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Tinkham Campground - Location, Facilities & Activities | Washington

Tinkham Campground in North Bend, Washington, is on the South Fork Snoqualmie River in Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest. It's popular with visitors and locals.


The lake is also commonly used as a home base for those exploring the North Bend area, including Rattlesnake Lake, Mount Si, and the more intense adventures in the North Cascades.



Around the campground, you'll enjoy peace and quiet among Douglas fir, western hemlock, and cedar trees. The tree coverage makes this an ideal spot for summer getaways when too much sun is just too much.

Call (360) 386-8214 for reservations.


Tinkham Campground Facilities

Here are the basic facilities you can expect at Tinkham Campground. At every campsite, you'll find:

  • Campfire Rings

  • Picnic tables

  • Grills



The campground also has vault toilets and drinking water.


What You Need to Know

Here are a few more details you should keep in mind when you're thinking about visiting Tinkham Campground:

  • Price: Riverside campsites are $18 a night, and sites located slightly back from the river are $16.

  • Dogs: Allowed

  • Best Time to Visit: Spring, Summer, and Fall

  • Number of Sites: 47

  • Tent Pad Type: Dirt

  • Reservations? Yes, reservations are possible at Tinkham campground.

  • Max Stay: 14 nights

  • Tent and RV Camping


The only main con of this campground is that it is located near I-90, meaning that you're likely to hear some highway noise during the night.



Why Choose Tinkham Campground?

The campground sits beside South Fork Snoqualmie River, which will serenade you throughout the night, breaking the peace and quiet of this popular campsite.


Nearby, you may catch a glimpse of Mt. Baker, continuously covered in snow and looming over the surrounding landscape.


Additionally, Mount Rainier National Park is an hour away. There, for an entry fee, you can enjoy some of the most incredible hikes in Washington.



What to Do Near Tinkham Campground

Here are a few things to do near Tinkham Campground:


A visit to Rattlesnake Lake is sure to be on your itinerary if you're visiting the North Bend area, and if it's not, it should be! It's one of the most beautiful and easy-to-access lakes in this part of Washington and offers the opportunity to hike, swim, paddleboard, kayak, and fish.




If you visit Rattlesnake Lake, don't miss out on hiking the Rattlesnake Ledges Trail. This 5.3-mile trail ascends a steep rocky face above the lake, providing panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, hills, and. the North Cascades.


View from Rattlesnake Lake
View from Rattlesnake Lake, looking up at Rattlesnake Ledges

Tinkham Discovery Trail

A 0.5-mile trail that's family-friendly and doable throughout the year. you'll get to see a gorgeous, albeit small, pond, wildflowers, and much more.



Snow Sports at Snoqualmie

In the winter, visitors can take advantage of opportunities to break out their skis and/or snowboards. West Summit at Snoqualmie is less than 20 minutes from the campground.



Other Campgrounds to Consider

Here are a few other campgrounds to consider if Tinkham Campground is full.

  • Alice Creek Campground: Less than 5 mins from Tinkham Campground

  • Carter Creek Campground: Less than 5 mins from Tinkham Campground

  • Denny Creek Campground: 25 mins from Tinkham Campground

  • Salmon La Sac Campground: 1 hour from Tinkham Campground

  • Tolt MacDonald Campground: 40 mins from Tinkham Campground



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