10 Parks near Carlton, Washington
Aug 2015 - $15.00
Clean park, old school. all hook ups. grass, showers and bathrooms functional and clean. Camp hosts friendly and helpful. level spot. very good wifi. we would camp here again. - Jim Lee
Sep 2014 - $30.00
Very friendly staff, free firewood! No TV signal, pretty small town so a good overnight stop on the way to Spokane. - John WD Smith
Aug 2011 - $30.00
Very nice people! Small park right on hwy 97/153 in the town of Carlton. Easy Access. Looks like there are several long-term renters there. - Sun~n~Snow
Aug 2016 - $35.00
The sites are gravel and dirt. Easy in and out, but the sites were extremely close together. The location is good it's a good jumping off spot to drive through the North Cascades. Lots of trees and shade. It was fine for an overnight, but we felt a bit pricey for what you got. - fulltime birders
Jul 2015 - $30.00
Campground hosts are very nice people who do what they can to accommodate. Good space between sites, grounds kept up. We stayed here in July 2015 in a Class A for about 10 days. Town of Twisp is also a fun place to visit the local pub. - katsuey
Jun 2015 - $37.00
We have used this park for many years and it remains one of our favorites. So much depends on what your expectations are. This park is basic but the location is great!
We take advantage of the Methow River for tubing and relaxing...a short walk from any campsite. The owners are most personable people and great camp hosts. Cable TV...there is none. In fact there is no cable anywhere in the Methow Valley. This is a none issue with us.
A very serene and quiet park. We woke up to deer grazing in the park quite often. People also like to fish this river if that interests you.
We look forward to our next visit! - Alpenlite35RK
Aug 2011 - $31.00
This campground is all about boat access, because that's your only way to get in the water. There is a tiny swimming area that is really only good for small kids, but unless you have a boat there's no other water access here. The people were super nice and the facilities were clean. The campground is also pretty far away from Chelan, but there is a nice store in the campground for ice and firewood, etc. I thought the sites were too crowded, and there were a lot of tents on each campsite. - amandaHoops
Jun 2014 - $27.00
Very nice park and well maintained in all areas. Bathrooms clean. Nice grass area for outdoor activities, yet lots of "woodsy" type sites. Great fishing and nice swimming area. - Weedmans
May 2014 - $25.00
This park got great reviews in two of our camping guide books, so we decided to give it a try, but were somewhat disappointed. On the plus side, the park is pretty, nestled along the shore of Alta Lake with some sites in the pines and some in more open, and exposed areas closer to the lake. There are three loops. Loop 1 is in the woods with a variety of site sizes. It's pretty and there is some privacy, but you have to walk a ways to the lake. Loop 3 is also in the woods and has some pretty sites, but most are very small and suitable only for tent campers. Loop 2 is more open and down near the lake with some sites being right on the shoreline. There is not much privacy in this loop and the access road is narrow with tight corners. Some of the sites here are large and some are quite small. Most of these sites would be very hot in the summer, but of course you could always cool off with a swim in the lake! This loop also has some electric/water hook-up sites in what is basically a parking lot, but if you're OK with that you would have some views of the lake. On the negative side, this park now uses Washington State Parks' new variable pricing structure with different fees for Popular, Basic ,and Economy sites which you have to sort out for yourself. Also, there is no way to know which sites are available for the night except by copying down the list of open sites posted at the unstaffed entrance station, then drive to pick out your site and then walk or drive all the way back to the entrance station to put your fee in the drop-box. Why not have a drop box in each loop? Washington State Parks are increasingly understaffed with systems that are not designed for the ease of the camper. This campground has flush toilets and coin-op showers. The showers were clean but definitely showing their age. The lake is pretty, but there are lots of summer homes lining the far shore that detracts from the natural beauty in my opinion. Fishing is good judging by the success of the folks in our neighboring campsite. - BruceandKathyWA
Sep 2013 - $22.00
After we arrived at this park, we had to go back and see if we had read the prior reviews correctly and were at the right park! There was only one loop open when we stayed here off season. The signage in the park is very confusing. In trying to check out another loop we ended up driving through the park and into a residential area. Although the arrows indicate otherwise, loops 2 and 3 are right across the entrance road from each other. If you go past the entrance to these loops you will be on a very narrow road with little space to turn around if you are towing. There are some sites with electric hookups. In loop 2, the hookup sites are in a row, with little separation, in a parking lot. Most of the non-hookup sites in this loop are very short or not level. We were lucky and were able to maneuver our smaller RV into a dry camping site with decent views. This park has a very neglected feel; it could use some TLC. The lake is small with part of it on private land with houses visible from the park. On the positive side, there were only two other campers in the park and it was nice and quiet at night. Our Verizon phone worked well and we were able to use our data plan with 3G signal. We were able to get satellite, but most sites would not. Washington has some wonderful state parks, many in this area. We would bypass this park and stay at a different state park next time. - TheJim
Aug 2016 - $40.00
This was a lovely KOA. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Our daughter and family were in a cabin and she put us in a spot behind them. We backed into the spot but all the hook-ups were by the road. Good thing we had long cords. She said we could have driven straight in but then it could have been difficult to hook up.again if the grassy area was being used.
