Beautiful Quincy Lakes

Hiking and fishing continually rank as the number one and two activities enjoyed by RVers. This week we will look at Washington’s 15,266-acre Quincy Lakes Columbia Basin Wildlife Area. The area features a dozen named lakes, hiking trails, stunning scenery and best of all free* dispersed camping!

Some of the lakes have direct vehicle access with boat ramps, while you have to hike into others. Species of fish vary depending on the lake with opportunities to catch Bass, Walleye, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Trout, Carp, Blue Gill and Tiger Musky. Larger lakes include:

Quincy Lake, Burke Lake, Evergreen Reservoir, Stan Coffin Lake, H Lake, Ancient Lake (actually 4 lakes, due to receding water over the years) and Dusty Lake. Trails also provide access to remote stretches of the Columbia River, for those that like to river fish.

Beautiful Scenery

Great Catch of Perch

Hiking trails traverse layers of basalt through channeled scablands while descending coulees between the upper and lower lakes. You can hike to the edge of towering cliffs some over 500 feet tall and soak in the view, seek out solitude on an isolated mesa, or visit one of several waterfalls which you wouldn’t expect in arid Eastern Washington.

Hiking Trail

Wildlife you might encounter during your visit include: deer, small mammals including muskrats, butterflies, frogs, reptiles, along with many types of birds and waterfowl. In the warmer months, be aware that rattlesnakes are active.

In you incorporate geocaching as part of your RV lifestyle, you will be glad to know there is a weekend’s worth of geocaches to be found throughout the area ranging from easy to difficult.

Planning Your Visit:

The majority of the camping areas suitable for RVs are along the shores of Evergreen Reservoir, on the south side of Quincy Lake and on both sides of Burke Lake. No open fires are allowed from May 15th through October 31st. Limit your stay to 15 days or less.


Burke Lake

RV Access: The main gravel road through the wildlife area is open to vehicles from March 1st through September 30th. There are numerous marked parking areas, camping areas, boat ramps and outhouses that are accessible via the four mile long gravel access road. There are other roads that access the wildlife area but they are not conducive to RV access or RV camping. Note: At the present time, the south gate leading into the area is closed to through traffic to reduce vandalism.

Getting There: From Quincy, take Hwy 281 south five miles to county Road 5 NW (aka White Trail Road), turn west (right) and drive three miles to Road T NW and turn south (left) on that gravel road. Proceed south 1/2 mile to the gate at the main entrance of the wildlife area. Those navigating by GPS will find the turn off to the wildlife area at: N 47° 09.687 W 119° 55.068

Click here to visit the wildlife area website.

* A Vehicle Access Pass (issued with a fishing or hunting license) or a Discover Pass is required on any vehicle parking in the wildlife area. Learn more by clicking here. There is no extra fee to camp overnight.

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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