Bumping Lake is both a reservoir and a popular recreational area in Yakima County on the east side of Chinook Pass. The lake serves as an essential storage reservoir for irrigation in Yakima County. Visitors can drive over the 60-foot tall Bumping Lake Dam, and enjoy the recreational activities at the lake during the summer. Bumping Lake is home to several varieties of game fish, including rainbow trout, whitefish and cutthroat trout. Numerous trails can be accessed from the around-the-lake dirt access roads which take hikers into the deep wilderness areas within the William O. Douglas Wilderness and Mount Rainier National Park.
There are a number of campgrounds as you drive down the paved access road to the lake, located about 29 miles west of the Highway 410 and Highway 12 junction. The two campgrounds that are closest to the lake are the Upper and Lower Bumping Lake Campgrounds. Use of the campgrounds requires a NW Forest Pass which may be purchased by the day or season. The recreational amenities at the lake include a boat ramp, paved access roads, a pressurized water system and 67 camping sites (10 of which can accommodate trailers).
Across the lake, the Bumping Lake Marina provides a full selection of aquatics and fishing gear as well as boat and site rentals. Services are also available in Goose Prairie, a small residential community on the way to the lake.