Cape Disappointment State Park

     


Ilwaco, Washington
Phone: (360) 642-3078

Sites: 250
Avg. Rate: $28

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Latitude: 46.29139
Longitude: -124.07083

Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-ocean Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 25
  • Good 17
  • Average 2
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

45 Reviews

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LeeL

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the best campgrounds I've ever stayed in, and I've stayed at lots. The sites are large, level, and clean. Nice picnic table and fire pit at each site. Utility sites have the utilities in the right place and are easy to back into, even for big rigs. Some of the oceanside spots have great views, and on stormy days, incoming driftwood! I've camped here in clement weather and in bad, and never had a bad experience. Town is nearby with good restaurants and shopping. No phone or Wi-Fi here, but you can go to town for that where the restaurants are used to it and let you hang out as long as you want. The whole peninsula has that cool beach vibe I really love. Enjoy! We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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doc g

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We went into here along SR4 in Washington from Kelso and I-5, rather than the busier US30 in Oregon, which takes you through downtown Astoria on the way. I can't say this is the best campground ever, but it is nice. After Labor Day things were pretty quiet there, though there were no full hookup sites available online. They were 3/4 full on the weekdays we were there. As others state, it is a little confusing getting into the park because signage from the North is not the best. A sharp right turn in Ilwaco town center is tough in a big rig with a toad. Check-in folks aren't ever in a hurry, but once you find the site, backing in is easy, and most all the sites I saw were level and hard surfaced. A bit muddy over the campsite, but pretty good separation from your neighbors. And campfires were permitted, despite a burn ban over the rest of the state. Lots to see in the area, with trails and sights within the park ("no RV's" on some roads), sea fishing, Lewis and Clark stuff. Not far to Astoria with its superb Maritime Museum, and then beyond to Seaview and Cannon Beach if you crave company(!). North to Long Beach and Willapa Bay. Only downside is complete lack of signal for Verizon or ATT. I couldn't pick up a TV signal, but there were several radio stations. Not a bad place to spend a week. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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hoppytoad

Review Count: 137
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful State Campground. The RV sites are paved, level, and long enough to accommodate our 40 foot RV and toad. Most sites are within easy walking distance to the beach. There are less expensive sites without hookups, that are equally spacious. There is one negative: cell phone service, at least with Verizon, is not available at the campsites. We drove several miles to Ilwaco to get E-mail messages. One caveat: The campground is several miles from town on Route 100 Loop. Follow this road going straight out of town, an extention of the main road, following the Loop counter clockwise. Go about three miles, and there will be a fork in the road. Go right, following Route 100 Spur. About a mile you will enter the State park, and there, you will find signs directing you to the campground. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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JoeB458

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Spectacular! Incredible historical location. Great biking and hiking trails. Access to the ocean. Tide pools and light houses. Fantastic interpretive center. Private sites 20' or so between, but a lot of trees separating sites. Relatively level. Easy in easy out for bigger rigs. Arrived after office had closed, but Washington State had a phone to call for a site. I picked up the receiver and automatically the phone connected to a real person who signed us up. Would definitely would stay here again. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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tikivic

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely awesome location!. Really nice if you like the sound of the ocean. Space was easy to back into and had adequate pavement for parking and walking around our motorhome. 50 amp service was excellent as well. The road into the campground is a bit long and very twisty, but overhead trees and branches were pruned sufficiently, just use care driving in. One note - a toad is really handy as RV's are prohibited on the access roads to the lighthouses, trail heads, etc. Would have rated it a bit higher only because for some reason (safety?) the loop closest to the beach was closed off this year (we stayed in it 2 winters ago). We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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TheJim

Review Count: 224
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate reflects a three night stay with the reservation fee and the out-of-state fee that Washington State Parks charge.We had a full hookup site, which was nice. We were also lucky that we got a site that was open enough for satellite. The sites are not completely private, but OK privacy. When we were there the weather was quite bad so we did not get to enjoy all of the activities that we would have liked. Our Verizon cell phone did not work there, nor did our Verizon data card. We enjoyed the park and will definitely return when in the area. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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Slow Roller

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We dry camped here in a spot by the lake. It was grassy with tons of room to spread out, pitch a tent, and access the many trails this park has to offer. The restrooms in this part of the park are older and could use a refresh. The site we had was right next to the check-in but we hardly noticed any extra noise. We drove through the other campgrounds where most of the RV's were parked. Not much privacy, but some did offer views of the beach. This is a huge park, with so many things to do. It is just a quick trip over the Astoria bridge to several other fun parks for kids or a visit to Oregon beach towns of Seaside and Cannon Beach. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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KSG5999

