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Forlorn Lakes Campground - Washington

No Drinking Water

Campground Details

  • Campground Rating: 5/5 (3)
  • Number of Campsites: 25
  • Avg. Overnight Fee: 10
  • Drinking Water: No
  • Toilets: Vaulted
  • Camphost on Site: No
  • Fires Allowed: Yes
  • Cell Service: No
  • Season: June - October
  • GPS: 45.9589,-121.7570
  • Elevation: 3720 ft.
  • Showers: No
  • Firewood for Sale: No

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Forlorn Lakes Campground Description

Forlorn Lakes Campground in Washington resides in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and rests along the shores of a chain of mountain lakes.  The campground is incredibly unique in that the sites are not bunched together but instead are spread out throughout the shores of the surrounding lakes.  This gives most of the sites a good amount of privacy and drastically improves the overall camping experience.

When we first stumbled upon Forlorn Lakes we were pleasantly surprised by the incredible beauty and serenity the area possess.  When you arrive, a dirt road escorts you windily through the chain of lakes and past scattered campsites and turnouts.  This is a first come, first served campground so you are given the opportunity to scout out the site that suits you best – an activity that is becoming more and more scarce in our new “reserve everything” world of camping.  Choose wisely, friend, because if you do you will be rewarded with some of the best lakeside mountain camping the state has to offer.

Each site comes equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, nearby outhouses and lake views.  During the warmer months swimming is an option and small row boats and paddle boards can be found out on the water.  In total there are 25 campsites to choose from and overnight fees are a refreshing $10.  There is no potable water at Forlorn Lakes and no garbage services so please pack out what you pack in.

Due to its stunning beauty this area is very popular during the peak summer months and the campground will fill up early in the week.  If you are headed here during the busy months it would be a good idea to have a “plan B” in the event the campground is full.  Dispersed camping around the lake is not allowed.


  • Beautiful mountain lakes
  • Private Campsites


  • No drinking water
  • Campground fills up early in the week

Nearby Attractions

  • Forlorn Lakes – You can easily spend an entire day hanging out and exploring the multiple lakes in this area.  Fishing and boating is popular and the Indian Heaven Wilderness is nearby which offers plenty of hiking.
  • Goose Lake – Nearby Goose Lake is another lake with plenty to offer and also has a campground in the event Forlorn Lakes is full
  • Natural BridgesGuler Ice Caves – Two very neat geological wonders exist nearby and are great day adventures for the whole family.  Bring a flashlight and warm clothes – it is cold in these caves!
  • Panther Creek Falls – It is a bit of a drive but this waterfall is unique and worth a visit.


Forlorn Lakes is roughly a two hour drive from Portland, Oregon.  Head east to the town of Carson, Washington.  From Carson take the Wind River Highway north until you see signs for Panther Creek Campground.  Follow signs to Panther Creek Campground which will be off of National Forest Road 65.  Follow NF-65 until you pass Panther Creek Campground and then take a right onto Carson Guler Road.  Follow this road east until you pass Goose Lake and Goose Lake Campground.  After Goose Lake you will want to take a left at NF-6035 or Forlorn Lakes Road.  Follow this road for less than 5 minutes until you arrive at the campground.

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[…] Forlorn Lakes Campground is located in the Gifford Pinchot Natioanal Forest in Washington and is more difficult to reach than the other campgrounds listed here. However, it is probably the most impressive campground on this list and offers some incredible scenic lakeside camping. Because of this, though, sites do tend to fill up quickly so try and get here early. If Forlorn Lakes is full you can see if nearby Goose Lake Campground has any vacancy. […]