Jim Creek Recreation

Jim Creek Recreation Area maintains a full schedule of activities and fun throughout all four seasons. Every weekend has a full plate of fun and excitement for your Navy Getaway vacation. Whether its arts and crafts in our Social Center, hiking, disc golf, Giant Chess, Big Foot Croquet, bean bag toss, mountain biking, fishing, wildlife viewing or anything else you might think of to do at Jim Creek, we have it. Review the Jim Creek Schedule of Events when you check in for all of the great activities planned during your visit.

Hiking & Biking

Offering breathtaking views, amazing water, and many one-of-a-kind ways to commune and connect with nature, the sheer beauty of the Cascade Mountains cannot be accurately described in words. It has to be experienced. Jim Creek Recreation Area maintains over 6 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails in the mountains surrounding the area. The trails vary in terrain from the casual Mountain Loop hike along Wheeler Mountain to the exciting Twin Lake trail up Blue Mountain. Families looking for a more casual bike ride are welcome to stick to the roads and enjoy all Jim Creek has to offer.

Day hiking enthusiasts are treated to an amazing assortment of plants and fauna while trekking through the forest. We also maintain over 250 acres of Old Growth Forest for the true adventurer. Make it a vacation you'll never forget with an amazing hike.

Adult and children bikes are available for rent and ask about our new Toddler Bike Trailers!

Wheeler Mountain Loop Interpretive Trail →
Old Growth Forest Trail →

Outdoor Social Activities

Jim Creek Recreation Area caters to outdoor activities and we love seeing friends and families playing together. Throughout Jim Creek are social games designed to keep all our guests having fun. Be sure to find our Giant Chess, Big Foot Croquet, and Bean Bag Toss. We also have plenty of open fields and sport court, so grab some friends and start a basketball, pickleball, kickball, softball or ultimate Frisbee game. Jim Creek provides plenty of rental equipment and party games for your enjoyment.

Disc Golf

Located on the grounds of Jim Creek Recreation Area, this challenging 18-hole course features booming drives, tricky greens, and well maintained fairways. The course is renowned not only for its long drives and unique hazards, but also for its beauty as it winds along the forest.

Bring your best game during your next Navy Getaway vacation and enjoy picturesque views as you let it fly. Have the whole gang join you as the competition heats up with our disc golf rentals. See the best scenes that Jim Creek Recreation Area has to offer.

Disc Golf Score Card →

Jumping Pillow

We are pleased to offer our newest recreation amenity: The Jumping Pillow! A large, inflatable mound that bounces when you jump on it. Sort of like a trampoline or bounce house, but with sloping edges for access. Any way you look at it, it's a mountain of fun!

Hours
Open Memorial Day - Labor Day (weather permitting)
Sunday - Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm

Jumping Pillow wrist bands are available for purchase inside the Recreation Office during regular office hours.

Jim Creek Management may open the pillow at their discretion throughout the year, weather permitting. A parent must be present at time of purchase to fill out a liability waiver. Please obey all posted rules.

Playgrounds

Jim Creek offers three unique playgrounds throughout the campground for kids to enjoy. Our day-use playground features a treehouse themed playground and rock boulder. Our Group Camping playground is a huge hit with its slides and walkways. Finally, the Grouse Playground features a small rock wall among its various features.

Picnicking

Looking for that great spot to BBQ and enjoy a picnic? Say no more! Our Day-Use area is designed with you in mind. Featuring picnic tables and BBQs while overlooking our Dog Park and playground, this area will surely become your favorite destination. Close to the Big Foot Croquet, Sport Court and a host of other amenities; make this your go-to picnic spot. Forget something? Our general store is close by with last minute convenience items.

Outdoor Equipment Rentals

Missing something? Jim Creek has plenty of equipment rentals to fit almost any need. Our goal is that if you don't have it, we probably do. From air mattresses to coolers and from bikes to softball kits, all you need to do is ask.

In addition to the variety of recreation equipment, we also rent boats, canoes, kayaks and fishing poles for Twin Lakes.

Fishing & Boating

Located in the Jim Creek Recreation Area, Twin Lakes provides some of the best fishing and boating opportunities in the Puget Sound Basin. Both upper and lower lakes offer approximately 35 acres each of natural freshwater trout fishing.

Twin Lakes →

Bird Watching

Birds are significant components of biological diversity within the North Cascades ecosystem. Over 200 species in 38 families can be found in park habitats that range from alpine meadows to low-elevation forests and wetlands. Three species (bald eagle, marbled murrelet, and spotted owl) are listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act. The marbled murrelet which, although spending most of its life in a marine environment, nests in large trees of old-growth forests, making it one of the rarest birds around. The rivers, lakes and streams of the North Cascades attract breeding, migrating, and wintering birds. The Stillaguamish and Skagit Rivers attract one of the largest wintering concentrations of bald eagles in the continental United States. Clear, fast-flowing rivers and streams also host breeding populations for numerous Harlequin ducks.

Birds of Jim Creek →

Alpine Tower

Located at the Jim Creek Recreation Area, Alpine Towers is a family-friendly fun activity used for anything from birthday parties to improving workplace group dynamics.

Alpine Tower →

Special Events

Jim Creek Recreation Area maintains a full schedule of activities and fun throughout all four seasons. Check our events page for Special Events such as our Summer Splashdown, FREE Family Fun Day, Youth Outdoor Adventure Day & Holiday Celebration.

Jim Creek Events →