Want to get away with family or friends? Whether it’s for the night, the weekend or longer, the Pacific Northwest has hundreds of great campgrounds perfect for every type of camper. Below you will find just a few selections – let us know what your favorite campsite is and it might just be added to the list!
- Explore the Pacific Northwest’s marine life while camping at Blake Island State Park in Port Orchard. With 475-acres of park and more than five miles of saltwater beaches, the park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat, but once there, Indian-style salmon dinners and demonstrations of Northwest Indian dancing are offered in the nearby Tillicum Village.
Make sure you make time to explore the island and see one of the many mammals, which call it home, including deer and elk, otters, eagles, hawks, herons, owls, wrens, crabs, starfish and maybe even see a whale!
- Head over the Hood Canal to the 425-acre Dosewallips State Park. With 5,500 feet of saltwater shoreline of the Hood Canal and 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline along the Dosewallips River, there is no shortage of activities. All campgrounds are in scenic, rustic settings and you can even rent a cabin or platform tent.
Try to get a campsite along the river – the calming sounds of the water are a perfect backdrop for your campfire and s’mores.
- Can’t go too far from home? Just ten miles from the airport, is Dash Point State Park featuring beaches with unobstructed views of the Puget Sound and opportunities to enjoy the marine life surrounding it. Set up your tent and take off for a hike, picnic, fishing, beachcombing, swimming and more!
- Mt. Rainier National Park – Got the weekend? Then why not head to Mt. Rainier National Park for some good-old camping in the shadow of the Pacific Northwest’s tallest mountain. There are four campgrounds open this summer: Cougar Rock, Ohanapecosh, White River and Mowich Lake. Make sure to check the website for the latest information on all of the campsites.
Depending on the campsite you choose, you can camp in tents or RVs – make sure to check each campsite for what they allow.
- Take the ferry to the San Juan Islands and get off at Orcas Island for Moran State Park. This 5.5 mile-long lake is famous for trout fishing and swimming. Hike up the 2,409-foot-high Mt. Constitution, the highest point on the islands, for stunning views of the surrounding islands, Cascade Mountains and numerous American and Canadian cities.
More than a weekend
- If you want to ensure great weather, head east of the mountains to Lake Chelan State Park. This 127-acre park along the forested south shore of Lake Chelan has 6,000 feet of shoreline, lakeside views and lawns. There are lots of water-based activities, including boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, skin diving and more!
If the state park is full, don’t worry – you can camp at nearby 25 Mile Creek State Park, Wapato Lake Campground, Kamei Campground or Beebe Bridge Park.
- For an extended camping trip, head south to the Oregon Coast. Nehalem Bay State Park boasts sandy beaches, crabbing and fishing, hiking trails, boating and much more. There is also horse camping allowed in the park. Once you have set up camp, hike the long and hilly trail to the beach – along the way, you can explore a number of caves and dunes. For those who don’t want to camp in a tent, Nehalem Bay State Park offers yurts and cabins for rent.
In the distance, you will see Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain, where legend has it, Spanish sailors hid a treasure in the late 16th century.
- Head over the peninsula to Salt Creek Recreation Area for views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the colorful tide pools at Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary. This campsite is perfect for families and first-time campers. It’s also the perfect campsite for those who love the outdoors – take in the surfing, kayaking and scuba diving in the water and the hiking, biking and kite-flying on land.
Try to get a campground overlooking the Strait, where you can watch the giant cruise ships passing in the night and see the lights of Victoria, B.C. in the distance.
So grab your tent and a sleeping bag and set off to what could be one of the best weekends of your summer!