictures of this spot looked promising and we were excited for a fun night on the lake. However, when we arrived we were met with people who were obviously living there and seemed to not like our presence. We were stared at and flipped off and eventually moved to a turnoff up the road with a few other vanners who felt the exact same way. Beautiful spot, scary people.

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Big open gravel’ish area for camping with a 14 day limit. Swimming in lake is great. One outhouse in day lot but otherwise no privacy for using portable toilets outside vehicles.

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Beautiful open space with lake & Mountain View’s! Can fit all size rigs, easy access. Fire pits all around.

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nice open area at lakes edge to camp..couple established fire rings..decent Tmobile 4G but only ouside rig, lol

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Beautiful Place. Pit toilet. Nice Beach.

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Nice place at the lake. Lots of space but lots of people, too.

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awesome view, lots of space to camp, beautiful place, some of it is used as landing path for gliders so you get to see them fly around, and free

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Nice place! Pit toilets available when we were here.

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A great little place with a 14 day limit. It is called Cowlitz Wildlife Area. There is one potable toilet. Suitable for rigs in first large parking lot. Smaller high clearance beyond that.

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Fantastic place at Riffe lake. Several spots but you are not alone. No toilets or facilities. Tent and big rig friendly. Close to the street.

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