Memorial Day weekend is a few weeks behind us, signifying that we are well into prime camping season. There are many campgrounds in Washington that are very popular and fill up fast. They require travelers to make reservations well in advance in hopes of getting a spot to park the RV and enjoy the beauty of Washington’s outdoor spaces.
If you have not yet reserved your spot or are new to camping and thinking of renting an RV, there is still hope. There are some great no-reservation camp sites scattered all over Washington. Here are some of the best.
1. Camano Island State Park
Camino Island State Park has 88 campsites, cabins, dump sites, and showers. This is a gorgeous place right on the water. Reservations are available, but walk-ins are always welcome.
2. Colonial Creek Campground
This site is in the North Cascades National Park near the popular Lake Diablo. It is one of the most beautiful spots in the park, and in the whole state. The stunning lake views and spacious campsites make this a must-do camping trip. If the campground is full, drive down the road and check out the no-fee primitive spots at George Lake Campground.
3. Owhi Campground
This is a popular spot, as it is located on Cooper Lake in Roslyn, but the early bird gets the worm at this first-come-first-served campground. There are 22 sites and pit toilets.
4. White River Campground
This campground is located in one of Washington’s most famous spots, Mount Rainier National Park. It can be tricky to find a camping spot here because of the popularity. White River Campground is a bit higher in elevation and only opens after the snow melts. The views are amazing from all 112 spots here.
5. Beacon Rock State Park
This is the prettiest park on the Columbia Gorge with full hookup RV sites, restrooms, and showers. This is not a reservation-required site, but to snag one in the summer, plan a mid-week camping trip.
6. South Beach Campground in Olympic National Park
This is a strictly no reservation campground. There are 55 camp sites and flush toilets. There is no potable water. The views are stunning on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sites are not the most private, but the incomparable views make up for it.
7. Rock Island Campground
This campground in the Wenatchee National Forest located near Leavenworth will not disappoint. It borders the Icicle Ridge Trail with 20 campsites, potable water, and vault toilets.
8. Spencer Spit State Park
If you are looking for a place to go with a very relaxed and laid back vibe, then this campsite on small Lopez Island is it! They do take reservations here and most campers will recommend you make them, but they are not required. They do keep a small number of sites as non-reservation. Some sites are right on the beach and it is the most gorgeous beach on the island.
9. Cape Disappointment State Park
Despite the name, this park will not disappoint; in fact, it’s one of Washington’s most amazing destinations! Right at the mouth of the Columbia River, it is a beach lover’s dream. All camp sites are reservable and last minute campers looking for a resting place are welcome as well.