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Vantage, Washington

Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park

Vantage, Washington


4511 Huntzinger Road
Vantage, Washington 98950
Phone: (509) 856-2700

Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $25 9/2016

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Latitude: 46.904307296289
Longitude: -119.99201059341
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • 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) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • 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) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • 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 ?
  • 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 ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

25 Reviews

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Second stay in 5 months - great both times. A bit open but sites spaced for plenty of privacy. Location gets hot in the summer and windy quite often (but both of our stops were fine). We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Good access just off interstate - but far enough for no noise or disturbances.

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

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is good for boating and PWC campers. We group camped with friends with a boat and PWC's and the included launch facilities are very good. Close to main loop. The main campground is above the river and has a decent view of the river looking east. View sites are considered Premium, and cost $4 more. The wind is a known factor to us. It can be unpredictable, since some days it will show up for a few hours, half a day, or even not at all. You don't want to leave things out due to the wind if you leave the site alone. This campground is good for early season camping since it is east of the mountains, and warms up early. Almost all sites have full hookups. Summer highs can be in 90's, so AC is used then. Helps to have a "slinky" sewer hose support for dumping at your site, since sewer port is above ground level. Overall we like the place for our watersports. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

The price is high but this a truly an oasis in the desert. The sites were large with lots of room between units, EWS worked fine. No WiFi. We stayed three nights and loved it, we like to get away from urban life and relax. We had a nice view of the Columbia River. This park is quiet and away from everything. The weather was calm while we were there. We would return. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

As others posted previously, WINDY! We stayed here three nights and the last couple days were so windy that I thought our 32 ft travel trailer was going to tip over. It might have been the site we were in (#42) and was in direct path of the wind? Other than the wind, this place is made for watercraft sports. The park has a nice swimming area but gets very crowded on a nice hot day. Cell phone coverage (Verizon) worked very well. Only a gas station/mini mart that is right off the freeway. We most likely will not camp here again because of the wind. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park, with some good view sites of the lake. VERY windy at night as noted by other people for the first 2 nights we were there but dead calm the last night. Nice quiet park, but the day use beach was dirty with lots of garbage etc. due to large groups at the day use area each day. Several dogs off the leash in the swimming area running all over and being a nuisance (going to the bathroom etc) even though signs clearly noted it was an on leash area. If you can, go to the Iron horse structures just up the hill on I-90 and hike to the top for some great views! Check out the info center in Vantage for the petrified forest, very helpful staff there! We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 147
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

