Swift Forest Camp


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280 Road
Cougar, WA 98616
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GPS: 46.0537, -122.0407

Last Price Paid: $18
Number of Sites: 93

1 person has reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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26 Travel trailer
22 reviews
Nightly rate: $18
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 9

Whereverbound would stay here again

“Beautiful waterfront camping ”

Reviewed Aug 31, 2015

Overall Rating

We stayed at the Swift Forest Campground to visit Ape Cave and Lava Canyon in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, at the end of August. We made reservations online on a Thursday for Friday and Saturday night and were able to snag a waterfront pull through site. Site A9 was huge, with beautiful views of the reservoir and the rolling forest hills. Sites A8, A9, A10, and A11 all have water views, with A10 having the most unobstructed views (no trees/shrubs) and the most sunlight. These sites have steep steps taking you down to a sandy/rocky beach that runs along the water which is filled with steelhead trout and salmon. We loved watching the three local eagles and osprey fish for their dinner at night. There are also many wooded sites, and a short walk will take you to a picnic shelter area near the water. We had to head 15 minutes towards Cougar to get any Verizon cell service, as there was none at the campground. The campground also has no hookups, but does have potable water and a dump station. We did not use the restrooms, so we cannot comment on their condition.

Talking with a local camper, we learned that the campground has had some trouble in the past with local families hoarding the waterfront camping sites. This year, the campground introduced online booking, with a limit on how often each family can camp at the campground. He said it has improved the situation greatly, and the campground tends to stay uncrowded. We found it easy to get a nice spot, and the campground to be quiet. It should also be mentioned that the water level this time of year was very low, and the boat ramp for fishing was closed, which may have contributed to the quietness of the campground.

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  • water
  • Partial Hookups
Site Amenities:
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: onsite
  • water available


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