The swath of camping options available along the Hood Canal will let you to stretch your legs and get back to nature without stretching your budget or oppressing your wild side. Dozens of campgrounds can be found in the Staircase region of Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest as well as the half dozen state parks in the area. If you're looking for a busier scene or need all the amenities, you could even set up your perch right in town, maybe at the fairgrounds or along the bay.
Whether you're enjoying the mountains the old fashioned way in a tent far away from the nearest human being, or living it up in your home-away-from-home in a luxurious RV along the shore, you can expect to find the easy z's in whatever way your heart desires. Just don't forget to bring the s'mores!
18289 WA State Route 3, Allyn, WA 98524 | (360) 275-3120
Centrally located and within minutes of Allyn's most popular attractions, this is the most economical way to stay in town. All of the mobile home parking spots enjoy a great view of Case Inlet and Puget Sound.
3151 WA State Route 300, Belfair, WA 98528 | (360) 275-0668
Belfair State Park is a 65-acre, year-round camping park on 3,720 feet of saltwater shoreline at the southern end of Hood Canal in western Washington. It is noted for its saltwater tide flats, wetlands with wind-blown beach grasses and pleasant areas for beach walking and saltwater swimming.
USFS Road 24, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 765-2200
Campsites will accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Camp units are spaced for privacy in a second-growth forested area. Big Creek, a small stream, is adjacent to the campground. Fires in developed campsites only. Lake Cushman and the Staircase entrance to Olympic National Park are nearby with a public boat ramp available in vicinity.
USFS Road 2340, Shelton WA 98584 | (360) 765-2200
Brown Creek Campground is located along the shore of the South Fork Skokomish River at the confluence with Brown Creek. Evergreen conifers and hardwoods provide lots of shade at this campground. There are 20 campsites in Brown Creek Campground: twelve will accommodate trailers and RVs and eight of the sites are suitable for tents. There is one ADA accessible campsite. Six sites at Brown Creek Campground along forest Road 2430 are open year-round. There is also an accessible vault toilet also open year-round nearby at Brown Creek Trailhead. Potable water is not available during the off-season.
Duckabush River Road/USFS Road 2510, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 765-2200
Quietly located along the shore of the Duckabush River. Several of the campsites are near the river. There are 16 campsites, 10 that will accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Six of the campsites are tent sites with spurs for parking.
1001 Dewatto-Holly Road, Dewatto, WA 98380 | (360) 765-2200
The campsites are nestled among tall evergreen trees at the confluence of the Dewatto River and White Creek. You can drive or walk the Dewatto River 3/4-mile to the saltwater beach on Dewatto Bay, which is part of Hood Canal. Features camping, hiking, fishing, shellfish. Electricity is available for 37 campsites; there are 4 maintained toilets; a covered community kitchen area is located centrally to parking. There is no water system, sewage dump, or garbage facilities
2670 Lake Cushman Road, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 877-5022
Dow Creek provides access to the 10-mile long Lake Cushman. The campground offers every kind of outdoor activity, from hunting and fishing to golf and water skiing. The area is virtually surrounded by Olympic National Forest with the justly famous Staircase area just minutes away. Open the year round. RV and tent camping available. Showers and laundry facilities on-site.
25381 US Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 877-9522
This beautiful waterfront resort located between Potlatch and Hoodsport features a marina and fantastic views of Hood Canal from the decks and guest rooms. Enjoy diving, boating, fishing, and shellfish gathering right in the front yard! King and queen rooms or one and two bedroom suites with cable TV and refrigerator are available. Waterfront RV park and boat moorage are also available. Facilities include a swim spa hot tub, a game room with a pool table, and a recreation lodge. Pets welcome in select rooms with fee.
Hamma Hamma River Road/USFS Road 25, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 902-8500
Campground is located along the shore of the Hamma Hamma River. Evergreen conifers and hardwoods provide lots of shade. 15 campsites will accommodate tents, trailers, and RV's up to 21 feet in length. Tables, fire rings, paved road, vault toilets and nature trail are available.
Mason, WA 98502 | (360) 902-8500
Hope Island State Park is a 106-acre marine camping park on the western side of the state in Mason County, Puget Sound. This island is reachable only by boat. Covered with old-growth forests and saltwater marshes, the park features a beach 1.5 miles long, and two miles of hiking trail attract boaters to this small, quiet island. The park offers four tent spaces.
391 Wingert Road, Shelton, WA 98584 | (360) 426-9226
Jarrell Cove State Park has 22 tent spaces, one restroom, and one shower. There is one ADA accessible campsite, (site number 11) and four tent spaces (sites number 1,3,4 & 8) that are reservable. Other tent sites are first come, first served. Maximum site length is 34-feet (limited availability). The group camp and kitchen shelters are also reservable.
USFS Forest Road 2353, Shelton WA 98584 | (360) 765-2200
Campsites are reserved for campers with stock. Large evergreen conifers and hardwoods provide plenty of shade. 13 campsites are available that accomodate a horse trailer and camper with room to hitch horses to a highline near each camp unit.
Vault toilet and picnic shelter. No potable water is available at this time.
USFS Road 25, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 902-8500
This campground is located along the shore of the Hamma Hamma River. Evergreen conifers and hardwoods provide lots of shade. Not reservable. 13 single spots. Potable water and a vault toilet are provided.
