Western Washington's Olympic Peninsula is a place of impressive and diverse natural beauty. It's home to untamed forests, towering mountains, scenic rivers, and beautiful coastline. Dosewallips State Park is commonly referred to as the eastern gateway to the peninsula.
Located in Brinnon, a little over two hours west of Seattle, Dosewallips State Park is a 1,064-acre park on the shores of Hood Canal. It offers excellent fishing, boating, birdwatching, and beachcombing, and it's open for camping all year round.
If you're searching for a beautiful Washington state park for relaxed RV camping, Dosewallips may just be your ideal destination.
With more than 1,000 acres of recreational activities to explore, it's hard to know where to start your Dosewallips State Park RV camping adventure. However, for most visitors, the best way to enjoy the park is to get out on the water.
Water-based activities abound in the park, which boasts some five miles of shoreline in total, with some on Hood Canal and some on the Dosewallips River. As a result, it offers easy access to both saltwater and freshwater boating and fishing opportunities for campers.
Anglers can target steelhead, wild salmon, and a variety of other species, but you'll need to make sure you have an appropriate fishing license before casting a line. Clamming is also hugely popular down on the beach that fronts Hood Canal, so be sure to bring a clamming shovel if you plan on unearthing your dinner.
If you're not keen on fishing or clamming, you might prefer to enjoy a leisurely paddle in a canoe or on a stand-up paddleboard. There's a canoe launching area in the park that provides easy access to Hood Canal, allowing you to make your way around the shoreline to look for wildlife and admire the surrounding forest.
Another great way to explore the best the park has to offer is to set out on foot. For some, this simply means doing some beachcombing along the edge of Hood Canal where you're sure to find plenty of pretty and interesting shells.
Other visitors might like to tackle one of Dosewallips State Park's two hiking routes — the Maple Valley Trail and the Steam Donkey Loop Trail. Covering a total of three and a half miles, these trails allow you to explore the park's dense forest and peaceful creeks. Best of all, the trails are easily accessible from the park's campground.
Along the way, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some of the abundant native wildlife. Herds of elk often wander through the park — make sure you stay at a safe distance and never offer food — while the river and canal attract a wide variety of birdlife. If you visit at the right time, you might even be lucky enough to spot a bald eagle or two.
Camping at Dosewallips State Park
If you want to go camping in Dosewallips State Park, book an RV in Jefferson County and then reserve a site in the park's pretty campground.
This family-friendly campground boasts 48 RV sites as well as 75 tent sites. Three restrooms (one of which is ADA accessible) and two shower blocks (one of which is ADA accessible) are located in the campground, all of which are clean and well maintained. A dump station is also provided.
It's also worth noting that while the state park RV campground is open all year round, it's winterized from December to March. This means that water is only available on select sites.
If you're looking for an alternative accommodation to motorhome camping, the Dosewallips State Park campground also boasts three platform tents and 12 cabins.
Exploring the Area
When you rent a camper near Dosewallips State Park, you'll also find that plenty of other exciting attractions worth visiting close by.
If you want to continue immersing yourself in pristine natural scenery, the coastline and mountains of Olympic National Park are within easy reach. Olympia, Washington's state capital, is also just 60 miles away and boasts an intriguing history. It's also a great spot for kids, who'll love the interactive displays and exhibits at the Hands On Children's Museum.
Seattle is also less than two and a half hours to the east. While you're there, make sure you get tickets to watch a live performance of the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.
Whether you're seeking natural beauty, cultural treats, historical sites, or anything in between, you'll find plenty to entertain and excite you in and around Dosewallips State Park.