The park itself, is very nice. It has good spacing between sites and there's lush grass in this desert. All sites are full hookup with 30A. There is no dump station. Most sites have a view of the Columbia River. Yes, it does get windy here. It awoke me at 2am and I went out to close the window awnings because they were shaking so much. As retirees, we would not stay again but if you have a family, a boat, jet skis and dogs, you'd probably love it. Reservations are highly recommended. There's a nice beach area. Our 40' motorhome would probably fit in most sites but some are uneven. Since it was extremely hot during the day, the 30A and being able to use only one air conditioner really taxed it. Other than water activity, there's nothing to do in the immediate area. There are a couple fuel stops on I-90, 3 miles north of the park, and they have limited groceries. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We overnighted here while heading east on I-90 out of Seattle. It's a nice quiet park with good views of the Columbia River. It was a bit windy at times, but otherwise really great. We had a really nice pull-through site and liked how much space is in between each site. We would stay here again. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great, little, out of the way park. It sits about 30 minutes away from both Moses Lake and Ellensburg, and only has limited supplies at the local store and two gas stations, so get your supplies before you arrive. The entrance off Huntzinger Road is more of a U-turn than a sharp left, but the park roads are in good shape (except for a rough patch around space 29). The only issue I had staying here was dealing with the wind. It BLEW!! Our first day it was nice and calm, but started to pick up about 10pm. By 4am I was awakened by the slamming of our awning into it's supports as 50mph gusts tried to toss our 35ft rig on to its drivers side! After fighting with the retraction motor (on our automatic awning) between the gusts, I finally got it stored (with minimum damage). Our tent (that my daughter decided to use since it was warm) held up well as long as she and our two German Shepherds were inside. But as the wind picked back up the next day, it pulled the 3 windward stakes out of the ground and rolled over. That was just before a 4" thick, 15' long limb broke off the top of one tree and missed our neighbors 5th wheel by 6 inches in the constant 20mph gale. So, be aware of the wind, stay clear of the taller trees in it and RETRACT YOUR AWNING AFTER 3PM. With full hook-ups, my wife and I never used the campgrounds facilities, but my daughter did, and she reported that they were clean and in good repair, if a little dated in their look. Other than the wind, this is a great place to relax! There is no over the air TV signals, mainly due to the terrain, but there are good satellite sight lines at most spaces on the lower loop. My Verizon aircard had 4-bar coverage & my wife had a surprising 5-bars on TMobile. Both my daughter and I had only 2 bars on Sprint, but never lost signal. The boat launch has easy access, and we saw several Class A & C rigs putting ski-boats in the Columbia. It was also used by the Kittatas County Sheriff to put in their boat to assist a family who ran aground after their engine failed. Sheriff Deputies drove through at regular intervals, probably due to Parks Departments staffing cuts. There was a young coyote that came through our side of the park for a few minutes one evening (when the holiday weekend visitors had all left) - poor thing looked confused and headed back into the scrub after five minutes. The host mentioned that he had seen a herd of 25 Dall's Sheep in the gulley to the north of the park, and a Ranger told me that deer walk through occasionally as well. But, he added, it was rare to see critters when that wind was blowing. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Most sites are large and spacious and have the picnic table and grass. We stayed here last year and the campground was great. But management has changed over the year. The washrooms and showers were terrible. Not well cleaned at all. The ladies shower in the lower sites had frogs in it. They never swept out the lower washrooms, so they could not have been cleaned in the 2 days we were there. The upper washrooms and showers were good. We would not stay here again. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice small State Park. Apparently they have a dated infrastructure as we were requested not to run our microwave and to be judicious with other power use. Very spacious sites and well maintained grounds. They have a really nice boat launch. Biggest problem typical of the Columbia River is that it was VERY windy. Couldn't be outside of the rig after about 4pm. Wind blew until about 2 or 3 am. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice state park AWAY from it ALL! Well manicured landscaping. We had spot 38 for our 42 ft rig. The pull-throughs all seem to be on a curve, making parking a little challenging to park at first. Beautiful views of the Columbia River from most sites. There is also a public park with beach as part of this park. Though I'm not a boater, the boat launch appears to be very roomy! One word of caution here...IT GETS VERY WINDY! Tent campers my find it challenging! We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was spotless and over all a great place! As stated, it can get breezy since being along the Columbia River. I'll be back! We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

As with most state parks this one is beautiful. Although not on the water it does have a great view of Wanapum lake from the 10 or so sites located on that side of the park. A walking trail provides access to a grassy and shaded picnic/swimming area and the park does have a nice 2 lane boat launch with two docks. Although the state web site states there is a $7 charge to use the launch we could find no evidence of a pay station and watched as several boaters came and went without fees. Perhaps things are different in the busier summer months. After Labor day the sites are first come first get, no reservations are possible. We noticed the campground getting full every day so you had better plan to get there early. The inner back in sites are generally very wide and the one we chose easily accommodated our 37' motorhome with our bass boat and car parked along side. Only negative was that there was an over abundance of small gnats or flies coming from all the grass which made being outside miserable, I would hope that they could lay down something in the grass to take care of these pests. We loved the park however and will return in the future. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

This a great peaceful park. Well looked after.Can be a little windy a times. Everytime we go there we end up staying another day. The only down part it is very busy and unless you have a reservation ( especially on weekends) you will never get in during the summer and fall months. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 186
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This place seems to get better and better. Peaceful, well-groomed, large, full hookup sites, gorgeous view of the Columbia River. Yes, it gets windy--sometimes very windy--but mornings are usually calm. I didn't take a waterfront pull-through for $31 but they are well worth it. Since I wasn't towing my toad, I picked a back-in site and left the pull-throughs for those who needed them. I still had a nice view of the river. Certainly will stay here again. We camped at Ginkgo Petrified Forest / Wanapum State Park in a Motorhome.

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