Washington State Parks Campgrounds Are Filling Up Fast

Maria Shimizu Christensen

A map of the different camping regionsPicture from Washington State Parks

In a normal year it’s possible to book reservations during the month of March for a prime spot in a popular Washington State Park campground during the busy summer season. While plenty of people plan ahead and the absolute best spots are usually taken, there are always good spots left.

The last couple of years have been anything but normal and people are planning far ahead for summer vacations. Those campgrounds are filling up fast, with spots being taken from May through September. The further outside the summer months you search, the more likely it is you’ll find reservable sites.

If you’re just looking to get away for a couple of days during the middle of the week, you’ll have better luck finding a reservation. Longer stays and weekend reservations are becoming increasingly scarce.

It might be difficult to reserve spots in some of the most popular parks in the system, such as Deception Pass State Park, Beacon Rock State Park, Lake Wenatchee State Park, Moran State Park, and Palouse Falls State Park, but you might have more luck with smaller and less well-known parks.

Take a look at the map offered by the Washington State Parks website and click on the region that appeals you to find a campground. If you already know the campgrounds you’re interested in, head straight to the Reservations page.

Camping fees for standard sites in 2022 run from $27 to $37 per night, depending on the park. Primitive sites are $12. Sites with full utilities for RV’s range from $40 to $50.

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