30 Parks near Fort Lewis Army Post, Washington
Jul 2015 - $20.00
I will start with the positives: not too far off I-5, our pull thru was large enough to accommodate our 36' RV with small toad, plenty of trees around for shade, most sites have privacy. Check-in was very easy, there is a lake with beach & boat launch, laundry facility with TV inside that I have not used. Sites are paved as is the road, there are several recycle bins and garbage bins throughout the campground. It appears that the base is divided and to go to the BX, Comm., movies etc. you leave the north side, go under I-5 to another security point & show your military id's. A little different. Now my only beef is the so called CATV, for us and other campers it is non existent. The service is through Comcast and if you have an older TV you must use a special box to bring in the cable. 2 boxes later nothing. We have a small flat screen TV that is 3 years old and we could not bring in any channels. Spouse took box back to office and was told it was Comcast issue. Asked a few other campers and they also had the same issue. So, either get Comcast out to fix it or drop it from what you have to offer. We also put our antenna up and got 16 channels with Fox being the only known station. - petpeople
Jun 2015 - $20.00
We had reserved a 50 amp full hookup waterfront site 90 days before our stay and put a deposit down. When we arrived, we were given a 30 amp site adjacent to the busy main road that barely fit our 40' motorhome. The staff said whoever took our reservation probably just wanted to give us a site, any site, and wasn't paying attention to our request. Right! Other nearby campgrounds were booked because of the golf tournament in Chambers Bay. We stayed a week. Our site was overgrown with knee high weeds and dry grass. Previous campers had left trash (xmas lights, confetti, plastic cups and lids, dead flowers, kitty litter, dog poop, cigarette butts) all over the site. We had to rake. It was disgustingly dirty. The campground does not trim trees away from the roadway either, so our motorhome could not avoid hitting 3 branches on the way in and out. They do not enforce their own rules and turn a blind eye to unleashed dogs and multiple vehicles in their sites. The site next to us had two trucks, a boat and a motorcycle parked along with their 5th wheel. Lanes are paved and narrow, sites are paved requiring minimal leveling. Wi-Fi is only strong in or near the common rooms. Elsewhere it's nonexistent. No cable and with the trees, satellite reception isn't good. The only good things about this park were the price and proximity to Seattle and Tacoma. They take reservations but you can never be sure you'll end up getting what you actually reserved. Won't return. - Flippitti
Aug 2014 - $22.00
Nice park. Easy to get to off I-5. A little tight but doable in our 39 ft RV. Some sites nicer than others, but could receive free WiFi at our site #121. Nice commissary and outdoor center. Will stay here again if we can get reservations. Very full right now! - JohnCarolP
Aug 2016 - $16.00
Tough to rate this park. The location on American Lake is beautiful and quiet with shade from huge trees. The view (if you're lucky enough to have one) can be lovely. Nice place to walk dogs (on leash only). The sites are a mix of good to bad. The back row up on the hill has 50 amp, the other sites have 30 amp (although the office person who made our reservation said there was 30 amp only). There were only four 5th wheels in the park which tells us those with 5th wheels probably avoid it. We have a 38' 5th wheel and will not return unless we can get on the back row (C sites) or Site A-1 because the others are just too hard to back into. Most of the other sites are too short for big rigs, but a Class A can just manage to fit if they aren't huge. Our 5th wheel stuck out in the road a little and another 5th wheel toyhauler stuck out at least 5 feet. The A and B row sites are too close together. If you can back your rig close enough to the hook-ups you can either park your car next to your RV or you can use your awning and picnic table. One or the other, not both. We could do neither because our site was so hard to get into we couldn't get right up to the hook-ups. We didn't have enough room on either side to put the picnic table or our truck. Our side view was of an old Class C in poor condition. The sites are a mix of fairly level to very unlevel, all gravel and not kept up well. Rows A and B are like being in a gravel parking lot. If you come in on a weekend you can pay by check or cash and leave it in a dropbox. On weekdays you have to hunt for the office in Bldg 16 which is in the coffee shop/credit union building with no number on it. The laundry is clean with 2 household-size washers and dryers but no coin machine. The primitive campsites are at the opposite end of the campground from the bathrooms, an convenient walk. At $16 per day it was a good deal but not good enough for us to return unless we got a decent site. - all4pets
Nov 2013 - $20.00
