Ilwaco, Washington

Cape Disappointment State Park

Ilwaco, Washington

Ilwaco, Washington
Phone: (360) 642-3078

Sites: 250
Recent Rate: $40 3/2015

Latitude: 46.29139
Longitude: -124.07083

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.50 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.50
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park. It rained during our visit, but that didn't dull the beauty of the beach, the bluffs, the trails, and the light houses. We had a full hookup site. All utilities were good. The sites were well spaced with good privacy. There was a trail from our site (#8) directly to the beach. Our site was very level. Two camping loops were open, and about 1/2 the spaces were full even on a rainy March weekend. There is no cell service in the RV & yurt campsites, though you can get decent reception in the center of the park near the office. Best parts of the park are the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, the lighthouse trails and the beach. We had a blast, and even enjoyed a couple trips into Long Beach, a charming small beach town just about 5 miles away. Park staff was friendly and kind, but also left us alone. I didn't use the showers (50 cents for 3 min) but the building was obviously very new and was very clean. The showers are private rooms. Our fellow campers were quiet but friendly - lots of dogs! (including ours). I would love to come back, especially on a sunny day. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Long Beach, WA





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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $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: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $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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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $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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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $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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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $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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Review Count: 246
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $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: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $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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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $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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Review Count: 149
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $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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Al from Calif

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $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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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $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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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $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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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $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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Review Count: 104
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $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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