The National Forest Service roadside campgrounds definitely appeal to weary eyed long distance travelers, so these convenient camping nooks certainly do fit into the overall summer vacation picture. Not all roadside campgrounds are created equal and some are better than others, so it pays to do some research ahead of time. The most basic National Forest roadside campgrounds are nothing more than a roadside rest stop for those who are suffering from driving fatigue and there may be few outdoor adventures to be found. The roadside forest campgrounds near urban areas tend to be local weekend party hot spots that may present all sorts of problems, especially if excessive alcohol consumption is involved. There are also roadside campgrounds located along major tourism corridors near National Parks, which are designed to handle overflow and they can be crowded during the peak summer season. Finally, there are a few lesser known National Forest roadside camping nooks that truly are like a dream come true, which can greatly enhance the vacation experience!
The Dog Lake Campground is one such desirable National Forest roadside camping destination that can be found along the lengthy Highway 12 tourism corridor between Yakima, Washington and Mt Rainier National Park. This Wenatchee National Forest camping spot is far enough away from the city for some peace and quiet, while endless outdoor adventures await nearby. The majestic Clear Creek Falls Overlook is literally right across the street and the lakeside views are breathtaking as well.
The Dog Lake Campground offers basic facilities and only eight campsites and there are vehicle length restrictions. The mountain views across the lake are spectacular and there are a few Wenatchee National Forest hiking trails nearby. Dog Lake is stocked with rainbow trout during the summer season, so putting some quality fresh food on the table can easily be done. What this all adds up to is Dog Lake is much more than just a good spot for road weary car & tent campers traveling back and forth from Mt Rainier. In fact, after setting eyes on this unique little roadside camping spot, spending an extra day will likely become part of the travel plans!
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