We stayed here after moving out of our house due to military orders. One of the quietest parks I have ever been too. And talk about green! The park is for DoD ID cards only. Located close to the runway of McChord AFB. You would think plane noise would be a problem but it wasn't. We stayed on site 37. Ample room for parking. The site itself was pretty level but if you have to set up in the hours of darkness, like I did, bring a headlamp because it is DARK! There is a large playground for kids and plenty of trails and low traffic roads. A running trail goes the entire length of the runway and into the base itself. Burger King and post shopping facilities are under 5 minutes away via car. The office staff are extremely friendly. There is WiFi available but we used my Verizon phone as a hotspot and had ample access. There is a clubhouse available as well as a large pavilion for rental. This would be an excellent place to stay if you wanted a base camp for exploring the Puget Sound area. For the money you can't beat it. Overall this a very nice campground and I would definitely stay here again. - Jim in WA
Jun 2014 - $37.00
Nice park like setting along the river and off the highway but frequent trains pass nearby. Staff was friendly at check in. Some permanent residents but doesn't have too much of a trailer park ambiance. - Thedogsma
Aug 2013 - $30.00
Nice clean campground with a brand new restroom-shower-laundry facility. Tent sites on the river. Awesome Salmon fishing included. Friendly staff w/security checks. Under new management. Would definitely go back! - Fifa Camper
Jun 2011 - $27.00
Huge number of permanent and semi permanent sites. 10 pull thru sites for overnight, 10+ more back-ins. Water and 50 amps at our site, cable TV listed, but not available at our site. Dump station nearby. Some paved interior roads, some gravel. Gravel sites, grass in between. $10 additional pet charge, $6 additional guest vehicle. Lots of rules, seem to be not enforced for the permanent residents. There is a one-way tunnel prior to the entrance; it has a 14' clearance. It was convenient for our purpose, but I would not stay here again. - renodick
Jul 2012 - $28.00
We made reservations for this park with 50 amp full hook up. When we got there a young man put us in site 5. We did not check before setting up but the electric was only 30 amp. When we went back to the office there was an older man and he said he did not have a 50 amp available. When we said that we had made reservations for 50 amp he became very abusive and told me to get my rig out of his campground. This campground sits just below the freeway and is jam in with maybe a 5 ft space between campers. I would not recommend this place to my worse enemy. - possumtrotky
Apr 2012 - $24.00
Reviewed this park back in September 2011. Nothing changed. Road noise is still bad. Verizon is 4 bars. We stay here each year because it is convenient to I-5 and the surrounding area. We always get "B" because it has 50 amp with full hookups. Staying here for a week this time. We will return. - Bluebird Bob
Sep 2011 - $25.00
We are staying here for a week. It is right by Hwy 5 and you sure can hear the traffic! The location is great for an off the road overnight stop. It is mainly filled with long term people but they do have some empties for overnights. The water pressure is around 50 psi without having to use a reducer. Most sites have 30 amp but we are in "B" with 50 amp service. Not much to choose from in the area so an OK spot for a few days. Would stay here again if passing through. - Bluebird Bob
Jul 2015 - $20.00
This resort is not a public rv resort all the lots are owned by individual lot owners who can rent out their spots on a longer term basis. This resort is in great condition after going thru several developers. Great pool and the lake is nice with docks and watercraft rental. Lots of playgrounds and recreation for kids. Very friendly staff . Has a national forest appeal with all paved roads. Very close to Seattle -Tacoma area. I found spots for rent on Craigslist and Rv Park store websites. Many spots have covered ports for parking under. Only negative was lots of one way roads. My rate was based on monthly. - KLH
Aug 2007 - $8.00
The site for AOR members were two linked sites, I doubt that I could have gotten out if another rig pulled in. The main problem was the noise, trains ran all night, you would have sworn that they were coming through the middle of your campsite. There appear to be only 16 sites for non-owners. The loop is not made for anything much over 32' looking at the trees on some of the tight corners you could see where there had been collisions. We crossed this campground off our list. This is one lake that should remain lost. - mamestra
Jul 2006 - $8.00
Membership park - they were down right rude to those using C2C, RPI, or AOR to camp. Regulated to a small area, not allowed to use most of the facilities as those are for members who BUY their spots. Railroad train is not only LOUD, but runs by every 1/2 hour. Stayed 3 days and could not take it any longer and left ahead of time. - PugetSound
Jul 2016 - $24.00
