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Lake Wynoochee, Washington

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Lake Wynoochee (Photo by Brandy Kirkendall)

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Beautiful Wynoochee Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tucked away just 30 minutes from the town of Montesano, Washington, lies the small pristine body of water called Lake Wynoochee. Located in the southern part of the Olympic Peninsula and created when the Wynoochee Dam was built to provide a reservoir, the lake is exactly what you expect of the northwest – deep blue and surrounded by a thick forest.

We decided to go up and check out the Coho Campground and take our boat (lovingly named “Lawn Art” since it sits as a decoration on our lawn more than we would like.) We headed west to Montesano and right past the exit to the town was Devonshire Road. We headed 34 miles up the twisting narrow road, then made a left when we saw the sign for the campground. Important note: cell phone service ends about 4 miles up Devonshire.

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(Photo by Brandy Kirkendall)

Pulling into the campground, there were two options for sites. Loop B can be reserved online. We didn’t have reservations so we headed into Loop A which is first-come, first-serve sites and there were plenty available. The cost was $20 a night. There are also walk-in sites for $16 a night. There are pads for RVs but no hookups. Three yurts are also available for rent. There is a campground host, but no amenities. There are normally regular restrooms but unfortunately, they were closed due to a septic failure, so there were port-a-potties and hand-washing stations set up.

The weather cooperated pretty well and while it wasn’t warm and sunny, it didn’t rain while we set up camp. Then we jumped in the truck and took Lawn Art out on the lake. So this is where I have to tell you that we rarely do anything that doesn’t involve an adventure. There is no dock on the lake. We had to back the trailer into the lake, Josh then pulled away from the ramp and had to nose up to the bank so David could jump on. That worked pretty well actually. Until we pulled away and out into the lake. All of a sudden I looked that the floor and said, “Oh, we’re taking on water!” My 9-year-old grandson, Anden, started freaking out – “We’re gonna sink, we’re gonna sink!” I told him, “No, we’re fine, you have your lifejacket on and we’ll get back to shore.” Meanwhile I was thinking, “We’re gonna sink, we’re gonna sink!” I really hate it when I have to be the adult and act calm! So we had to quickly nose back to the bank so David could jump off and run and get the truck and trailer, while we then pulled back around to the ramp. David admitted, “I think I put the plug in the wrong hole.” Yes, dear, you did.

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Trail to Day Use Area

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Boating on Lake Wynoochee

Since fishing on the boat was too traumatic to do again that evening, Josh and Anden went to the day use area of the park and were able to do some fishing there. The day use area has the swimming area, picnic tables, and trails where you can get to the lake away from the swimming area.

Back at camp we ate dinner and made S’mores. That always makes life better. The next day dawned sunny and clear. I was worried Anden wouldn’t want to go in the boat again, but he was fine. The lake was like glass and while we knew there had to be other boats out there, there were none in sight. We really liked the fact that this lake is a lot less populated than other lakes that we usually go to. We fished awhile and didn’t catch anything, so headed back in to meet up my daughter, Brandy, and her fiancé, Jason. After they arrived, we went back out in the boat twice, fishing, puttering around, and just plain enjoying the sun and the company. A few more boats were out in the afternoon but still nowhere near enough to feel crowded.

Another evening back at camp eating dinner and S’mores and enjoying visiting. The best part about camping at Lake Wynoochee was the time alone with family. No cell service, no internet, no TV, no interruptions. Truly rustic. If you really want to get away from it all, there are several levels at Lake Wynoochee – RVing, tenting in the campground, walk-in sites in the campground, yurts, or even places where you can take your boat to isolated spots along the shoreline.

It’s not too far away from a town yet far away enough away from it all to remember what is really important – unforgettable, precious time with family.

