Looking to go camping near Seattle? Maybe you're looking for a place to park your RV near the airport? Fortunately, most campsites in Washington State Parks are now open and available for reservations. Here are a few of the best places to camp near Seattle Southside.

Other Parks Open: https://parks.state.wa.us/1181/Parks-opening

#RecreateResponsibly guidelines

***Guidelines for responsible camping

To minimize staff and visitor interactions, lands managers recommend the following guidelines when camping this summer:

  • Know before you go – Check to see if your destination is open for camping.

  • Stay local – Choose destinations close to home. This will reduce the need to stop along the way.

  • Follow the rules – Rule enforcement puts visitors and staff at risk. Please follow all rules to reduce the need for interaction with rangers and other park staff. Never leave a campfire unattended.

  • Come prepared – Bring all the supplies you need – including firewood – to reduce the need to stop along the way. Campsites may not have running water available so always plan to be self-sufficient and have all the items you need with you to take care of your personal hygiene needs.

  • Keep groups small – limit the number of people in your party to five, unless you’re all within the same household.

All visitors, including day use, should also follow the guidelines to #RecreateResponsibly when visiting any public lands this summer. You can find more information about those guidelines at www.recreateresponsibly.org.

For more information, please visit https://parks.state.wa.us/.


Saltwater State Park: Des Moines, WA

Saltwater State Park is an 88-acre marine camping park with 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. It is located halfway between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. The cities jointly and literally buried a hatchet in the park as a symbol of an end to their mutual competition. This park offers beautiful views and wildlife-watching opportunities and is a favorite for camping, scuba diving, picnics, clamming, hiking and swimming. There are 52 tent and RV campsites total, fire grills, tables, flush toilets, sanitary disposal station, showers and firewood available. Saltwater State Park also provides two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus 147 unsheltered picnic tables. Most picnic sites are near the beach or along McSorley Creek.

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Denny Creek Campground: Snoqualmie, WA

Denny Creek Campground offers stunning scenery and easy access to many of recreational activities, all year round in the Northern Cascade Range. Campsites sit beneath a canopy of forest, and a few are sprinkled at the banks of Lodge Creek. The campground includes 24 reservable campsites, including one group site. Picnic tables, flush toilets and drinking water are also available, as well as electrical hook-ups at a handful of sites.

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Photos by recreation.gov

Tinkam Campground: Northbend, WA

Tinkham Campground offers beautiful scenery in Washington's North Cascades, as well as easy access to a variety of recreational activities and single-family sites, a few of which are accessible. Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water. No electrical hookups are available. The campground sits alongside the river, in a towering canopy of Douglas fir, cedar and western hemlock, providing abundant shade.

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Photos by recreation.gov

Flowing Lake Park: Snohomish, WA

Flowing Lake park includes a campground with a mix over 40 partial utility and non-utility campsites, cabins, and heated restrooms with showers. The boat launch, fishing dock, playground, picnic tables, picnic shelters, and nature trail also make Flowing Lake a popular destination year-round.

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Photos by snohomishcountywa.gov


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