As others have said, this is basically a gravel parking lot with water, sewer and up to 30 amp service. All utilities are in the back and depending upon which side you are on, the utilities may or may not be on the correct side. We just needed an extension to our sewer hose to make it work. We were given the widest site for our 40 ft RV and it worked ok but we had to park in front of the RV due to our 4 slides. It wasn't crowded, so no one was next to us, but I did wonder if the rigs at the end of the row would be able to get out, as our car was in front of our RV and the 5th wheel across the way had his truck in front. When we left, it was not an issue, as no one was in our row. Although no table at the site, there are tables over by the trail if you want to picnic or grill. That's the worst part of it. The staff is very nice in the office. There is a trail to a lower area where there is a big grass lawn and trees and even a small dog park. It was a great place to walk the dog, as there was no where in the Gravel Jungle to walk him. On the good side.. this place is close to Lacey and less than 2 miles to LOTS of amenities like stores, a HUGE community dog park, Costco and more. It also is close to Olympia and bike trails. From a location standpoint it is great. We stayed 5 nites and although at first I thought it was really bad, it really wasn't that bad. Just not any amenities. Also, it was the quietest place we have ever stayed. There was a train that we could hear in the distance in the evening but overnight it was extremely quiet. Verizon cell and air card worked very well here and satellite was no problem. We'd probably stay here again due to the location and the cost was extremely reasonable. - Danni
Jul 2016 - $23.00
We stayed here for 3 weeks while visiting my son, who is stationed at JBLM. For that purpose, it is the best location. The price is reasonable and the staff is friendly and helpful. But that's about the extent of anything good to be said about this place. As noted, it is just a gravel parking lot: no grass, no trees, no tables, no patios. The sites are so narrow that awnings come within inches of the adjacent RV. Tow vehicles/toads have to park cheek-to-jowl in front of the RVs. The restrooms in the main hall are available only if the hall is not booked for use by some group. There's no laundry and the nearest laundromat is miles away. Electric is 30-amp only. No cable TV and over-the-air is limited. The sewer hookup defies a sanitary connection, which causes everyone to gently place the sewer hose elbow on the pipe and balance rocks on top of it hope for some kind of a seal. The WiFi is terrible, so bad that at check-in we were told where we could go to get decent Internet. And down the road is a mushroom farm. Remember that old joke about "I must be a mushroom because they keep me in the dark and feed me ..." (I think the joke ends with a synonym for manure)? Well, whatever they feed mushrooms, the smell frequently wafts over the campground and it's not pleasant. And to top it all off, while we were there was a triple drug-related homicide just down the street in one of the numerous trailer parks that surround the facility. Next time, we'll suffer a longer drive and look for a better place. - Kaz
Aug 2015 - $23.00
This park is totally gravel with no trees except along one side to block the park from the neighborhood. On the other side is a modular home neighborhood. Sterile is the word that comes to mind. It was adequate and the price was good, but I would pay a little more someplace else next time. - Lke
Sep 2015 - $35.00
Penrose Point is a beautiful state park with no hookups. Water spigots are available, and the dump station has potable water. The campground is heavily forested, which grants significant privacy for most campsites. Some of the turns are quite tight and branches can be low, so really big rigs may have a tough time navigating to their site. But, my 25' trailer and 20' truck were fine. The sites are moderately level. Bring some blocks. You will need them. Verizon service was good. Due to the many tall trees, satellite TV service is nearly impossible, and broadcast TV is limited to a few local religious channels. But don't spend your time watching TV! Get out and see the beauty of nature in the Pacific NW. There is no playground for the little ones, but a big grassy day use area is available with a smooth gravel beach which is very shallow and perfect for wading. This is an ideal park for kayaking. The hiking trails are extensive and lovely. This park is fairly remote, yet only 2 hours from downtown Seattle, 0nly 1 hour from Tacoma. A big grocery and several small restaurants are located about 20-25 minutes north of the park. The sites are gravel and dirt, with lots of moss mixed in. Campfire rings and picnic tables are at each site. Though I didn't see every campsite, I recommend avoiding site 50 - the trail to the bathrooms literally goes through the site. I camped in site 16 - a moderately sized pull-through. I was at Penrose on Labor Day weekend. My fellow campers were okay. On one side, two families were loud talkers, but generally fine. On the other side, two families that were quiet and hardly noticeable other than the occasional soft notes of strumming on guitar strings. Pretty typical for a state park on a holiday weekend. Kids on bikes were everywhere. Lots of dogs too. I would happily return to Penrose Point. - SeaTeacher
Aug 2015 - $34.00
First, the good...the young woman in the office was extremely helpful and pleasant. While the RV park is also a mobile home park, the two are kept separate. There is a pretty little creek (not really accessible) that runs along the back of the property.
