This weekend we went to eight lakes. Pictured above is Turner Lake in the Okanogan National Forest about 5 miles from our place. It’s the most isolated out of the lakes we went to and has the most adventurous drive. You could camp there in a truck camper, but I wouldn’t tow the Airstream down the Forest Service road.
Ell Lake is about 6 miles from our property in the opposite direction of Turner.
Right next to Ell Lake is Round Lake.
And right next to Round Lake is Long Lake. There is free camping with a Discover Pass at all three of these lakes, all of which could accommodate a trailer our size. Out of these 3 in a row, I like Long Lake the best, though there always seems to be someone fishing from the boat launch.
Twenty eight miles from us on the other side of town is Aeneas Lake. There’s free camping with a Discover Pass that could accommodate a motorhome and it has 3 bars of Verizon 3G.
The best lake for swimming is Lost Lake which has a $12 a night Forest Service Campground and had just one open spot when we were there.
Anyone coming to visit us who wants to go to a lake, we got it covered.
Dinner Last Night:
Baked potatoes and a simple salad. I had a couple russet potatoes for our drive day dinner last weekend, but we ended up eating out. Since then, it’s been too hot to run the oven for an hour. Yesterday, it finally cooled off and I was able to multi-task the oven and bake the potatoes and some Zucchini Banana Bread at the same time.
2013 Cost of Camping:
73 nights paid camping
136 nights free camping
209 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1,822.48
Daily average cost of camping: $8.72