Government Mineral Springs, Washington

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Government Mineral Springs

Resting on the edge of Trapper Creek Wilderness find Government Mineral Springs Campground, a rustic camping area with great access to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and all its winter and summer recreation.

  • Government Mineral Springs Campground offers communion with nature in a small, rustic camping area.
  • A Forest Service guard cabin can be rented by groups.
  • Hiking, skiing, and water sports are accessible here.


A small forested campground called Government Mineral Springs sits at the edge of the Trapper Creek Wilderness area in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This campground’s remote, wild surroundings provide an excellent base for enjoying the best of Pacific Northwest outdoor recreation—hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, and whitewater rafting.

Location & Information

Government Mineral Springs is located alongside the Wind River near Trout Lake in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Get there by driving 15 miles north of Carson, Washington on Highway 30 to Forest Route 3065, turning left and going 1 mile to the campground.

Government Mineral Springs is open mid-May until the roads are closed by snow.


  • Camping: Five primitive campsites are available.
  • Cabin: A former Forest Service guard station cabin is available to rent for up to 9 people.
  • Hiking: Several forest trails take hikers to Trout Lake and other national forest landmarks.
  • Snow Sports: Cross-country ski trails, snowmobile trails, and the nearby Sno-Parks are accessible.
  • Water Sports: Wind River is great for fishing and whitewater rafting excursions.

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