I was disappointed that there was no safe way to get down to the river. People had made paths down a steep bank to the river but it was not safe to take small kids down and once there, no shore to play on.
The pool was very nice and we spent all afternoon in it trying to cool off from the 99degree heat. They had a small playground that our 3yr old granddaughter liked to play at.
The sites were fairly close together but there was no one next to us so it felt like a large space. I would probably request a pull-thru next time.
Staff were always watering and moving sprinklers to keep the grass green.
I would stay here again if I were in the area. - Rorygirl
Jul 2016 - $65.00
This is a beautiful paek, and although we stayed in a cabin, the rv sites looked well spaced out. The only complaint is that the river is obscured by a row of tent campers. Close to town but far enough away to be quiet. - MeetTheGriswolds
Aug 2015 - $41.00
This is a gorgeous park with lots of grass and trees. The sites are nice and large on grass and alternate backing in so that you are not close to your neighbor. The park was full of camping families due to the amenities geared to the kids. There is a nice pool in the park and everyone was rafting in the Methow River. No cable but good wifi. - johnanann
Aug 2016 - $25.00
Owners work very hard at keeping park green and neat. This is our second visit and will return. Proximity to downtown is a plus but very quiet. Wildlife is all around us. - JoeIII
Aug 2016 - $36.00
Just got home today from Pine Near (7/31/2016). Like the previous posts, we didn't see any signs and found it a bit difficult to find the park entrance and actually entered thru the back. Once in the park we also noticed there are no signs inside so we had to hunt down the office. The staff was helpful and quickly got us backed into a nice wide and shaded 50 amp full service site. Internet was also very usable.
As other have reported, the sites are totally grassy and everything was nice and green and healthy. Other than having to ask where everything was (couldn't find the garbage dumpster - again, no signs) we really enjoyed our stay and are already planning another visit next year. - dcline97
Jul 2016 - $36.00
After having trouble get a hold of this place (leaving 3 messages between 4 P.M. and 9 A.M. the next day and getting NO callback), we were a bit concerned about coming here. The signage in town on where to turn to get here was also poor. Upon arriving, checking in, and getting set up we were pleasantly surprised. All the RV sites are on grass and there are about 20 pull through and 15 back in. We needed one board to level and it looked like many site might need some leveling. There are also 7 cabins, 3 TeePees, a "mansion" that sleeps 14, and many tent sites. There is no cable TV but, although there are numerous trees in the RV site area, many sites are satellite friendly. Call ahead if you want a satellite site. The WIFI worked well for us - even after it got dark. I was surprised that there were no recreational (pool, playground, etc.) amenities. The laundry and two bathrooms are in the building with the office. The laundry had modern machines and the individual (toilet, sink, shower) bathrooms were probably the nicest I've ever seen. The bathroom facilities are certainly inadequate for a park with tent sites. They are currently building a new bathhouse. The staff was friendly and helpful. I saw no sign of recycling. The Shaffer Museum across the street is interesting but the main street shops (many call themselves boutiques) are too "yuppie" for me. - Jerry S
Aug 2016 - $38.00
Upon check-in I was greeted by a very friendly lady. When I asked about backing the trailer into the spot she immediately offered to send someone to help back us in. Boy, was I glad I took her up on it. He had to ask the people next door to move their truck so we had room to maneuver. The places are SO close together. We were in one of the two upper loops. Terrible location. Hard to get into and neighbors within 3 ft of us. If you stay there ask for a site by the lake. They have some pull- thru spots and the spots on the grass have more room between them.
