Takhlakh Lake Campground, located on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near the crest of Mount Adams, was recently selected as one of the Top 100 Family Campgrounds in the United States.
This selection was made by ReserveAmerica -- a leading recreation reservation and campground management service for thousands of campgrounds across the country.
"We are proud to honor these outstanding public outdoor recreation facilities that provide such a high level of service and dedication while protecting our beautiful natural areas," said Seth Rosenberg, president of ReserveAmerica. "The Top 100 Campgrounds are a guide to help consumers plan their trips to America's "hidden gem" locations."
Takhlakh Lake was nominated for this award by Northwest Land Management (NLM) -- a private company that operates the campgrounds on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest under a special use permit.
"We feel that Takhlakh Lake is an excellent example of the quality recreation experience available on America’s National Forests." stated Eric Mart, president of NLM. "We're really pleased that the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was selected for this recognition."
Almost 4,000 campgrounds were reviewed before the final list of 100 was determined. The selection criteria used was based on "family friendly" criteria such as educational programs, visitor centers, campground amenities, and natural beauty and scenery.
"This pristine, high mountain lake reflects the beauty of Mt. Adams, long providing people with a place to renew their personal energy and spirit," said Lynn Burditt, acting Gifford Pinchot National Forest supervisor.