Paradise Point State Park
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Introduction

Visitors to Paradise Point State Park will find the space exceptionally attractive and forested in Douglas-fir, cedar, alder and hemlock. Native wildlife includes deer, elk, raccoons, chipmunks and coyote. There are also many types of birds here including dove, hawk, heron, woodpecker and wren. The petite forested park invites guests to partake in a variety of recreational activities including hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and boating.

Lovely forested Paradise Point State Park, established in 1958, is easily located just off I-5 and maintains a variety of lodging options. The park maintains 18 utility campsites, 49 standard campsites, 10 primitive campsites, and two yurts that are available for rent year-round. The park can accommodate RV’s up to 40 feet in length. Paradise Point State Park offers hiking trails, a sandy beach for swimming, a nine-hole disc golf course, picnic areas, a trailer dump, a ranger station, restrooms, and hot showers.

Guests to Paradise Point State Park who are interested in a quiet night’s rest should be mindful of the proximity to the interstate highway and reserve their campsite accordingly. It should also be noted that the sandy beach and swimming area is in proximity to the interstate bridge and is sometimes noisy.

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Driving

The park's address is:

PARADISE POINT STATE PARK

33914 N.W. Paradise Park Road
Ridgefield, WA 98642

Guests will find the park easily from I-5 North. Take the Paradise Point State Park exit. To continue to the campground guests will turn right upon entering the park. For the picnic area, guests will turn left and head down an old road to the Lewis River. The disc golf course and swimming beach can be located down this same road. Be aware that the swimming beach is underneath the I-5 bridge crossing the East Fort Lewis River.

Parking

Guest to Paradise Point State Park will find parking withing the campground and a the Paradise Point Disc Golf Course.

Public Transport

There is no public transportation available within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Paradise Point State Park

Campsites in Paradise Point State Park

Reservations camping

Paradise Point Campground

Paradise Point State Park maintains a campground with 78 single-family campsites with easy access to the East Fork Lewis River. The park maintains 49 standard campsites. 18 of these sites have water & electric hookups. Nine sites are walk-in only.

The park also maintains 2 yurts for rent year-round. The standard and utility sites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs up to 40 feet in length.

Guests to Paradise Point State Park will find that each campsite has a table, fire ring, and grate.

The campground is nestled into mature forest and guests should be mindful of the proximity to the interstate. If you need a quiet site, be aware of how close the interstate is to some of the sites and reserve your camp site with the noise from traffic in mind.

The park maintains drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station for use by campers. There's also picnic area, amphitheater, and swimming area within the park. Campers may enter the campgrounds until 10 p.m.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Paradise Point State Park

In-Season

Swimming

Paradise Point State Park boasts a shady sandy beach for cooling off in the heat of summer. This quaint swimming hole comes outfitted with a rope swing and encourages guests with children to stop and relax in the beautiful East Fork Lewis River with its surrounding old wood forest. Although the swimming beach is lovely and cool, be mindful that the space can be loud at times. The swimming beach is nestled below the I-5 bridge and can be noisy at times. Also, be aware that there are no staff on duty at the swimming beach.

Hiking

Visitors to Paradise Point State Park with an interest in hiking will enjoy this beautiful park amid an old wood forest that runs along the East Fork Lewis River.
It's possible to park near the camping area and head off through the primitive campsites, toward the river. Hikers will shortly find themselves on a clear trail lined with undergrowth and surrounded by cedar and mature big-leaf maples.
The trail comes to a junction with a double track road. Stay right at the intersection to walk on a trail that WTA crews rerouted out of a stream bed. Wander down a shallow incline and shortly arrive at another fork in the trail. The right fork leads them up a small spur trail where they can view a lovely little waterfall. Be aware that the water runs highest in spring and often slows down to a trickle in the hot summer months.
You can continue along this trail all the way to the picnic area (about three-quarters of a mile). However, there are times that the trail can be covered in water.

Disc Golf

The Paradise Point Disc Golf course sits near the East Fort Lewis River near the end of NW Paradise Park Rd. This nine-hole disc golf course is entertaining, but not super challenging. The course is located on approximately ten acres of land bounded by forest. Designers did an exceptional job using every bit of the land available to them. Guests will find basket set in above-ground blocks of concrete. This reduced the necessity of disturbing the surrounding land and wildlife. Hole One is particularly amusing. This hole is played under the freeway overpass.

Off-Season

Geocaching

Guests to Paradise Point State Park who enjoy geocaching will find several caches in the near vicinity. Those new to the sport will find geocaching an easy, inexpensive, family friendly activity. For those completely new to the idea, geocaching is basically a modern version of treasure hunting. You can go online for coordinates and information about caches in their general area. Geocache hunters use GPS devices or phone apps to locate small caches. Many states actually host their own caches within state parks. Once the cache is located, hunters sign the log so other hunters know they have been there. Most caches also have small trinkets inside that the kids love trading.

La Center Historical Museum

History buffs may be interested in visiting the La Center Historical Museum in nearby La Center. The museum is open on the first and third Saturday of each month from 12-4 pm. The museum is free to the public and provides the opportunity to view exhibits depicting the history of La Center.

Visitors to the Museum will see exhibits of historic photos and items from La Center’s Roller Rink as well as items form the local Soehl family’s decades of business in the community. Be aware that while some of the exhibits are permanent, others are only on loan from local citizens and are subject to change.

Watt's House Pioneer Museum

Those interested in history and culture may wish to visit the Watt's House in nearby Scappoose. The Victorian Watt’s House was built by J.G. Watts in 1902. It remained a family residence until 1976. The house was turned into a museum 1976 when the Scappoose Historical Society established exhibits on the second floor. The Museum has exhibits with items like a shawl worn by Elizabeth Matilda Nessley Watts, (J.G. Watts’ mother) when she traveled the Oregon Trail by wagon train. Guest to the museum will also find wooden yokes used on oxen teams on display.

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