Toats Coulee Camp

June 23, 2013  |  washington

We have to leave every two weeks in order to dump our black tank, so we figure, since we’re going through the effort to put things away and hitch up, we might as well make an overnight or two out of it.

So Friday night we went looking for Chopaka Lake. On google images, it looked like a great boondocking spot. It’s an hour drive west of Tonasket. About 20 minutes from the lake, the google maps lady told us to turn right onto a dead end road, so I try looking for alternative routes and our data connection was lost entirely because we didn’t have cell coverage.

So we continued straight and ended up at the base of a very steep gravel road where the first lady I asked said she wasn’t from the area, but she had just walked past a sign that said Chopaka Grade.

Then a car approached and I asked them if that steep road would get us to Chopaka Lake. They said yes, but they didn’t recommend we go with the trailer. They said they had a smaller Airstream and they wouldn’t take it up that road, the lady said it would make her very nervous. They were able to recommend a boondocking spot about 5 miles down the road called Toats Coulee Camp.

Toats Coulee Camp has about 6 free campsites with picnic tables along a very loud rushing river.

The next morning we drove up Chopka Grade. We could have made the climb with the trailer but I’m glad we didn’t. The lake was jam packed with fishermen (and their trailers). I think we ended up in the better campground for us at Toats Coulee.

Dinner Last Night:
Friday night we had this corn chowder recipe. The potatoes took a LOT longer than the recipe suggested. It was pretty good. Brian liked it more than me, but then he doused his with sriracha.

2013 Cost of Camping:
52 nights paid camping
121 nights free camping
174 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1,109.08
Daily average cost of camping: $6.37

 

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6 Comments


  1. Not to gross anybody out, but have you guys ever considered a composting toilet system like Nature’s Head (google for details).

    We’ve got friends with boats, it was developed for the marine market first, who swear by it.

    • Are you asking because of the issue we had last month?

      We got a new toilet and it’s awesome (I never thought I’d say that about a toilet). Porcelain bowl with a sprayer.

  2. are you going to put a septic tank and well on your property?

  3. Hello, I have been doing some research on full time and found that boondocking and people that do it save a great deal of money, but we were thinking of also work camping but would like to do something like counselors at a camp… I am not finding anything in regards to that yet and wanted to know if you could point me in the right direction? Thanks Mark

    • Hi Mark, we don’t know anyone that’s in an RV and working as a camp counselor, though I’m sure someone is doing it. Sorry I can’t help you!

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