The lake was beautiful and people were boating, SUP, fishing. We enjoyed watching the moon come up over the water and seeing lots of bats catching insects. - Rorygirl
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Park is situated on Pearrygin Lake a short distance from Winthrop. The lake had a moderate temperature and offered fishing, swimming and water sports. Nearby Winthrop is great for browsing. The park sites are close in and there seemed to be a number of sites with both RVs and tents packed together. Lots of shade trees and grass make for a beautiful setting. This park offers a good destination for families and tourists. - Doug Toye
Jun 2016 - $40.00
Bad service because reservations said, "space #57 best for satellite reception". Uh, no. No Phone, no TV. Only the guy with a 50' cord, on his satellite tripod, and parked on the end has a dish out. Wifi is exasperating. The AT&T tower burned up in a fire. So, that being said, it's pretty, baby trout are biting, etc., etc.. Landscapers are everywhere. - Heathersdesk
May 2016 - $15.00
You must stop at the entrance station when you enter the park, whether you have a reservation or not (we didn't). If you don't have a reservation you must get a list of available sites from the ranger on duty or if no one is there copy down the site numbers from a list that's posted outside the entrance station (hint: use your cell phone to snap a picture of the list). Sites have different rates based on if they're considered Premium, Choice, Basic, etc. It's a confusing system.
In our case when we stopped at the entrance station a nice lady was there to help us. Unfortunately she seemed to be new to the job and had some trouble answering our questions. She finally gave us a list of about a half-dozen sites available for one night and off we went to select one. We noticed at least two really nice sites right on the water that were unoccupied and had no reservation tags on them, but since they weren't on the list the employee had given us, we passed them up. Turned out they were available after all but we didn't discover that until the next morning.
We camped in the East Campground which is nicely groomed with lots of grass and big trees. There are restrooms, showers and a dump station. If you don't have a water/electric site you will have trouble filling your fresh water tank if you need to because although there are water spigots throughout the park none of them are threaded so you can't attach a hose. We finally pulled into an empty hook-up site to fill our tank. - BruceandKathyWA
Apr 2014 - $37.00
There isn't much privacy between sites, but the sites are nice and large! We were there off season and were able to have our dogs swim in the lake, not sure if they could do that during the busy time of year. The park is quiet and there are lots of birds and wildlife to enjoy. We used the park as a base to do some day trips into Twisp and Winthrop. We would definitely come back again! We stayed in the East campground. - TGordon
May 2013 - $26.00
We did not have a reservation, but early in the season there were a few vacant spaces. This park's (RV) camping is arranged in two separate campgrounds. The "west" campground appeared rather dusty, with loose sand spread over most of the sites which were all close together. We found it rather unappealing. The "east" campground is about a mile further along the access road and was an amazing contrast, as it was beautiful, nicely landscaped with plenty of shade trees (but not so many to make satellite reception difficult). The restroom/shower building appeared to be no more than a couple of years old. This was the cleanest (and newest) of all Washington state park restrooms we've encountered. Showers were 50 cents for 3 minutes (instead of the tokens required at other state parks, this one used quarters). Sites were all paved and relatively level. Site length varied, so longer rigs might have trouble finding a usable spot. Reservations are recommended after mid-May. We would stay here again. - Pete_by_the_river
May 2013 - $32.00
This is an older city run park and not suitable for big rigs. It was near empty during our stay so we were able to maneuver into one of the pull-through spaces. The 30 amp only service sags to 105 Volts with just a light load, water pressure is OK but the sewer hookups are a bit of a challenge. Satellite TV and Internet were OK. - JScott
Aug 2016 - $54.00
Pricey during prime-time, and our site was very un-level. We stayed one night. $49 + $5 booking fee. The City is workin' this nice park for all they can get! But it's a nice park, with a beach, the sites are spacious, and it's well-maintained and operated. So let's call it a good value.
We stayed in a large pull-thru site, # 24-2. The half dozen sites in this block were not leveled when they were built, so it's asphalt on sloping ground. Bring blocks and work at it when you arrive and you'll be fine. Most sites around the park are on more level ground. - Kmuinch
Jul 2014 - $35.00
This is fantastic on the south end of Lake Chelan near the town of Chelan. They have recently redone the RV sites so that they are paved, wider, and have upgraded wiring. Those are numbers 1-17. The sites across the street 18-35 roughly) are smaller. They accommodate smaller trailers (24') and have only 20 amp and water. The swimming area is great and you can rent paddle boards there or wave runners closer to town. There is a store that sells everything from breakfast to ice cream to inflatables. It is convenient but expensive. Our kids had a great time. I do wish that they had a at least one ranger patrolling at night. At times, a few other campers were loud and one or two had roaring wood fires when fires were banned due to the wildfires. Reserve early, this place fills up many months in advance for the summer. - jjwsfgiants
Jun 2013 - $35.00
We had great weather for our weekend in June at Lake Chelan SP. Our full hookup site was easy to back into, completely level and backed up to a large playfield with new playground equipment. My entire family had a great time relaxing and playing on the beach here. These are the best RV sites I've seen at a state park and the location around the lake is as beautiful as it gets. Access roads if you bypass Chelan can be a bit rough. - pokeyt