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Beth & Beaver Lake Campground

Oroville, WA

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A popular pair of lakes that provides both summer and winter fishing opportunities. A U.S. Forest Service campground is located between the two lakes and includes a gravel boat launch on one side and a paved one on the other.

A peacefully quiet place to camp for the whole family: bring the fishing poles, kayaks, and your binoculars! A 1.6-mile trail leads north and crosses a newly replaced walking bridge. Explore the opposite shore and hillside while keeping an eye out for the amphibious rodents that give Beaver Lake its name!


Located within a string of three lakes (Big and Little Beaver Lakes being the other two), Beth Lake provides an opening day fishery. Expect rainbow trout in the 10-12 inch range, along with an occassional cutthroat and tiger trout. Surveys in 2017 have found an abundance of illegally planted Lake Chub.

Beaver Lake is a popular one that provides summer fishing opportunities with access along Chesaw Road. Expect to catch rainbow trout in the 10-13 inch ranch. Fishing for Beaver Lake opens the fourth Saturday of April and closes Oct. 31st.

Beth Lake viewing north from the boat launch, courtesy of WDFW.

Beaver Lake looking towards the gravel boat launch northward, courtesy of WDFW.


This campground has 15 sites in 3 small loops. There are boat launches on either end of the campground. The southern launch accesses Beaver Lake, while the northern launch accesses Beth Lake. An earthen dam is near the northern boat launch. The Beth Lake Trail #316 can be accessed near the earthen dam. There are 2 pit toilets, 2 double vault toilets, and 1 vault toilet. A newer toilet has been installed near the Beaver side boat gravel launch.


From Tonasket, take State Route 20 East for 24 miles to County Road #4953 (Bonaparte Recreation Area). Take County Road #4953 5.5 mile where it turns into Forest Service Road #32. Continue on Forest Service Road #32 for 7 miles to Beaver Lake Campground and the junction with the Chesaw Road (County road #9480). Turn left onto the Chesaw Road and drive 1.5 miles to the Beth Lake Campground entrance on your left.


While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to visit the historic town of Chesaw along with the ghost town of Molson & their Schoolhouse Museum. If you are headed south, Bonaparte Lake Resort hosts boat rentals and has delicious food!

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