Date of Stay: June, 2009
Overall this is a fairly average RV park. The perks are the staff is nice, the river front slots are fairly long and there is a nice play area for kids, including a pool, game room and playground. The price includes cable TV. I also appreciated the owners keeping the full-timers grouped together so there were some decent sites for weekenders. Unfortunately, there are many drawbacks. Many of the sites are not level (some requiring significant leveling), too narrow and/or angled the wrong way for the direction of travel on the roads. The roads are worn out and create a lot of dust. There is also a fair amount of road noise from the hwy. Finally, the bathrooms in the office/game room were not maintained. We'll be happy to stay here again if no other options are available, otherwise we'll explore other locations in the area.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
This is a great park and one of the best WA state parks we've visited yet. The camp sites are huge and there is plenty of common ground for people to spread out. Stalls are paved and fairly level. The tent pads are large and in good shape. For the best views, select a slot with a Southern or Eastern exposure. The park is fairly large, but broken up with lots of trees. We really enjoyed all of the walking and biking trails. The restrooms are the cleanest and newest we've seen. There was noise from boats on the river and trains passing by, but nothing excessive. Our only major complaint is the fire pit is set into the cement pad and too small (1'x'1) and deep to have even a decent fire. I'm sure this park will be on our annual visit list going forward.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
Overall this is a great RV park. The grounds are very clean and the gravel roads are well maintained. The park is quiet and the trees provide some great shade and privacy. Sites are spacious, level and well manicured (but no grass). The playground is small but decent. There is a mix of full-timers and folks storing their RVs on-site, but the owners obviously make sure everyone maintains their sites. The hosts are very polite, the bathrooms are clean and the small store is decently stocked with basic supplies. I was happy to see Wi-Fi and cable TV were included in the price. This is definitely a great base-camp for touring the surrounding area.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Overall this is a great park. Everything is very clean and well maintained. A majority of the sites are very private, with thick brush between eash site. There are new and older bathrooms, but even the older ones are clean and in good shape. First state part in WA we've attended that the hotwater meter actually seems to work. The beach offers great exploring, especially when the low tide empties the entire bay. Read the map very carefully before making a reservation. The site depths vary and some are very hard to access. The loop for sites 10-30 is one lane with an open grass field in the middle. The loop for sites 39-76 is very narrow and snakes through the park. I wouldn't recommend it with anything larger than a small trailer. Negatives for the park are very few and minor. It would be nice to have a play ground for the kids and sewer hook-ups. Many sites could use some grading as well, but none are very bad.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
This part is hard to rate. There are many likes and dislikes about it. We like the location and the fact that the park was pretty empty (after Labor Day). The boat launch and docks are in great shape. The restrooms are clean and the showers are fairly large. However, we have quite a few dislikes as well. The staff seemed more interested in relaxing after a busy season than helping. The campsites are not well laid out and most are not level. Some you can only access via other campsites and many RV sites have water on one side and power on the other. We've heard from multiple people this campground is a party zone during the busy season and the bar onsight supports that theory. Park rules are not enforced. There is only one bathroom for the entire campground, but plenty of outhouses. The new rental homes built look interesting, so if we return we'll rent one of those instead.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
As all the other reviews have stated, this is a great state park with much to explore. If you're a military history buff, you have to visit Fort Worden. The lower campsites are very big, paved and level with have plenty of room to spread out (we didn't visit the upper campground). However, the pull-through sites had less space than the back-in units. All of the lower campgrounds are a short walk to the beach. The campsites are WA State Park typical dead grass/weeds mixed with sand blown up from the beach. The wind is pretty constant, but nothing significant; just enough to fly a kite. There was a jazz festival at the park during our stay and we didn't hear any of the music. There is almost too much to see and do in a weekend, so plan to stay more than just Friday-Sunday. The breakfast ($10/ea) and brunch ($15/ea) buffets are amazing and worth the price of admission. I wish we tried some of the other meals. Unfortunately the bathrooms are worn and tired worse than most Washington State parks. The staff is nice, but something as simple as paying for breakfast was frustrating. If you choose to stay at the lower (beach) campground, I recommend sites 31-50 as they're further away from the noise and traffic generated by the day-users. We'll be back next year, but for at least four days. You'll need at least that much time to explore the facilities and surrounding areas without wearing yourself out.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This is a very nice RV park. It’s a short walk from the beach with great views and far enough away from downtown and other developments to keep the area very quiet. The owners are friendly and the grounds are well maintained. The showers have free hot water, which is nice. They have propane on-site and firewood is only $4 a bundle (cheapest we’ve seen all year). We only have two complaints about the facility. One is the bathrooms are fairly small and a bit cramped. Two, the sites are too narrow. You won't be able to put your awning out if your neighbor has their slide-out extended. There is also an unfortunate design flaw with your neighbor's power and water hook ups being located in the middle of your open area. Compared to some of the other RV parks we drove past, this is probably one of the best in the area. We’ll definitely stay here again next year. I recommend it if you’re looking for a good place to set up camp and check out the surround area (Long Beach is a great little coastal town). But if you’re looking for some place to park, put out your chairs and relax, this probably isn’t the best location due to the lack of room.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
The resort is very tired and in need of a major remodel. Bathrooms and showers are not in good condition. RV sites are randomly scattered around the grounds, are fairly small and tightly packed. Access roads are single lane and either paved, gravel/dirt or grass. The only designated parking that we saw was for trailers, so cars were parked randomly everywhere. Seasonal attendees act as if they own the place (the few that we bumped into). Kids run around the park with little care for others. Parents will watch their kids cut you off as you're driving down the road, let them wash their bikes at the boat launch (while you're launching a boat) and cut through your campground. Although the staff were nice, they were not around to enforce quite time in the evening. People were allowed to overflow into the common areas, making passage difficult. The resort has a beautiful location on Lake Whatcom, but that is it’s only redeeming value.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
The park is fairly large and well protected by lots of trees. A majority of the sites are big, level and private. There are a lot of planned activities and open spaces near the club house. The pool is clean and very large. The bathrooms are well lit and clean. It was very quiet during our stay and fairly kid friendly. Stay away from the sites near the sewer dump (none of the sites have sewer connections), the odor is pretty bad. It looks like the roads were paved years ago (probably 10+) and gravel has been placed on top, so there is a lot of dust even when driving the speed limit (5 mph). The miniature golf course (9 holes) is long past prime and in need of repair. Random sites are overgrown and not level (or both). There are quite a few long term folks (or permanent), even though the rules say you can't stay for an extended period of time. It appears the regulars are taking all of the best spots. There is a small playground for kids, but it looks like it was built by volunteer labor and utilizes pressure treated wood (so questionable work and high potential slivers for the kids). Not sure of the nightly rate since we stayed here as a guest. We will likely return as it is very convenient, but are not interested in buying into the resort.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This state park is located on Orcas Island. The Good: - The forest is very old and beautiful. The views from the top of Mt. Constitution are amazing and there are some small waterfalls that are an easy hike. - Orcas Island is just a great island to explore. Vern’s Bayside Restaurant in Eastsound has a one pound burger that is worth attempting. - Looking at what other folks were doing, the hiking and biking in the area are great. Most of the tent sites had couples show up with two mountain bikes and they were off riding all day. Unfortunately the roads in the park and on the island are not set up with bike lanes, so things can get a bit hairy when driving around. - Most of the camp sites are pretty private, with a decent amount of space between each site. The lakeside sites are more cramped together, but you still have room to stretch. - The Camp hosts are very friendly. - At least one of the lakes has row boats and paddle boats to rent ($11/hr). The Bad: - There appear to be limited RV sites. The ones we saw were not very level, not easy to access and were back-in. If you want a pull through, Site 104 was the only one that looked decent. We stayed in site 100, which took all of our leveling blocks and digging down the other side of the trailer to get it level. I wouldn’t take anything bigger than a 20-foot trailer into any of the sites, the access roads are steep and narrow. - Dry camping only from the looks of it, but there are plenty of water stations - The camp sites were all dirt, which means lots of mud when it rains. - The water faucet at the dump station didn’t have a hose and stuck out of the ground about 3”. It was a pain to clean things up after dumping the black and gray water tanks. - Restroom facilities at the Northend sites are tired, not very well maintained and there is only one shower in the men’s and women's restroom. I don’t think they were cleaned during our stay. It looks like there are newly remodeled restrooms at the Southend sites. - Because it is peak season, the ferry fees were $170 for just the truck and trailer. Overall it is a nice park, but we won't return with our trailer. I recommend it if you like to tent camp and hike or mountain bike.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
The Good Stuff: - RV sites are very big and are arranged in “pods” with about 10 slots per pod. Each “pod” has a nice buffer of tall trees surrounding them to provide a small wind break and some privacy. - The sites are clean, level (but gravel) and have a nice fire pit and picnic bench. The grounds are well irrigated and manicured. - The campground is very big with huge open areas and a big play structure for young kids. - There are four boat launches and a lot of trailer parking. The lake is bigger than I expected, has great fishing (so I’m told) and was already warm enough to swim in. - Restrooms and showers are typical Washington State Park…very clean, but tired and worn. The Bad Stuff: - Mosquitoes! Luckily the winds kept up while we were there, so they were not too bad. But when the winds died down they were pretty thick. - No pull-through sites, but the “pods” were pretty big and I saw a number of large motor homes parked, so there is enough room to turn around. - Only dock at the boat launch is for loading/unloading. There isn’t any overnight moorage.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
All but two of the RV slots have full hook up and most are pretty easy to navigate with a large RV or trailer (many are pull through). The grounds are mostly gravel with a small (maybe 10'x10') slip of grass, picnic table and fire pit for each slot. Likes: - Quiet time at 10:00 - Grounds are well maintained - Clean showers and bathrooms - Plenty of garbage cans (no overflows) - Small, but well stocked store - Boat launch with a gas station, plenty of trailer slots and boat slips - Lake is small enough to not be busy, but big enough to take 15-20 minutes to run from end to end. Has Rainbow trout, Tiger Musky and at least one other fish. - Very kid friendly. Has two big playgrounds, basketball court, volleyball area and the dance on Saturday night has lots of kids music. Dislikes - The utilities are at the end of the slots, so be sure to have a long H20 and sewer hose. - It is built into a side of hill, so not all of the slots are level (we didn't bother hooking up our sewer line because the drop was uphill from our discharge). Slots 67-74 were okay, but 81-88 seemed worse. The rest appeared to be fairly level (but not sure about 100-104). - The dance on Saturday nights brings locals out of the hills and the place gets very busy and loud. Local kids also seem to drop by and cruise the place as well. - If you have young kids like us (infants or toddlers) on a sleep schedule, don't bother coming here. The dance goes until 10:00 and is too loud to get them to sleep. Wait until they're at an age where you can keep them up late w/o throwing off whatever schedule you have them on. We stayed along the 67-74 strip. When we go back, we'll either stay in 36-37 or 95-104 to keep away from the noise and traffic.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
We stayed along the main loop and was pretty pleased with the park. There are a lot of trees, so there was plenty of shade. I recommend reserving a slot along the beach loop to get the best views in the park. The tree loop was closed when we were there, but we walked through it. Some of the spaces are very small, not very level and the fire pits can be too close to the tent sites. I recommend not camping there in anything more than a tent until you've verified the amount of space available at a particular camp site. I would also be worried about traffic and noise during the busy season. There are plenty of things to do and great tide flats to explore and dig oysters, clams and other shellfish (if in season). The facilities are clean, but fairly old. There is a small, but nice playground for young kids and some big open spaces for playing along the East side of the campground. We'll be back as soon as we can get a reservation along the beach loop!
Date of Stay: April, 2007
This is the best state park we've visited yet in Washington. There is a lot of room between sites (maybe 40-60'), a good amount of trees for shade and every site has full hook-ups. There is plenty of room to maneuver and even the back-in sites are easy to get into. Most sites are fairly level and I didn't see any that would be too hard to level your rig in. The views are amazing and if you have a choice, site 10 seems to be the best. The day-use portion of the park is a short walk from the camp sites, so you're not bothered by people driving to and from the beach. The bathrooms are also very clean and well maintained. The boat launch area looked nice and well maintained, with plenty of vehicle and trailer parking. The drawbacks to the location are few, but significant. This is rattlesnake territory, and there are signs all over warning people of the snakes. This area also frequently has high winds, which we experienced our first night. It blew pretty hard for 3-4 hours and then stopped for the rest of the weekend (which I was told was unusual). There isn't a lot of common space, so folks looking for space to throw a ball or Frisbee will find themselves walking into other's camp sites (unless they're down at the day-use side). There are also no playgrounds or play sets for kids. If you want to bring your boat, there are no docks so you'll have to trailer it each evening. The camp hosts (who were very nice) also said the park is used by people going to concerts at The Gorge during the warmer months, so the park can turn into party central on those nights.