Forest Service Road 25, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 902-8500
Heavily used campground is accessed by hiking 3.5 miles on Lena Lake Trail #810. This primitive campground is located along the west-shore of Lena Lake a large 55 acre lake in the backcountry in the Hamma Hamma drainage. The campground is at 1,800 feet elevation. There are two pit toilets available on the west and north shores.
This area is heavily impacted by high visitor use. Campers must be familiar with Leave No Trace principles. Pack out all trash, camp within developed sites, and respect other visitors.
Tahuya State Forest | 1-800-296-6421
Tahuya State Forest is the only state forest that stays open year round, and this hand-built resort boasts two luxury tents, a few rv sites, and some bring-your-own-tent sites. There is an outdoor kitchen for anyone to use to get out of the weather and just get together. As the building process continues, the proprietors hope to secure more sites of each kind. They hope to continue to build throughout the winter and look forward to meeting many interesting travelers.
Rates: $ | Food: not nearby
19330 US Highway 101, Skokomish, WA 98584 | (360) 877-5656
7 RV Sites located directly behind the casino. All have up to 50 AMPs and a water hookup.
21020 US Highway 101, Shelton, WA 98584 | (360) 902-8844
Park has 38 tent spaces, 35 utility spaces, one dump station, one restroom in the day-use area, and two restrooms with showers in the campground area. Maximum site length is 60-feet (limited availability). Two of the tent sites are for primitive use (hikers and bicyclers) only. Camping areas are subject to availability, and reservations are accepted for summer camping.
27001 US Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 877-9474
REST-A-WHILE: Located on the west shore of Hood Canal north of Hoodsport, was homesteaded in 1889 by Colbein John Sund and later established as a resort in the 1900s. It now offers waterfront and wooded RV sites, a marina, RV supplies, group facilities, a private oyster and clam beach and much more.
1365 W Schafer Park Road, Elma, WA 98541 | (360) 482-3852
Schafer State Park is a 119-acre camping park on the Satsop River, midway between Olympia and Ocean Park. A big attraction to park users is the abundant fishing for steelhead, cutthroat trout, and salmon on the Satsop River. The park has 41 tent spaces, nine sites with water and electric, one primitive site, four walk-in sites, one ADA site, one dump station, and one restroom with showers.
US Highway 101, Brinnon, WA 98320 | (360) 902-8500
Beautiful views of Hood Canal and the mountains to the southeast is located directly on Hood Canal. Seal Rock Campground is one of the few national forest campgrounds located on salt water with harvestable oysters for public use.
41 tent/RV sites are spaced among the trees with several along the waterfront. There are 3 paved accessible units and facilities that accommodate wheelchairs. The lengths of sites vary, with those along Hood Canal capable of handling the larger motorhomes and trailers. There are no hookups.
7211 Lake Cushman Road, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 877-5760
Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman, formerly known as Camp Cushman or Lake Cushman State Park, covers over 500 acres with three boat-launch ramps on the 41,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Cushman.
Park facilities include over 100 sites including camp sites, RV pull-thru and back-in site, walk-in campsites and two group camping areas. Plus, a fantastic day use area with picnic sites, a picnic shelter, volleyball and three comfort stations located throughout the park.
1111 E Pickering Road, Shelton, Washington 98584 | (360) 426-3178
Situated on Spencer Lake with 10 acres of picturesque grounds, the complex has over 275 feet of freshwater lake frontage with a boat ramp, boat and seaplane docking accommodations, 40 RV sites with hookups, an on-site Laundromat, and one of Mason County's finest restaurants.
WA State Route 119, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 565-3130
Camp year-round near the Skokomish River and enjoy old-growth forest at Staircase, the most southern entrance to the Olympic National Park. Summer ranger programs and riverside campsites available. First-come, first-served system, 49 total sites, 5 walk-in only, $20 per night. RVs: Sites for 21 feet, a few for 35 feet. Flush toilets and potable water late May- late September. Pit toilets and no water in off-season.
15781 NE Northshore Road, Tahuya, WA 98588 | (360) 275-9313
Located near five golf courses and there are several hiking and public forest parks in the area. Crabbing is a favorite sport and crab pots can be rented. No longer sell fishing and shellfish licenses so please purchase yours in town prior to visiting. Small grocery onsite.
Each RV site in our private campgrounds has full hookups — water, power, septic, and garbage.
27051 US Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (206) 914-2100
We specialize in extended stay capability and lease-to-own. We welcome daily, weekly, or monthly stays. Free 50 Amp electrical. Water, sewer, and garbage included. Wi-Fi and cable TV (64 channels). Guest laundry and showers. Covered picnic area w/ tables and BBQ.
12190 WA State Route 106, Union, WA 98592 | (360) 275-2222
Twanoh State Park, situated on the shoreline of Hood Canal, features one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington state. This is because Hood Canal is one of the warmest saltwater bodies in Puget Sound. campground has 25 tent spaces, 22 full hookup spaces, two restrooms, and one shower. Maximum site length is 35 feet (may have limited availability).
21660 US Highway 101, Potlatch, WA 98584 | (360) 877-9422
RV park features 16 waterfront spaces, onsite BBQ area, picnic area, guest laundry and ice. Breathtaking sunrises and 450 feet of no-bank waterfront access. Deluxe Sites and 3 Standard Sites have 50 AMP service, the other 5 Standard Sites have 30 AMP service. All sites have full hook-ups including a picnic table, cable TV, and wireless internet.
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