8.6 Excellent
     
Ilwaco, Washington

Cape Disappointment State Park

Ilwaco, Washington



244 Robert Gray Dr
Ilwaco, Washington 98624
Phone: (360) 642-3078

Sites: 250
Recent Rate: $35 7/2016

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
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • 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
Amenities
  • 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 ?
Recreation
  • 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 ?

Review Details

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47 Reviews

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow - this is a really spectacular location right at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. It is a very popular place and when we arrived without reservations around 10:30AM on a Monday, we were lucky to get 1 of 2 spaces left. No walk-ins apparently. The CG is arranged in loops of 10 sites each, which is very nice and intimate instead of the long rows of sites that is usual in most state parks. The sites were nice and long, no problem backing in with our 30ft MH and room for a tow in front. There is lots of privacy in the back and not so much between sites. Bathrooms were clean and showers were coin operated. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
114
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great hikes in the park and a terrific Lewis & Clark Center near one of the 2 lighthouses. It was freezing in late July - windy & gray - so dress accordingly.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Camping with the sound of the surf and being able to go for walks on the beach - what could be better! Treed sites that step not too close to each other. I had to go mong the grid since I had no cell service. So, plan to disconnect. I was able to run my dogs off leash on the beach - plenty of room for all of us. I definitely want to come back. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Lewis & Clark museum in the park.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park! Saw lots of wildlife, spent time at the beach and lots of hiking. No cell service with AT&T at the campsites, but it was fun anyways. There was service at the ranger station. If you like to spend time outdoors, it's a great getaway. Rangers regularly do rounds so it is a safe environment. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D loop 64
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Shop for groceries and fuel in a IlWaco or Long Beach, it's cheaper. The pizza at the store outside the gate is pricey, but awesome.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Great state park. Full hookups, level sites, steps from the beach. Washington really knows how to do their state parks. Our only disappointment was that we couldn't have a campfire or cook with charcoal ,but that was understandable due to wildfires. This was our first time here. Next time we'd try for site number 15 or 16 where you can actually see the ocean from your site. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A-20
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped in the no-hookups area, and for the number of campsites there, the restrooms were very small and not cleaned frequently enough. The sites are well laid out, and it's a beautiful area to visit. There are large new restroom/shower facilities in the full-hookup area, I'd highly recommend getting a site there. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
119
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Book early, this is a popular place. Also, know that on the second weekend in September, there is a huge classic car rally in the area that fills every park and makes for crazy traffic.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 13

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B8
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Long Beach, WA

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

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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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: 173
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 16

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: 275
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 43

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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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: 183
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 22

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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