This is a deceptively large BLM campground right on the Yakima River. Most of the riverfront sites have at least some shade. The sites are concrete pads and vary in size and amount of shade but most appear to be big enough to accommodate most big rigs. There are very nice sites all along the river and many more in the inner area. No hook ups, and very little Verizon service, but if you are looking for a nice quiet spot on the river, this is it, and at $15/night ($7.50 with senior pass) it's a deal. There are also three other campgrounds on the river in the Yakima Canyon, but we thought this one was the nicest. Didn't use the restrooms, so can't comment, but the rest of the campground was nice and clean. Reservations are available for this campground, but it's big enough that I doubt it ever fills up completely so it's a good bet for an overnight stop in the area. For longer than that, I think it would pay to reserve in the summer on the weekend in order to get a nice riverfront spot. We camped at BLM - Big Pines Recreation Area in a Truck Camper.
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $7.50
The rate reflects my National Park access pass. This is a dry campsite that sits on the Yakima River. The park only had 5 campers in it including the host. We packed into a huge site next to the river and were very pleased. We would definitely stay here again! We camped at BLM - Big Pines Recreation Area in a Truck Camper.
Great park for birdwatching, rafting, fishing, hiking, kicking back, and getting away from it all. Spectacular scenery. Seven day limit. Verizon signal weak and sometimes unreliable. No facilities except vault toilets and dumpsters. Bring your own water. Small blacktop boat ramp. Day use picnic sites. Sites and roads are good level blacktop with picnic tables (all wheelchair accessible) and fire rings. Many are suitable for big rigs. Some partially shaded, some in full sun. A few pull-throughs, several tent sites. On site host. Price reflects senior access pass rate. We camped at BLM - Big Pines Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.
This park and recreation area is operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The campground was completely reconstructed and paved last year. New fire pits, new tables and restrooms. The campground sites have paved pads and have separated paved pedestrian sidewalks, which were curbed and perfect for my toddlers to ride their bicycles on. Campground has plentiful river access and a nice sand ramp boat launch. Also a river viewing platform with rails is available. The scenery is breathtaking. Campground is open all year and is free with the exception of May 15th thru Labor Day Weekend. Cellular reception was great, and the campground has an emergency satellite phone mounted in the main information area. We camped at BLM - Big Pines Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.