Rasar State Park
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Introduction

Rasar State Park is an outdoor playground that boasts beautiful scenery, a meandering river with watersport options, excellent wildlife viewing, and 40 campsites, including 20 with water and electricity hookups. Located nine miles west of Concrete, Washington, Rasar State Park was created in 1984 through a 128-acre land grant from the Daniel Rasar family and was expanded by an additional 40 acres in 1990. The campground and facilities of the park were constructed from 1993 to 1997.

The area surrounding Rasar State Park was the ancestral lands of the Skagit Indian Tribe. The tribe occupied lands along the Skagit River from Mount Vernon in the west to Newhalem in the east. The tribe is part of the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855 which consolidated many of the tribes in the area before moving to reservation lands which lay about 25 miles from Rasar State Park. The first European encounter with the Skagit Tribes was fur traders until the mid-1860s when settlers began to log the trees and use the Skagit River for transporting the cut logs to the mills. Today, the tribe has a casino near Sedro-Woolley which attracts a wide variety of clients from locals to people traveling by RV.

Rasar State Park boasts 4,000 feet of shoreline along the Skagit River which offers perfect fishing conditions. Hiking trails in the park have you traveling through second and old growth forests with huge trees that are more than 400 years old. Other activities within the gorgeous environment are interpretive programs for visitors, bicycling along the Cape Horn Road, and plenty of unique wildlife to view.

The weather in Rasar State Park varies from season to season with temperatures in the summertime ranging from the mid-60s and 70s along with two to three inches of rain between May through September. Winter time brings temperatures in the 40s accompanied by rain and snow which averages from five to 12 inches per month.

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Transportation in Rasar State Park

Driving

You can access Rasar State Park at the intersection of Russel Road and Cape Horn Road from Washington Highway 20, also known as the North Cascade Highway, which runs east to west across the northern portion of Washington and Cape Horn Road. Driving along Highway 20 can be difficult and slow going at times as you travel through the upper portion of the Cascade Mountain Range. You can expect plenty of steep inclines while traveling in your RV or trailer and you will find plenty of turnouts along the highway to help keep a steady flow of traffic when your vehicle may not be up for the challenging steep inclines.

When you are driving east from I-5 to the park you might encounter problems around Sedro-Woolley and just before Lyman before you reach the park’s entrance. Traveling west from Rockport along Highway 20 is more challenging as the highway follows the Skagit River which meanders through the Cascade Mountain Range. You should always take advantage of any turnouts that will allow traffic to stay at a steady flow. Once you turn off at Cape Horn Road you will travel south for a mile until you are inside the park. Here there is one road that connects the campground and day use facilities within the park. The road, although narrow, only has a few curves that are easily navigated. When you are driving within the park and the campground areas please adhere to all posted speed limits. While you are driving through these two areas be aware of pedestrians, bicyclists, and children playing.

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Campgrounds and parking in Rasar State Park

Campsites in Rasar State Park

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Rasar State Park Campground

The Rasar State Park Campground contains two loops with 38 campsites that are situated within a nice forested area which allows for privacy. The west loop contains 22 campsites and you can find electricity as well as water hookups in sites 1 through 11. There are three pull-through campsites with partial hookups in the west loop. The east loop has 16 campsites, with electricity and water hookups available in sites 30 through 38, as well as four pull-through sites with partial hookups. There are four other pull-through sites on this loop but they do not offer partial hookups. RVs and trailers are limited to 40 feet in length, although not all sites with hookups can accommodate larger RVs or trailers.

Each campsite is furnished with a fire ring, picnic table, and paved parking pad that will require leveling in most cases. There is a dump station to empty your holding tank near the entrance to the park. Each loop within the campground contains flush toilets and showers. There is an amphitheater as well as a children’s playground located just north between the east and west loop. Generators may be used from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Pets are welcome but must be restrained by a six-foot leash at all times.

Walk-in Campground

There is a walk-in campground at Rasar State Park that contains eight campsites located south of the main campground along the park’s road. Each campsite is furnished with a fire ring and picnic table. There are vault toilets and freshwater drinking stations within the well forested campground for walk-ins.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Rasar State Park

In-Season

Hiking

Hiking is the most popular thing to do in Rasar State Park during the summer months. There are over three and one-half miles of trail within the park that has you hiking through incredible forests that tower more than 200 feet into the air. There are three specific trails in the park that include the Skagit Woods, River, and Field Trail. When you combine all three trails you will hike from second growth forest to the Skagit River shore to a meadow filled with grasses and flowers.

Fishing

Fishing is a must-do activity while you are in visiting Rasar State Park in your RV along the Skagit River. The park includes 4,000 feet of shoreline where you can cast your favorite lure that attracts steelheads, trout, salmon, and whitefish. The river offers better conditions after the spring run-off and salmon season starts a little later in the summer around August. Try your luck from the shoreline with a fly rod and you could be surprised at the size of fish you pull out of the water.

Interpretive Programs

When you are traveling with youngsters or if, you like to learn interesting tidbits of information about places you visit, then attending one of the many interpretive activities is superb. Throughout the summer the park offers ranger-led hikes, talks, and other activities including tips for fishing on the Skagit River. Children will be pleased completing the Junior Ranger program which has them completing various tasks while learning more about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Off-Season

Snowshoeing

Hopefully, you packed your snowshoes because there are plenty of opportunities in the winter months when snow is on the ground for you to enjoy. Trails within the park are well marked which is especially appealing to RVers who want to go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. You can combine the popular summer hiking trails into a three-mile snow adventure that takes you through second growth forest, a sandy beach at Skagit River, and then through a grassy snow-covered meadow.

Birding

Bring your binoculars in the rig because your eyes will be thrilled with the variety of birds within Rasar State Park throughout the year. The variety of birds you can see is phenomenal with opportunities that have you witnessing the northern flicker, great blue heron, and redheaded finches. Don’t be surprised to see a concentration of bald eagles waiting. There are numerous owl species within the old and second growth forests that are within the park which include short-ear, barn owls, and hawks are plentiful from red-tailed to harrier hawks. The number of birds that are available year-round make this state park a bird lover’s paradise.

Photography

Rasar State Park is an ideal place for photographers during the winter months. Imagine snow-covered old growth forest with trees towering over 200 feet into the sky that appears into your lens. Combine the majestic trees with the picturesque waters of the Skagit River and you have everything you need to take one-of-a-kind photograph that is priceless for years to come. The conditions might not be favorable every day but on sunny days you can catch a postcard glimpse of Sauk Mountain’s snowy top.

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