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Brandy, Anden, Nancy (Photo by Brandy Kirkendall)

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Categories: Boating/Kayaking, Fishing, Outdoors, Parks, RV/Camping, Washington | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making Memories – Campbell’s Resort, Chelan, Washington

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Just three hours from downtown Seattle, the small town of Chelan swells from a population of 3800 to 38,000 during the summer. It seems that everyone you talk to, from store clerks to other visitors in the wineries, has some connection to Seattle. There is a lot to do with the gorgeous deep blue 55-mile-long Lake Chelan providing miles of water fun. So where should a family stay when they visit Chelan? That’s easy to answer – it’s the incomparable Campbell’s Resort.

Campbell’s Resort is the heart of Chelan, both physically as well as emotionally. It’s the place where families come back year after year, generation after generation and is located right on Lake Chelan. Of course, there are several nice facilities in Chelan, so what makes Campbell’s stand out so impressively?

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Kayaks for Use by Guests

The first thing that makes this resort outstanding is the variety of family activities. Kids of all ages can take out the resort’s kayaks or stand up paddle boards. On Wednesdays, Campbell’s hosts a Kids Fishing class. There’s craft hour, movie night, and organized activities on the beach. But the parents have not been forgotten – there is also a convenient beach bar for the adults. To keep guests secure, Campbell’s actually has their own security force and web cams. That eases a parent’s mind who wants to be able to let their children branch out and have some fun without mom and dad hanging over them. Guests also have a wristband to help identify them as customers. Co-owner, Tom Campbell said this job is first memory-creating, then property management. Everything has to run like clockwork. “There’s never a time there’s not a Campbell on site,” smiles Tom. Tom and brother, Eric, are 5th generation Campbell’s to work at the facility and are very proud of their family tradition.

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View from Veranda

The customer service is top-notch. Just talk to the staff and you will see how much they enjoy working for the Campbell’s. An enjoyable workplace always translates to the staff passing on that attitude to their customers. Taylor Growth was our waiter when we enjoyed a tasty meal on the open-air veranda. He has worked for Campbell’s for five years, year-round. One of the perks he appreciates is that Campbell’s provides season passes for two employees at one time to go skiing at Mission Ridge.

For those interested in history and architecture, the story behind Campbell’s resort is as fascinating as the experience of the stay. The original structure, known as the Chelan Hotel, was built in 1901 by Archie Campbell who came out from Sioux City, Iowa and served as lodging and meals for miners from Holden Village which was once a copper mine. Tom and Eric’s grandfather dug out the dirt below the hotel to make the restaurant. The original structure is now listed on the historic registry.

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Door Knob in Original Building
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Window Over Room Door in Old Building

Room in Original Building Left As Is

Room in Original Building Left As Is

Over the years the original building has been added on to, creating the surrounding motel rooms, Bistro, and Pub & Veranda. Today there are over 170 rooms which includes two cabins, some two- and three-bedroom suites, rooms with adjoining doors as well as regular single rooms. In 2008 the Campbell’s chose Dawson Design to completed a $3 million renovation to create a more cohesive style to their rooms. With so much variety, there are facilities to accommodate any size of family.

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Cottages

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View from the Veranda

Campbell’s Resort now encompasses eight acres, including 1200 square feet of beachfront. Across the road from the original site sits more meeting space and a full spa. The resort hosts events such as weddings, bachelor parties, and family reunions.

Campbell’s Resort is a well-respected business and a valued member of the community. Their reputation is a testament to the hard work of the previous generations. The Campbell’s intend to continue the fine service and community involvement that their ancestors started. As future families return to Chelan year after year, there will be future Campbell’s to help create those cherished memories.

Check them out at http://www.campbellsresort.com.

