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Old 06-01-2020, 11:42 PM   #1
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Hubby and I just purchased a 2015 Minnie Winnie. We have never had an RV/TT/MH before. This is completely new to us. We would like to go somewhere close by for a night or two. We are in Snohomish County, WA, anything nearby good for newbies.


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Old 06-02-2020, 10:01 AM   #2
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Try Fort Casey on Whidbey Island. Fairly close yet far enough away that you feel like you've gone somewhere. Roomy sites for a class C, easy access and right on the water.
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:51 AM   #3
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Also Keystone (Pt. Townsend Ferry landing) on Whidbey Island has an RV park within shouting distance, and Langley on Whidbey has an RV park in the county park. The other San Juan Islands remain closed to non-residents.

Then there's that rest stop on I5 near Smokey Point . . . .
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Also Keystone (Pt. Townsend Ferry landing) on Whidbey Island has an RV park within shouting distance, and Langley on Whidbey has an RV park in the county park. The other San Juan Islands remain closed to non-residents.

Then there's that rest stop on I5 near Smokey Point . . . .
Ft Casey (Keystone ferry) is a good choice, if it's open. It's fun to walk on the ferry and ride over to Pt. Townsend.

Another option that's a bit closer is the RV park at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge. I haven't stayed there yet, but I've gone by there many times in my boat. The have both back-in and pull through spaces. They're also on the water.

The La Conner marina also has an RV park, though it's not clear that they're open yet, or that there's much in La Conner that's open. It's a short, easy walk into town from the park.
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There a lot of good campgrounds fairly close. FT Casey is right across the island from us. Not fancy, but good access to the fort and as said a day trip to Port Townsend. Also closeby is Cammano State Park, Weinberg County Park, Flowing Lake, Deception Pass, Bayview State park and Kayak Point. One that we've driven through but not camped at is Washington Park in Anacortes. It's a beautiful forested park on the tip of a peninsula not far from the ferry trrminal.

The caveat, is when will they open? My understanding is the state parks are starting to open for camping, so if you are looking for later in the summer, you may be ok. You'll need reservations for most of them.
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Lake Pleasant in Bothell. A very nice Park with easy access for I-405. We stayed there while attending a National Soccer Tournament in Redmond.
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Old 06-03-2020, 01:28 PM   #7
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How much is the ferry to Whidbey Island for a travel trailer and Truck? We are also in WA and have never been to Whidbey Island.
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We stayed here once, as well. Nice fishing pond, and still "in town", walking distance from stores and restaurants, but inside the park feels pretty secluded and "country".



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Lake Pleasant in Bothell. A very nice Park with easy access for I-405. We stayed there while attending a National Soccer Tournament in Redmond.
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You live in camping heaven -- congratulations on your new RV!!
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Unless you're on the Olympic Peninsula, there's no need to take a ferry, which gets REALLY expensive with an RV - Just drive up to Mt. Vernon then hop on SR 20 to Whidbey Island.
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I used to live in Everett near the costco... In my experience good luck finding any place close on your side of the cascades.. Maybe during the week. I found that if you did not book when the booking windows (6 Months out) opened, it was impossible to find a decent place to just roll up to.

Best luck IMO would be up on the North Cascades heading towards Winthrop.

There are many great places to go both sides of the cascades but you need to plan well in advance for most of them
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Unless you're on the Olympic Peninsula, there's no need to take a ferry, which gets REALLY expensive with an RV - Just drive up to Mt. Vernon then hop on SR 20 to Whidbey Island.
Ferry fare for my 40' rig cost ~$52 last year. There are seasonal rate changes, and a recent rate increase. Still should be less than $65.
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Thanks everyone! These are on our list to check out.
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For cooler times, Wanapum State Park is one of our favorites. It is on I-90 in the middle of the state.
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