Camping at Wenas

Auduboners camp at the far (nw) end of the Wenas Creek Campground. While the road in can be a bit dicey at times, people manage to drive in trailers and campers.  Many others use tents, and thereby better enjoy the sounds of owls and Common Poorwills at night.
Wenas Camp art by Carleen Zimmerman

A few things to note:

  • NO parking within 50 feet of the creek.
  • There is no water available, so BRING YOUR OWN. The water in the stream is not safe to drink.
  • Campfires or charcoal barbecues may be restricted, depending on fire danger.
  • Discover Pass required.
  • This is primitive camping; there are no restrooms, marked sites, or picnic tables. The committee provides chemical toilets and must pay rental fees with donations from those who use these useful facilities. A “potty kitty” will be passed at campfire. Thank you for your generosity again this year.
  • The campground is about 2,500′ elevation, and can be quite cold at night and hot during day.  Rain is moderately common during Memorial Day weekend.  During dry years, the campground can be very dusty. 
  • Down by the creek, the mosquitoes can be quite pesky. On the meadow above, they’re not usually a problem.
  • Bicycles and Frisbees are fun, chairs, tables, tarps, spotting scopes, telescopes, and cameras are standard gear. Don’t forget your binoculars!
  • Please leave pets at home, but if you do have a dog with you, keep it on leash.
  • In camp we have natural history workshops with some of the state’s top birders, WNPS botanists, entomologists, etc.
  • Evening gatherings

Not a happy camper? Want hook-ups or other facilities? You can still participate! Other lodging options are available in Selah, Ellensburg and the Yakima Valley.