104 West Woodin Avenue
Chelan, WA 98816
Phone: 509-682-2561

Getting there (courtesy of campbellsresort.com website):

From Seattle/Tacoma and South on I-5/I-405

  • Take I-90 East toward Spokane
  • Just after Cle Elum, take Exit 85 to Wenatchee
  • At the top of the ramp, turn left and then turn right, following the signs for 970 East toward Wenatchee
  • US 970 becomes US 97 North
  • After about 35 miles, turn right onto US 2 East
  • Just before entering Wenatchee, exit onto US 97 ALT North toward Okanogan/Spokane. The off-ramp will loop around to a stop light – go straight through the stop light
  • Take the second right after the stop light labeled 97 ALT north to Chelan. The exit will loop around to US 97-ALT North
  • Take 97-ALT North approximately 33 miles. You will enter the Chelan Valley and follow the lake for three to four miles
  • As you near Downtown Chelan, you will see a sign that says City Center and another lodging sign that says Campbell’s Resort. Turn left, following those signs. Just over the small bridge, turn left into the entrance of Campbell’s Resort

From Everett and North on I-5

  • Take US 2 East through Monroe, Goldbar, Leavenworth and Cashmere to Wenatchee (about 120 miles)
  • Just before entering Wenatchee, exit on to US 97 ALT North toward Okanogan/Spokane. The off- ramp will loop around to a stop light– go straight through the stop light
  • Take the second right after the stop light labeled 97 ALT north to Chelan. The exit will loop around to US 97-ALT North
  • Take 97-ALT North approximately 33 miles. You will enter the Chelan Valley and follow the lake for three to four miles
  • As you near Downtown Chelan, you will see a sign that says City Center and another lodging sign that says Campbell’s Resort. Turn left, following those signs. Just over the small bridge, turn left into the entrance of Campbell’s Resort

From Spokane

  • Take I-90 West
  • Take US 2 West thru Davenport, Coulee City, and Waterville to Orondo (about 130 miles)
  • In Orondo, take a right on to US 97 toward Chelan Falls (about 22 miles)
  • Just after crossing the Beebe Bridge, turn left onto US 150 towards Chelan (about three miles)
  • Turn left at the stop sign onto US 97A/SR 150 toward Chelan/Manson
  • Go through straight through the stop light and straight through the stop sign
  • Campbell’s Resort will be on the right hand side, before the bridge

From Portland via Yakima & Blewett Pass

  • Take I-84 East toward Hood River
  • At The Dalles, take Exit 104 toward Yakima/Bend
  • Turn left at the top of the ramp on to US 97 crossing the bridge into Washington
  • At the top of the hill, turn left at the stop sign following the signs for SR 14/ US 97 North
  • Take an immediate right, following the signs for US 97 north. After about 59 miles, US 97 becomes WA-22
  • Merge on to I-82 West toward Yakima
  • Merge onto I-90 W/US-97 N via the exit on the LEFT toward Seattle
  • Take the US-97 N exit 106, toward Wenatchee
  • Continue to follow the signs to US-97 through a series of turns
  • After about 12 miles, turn right to stay on US-97
  • After about 35 miles, turn right on to US 2 East
  • Just before entering Wenatchee, exit on to US 97-ALT North toward Okanogan/Spokane. The off-ramp will loop around to a stop light
  • Go straight through the stop light
  • Take the second right after the stop light labeled 97-ALT north to CHELAN. The exit will loop around to US 97-ALT North
  • Take 97-ALT North approximately 33 miles. You will come into the Chelan Valley and follow the lake for three to four miles
  • As you near Downtown Chelan, you will see a sign that says City Center and another lodging sign that says Campbell’s Resort. Turn left, following those signs. Just over the small bridge, turn left into the entrance of Campbell’s Resort

From Okanogan/Omak, Oroville and Penticton, BC

  • Take US 97 South
  • Turn right on to US 97 ALT/ST 150 toward Chelan
  • Follow the highway into Chelan, going straight through the stop sign at Walmart
  • Go straight through the second stop light and straight through the stop sign in the middle of town
  • Campbell’s Resort will be on the right hand side, before the bridge

 

Note: As is common in the travel industry, we were provided with complimentary meals for the purpose of review. While this has not influenced this review, we believe in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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