5 Parks near Yakima, Washington
Apr 2016 - $1.00
I rate parks on what they have not what they are missing. For a BLM campground without services this is a great park for the spring and fall. It is located on the Yakima River. I imagine in the summer the temperatures would be very high. The sites are all paved and very large 60+feet and very level. There are a few pull thru. There are 2 extremely clean pit johns.
Several sites are located under huge ponderosa pines that provide great shade. The only shortcoming is lack of other things to do. There is one hiking trail up a small mountain and I guess if you are a fisherman this would be a great place. We stayed in April before the season started so there was no charge. home. - Gindy
Jul 2015 - $8.00
This is a deceptively large BLM campground right on the Yakima River. Most of the riverfront sites have at least some shade. The sites are concrete pads and vary in size and amount of shade but most appear to be big enough to accommodate most big rigs. There are very nice sites all along the river and many more in the inner area. No hook ups, and very little Verizon service, but if you are looking for a nice quiet spot on the river, this is it, and at $15/night ($7.50 with senior pass) it's a deal. There are also three other campgrounds on the river in the Yakima Canyon, but we thought this one was the nicest. Didn't use the restrooms, so can't comment, but the rest of the campground was nice and clean. Reservations are available for this campground, but it's big enough that I doubt it ever fills up completely so it's a good bet for an overnight stop in the area. For longer than that, I think it would pay to reserve in the summer on the weekend in order to get a nice riverfront spot. - Pdxjoanne
Aug 2013 - $8.00
The rate reflects my National Park access pass. This is a dry campsite that sits on the Yakima River. The park only had 5 campers in it including the host. We packed into a huge site next to the river and were very pleased. We would definitely stay here again! - kcjflea
Sep 2014 - $37.00
Absolutely the most creative (less than factual) website I've ever seen. Cable TV was turned off long ago. Pool with a tarp over and green water; 'hasn't been open for a long time' I was told. Playgrounds, tether ball is one rundown swing set. Mini-golf, Café is the shack behind the padlock. Advertised rates are not accurate either. As senior I paid $37 cr card, then $32 second night 'if I wrote a check.' Yes there are pull-through sites but not 60'. We are 38' with jeep toad. We pushed to the front and had to park the toad diagonally. Grass is 3'6" wide, so that is space between sites. About 90% are long-term residents or stored units. No sound barrier between interstate -- a very busy interstate. We watched as more than 3 big rigs pulled in and pulled right back out again after they managed to get turned around in the property next door which is an abandoned gravel lot. - evadu
May 2016 - $21.00
We stayed in this park for one week.
Nice owners and lots of green grass.
Plenty of places to walk you dog.
No cable though. Antenna had a hard time picking up local TV. We did get a few stations. Our dish wasn't able to receive either. Might have been the big mountains causing that. Different sites had better reception.
To me this was a good clean place to stay. Our dog Lovey, loved it there.
Enjoy. - Vectraowner
Aug 2015 - $35.00
We were very disappointed in our stay this time. Since we stayed here 10 months ago the park has become more of a permanent residence park. There was no one in the office when we arrived and we had to wait around. The girl in the office made a mistake on our reservation and we had to leave a full week early because she double booked the spot and because of the permanent residents they were full up. Seems like the road noise has also increased being as the park is right next to the freeway. Last year I gave the park a 10. Sadly this year will be a 4. Wi Fi was non existant and we couldn't connect. - EggerMar
Jun 2015 - $41.00
It was just a stopover, convenient along Highway 12. Some road noise but it did not bother us. Free good WiFi, no cable. Big pullthrus on asphalt with grass and trees. Lots of longstayers but the park did look clean and well maintained to us. Ok for one or two nights. - Traveller Excel
May 2015 - $32.00
Paved roads, level gravel sites, some grass between sites and lots of big trees. Park is a bit run down and in a bad area of town. Lots of homesteaders. Great place to see Mt Rainier. I would stay again for one or two nights. - PJ's Park and Play
Sep 2014 - $35.00
This is an older park located in a very run down area of Yakima. Unfortunately, most of the inhabitants are permanent locals. The site was adequate and reasonably maintained. The shower and bathroom facilities were also clean and well maintained. We also found the staff helpful and friendly. However, we did not feel safe in the surroundings. - Altoflyfisher
Aug 2014 - $40.00
We have stayed in many RV parks in 5 years of fulltime RV travel. This ranks as one of the worst. I am an ER nurse and get a different picture of the town. Many overdose, assault and other drug use patients came from this area, some were found leaning against the fence of the RV park. This area is the worst area of Yakima. They have barbed wire coils and razor wire fence surrounding the park, for good reason, and yet they make you take your pet OUTSIDE of the fence for the pet walk. If they see your dog potty inside the fence they charge you a $25 fee. Note, that is not if you don't clean it up, if your dog potties AT ALL, they charge you. Even after you clean it up. The Wi-Fi is useless. So much so that they told me just to use the Wi-Fi signal from the nearby Best Western. The park manager said that was what they used. The customer service was abysmal. They seemed to not care if we like the place, so long as we strictly obeyed all rules. So, if you don't mind surly employees, high crime and the meth lab in the semi-abandoned hotel just down the road, by all means, this is your place. Otherwise, avoid this place at all costs. - egadrotu
Mar 2016 - $30.00
We stopped here on an overnight trip from Portland to Winthrop. It was still pretty much winter and the trees had not yet flowered but I'll bet when there is shade, it's very pretty here. We just got on of the pull throughs and parked for the night - I'm not sure how it would have been for a longer stay but probably fine. There are a few longer term folks here that have some rather unusual looking trailers, but overall, it was fine. It was easy to find, well marked, safe. We didn't use the restrooms so I can't address that issue. I'm not sure where the guy came up with the $45 figure - you can stay here for $30 with hookups and $20 without hookups so really quite reasonable, I think. - twestover
Nov 2015 - $1.00
We arrived at dusk and had some trouble locating the pull-thru sites. When we drove in to the campground, there was a woman sitting behind a road barricade with her lights on and the engine running. Very odd...not a park employee. We found a pull-thru site and were able to hook up without difficulty. Sites are somewhat narrow, but we were the only ones in the pull-thru area, so no big deal. There was a fire pit and picnic table for each site, with some grass in between. I don't even want to think about how unpleasant it would be to use the fire pit with it being only a couple of feet away from the motorhome door. The restrooms are old, but were clean and smelled of bleach as though they had just been cleaned. Showers require tokens and there is a sign saying there may not be anyone from whom to purchase tokens due to staff cutbacks. In the morning, the same woman who was sitting in the white Hyundai the previous evening was sitting in her running car, lights on, almost directly in front of our site. She sat there immobile for at least 15 minutes. We sneaked out to disconnect and drove out. When we stopped at the entrance building to turn in our payment envelope, she drove out of the park. My suspicion is drug dealing, since there is no security in the park and it's certainly close enough to neighborhoods for people to stop in for a quick buy. There were only a handful of other campers this time of year and I didn't feel completely safe. We stayed for free because we have a Washington disabled veteran card. - rfarkle
Sep 2015 - $45.00
Yakima Sportman SP is an older state park that has seen better days. It is way overpriced at $45 especially considering the lack of amenities and deferred maintenance/updating needed. The sites are level, but there are no trees or shrubs for privacy barriers between them. The bathrooms require tokens and don't always function properly. There are only 2 shower buildings and one was not functional and the other was "iffy" per the attendant. If you are in need of an overnight/emergency spot that is quiet and off the highway but with easy access, this is ok, but I can't imagine staying here as a destination. - gtogrl