35 Parks near Des Moines, Washington
Jun 2014 - $25.00
I rated this low. For $25/night it had to be the worst WA state park we have ever stayed in. Sites 1-4 are the ones where supposedly the large RVs should be. They are as close together as any commercial campground, so no privacy, noise from your neighbor's generator, etc. There were other pull through sites that would have worked. The website just didn't show they were available for larger rigs, but we saw a RV larger than ours on one of them, That would have been a much more pleasant spot with a little more privacy. $25/night for no hooks and no working dump station felt like it was priced too high. You also get charged extra if you are not a WA state resident and want to make a reservation. Unlike most Western WA state parks, there is little or no vegetation between any of the RV sites in this park. Only sites with any privacy are in the tent or very small class B RV area. You are in the flight path of SeaTac so you do get that noise. On the plus side, nice hiking trail in the park and easy walk to the beach area. Probably not a park we'll stay in again. - DRFink
Jul 2013 - $23.00
Nice woodsy park between Seattle and Tacoma. We were in a 45' motorhome and except for one tight turn because of a parked camper sticking out, I was able to navigate thru the park and to the campsite with care, but no problem. The showers do not work (was told by camp host). The place is a bit overgrown. I had to trim a tree as not to scrape going into my site. Site 1 - 4 are best for big rigs. Easy to back in to and easy to pull out. No hookups (as advertised) and a good price. The beach is great. A nice paved path along the waterfront is nice. A good restaurant called Wally's Chowder House a couple of miles away was wonderful. The park is great for camping. Just not very well maintained with the lack of budget in the WA State Park System. - JoeVinnie
Jul 2011 - $22.00
The park was extremely well maintained. There were many trails to explore, and the beach access had excellent low-tide pooling for investigation. Our site right next to the creek was wonderful. Detractions included the airline traffic heading to/from Seatac (pretty minor, but noticeable) and the dry camping (offset by running a generator to recharge batteries). - bradrf
Sep 2016 - $25.00
This is camping for Elks members only . I consider this urban camping at its best. We stayed here five days; it was convenient to relatives house and also attractions in Seattle. If at all possible try to get the sites further back from the main street traffic; traffic is somewhat steady till late in the evening. There's also some walking residents that cut through the parking lot from the apartment complex behind the Elks Lodge. Sometimes you question first impressions, but there were no issues with anybody and everything was quiet and safe . I did ask the bartender inside the Elks, if they'd ever had any issues with vandalism. He said in the three years he had been there he had not experienced any so that was a good sign. Remember to call ahead as there are only eight sites there and it seems like people tend to stay for longer periods than what I normally see. I would try to get sites one through five if possible. There was a vacancy when we got there on a Friday which worked out for us, but nobody left till we left five days later. All utility hookups are in back of your parking spot which is a back-in, so plan accordingly. You may need longer sewer hoses, water hoses etc. but everything worked fine for us. I would say this, if you plan on camping here make sure you are comfortable with backing up in tight spots on a incline. Your spots are level, but you're on a grade backing in; tow car hook up and disconnect can be an issue. We used the fire lane for a short period of time. I would stay here again if in the area. - monaco cruiser
Aug 2016 - $56.00
The campground is very tight you are right on top of your neighbor. Made me think of sardines. Not sure how the bigger rigs can get in and out when the campground is full. We had a situation come up and needed to leave a day early and I was happy to get out. The cable TV is very limited, which is OK but the reception was terrible. The WiFi is TengoInternet, which we always have problems with but this time it did work for emails very adequately. They do have a pet area for our dog to go off leash. - Tagil
Jul 2016 - $60.00
Wow. They are taking greed to a whole new level here. Overflow was everywhere (and they were paying 37 dollars for the privilege). "Packed in" would be an understatement. Overflow parked on every inch of grass, every curb, every possible place. For those who DID have a site there was very little water, I'm guessing it was because they were over their head. Plan on (slowly) filling up your tank and using your own pump for anything useful like dishes or a shower.
My neighbor had a lazy boy, a full sized refrigerator, wood furniture, etc., etc., in his small campsite. Enough said.