We stayed here on the weekend of the drag races, so the place was pretty full.
Now for the rest...
We had reservations but some people didn't leave so what we reserved was not available and we had two options - parallel park our 40' 5th wheel between two carnival rigs or back into a spot that was 30 amp service. Couldn't back in all the way because of overhanging tree limbs.
The "dog walk" is a joke. It's actually a road w/ signs threatening fines if we don't pick up after our dogs. My dogs won't poop on a road. Oh, yeah, the dog walk is where they wanted to parallel park us.
There are NO refunds. Make sure you like your spot before paying by cash or check (they don't take credit cards.)
The place is not kept up. The roads are fairly narrow. The sites are adequately wide. Trees surround the park.
We would NOT stay here again. - User3146
Jul 2014 - $38.00
Do to the past reviews, we were a little reluctant to stay at this park. We found the office person very friendly and helpful. Our site was 75' x 20. Very adequate. Very nice and friendly park. If I were you I would ignore the past reviews. The road in is blacktop, and the parking sites and on Gravel, so what. We stayed over the 4th of July and were near an Indian Reservations. The fireworks sounded like dynamite. My two little dogs were shaking the whole week we were there. Not the parks fault. We would definitely stay their again, but not over the 4 th of July. - Journey39k
Jul 2014 - $34.00
Nothing as advertised. Hookups were at the back of the site so we had to drive to get a longer TV cable and extension for sewer. Fortunately we had an extra water line. TV cable was useless as the cable in my site did not work except for an Xfinity advertisement. We did have one of the few picnic tables but it was so old and dirty I would not use it. WiFi worked off and on. We decided to swim since we had nothing to do but office closed early so we couldn't get the key. Discovered after reading the sign on the pool gate that the pool would be open at the discretion of the office. The pool had a cover over it when we drove in so it was not being used anyway. Would get my money back and move since I am here for three nights but there is a "no refund policy." Obviously, I would never stay here again. - Missdijean
Aug 2016 - $25.00
What a pleasant place to stay! I think it would be a little crowded if all the spaces were full, but that will probably only happen during the fair. The fairgrounds owns a lot of adjacent property, one of which is bordered by blackberry bushes. That lot also has two apple trees, two pear trees and two Italian plum trees. What a treasure!
The camp host was very friendly and helpful.
There were several full-time RVers and they organized some activities. - User3146
Nov 2015 - $25.00
Had a relative in a nearby hospital, making this location very convient. As stated before, ground is soft when rains hit, but the camp host showed me a good spot. Nothing special about the park, but well suited for area travels. Weather turned very cold while there, causing water problems, but worked though it. Site can get very close but there were about 10 rvs on site, so plenty of room. - sfretts
Oct 2015 - $25.00
If you're going to see stuff or do something in Tacoma this is a great location. As mentioned, it's just a big grassy parking lot with full hookups. You can save $5/night by signing up and paying in the Fair office. I can't say that it's convenient for running into Seattle. The fact of the matter is the traffic into Seattle is horrible. You can pretty much count on 1.5 + hrs to drive 30 or 40 miles unless you get very lucky. Right now it's a combination of traffic volume, construction, weather, and accidents. We went into the Seattle from here 3 times and each time it was at least 1.5 hrs each way. That being said I'm not sure there's any place else to stay around the area that would be any better. When we stayed here there were only about a dozen sites filled so we had plenty of space. When it's full you'd pretty much be right on top of one another. Verizon MiFi worked great. We'd stay here again. - pumper9x9