Every year I go camping with my friends at Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park in Chelan County, Washington. From Seattle, you have to go east of the mountains past Leavenworth and then north of Wenatchee. The trip takes about 3 and 1/2 hours from Seattle with no traffic.
The campground is about 30 minutes (or about 25 miles) north of the main town of Chelan on the west side of Lake Chelan. It was originally a private resort until the state acquired it in 1972 and turned it into a public campground.
There are a variety of activities to keep you entertained here. There’s a boat launch and small docking area if you want to bring your boat, fishing in a select area on the dock, hiking a short drive away, and biking roads to name a few.
If you are in the mood for wine, my favorite winery in Chelan is about 20 minutes south of Twenty-Five Mile Creek. It’s called Tsillan Cellars and overlooks the vineyards as well as the lake. They are a full service restaurant complete with a store for wine tasting. Many weddings take place here in the warmer months.
When you’re ready to relax, just head to your campsite. They are spread out with a decent amount of space in between each one, and if you get one next to the river it really drowns out your neighbor’s noise. The campground even has a small store open from 8 AM to 8 PM with everything from sunscreen to candy in case you forget something.
I enjoy exploring new campsites, but Twenty-Five Mile Creek will be one I continue to come back to year after year. It’s not too far of a drive from Seattle, but such a different change in terrain and weather that you feel you’re in a completely different state.
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