That said, if they would curb the overflow and monitor what is going on in their campground this place would rank better. I've stayed in the winter and it was fine, (but they don't reduce their prices much). - Oregon Ms
Jul 2016 - $50.00
Nice park, good staff. One must take into account that this is one of the oldest campgrounds in the area of which there are not many. It is very convenient to the city. It was designed with much smaller RV's in mind, not 40FT+ motor homes. It is tight and close, but clean and well kept. Let's face it, your not staying here to enjoy the KOA. You are staying here to be close to the city. So get over it being tight. The staff was outstanding. The facilities that we used (almost none), were clean and well kept. We left our MH for a week while taking a cruise and would not have a problem doing it again. - Rick & Gail
Sep 2016 - $45.00
Except for bath/shower bldg, which was cleaned daily, this campground is not well maintained. Sites are small; large rigs had significant trouble navigating the curved roads & trees (this park works for modest-sized rigs); several rundown rigs were using the max 10-night stay; several feral (?) cats. Asphalt pads in disrepair. Thorny wild berry plants encroaching into site & long overdue for trimming. Lots of air traffic noise from nearby Sea-Tac airport. No garbage cans anywhere except at restroom. Beautiful path to Puget Sound shore. Not worth the fee & hassle of the required online reservation procedure. - Taco stand
Aug 2016 - $45.00
This is a beautiful spot! Beware - it is not big rig friendly. There is only 1 site for a big rig (#49). After you come into the campground, do not drive around the circle as the trees, overhead branches and corners are tight. You can back into the site directly from in front of the cabins. This site is along the amphitheater which gives extra room. It is a very wooded campground, but we were able to get satellite. Full 50 amp hook-ups. We made this reservation 6 months ago and are certainly glad we did. It is a hidden gem that is close to seeing everything in Tacoma and Seattle. Check-in is at 2:30! We never saw a campground host or anyone at the gate. - Freedom Bus
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Large site and with fifth wheel parked, it made a very private area with rig parked between site and road. Quiet, full hookup but very popular area. Reservations suggested. I made mine in March for July and 6 days was the longest "open" time. - Edd505
Jul 2016 - $25.00
Sites are not all that wide here. We had people sitting only a couple of feet away from us near their fire ring. We could not open any windows because of the smoke from their fire. Kind of a sketchy place, but we had no problems. There are people living in tents here who spend 7 nights, leave for 1 and then come back. Sites are mostly level and paved. Verizon cell and broadband both very good. OTA TV was poor, no networks found. We had ION and a couple of PBS type stations. Not a place we are likely to return to, but our stay was acceptable. - Bob and Inga
Sep 2015 - $25.00
Dogs barking (pit bulls), campers burning garbage (stinks) One trailer was allowing their tanks to drain onto campsite and running into street. Sites are long enough for big rigs. 7 day limit. Some trailers were really run down. We will not be back unless we have to. We usually stay at the Puyallup Fairgrounds but couldn't because the fair was going on. - catrst
Aug 2015 - $25.00
What a gem this place is. We were a little underwhelmed when we arrived but the surroundings are beautiful and it was a wonderful place to stay. Sites are asphalt and level. Stayed for 5 days. Loved the bike/walking path. Can ride for miles along the river and through the trees without crossing a road! If you are into disc golf this is the place for you! Grass is brown because they don't water but the trees are magnificent. It must be beautiful in the fall. They do keep the trees trimmed so they don't rub on your rig. We had no problem with our 38' class A motorhome. Camp host is a great guy. No wifi but Verizon LTE is strong and hotspot worked great. Our Directv roof mounted dish also worked great, even through the trees. Nice to have shade at our site #12. It's about a 45 minute drive to downtown Seattle and if I came back I would look into the public transportation as an option to driving. - thekites
Nov 2016 - $35.00
Stayed here for 3 weeks to see family. This is 'urban' camping at its worse. Location is good for Seattle and surrounding area however, you are parked in a large, old parking lot. Virtually no room between rigs, many of which are permanent, old rigs. Traffic noise from 1-90 right outside. No Wi-Fi at site - only at the office. We hope to never have to go here again. - OBzrv
Aug 2016 - $39.00
It is a paved parking lot next to highway. The spots are the tightest we've ever experienced. No shade to speak of. This was last minute for us and the office personnel did a great job to accommodate us. Convenient to Seattle. Shopping nearby. - smitty12
Oct 2015 - $30.00
Nothing special about this park, as others have reviewed. The park is conveniently located, right off I-90, which also contributes to the noise factor. We were camping in a 24' travel van, so we're given a space right across from the office. At first, we were unhappy with this location, then came to realize it was the best for least road noise. No privacy whatsoever and no picnic table, but this was not that kind of trip. Two nights here was plenty, but we spent all day outside the park. It's not a place you want to hang out in. Good for what it was, though. There is an indoor pool and large laundry room, which we didn't use. - PrtlndTrvlr
Nov 2011 - $15.00
A small park with a very nice owner. Most of the sites have full-time residents. The place is quiet, but doesn’t have much in the way of amenities (picnic area with a horseshoe pit), but the price was right. There is also a nice grass volleyball court and a pond to sit by on the owners adjoining property. - Travelin'
Sep 2016 - $35.00
Campground is close to interstate but quiet. Nice scenery on lake with mountain views. Had W/E only and the sites are extremely narrow but very long. Close with a slide out but managed OK. Firepits available. Nice choice for proximity to city. - CCMcLeod
Sep 2015 - $35.00
This is a fairly clean park. During the day there's some traffic and aircraft noise; at night it's quiet.
