Jim Creek Frequently Asked Questions
Are recreational drones permitted at Jim Creek?
Drones or Unmanned aerial vehicles, regardless of size, are not permitted at Jim Creek at any time. Drones spotted within the campground will be reported to Security immediately.
Are the Lakes open all year-round and are we able to fish year-round?
Yes, the Lakes are open year-round. However, due to seasonal weather and road conditions, the road to Twin Lakes may be closed for sporadic periods. If interested in spending time at Twin Lakes, please call ahead to ensure the road is open prior to your visit, 425-304-5315.
Are there hiking and mountain bike trails?
Yes, there are several trails within the Jim Creek area designated specifically for either hiking or mountain biking. Cyclists, in-line bladers and skateboarders are required to wear a helmet.
Are there programs offered at Jim Creek?
Jim Creek offers regularly scheduled programs Friday through Sunday during the summer months. We also offer additional programming and seasonal events including fishing derbies, outdoor cooking classes, hikes and canoe and kayaking paddling lessons, and more.
Can I bring guests that are not military or DOD civilian?
Yes. Authorized patrons (ID holders) are allowed 5 guests; however, sponsors must remain on station as long as their guests are on site. For groups, access list information must be submitted to Security one week in advance of their arrival. Forms can be obtained through our MWR office at (425) 304-5363/5315. Sponsored guests must make sure to have current documentation, current driver's license, car tabs, registration and proof of insurance.
It is a requirement that all motorcycle riders must be wearing a motorcycle helmet, boots, reflective gear and eye protection.
Can I purchase a Washington State Fishing License at Jim Creek?
Yes, we sell a one-day license on site.
Can we bring our dog or cat?
Yes, animals are welcome at Jim Creek. We do require that pets remain on a leash at all times and that owners exercise responsibility in picking up after them.
- Pets are allowed in the Standard Cabins at no additional charge.
- Pets are allowed in the Bear and Bobcat Dens at an additional charge of $15/day.
- Pets are NOT allowed in the Mallard RV Trailers.
- Pets are NOT allowed in the Lodge.
- Pets are NOT allowed in the Deluxe Steelhead Cabins.
There will be a cleaning fee of up to $150 for pets in the Lodge, Steelhead Cabins, or Mallard RV Trailers.
Please note: The sound of barking dogs may not be welcoming to other guests; we ask pet owners to take this into consideration when determining whether to bring their pet.
Can we bring our own boats and floating devices to the Twin Lakes?
No. There is a restriction for personal floating devices and boats brought on base and used at the Twin Lakes because of possible contamination that can be carried from other lakes.
Can we fish in the creeks?
Unfortunately not, since the creeks surrounding Twin Lakes and our recreation area are all spawning locations. In order to protect our fish populations, fishing is limited to the Twin Lakes.
Can we gather wood to burn?
No. Jim Creek does not allow patrons to gather wood to burn. Wood is available for purchase at the on-site store in the Recreation Office, Bldg. 4. You may also bring your own wood to burn.
Do I need to make reservations to stay at Jim Creek?
Yes. To make reservations, please call the Jim Creek Recreation Office at (425) 304-5315 or (425) 304-5363 or 1-877-NAVY-BED.
Active Duty personnel and commands may make a reservation up to 12 months in advance. All other individuals and groups can make a reservation up to 6 months in advance of stay. No advanced reservations are needed for day visits or if you intend to go fishing at the lakes.
How long can I stay at the Jim Creek RV Park?
Off-Season October 1 - April 30
During the off-season, there is no length of stay limit. Reservations may be booked for up to 30 days or in periods of 30 days, not to exceed a total of 180 consecutive days. Once a guest stay reaches the maximum 180 consecutive days, the traveler will submit a request to extend beyond the 180 days. The traveler may submit a request to extend 30 days in advance prior to the departure date of their current reservation. Request for extension cannot extend their reservation beyond the off-season. Off-season reservations must begin or end on October 1/April 30. Reservations can not extend into the peak-season and a new reservation must be made.
Peak-Season May 1 - September 30
During the peak-season, length of stay is limited to 30 days. After 30 days, customers must vacate their site for one week (7 days) prior to making another reservation. Customers can make multiple 30 day reservations, but there must be 7 days in-between reservations. Peak-season reservations must begin or end on May 1/Sept 30. Reservations can not extend into the off-season and a new reservation must be made.
Is there a store at Jim Creek?
Yes, the store sells ice, firewood, beverages, snack foods, camping supplies, fishing supplies and other basic items.
Is there access to Jim Creek 24 hours a day?
Yes. The Security gate is staffed 24 hours a day.
Is there swimming allowed at Twin Lakes or in the Creek?
No, there is no swimming allowed because of the fragile environment and because there is no lifeguard on duty.
What is the Old Growth Forest and where is it located?
The Old Growth Forest is home to many 260 ft high Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Vine Maple Trees. Some trees located along the Twin Lakes hiking trail are up to 10 ft in diameter and are estimated to be up to 600-700 years old. For more information on the Old Growth Forest, come by the Recreation Office for a brochure.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations for individual reservations made with less than 14 days advance notice will result in loss of first night deposit. Cancellations for group reservations made more than 30 days in advance will be granted a full refund, less than 30 days advance notice will result in loss of first night deposit.
What kind of fish can be caught in the Twin Lakes?
The Lakes contain Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. Although Rainbows are regularly stocked in the lakes several times a year, the Cutthroat is a native.
What time is check-in and check-out?
Check-in is 3 pm. Check-out time is 11 am.
What type of entertainment do you have for children?
Weekend movies, electronic video games, inflatable bouncy house, basketball court, and playground.
What type of rental equipment do you have at Jim Creek?
Jim Creek has a rental shop on site. Camping equipment, sporting equipment, boats, folding chairs and tables can all be rented. Camping equipment includes tents, sleeping bags, canopies and cribs. Sports equipment includes: mountain bikes, softball equipment, croquet sets, horseshoe sets, and sport balls. Boating equipment includes rowboats, canoes, kayaks, paddles, paddle boats and Coast Guard approved life preservers.
When do I pay for my reservations?
All reservations must be guaranteed with a Visa or MasterCard number at time of call. All group reservations require advance deposit equal to first night’s stay payable at time of reservation. Upon check-in, payment in full is due for all reservations. We accept cash, Visa and MasterCard.
Where can I rent a boat?
Who is eligible to use Jim Creek's recreational facilities?
Active Duty Military personnel, Retired Military, Reserves, DOD civilians, 100% Disabled Veterans and their immediate families.
Why do we have to pay a $2 Fishing fee?
The Jim Creek fishing fee of $2 per person (6 and over) helps to cover the cost of stocking the lakes throughout the season.