Wish Poosh Campground

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Wish Poosh Campground is north of I-90 on Lake Cle Elum in the Wenatchee National Forest.


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Wish Poosh is a popular campground in the Wenatchee National Forest. The campground itself is in the trees, but the day use area is out on an island and is a great place to observe. I've used this site twice and both times I paid for a site in the campground, told the host that I would be using my telescope on the island, and then setup just after dark. Both times I setup on the road that leads out to the day use area, rather than on the island itself. The lights on the dam and at the boat launch are more of a nuisance on the island, and I think the horizons are slightly better from the road. Since the island is a day use site, I've never seen another car out there at night. In the future, I'll probably observe from the island and use tarps to block any stray light.

The sky here is quite dark and is comparable to the Peoh Point site. I've had nice views of the Helix Nebula and numerous NGC galaxies from here. Overall, this is an easy site to get to and is a comfortable place for viewing. It's particularly good late in the fall when the campground isn't as crowded.

It would be possible to view from the shore of the lake in late summer when the water levels are low. There is a road near campsites 19 and 21 that leads out to it. It's gated, so you'd have to carry scopes a few hundred yards out to it. It looks like it'd be a nice place to setup but the ground is sandy, and I'd be concerned about it getting on my mirror.

Site Amenities - cell, water, toilet, etc.:

The campground has bathrooms with flush toilets and running water. Campsites can be reserved at Reserve America. The Reserve America site says that there is cell service here, but I've haven't been able to get a signal in this area.



The day use area.


The road to the day use area from a distance. In summer, the water level is low and nowhere near the road.


The shore of the lake in late summer.

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