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Great RV sites with level pads, lots of privacy, trees, and convenient access to beach. The interior of the park is clean and the bathrooms are great. Beach had lots of trash. bathrooms charge you $.50 for 3 minute shower. No trails from the campsites to the hiking trails which requires you to drive to hike (design flaw?). Park apparently doesn't have a mosquito abatement program and they were thick. No cell coverage and no TV. All in all it was a nice park, but I won't go back because the mosquitoes were unbearable. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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Al from Calif

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Cape Disappointment State park is a very nice Washington State Park. All the roads and sites are paved and are all level. Most sites are lined with trees or bushes which offer some a little privacy on many sites. The sites are spaced about 25-30 feet apart so that they are not right on top of each other. The showers are $.50 for 3 minutes so bring lots of quarters for that long hot shower. Showers were okay but you will want to wear your showers shoes as the shower floor is just concrete. There is no Verizon 3G service or phone service at all so do your email and make your phone calls before arrive at the park. There is a pay phone if one needs to make a call. There is no cable TV but I was able to get three very fuzzy TV stations from Portland on my batwing antenna. Many sites are not satellite friendly so the TV might have to stay off while at this park. The camping sites are over a mile from the gate where you check in and miles from the nearest town. We noticed a number of good hiking trails in the park and the beach is nearby for exploring. There is a hiking trail that goes to the nearby town of Itwaco that is a few miles away and a trail also goes out to the famous lighthouse. We stayed at this park 25 years ago and they have made many improvements since our last stay. The Coast Guard rough water rescue training unit is nearby. The Park Ranger that checked us in was very nice but when we extended a day the second Park Ranger had an attitude and was only there for the paycheck. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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mockturtle

Review Count: 93
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park! The beach is great and easy to get to and the sites are convenient and well maintained. Looking forward to my next visit. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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on the road 65

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Pros: Full hookups, level large sites, large rig friendly, very near ocean beach, trees for shelter. Cons: Can be windy. Cape Disappointment State Park is one of our favorite camping locations. The beach is only a short walk from your campsite. The park is open all year. We spent New Years at the park this year and will probably go again next year. The Lewis and Clark interpretive center is nearby and there are two lighthouses in the park. Hiking trails abound and kite flying on the beach is always fun. Several great restaurants are located nearby. 42nd Street Café in Seaview and Pelicano in Ilwaco are restaurants you would not expect to find in a small town. A trip is always made to the bakery in Long Beach. Very family friendly. We took our children and grandchildren in July. Lots of space for outdoor activities. We will definitely return. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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young-campin-fam

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our favorite Washington State Park. The sites are level and paved and the area with the picnic table is gravel (so you don't have to walk around in mud if it rains) with plenty of room to have a canopy over your table and the awning out without fear of catching them on fire. We stayed in site 43. The walk to the beach is easy, there's one very small hill (literally a couple of feet long). The bathrooms are each in their own "room" as are the showers. They were regularly cleaned and restocked. The sites are set up in cul-de-sacs which are great for small kids to ride bikes around and not be out of ear shot and there's an "island" of trees and such where the kids can also play. The only problem we had with this park was with one of our neighbors who kept parking his extra vehicle out in the loop to load and unload and would leave it there for a long time. People couldn't drive around and it was hard to get the rangers or hosts to come when it was happening. But that is more dealing with an inconsiderate neighbor. There is a new wood-fired pizza place set up where the shuttle used to be and they deliver to the campsites which was fun (if you want Wi-Fi go eat there and they have it). We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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D.J.Tiessen

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

There is easy access to RV site. Relative privacy for each site. Clean washrooms, but no campfire wood handy. Beach access was a little difficult, because of driftwood. Biking and hiking sites were excellent. We loved being able to get fresh clams and barbecue them. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Bigdog

Review Count: 109
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $6.00
Overall Rating:      

We had to wait till 4:30 PM till they finally let us in to the park. This was after we had to leave Grayland Beach at 6:30 AM because of the tsunami and reflects the care they take for their guests. The staff was very upbeat and the campground was very well kept up for this time of the year. Weather was not too bad and we met some really neat folks and that's one reason that I love state parks. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

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Nebs

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park. Nice space between sites. We had a water and electric site. The restrooms in our loop weren't well maintained or cleaned. There is a new bike path from just north of the campground all the way into Long Beach. It runs ~ 8 miles one way. It's paved level and runs right behind the beach in the dunes and grass. Awesome day trip with the kids. We will return here often. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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