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Colonial Creek North Campground

Colonial Creek North Campground is a popular camping destination located in North Cascades National Park, Washington. It's just off North Cascades Highway, and is situated near the scenic Diablo Lake, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and lush forests.

Colonial Creek North Campground can be found along State Route 20, situated around 122 miles northeast of Seattle. This campground provides various amenities for visitors' convenience, such as picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, and access to drinking water.

Colonial Creek North Campground

Colonial Creek North Campground: At a Glance

  • Location: On the south side of State Route 20, along Diablo Lake.

  • # of Sites: 41 RVs/Tents: Both RV and tent sites are available.

  • Reservable? Yes.

  • Open Season: June-October

  • Why Visit: Some sites are on Diablo Lake.

Diablo Lake Overlook
The view from the Diablo Lake Overlook


The campground has a few different basic amenities to offer campers. They are:

  • Picnic tables

  • Fire rings

  • Vault toilets

  • Drinking water

  • Campfire programs

  • Interpretive programs

  • Parking area

  • Trash collection

  • Food storage lockers

  • Tent pads

You can also expect to find a fishing pier, paved roads, recycling, seasonal water, and more.

Reservation System

The campground utilizes a reservation system, allowing visitors to book their stays through the website. To secure a spot, it is recommended to check availability and make advance reservations, particularly during peak seasons.

To Do Nearby

Explore Diablo Lake

Colonial Creek South Campground is a favored destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the wonders of Diablo Lake. Just a stone's throw away, Diablo Lake captivates with its awe-inspiring turquoise waters, embraced by majestic mountain vistas. For an exceptional vantage point, the overlook at Diablo Lake Dam offers a breathtaking panorama.

Diablo Lake Fog

You can even visit Diablo Lake in winter.

A short drive away from the campground lies the captivating town of Winthrop, evoking the spirit of the Old West. Adorned with historic edifices, charming shops, and delightful restaurants, Winthrop exudes a distinct charm.

Winthrop Main Street

Known for its Western-themed events, outdoor pursuits, and the scenic Methow Valley, Winthrop invites exploration and promises memorable experiences.

In close proximity to the campground, the quaint community of Mazama serves as a gateway to a plethora of outdoor adventures. Hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise.

Mazama Climbing Crag

Mazama boasts picturesque trails and ample opportunities to immerse oneself in the surrounding natural beauty.

Go on a Hiking Adventure

The North Cascades region is renowned for its breathtaking hiking trails and panoramic vistas. Immerse yourself in the splendor of nature with notable hikes in the area, including Thornton Lakes (5.2 miles), Desolation Peak (9.5 miles), Blue Lake (4.5 miles), Cutthroat Lake (3.8 miles), and if you want to drive a little further away, Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm (6.7 miles).

Cascade Pass
The view from Cascade Pass

Other Nearby Campgrounds

Colonial Creek South Campground

The sister campground of "North" Colonial Creek is "South" Colonial Creek. It offers a few more campsites and the same amazing views.

The Upper Goodell Creek Group Campsite is a small and secluded camping area located off Highway 20. It's a great basecamp for exploring the Goodell Creek Trail and the Southern Pickets.

Gorge Lake Campground

Located by the scenic shores of Gorge Lake and next to the beautiful Stetattle Creek, Gorge Lake Campground is a peaceful and basic camping spot. It offers a simple and natural camping experience, but there are no water facilities available. During the winter, campsites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, while in the summer, you can reserve a spot up to 6 months in advance for a delightful stay near the enchanting Gorge Lake.

Marble Creek Campground

If you're looking for a camping option near Diablo Lake, Marble Creek Campground is a good choice. It features spacious campsites with plenty of distance between them, creating a forested and secluded atmosphere. However, there is no water available at this campground, so be sure to bring your own supply.

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