|The beautiful Dosewallips River.|
|The Tank's full-service site in Dosewallips State Park.|
Hookups: 20, 30 & 50 amp, water
Fire ring: yes
Water Access: yes
Dump station: yes
WiFi: no (a sign said yes but we couldn’t detect it)
Level sites: yes
Store: just campground items and ice cream
Verizon reception: 4g, 2 out of 4 bars
Millenicom reception: 2 out of 4 bars
Cost: $45/night for out-of-staters with hookups
The park extends on both sides of Highway 101 with camping on the west side of 101 and a beach fronting the Puget Sound on the east side. At low tide the waterfront becomes a rich source of oysters and clams for residents and park goers.
|Oyster hunters with Puget Sound in the background.|
There were two geocaches in the park and Camping Buddy Becky's sharp sight found both of them although we had to re-look for the first one after we realized the park extended to the east of 101 and there was a footbridge across the river. Dosewallips State Park has 5500 feet of salt water shoreline and 5400 feet of freshwater shoreline (the Dosewallips River). Salmon run up the river during their breeding season and there are steel head trout in it year around. The park has 6 miles of trails through the pine forest surrounding it and we hiked most of them during our geocache hunt. The trails and the grounds of the park themselves are extremely well maintained with grounds crew working on the landscaping both days we were there.
We greatly enjoyed our short stay at Dosewallips State Park. Of all the state park systems I've stayed in over the last 13 months Washington's was the first to charge out of state campers more than state residents to camp, or maybe I just don't remember encountering the up-charge before. At $45/night it's somewhat of a "premium" camping experience but Dosewallips State Park is really a beautiful campground.
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