34 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
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
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
Jun 2016 - $45.00
We arrived at 3:30 in the afternoon. Wait at gate 12 minutes. Gate attendant was very professional and friendly. Drive through the park was very tight with trees leaning over the roadway. We drive a 40 ft DP. The site we were in was the only site that our rig would fit in, it was a drive through, but we had to drive in and back out.
Campsites are medium distance apart and paved. Hookups were well placed. One note - there were no trash cans, just recycle.
Beach access is very nice with a very large parking lot. The beach is typical salt water with a very low slope.
We will not be returning to camp. - Half_Timer
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
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
Jul 2015 - $41.00
This is an urban RV park. The sites are very close, completely paved so no grass, some trees and the majority are permanent residents. There is a play area for children and an indoor pool which we did not use and I am not sure is open for use. If you are a light sleeper or traveling with dogs that require a mile long walk this is not the RV park for you. The dog walk area is outside the RV park gate on 1 side only and measures approximately 100'X25'. There are waste bags readily available but some ignorant owners feel they do not have to comply and I find that disgusting. There is a sidewalk that you can walk your pet but it borders business's and once again some left dog waste.
There is non-stop road noise from very busy I-90 that is next to the 2 one way roads in front of the RV park. If you require quiet surroundings to get to sleep this is not the RV park for you.
The people at the office are very helpful with information on getting into Seattle etc.. We opted to drive the short distance to the East Gate park & ride and ride the express bus into Seattle each day. You can walk or ride you bike to this location also. We are both in our 60's and the fare is $1 per person each way and parking is free. Great deal when you do not have to deal with all the traffic going into the city and premium price to park your car. The people in the RV office will provide you with paperwork detailing bus times & stops. One word of advice is to arrive at the park & ride before 11 AM otherwise you may not get a parking spot.
This RV park fit our needs which was to be close enough to Seattle to avoid an hour long commute. We hired a dog service to come to our motorhome twice a day to walk our dog to allow us flexibility. This worked perfectly.
We would stay here again if we find ourselves in this area again. - petpeople
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 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 2014 - $35.00
The campground is $35 per night or $180 per week. It is very quiet, beautifully situated on the lake. In the office, very friendly employees. For visitors to the city of Seattle, the location is ideal. However, you need a vehicle (Towing-Car). The wifi is extremely fast. We felt very comfortable here and would definitely come back. - usa
Aug 2016 - $42.00
We've stayed here before and knew pretty much what to expect. It's the only satisfactory park serving Tacoma, or points north such as Bremerton, on the Kitsap Peninsula. Same park, paved roads and gravel sites. The gravel is 2 1/2 inch-minus (large stones) and make walking around the site awkward, even with our Astroturf entry carpet. We had a large site, so I'm sure it was at a premium rate (their brochure and site map don't tell you which sites are 'premium' or 'super premium'). They filled in the pool, so we don't know how this ex-KOA can be called a resort. Water pressure was good and wifi useable. - The Hilts
Aug 2016 - $36.00
Gig Harbor RV Resort is a nice clean park in a lovely setting. The gravel sites are on a hillside surrounded by mature evergreen forest. Our water and electric site was reasonably level. The water pressure and electrical current were good. The WiFi was terrible. Most of the time I relied on my Verizon data account.
I don't really have any complaints about the park per say, however I do think that the use of the word "resort" is stretching things a little. There is no on-site food available. There is no swimming pool. In fact there were no "amenities" at all that we could find. These are just a few of the criteria I look for in a resort. Otherwise the nearby town of Gig Harbor is utterly charming and well worth a long stroll. Parking is very tight, so head to town early. We would probably stay here again. - Airstreamers
Jul 2016 - $50.00
This is a nice resort just outside the cute town of Gig Harbor. It is very neat and clean. The sites are carved into the hillside and and roomy length-wise, but all different sizes width-wise. Our site was very narrow, but we had a nice area behind the rig to put our chairs. All the sites are gravel although our gravel was golf ball size and hard on the pup's feet. I was careful when I walked, also, so I didn't turn my ankle. There is only one place to hook up the car or unhook it and that blocks the entrance to the resort. I would stay here again because it was very convenient. - RVerMJ
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
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Yikes, what happened to this place? We have stayed here several times in the past, this time it is quite different. The park is full, but many appear to be seasonals. Packed in like sardines. Sewer no longer functional, all sealed up. 30 amp is poor 106 volts. water pressure is ok, AT&T ok, park wifif non existent. we stayed here in a 40 ft MH, we will be looking for an alternative the next time we come up here. - walt66
Aug 2016 - $10.00
We were in space 1. No trees, picnic table or fire pit. We felt like we were in a driveway!
Power went out. One of the other guests had to trip the fuse box as power went off and no one was in office. They left before 6pm.
Only one sewer dump. - Judy2shoes
Aug 2016 - $1.00
Unfortunately, we're members of the Sunrise Resorts. As full timers for over 10 years, we find this park to be one of the most undesirable parks we have ever spent time. Our kids live in the area, and we are stuck because of the number of suitable parks in the area. As members. we should get the premium sites, but we only have poor 30 amp service, no sewer, low water pressure, stinky sites, low branches, tight turns, noise, and can't put our awning or BBQ outside because we are too close to our neighbors. All sites are poorly leveled gravel, and by looking, you can tell campers are dumping their tanks (I hope just grey) on the ground because of the lack of sewer connections. Absolutely everything costs extra, so be prepared. There are many tall trees to the Southeast, so getting a satellite signal is almost impossible. - simonsrf