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Located in the scenic state of Washington is where you will find the beachfront Saltwater State Park, an 88-acre marine camping park designated as a "Marine Protected Area." An ideal getaway to the edge of Washington’s largest urban area, it"s very easily accessible, just off Interstate 5. A unique aspect of the park’s location is the fact that it’s at the halfway mark between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle, where both cities decided to literally "bury the hatchet" of a long-standing competition that prevailed between the cities: the hatchet is indeed buried under a rock in the park.

One of the most popular state parks in Washington, Saltwater is teeming with very interesting marine ecology to explore when you go RV camping in Saltwater State Park. The only state park with an artificial reef for diving, it’s a good idea to search for an RV in King County so that you may head out to explore the unique diving opportunities here, along with a having a great camping experience.

Getting Outdoors

When you go camping at Saltwater State Park, set aside enough time to explore the varied offerings of the area, including hiking, diving, wildlife viewing, and boating. For hikers, there’s a range of trails to explore on your state park RV camping trip, including shoreline trails of the sandy beach to the shaded, forested trails. To go deep into the forest, explore the North or South Rim trails that can be accessed from the parking area near the parks entrance. Should you enjoy bird viewing on your hikes through the park, look out for herons, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, owls and ospreys, known to abound in the area. Keep a watch for the occasional fox that you might spot while on a motorhome camping trip in Saltwater State Park.

For a relatively easy diving experience, especially if you are new to diving, Saltwater State Park is a good option. It’s both a shore-accessible dive site as well as boat-accessible. The dive takes you to a shipwreck and three parallel artificial reef structures that are made of concrete pipes, boulders, and quarried granite. Teeming with marine life, the reef boasts of large lingcod, wolf eel, and giant Pacific octopus, anemones, jellyfish, crab and urchins. Two mooring buoys mark the artificial reef, while the depth of the dive ranges from 50 feet to 90 feet. If you plan to swim from the shore, it’s at a distance of about 300 feet from the shore, so be prepared for a long swim. Be sure to check dive conditions before embarking on your dive here, especially if you are a beginner diver. Planning your dives around the tide conditions is important, and don’t forget to take a diving buddy with you.

Camping at Saltwater State Park

Planning to do a little RV camping at Saltwater State Park? Head to the park’s campsite, equipped with about 50 sites for RV parking. There are pull-thru sites, but no electricity. Tent camping is an option here. There are restrooms with showers, a dump station, and decent cell phone connectivity.

In the neighboring city of Bothell, about 30 miles from Saltwater State Park, is the Lake Pleasant RV Park, a site to consider if you want to camp in an RV near Saltwater State Park. This campground offers over 190 spaces with full hookups, pull-thru options, big rig sites, shaded and paved sites, back-ins, and picnic tables at each site. Facilities include restrooms, showers and laundry, metered LP Gas, self-service RV wash and RV supplies. There is plenty of room for the kids to run around and play. Pets are welcome too, though they must be leashed. There are restrictions on pet breeds, so it’s advisable to call ahead and inquire.

If you’re keen on staying closer to the park in your Saltwater camper rental, consider the Cran Mar RV Park in Covington. It’s a small campsite with just over 15 sites available that have full hookups, 30 and 50 AMP electricity, big rig access, sewer, and water. Here you have access to restrooms and showers, and good cell phone connectivity. The kids can make use of a volleyball court during your stay here.

Exploring the Area

Once you’ve finished exploring the state park, head to the town of Des Moines, where there’s quite a bit to take in. As most of the town is located along Puget Sound, take a moment to visit the recreational marina that offers pier fishing, boat launching, and moorage. Check out Redondo Beach, which is close by and worth visiting for its scenic vistas along the waterfront. The stunning views of the Olympic Mountains from the shores of Des Moines is something you wouldn’t want to miss on your RV rental trip. Head to the Des Moines Beach Park that served as the site of the town’s first sawmill, and is home to many historical buildings, a bike path, and the beach.

If you’re having big city cravings, drive to Seattle, less than half an hour from Des Moines. There is plenty to do and see in this huge city. Depending on how much time you want to spend here, you could make a day out of it or only explore for an hour or two.

If you’re just looking to drive through and hunger hits you, then stop for a meal of excellent seafood, or a cream cheese hot dog, before you fuel up at one of the many gas stations, and driving back to your campground.

RV Rentals in Saltwater State Park, WA

Saltwater State Park, WA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Saltwater State Park. Outdoorsy's Saltwater State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

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What's around Saltwater State Park, WA


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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Saltwater State Park Loop Saltwater State Park, WA
Lake Fenwick Kent, WA
Normandy Beach Trail Des Moines, WA
Des Moines Creek Trail Seattle, WA
Lower Green River Trail Kent to Tukwila Kent, WA
Dash Point Trail Dash Point State Park, WA
Maury Island Natural Area Loop Vashon, WA
West Hylebos Wetlands Trail West Hylebos State Park, WA
Mathison Park Loop Des Moines, WA
King County Interurban Trail Seattle, WA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Seattle / Tacoma KOA King County, WA
Enumclaw Expo Center RV Campground King County, WA
Lake Pleasant RV Park King County, WA
American Heritage Campground Thurston County, WA
Olympia Campground Thurston County, WA
Lakeside RV Park Snohomish County, WA
Hudson-Parcher Park Campground Columbia County, OR
Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground Jefferson County, WA
Olympic Peninsula / Port Angeles KOA Clallam County, WA
Log Cabin Resort Clallam County, WA

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Recommendations for Saltwater State Park, WA from Outdoorsy Owners


Costco Wholesale

Costco Gig Harbor North, Burnham exit. If you have a membership, this is the cheapest gas around.

Dec 20, 2018
Sumner Sewage Treatment Plant

Free RV Dump Station! This dump is down the street form where you can pick up the RV. So you will not have to pay top dump before you return the RV.

May 30, 2018
Argus Ranch Facility For Dogs

Dog Agility and other fun events for your dog. We will give a discount for those camping at a dog event.

May 30, 2018
Gig Harbor RV Resort

Paid Septic dump service $10 in Gig Harbor. Also propane service.

May 26, 2018
Dash Point State Park

Not far off the beaten path, but offers great views of Puget Sound, nice walking trails and beach. Orca whales can be spotted during certain times of year.

Mar 14, 2018
Costco Gasoline

Costco Membership required to get this discounted gas. Well worth it, if you want to save a few $$

Mar 14, 2018
SeaTac Rest Area

This rest stop has a FREE dump station for non-commercial vehicles. Nice rest stop also has a potable water station to refill fresh water tanks!

Mar 14, 2018
Dash Point State Park

Paid septic dump service. Last location before Gig Harbor.

Jun 10, 2017
Purdy

Chevron in Purdy. Closest to pick up and drop off. Has gas, coffee, air and propane.

Jun 10, 2017

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