Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-21-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 37
Where to RV in Washington State in October?

We are renting a 30 foot motor home in Tacoma WA, from Oct 5th through 13th inclusive. This is the first time we have rented a rig this big, as part of our research for an eventual purchase. We are renting from Cruise America in Tacoma.

We would like to explore central and SW Washington. Our prefered style is closer to boondocking than full-hookups. We shy away from RV parks with "full amenities", in favor of a quiet, campsites surrounded by trees where you can't see or hear your neighbors. But we would like the convienence of hook-ups a time or two during our adventures so DW can take a few of those long showers she loves so much! :-)

We hope to fill our days with day hiking (waterfalls are great), wildlife viewing, etc. and our nights with campfires and the sounds of nature.

The areas we are looking at include:
  • Mt Rainier
  • Goat Rocks Wilderness vicinty
  • Mt. Adams vicinity
  • Columbia River Gorge
  • Mt. St. Helens vicinity
  • Cape Dissapointment
October seems to be a tricky month because many campgrounds are already closed for the season.

We would greatly appreciate recommendations for places to camp. We'd love to try boondocking out in nature somewhere, but would be perfectly happy in campgrounds with our without hookups.

PJ in Hawaii

PJinHawaii is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-21-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
Senior Member
Mr_D's Avatar
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 22,426
I'd recommend Silver Cove RV Resort on the way up to Mt. St Helens, but you say you don't like full amenities so then I'd say Seaquest State Park, also on the way up to Mt. St. Helens. We're a little too long for Seaquest at 41' unless we go up to the top to the large RV parking area. But a shorter rig should get in most spots. Seaquest used to be out favorite park till we got the bigger rig.

2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '05 Odyssey
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:42 PM   #3
Senior Member
Thor Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Spanaway,WA
Posts: 106
Don't forget the Olympic Peninsula with Port Townsend and Port Angeles, with a ferry trip by foot to Victoria Canada, Olympic National Park and Forest (both with RV areas) and the Hoh Rain Forest. There are many places to park...do a net search ..
ShadowT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 07:56 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Anacortes, WA (Stick & Brick)
Posts: 2,510
There's a county park just west of Port Angeles that was the header for this forum for a while. we haven't stayed there but it looked pretty good.

If you go further up the Columbia, we'd strongly recommend Beebe Bridge Park, just east of Lake Chelan. we were there last week. Quiet, peaceful, warm and only $12 a night for a pull-thru (senior off-season rate), If you use TL's directory, it's under "Chelan Falls".

There's also what we've been told is a very good park in Woodland, called Columbia River RV Park.We were planning to stay there this month, but went over US2 to Leavenworth instead.

Another "friends'" recommendation, close to Mount Adams, is Toll Bridge Park, just south of Hood River. It is also a county park facility. Haven't been there either! That's on next year's list.
Frank Damp -Anacortes, WA,(DW- Eileen)
ex-pat Brits (1968) and now ex-RVers, as of 08 Dec 14.
frankdamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 09:18 PM   #5
Senior Member
Go Dawgs's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bremerton, WA
Posts: 1,030
OK you have 8 days and you won't be able to see everything suggested. I would do my time in this order.
1. Mt Saint Helens
2. Cape Disapointment - might need reservation (check online for WA State Parks)
3. Columbia River Gorge

This way you will have a couple of days at each location to explore and not long driving periods. About 2+ hours from Tacoma to St. Helens and a couple of hours for the other 2 legs with about 4 to 5 hours home to Tacoma. This is from someone who has lived his whole life in the PNW and spent a great amount of time in those 3 areas. Be aware that it could get cold and wet.

2017 Grand Design Reflection 303 RLS
1997 GMC Sierra 3500 Dually
Go Dawgs is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 10:53 PM   #6
Senior Member
RUFINIT's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 387
Since you like hiking and wildlife, Cape Disappointment is a great place. Our favorite place along the WA coast. Great state park there. No reservations necessary this time of year.
Joe in Seattle; winter: Motorcoach CC, Indio, CA
2015 Essex 4503
2010 Honda CRV toad
RUFINIT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2011, 05:41 PM   #7
Senior Member
JohnQ's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Port Angeles, Wa
Posts: 266
Originally Posted by frankdamp View Post
There's a county park just west of Port Angeles that was the header for this forum for a while. we haven't stayed there but it looked pretty good.
It is a Clallam County Park called Salt Creek with the very best view of the Strait of Juan DeFuca possible in an RV. It is off of State Hwy 112 onto Camp Hayden Road.
1997 Safari Serengeti M-4040
& 2007 Ford Sports Trac
& 2004 Ford Exploder TOAD's
JohnQ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2011, 05:45 PM   #8
Senior Member
oldcouple's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 112
Castle rock will let you camp by the river for free for a couple of days. And Winlock will do the same in the park.
We all get heavier as we get older,
because there's a lot more information in our heads..
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
oldcouple is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2011, 11:42 PM   #9
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 37
Originally Posted by oldcouple
Castle rock will let you camp by the river for free for a couple of days. And Winlock will do the same in the park.
This sounds interesting... Are these places (castle rock and winlock) down by Columbia river gorge? Are they parks? Or private?

PJinHawaii is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hi New from Washington State 96sunman New Member Check-In 5 06-22-2010 08:32 PM
Washington State To Michigan U P nitamarty Navigation, Routes & Roads 6 06-14-2010 10:45 PM
South Dakota State Park Upgrades ChiefJohn Family Camping RV (FCRV) 0 04-25-2007 11:32 AM
Pets in PA State Parks FLYTYER RV'ing with Pets 6 03-17-2007 11:32 AM
How do you rate these Washington State Parks CalgaryCowboy Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 4 04-12-2005 08:27 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.