Council Lake Campground has roughly 10 dispersed camping sites and sits near the edges of its namesake, Council Lake, deep within the shadows of Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Located near Takhlakh Lake and several other larger and developed campgrounds, Council Lake often sees overflow campers when nearby areas reach capacity.
Council Lake Campground is FREE to camp at and does not have any services; pack it in, pack it out. In other words, this is very close to dispersed camping minus the availability of an older and neglected vault toilet. There is no potable water, no camp host and no garbage services. The campsites here are not marked however you can clearly make out the designated sites from previous wear and tear. Some sites have old metal fire pits and others have old fashioned rock rings. There are no picnic tables in the campsites.
Council Lake is a beautiful mountain lake with crystal clear waters and excellent fishing and recreation opportunities. Electric and man-powered boats only are allowed on the lake. It may appear that there are some campsites on the lakeshore – these are not sites and you could face fines if you camp here. Camp in the designated sites up on the hill above the lake.
Council Lake Campground is nestled pretty deep in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. As such, the real nearby attractions are going to be other Lakes. If you get restless and are looking to explore beyond Council Lake itself consider some of the following areas: