Date of Stay: July, 2009
Deception Pass is absolutely beautiful: regardless of the weather. This is western Washington so it can be rainy, misty, foggy anytime of the year. The bridge is one of the best photographed spots in all of Washington state. This campground is open year-round and is one of the prettiest places we've ever camped and worth it regardless of it's popularity and crowds (especially in the summer). There are two sections of camping: the main campground (with over 200 campsites) and then Bowman Bay (on the other side of the bridge with only 10 campsites). Bowman Bay is quieter, very relaxing and some of the campsites are right on the bay. There is only one pull-through site that has hookups, and it has no privacy. (I think it's meant for a campground host.) Please note that the Bowman Bay area of Deception Pass cannot accommodate the bigger rigs. Just getting to Bowman Bay can be a tight squeeze for RV's or trailers over 30'. But to us it's worth dry-camping here than to have W/E hookups in the main campground: just for the peacefulness and beauty.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This was our 2nd year to camp at Grayland Beach and we will continue to make it a yearly tradition. We love this campground. It's quiet, very clean (seemed like they were cleaning the bathrooms every hour), the sites are very spacious, some with trees and/or vegetation separating you from your neighbors. The sites are very level and easy to back in. There are cul-de-sac loops right near the beach. Just walk over the sand dunes and you're there: a great sandy beach. The sound of the ocean lulls you to sleep! Windy, but the kids didn't mind. Be sure to bring the bikes and a kite! Reservations can be made 9 months in advance: highly recommended during busy summer months. This park is far superior to the other state park down the road (Twin Harbor?). We drove through the other park which was very run down. Oh: there is a road close to the campground where you can drive right onto the beach. Beautiful sunsets. Again, we highly recommend this campground: one of Washington's finest!