20 amp plus water sites are long, non-level grass and dirt with no shade. Utilities are at the back, and half are on the wrong side. Full hookup sites are shorter, non-level gravel and grass, with utilities in the usual locations. Each site has a picnic table.
Roads are asphalt in fair condition with some potholes and many annoying speed bumps.
There's one private shower per gender, $0.25 for 5 minutes. The men's shower is inadequately ventilated and usually muddy, with discolored tiles, a torn shower curtain, and cobwebs. I saw one silverfish.
Verizon LTE works well.
WiFi is strong. I measured 571.6 kB/s down.
Staff are friendly and helpful.
There are strong terrestrial broadcast TV signals from CBS and ION.
Laundry: 2 top-loaders ($1.75), 2 dryers ($1.50).
Rate is total with tax for a 20 amp site. - wjzcbn
Jun 2015 - $33.00
This place sucks! We were in space 16. The water and electric is over in space 15 next to us but unless you have long hoses and elect cord you won't hook up. Also it's only 20 amp service and recommend not using air conditioning as it will pop the breakers. We tried it at 90 degrees who would stay if you can't use air conditioners!?! It worked and didn't pop breaker. Also, pets have to stay inside camp spot on a leash. They cant even go to water and can't be walked inside campground. The woman of the campground isn't nice. Husband is a great guy! - Corey Esson
Oct 2016 - $42.00
First, this was a great park overall. I'm from Oregon and usually stay at secluded Oregon State Parks so this was a first for me at a less secluded type of RV park. It's hard to compare to a State Park, but it was clean, well run with facilities people doing touch up maintenance every day, and had a friendly staff. I would definitely return if I'm in the area again at some point.
The cons were that I was parked in the bright sun all day, close to the office, as compared to under the trees in other locations, and was quite close to the neighbor above me on the sloped ground. Otherwise though it did allow for satellite if desired, the restrooms/showers were close by, (The distant sites are quite a ways from the restrooms/showers/laundry etc.), and in all other ways the site was fine. - oregoncamper
Sep 2016 - $36.00
We stayed for 5-6 days and on the 2nd to last night we found out about the shooting range within hearing distance! Oh my, guns firing until dark, nearly all day. Also, the pad we were on was the gravel the size of a fist and difficult to get level on and hard to even walk on. We would not stay here again. - CarrieD
Sep 2016 - $40.00
This is not a resort by any means - it is the only RV park anywhere near Gig Harbor. Be aware the park is on a hill and spaces aren't really level... Would we stay here again? I seriously doubt it. Too many issues with staff and grounds. - Budlink
Aug 2016 - $38.00
Price includes out of state and reservation fees. A very pretty, quiet, Washington state park with some really interesting history and friendly hosts/volunteers/Rangers. Great location with easy (and cool) ferry rides to Seattle. Unfortunately, it really isn't big rig friendly. The road through the park has tight turns with trees very close to the road and lots of low hanging branches. From the web site descriptions and lengths, several of the sites appear to be able to handle big rigs, but after seeing them in person, most are not. Our site (6), while very long, was a V shape with a large tree right in the middle which made pulling through impossible. We also had to bring out the ladder and pruning sheers to trim back branches in our site. Several back-in sites had trees very close to the road making maneuvering in difficult. All sites are very shaded which is nice for cooler temps. No satellite reception, and barely usable Verizon coverage. Most sites are not close to being level. Pull-through site 9 is probably the best site for big rigs in the park if you must stay here. If you don't mind tree branches scraping against your big rig, and are proficient in maneuvering in tight places, this park will be fine. Otherwise, I wouldn't suggest anything larger than 36-38' here (and tree branch scrapes would still apply). - Jerry and Betsy
Aug 2016 - $35.00
We stayed two nights and had a delightful stay. Staff very friendly. They even were trimming bushes at 8:00pm. Very woody sites, nice path to beach. Restrooms very clean so we'd stay here again. - Silvana CLark
Sep 2014 - $30.00
Only a few 50amp sites so check if you need it. Pretty much in the trees with total shade. Makes it nice and mostly private. No sewer at site but good spot in campground. A 1/4 mile hike to the water or drive to day use area. Great spot to stay while exploring Bremerton Navy exhibits. Close enough to drive to town for good food. - Kirt