Camping in the Northwest - From a family who thought they'd share notes
Taidnapam Park
Reservations through Tacoma Power Parks.
Taidnapam Park is a year-around forested campground on Riffe Lake.  If you love to fish, you'll fall hook, line and sinker for the fishing bridge. 

Overall.
We absolutely fell in love with this park!  Very well kept campground that offers a lot for everyone:  nice big camping spots, great paths for bike rides, a lake / with a fishing bridge, playgrounds and a swimming area. 
Download the park brochure via this link

Campsite.
Each of the campsites offer a nice private area in a forested campground.  There are 139 individual sites with electric and water hookups and 96 of those have sewer hookups as well.  There are 24 walk-in sites for those of you who want to "rough it" and enjoy the serenity of the park and its beautiful surroundings.
When we visited in 2011, the check in station mentioned they had a recent windfall and that the fallen limbs, trees were open for burning. 
The front campground by Riffe Lake is "older" - developed in 1994 with the back area just being developed in 2008.  There are some really nice pull throughs in the "older" part of the park that are nicely wooded and within a few short steps to a view of the lake.  Note that some of the older camping spots won't have Full Hookups (no sewer) due to being so close to the lake.

Group Sites.
There are 22 sites in the main group camp -- and you must reserve at least 10 for a group reservation.  All the sites have water and electric with 18 having sewer.  It is a nice group camp offering a kitchen shelter, horseshoe pits, a volleyball area and a restroom with showers.
For a rustic group camping experience, the park offers a primitive group camp which offers space for 12 tents, picnic tables, a group fire ring and a nearby restroom with showers. 

The "Bridge".
If you love to fish, you will love the bridge at Taidnapam Park.  Not only does it look cool, it gives everyone the opportunity to fish right off of it and is pedestrian and wheelchair accessible.  Riffe Lake is known for its excellent fishing - loaded with cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout as well as coho salmon, steelhead and bass.

Beach / Swimming Area.
The Swimming Beach is part of the Day Use Area and combined with a nice big playground.   The swimming area looks a little "iffy" -- green / brown water that doesn't look like it's safe to swim in.  It is roped off by buoys and the lake is just beautiful so wishing that the swimming area was larger a little more clean and safe looking.

Lake.
Riffe Lake is wonderful and beautiful.... stocked full of fish.  There is a boat launch right in the park (open May through mid-September)  -- and also different entry points on the lake.  There isn't much traffic at all on the lake -- some paddleboats, rafts, fishing boats, jet ski's, etc. 

Play Area.
As mentioned above, there is a nice big playground near the Beach / Swimming Area complete with a nice picnic area, grass, beach, swimming available.  In addition, the campground has its own playground available, a bit smaller but still very nice and well maintained.
In the "back" of the older section of the park (behind sites 270 and 272) there is a huge grassy area with a horseshoe pit.  Because we stayed right in front of this section one time, we saw this area nicely utilized by young and old playing soccer, baseball, volleyball, bocce ball, etc.

Bikes or No Bikes?
Definitely bikes -- for the entire family!  Very easy place to walk around, ride around, etc.  Nice trails throughout, shortcuts, etc.

Check In Office.
Nice and friendly office with a lot of great information, maps and recommendations for excursions in the area to check out.

Vicinity.
  • Morton is the nearest town -- about 10 miles away where you will find grocery stores, hardware store, propane, fishing licenses, and other basic needs. 
  • Mt. Rainier is 40 miles away - a nice day trip from Taidnapam. 
  • Mt. St. Helens is also a nice drive - about 2 hours, but a very scenic drive.  On the way you can stop off at:
        - Hoffstadt Bluffs which is a banquet center, rest area, nice gift shop and              offers helicopter rides.  
        - Forest Learning Center which has an Elk Viewing Area, Playground a                  beautiful view of Mt. St. Helens.
        - Johnston Ridge Observatory which is the farthest you can go and located            right at the crater of Mt. St. Helens.  It has a great guest center offering              interactive exhibits, a movie, park guides, hikes, etc.
  • Traveling east from the park, you may want to stop at the Forest Service's Randle Ranger Station (part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest) in the town of randle, for information about hiking trails, nature trails and mountain biking.   A couple to note:
              1) Woods Creek Loop Trail - 1.5 miles in length and because it is
                  located in a place where forests, meadows and wetlands merge,
                  it is a prime destination for viewing birds and wildlife, such as black
                  tailed deer, raccoons, red-winged blackbirds and grouse.
              2) Layser Cave - which was used seasonally by native peoples but
                  abandoned after Mt. St. Helens erupted.  An interpretive display
                  is located at Randle Ranger Station's Cispus Learning Center.

Yes, we are camping.  But we still need the Electronics.
      Cell phone service:  very limited.

Misc.
  • Very friendly camp hosts.
  • After our first stay, we received a survey via email on how our stay was.  That shows they truly care

 
 



Taidnapam Park
146 Taidnapam Drive
Glenoma, WA 98336
360-497-7707

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