If you're planning to camp during the busy summer months, you can make a reservations of campsite, yurt, cabin, platform tent, vacation house, group camp or group day-use facility in more than 50 Washington state parks. While drop-in campers are always welcome as long as space is available, reservations offer peace of mind in traveling to distant parks or camping in popular parks.
Be prepared before you go online or call to make your reservations. You should have available your credit card number, park and site preferences, arrival and departure dates. Reservations can be made all the year round. If you are making a reservation for a summer holiday weekend (i.e., Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day weekend), a minimum booking of two nights is required (i.e., Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday nights). Note, that if you decide to cancel one of the two nights from your booking, there will be no refund for that night.
Your specific site is not assigned until the reservation is confirmed by receipt of payment. You are encouraged to pay by credit or check card, which will be immediately processed. Written checks take two or more days to arrive. Therefore, payment by written check will result in assignment of a site suitable for your equipment requirements, and may not be the specific site you requested.
Although it is best to change your reservations as far in advance as possible, reservation arrival date, departure date, user's name or site reserved can be changed up until the day before arrival within the same park.
From starfish and limpets in tide pools to coyotes, weasels and elk, grassy oasis of wildlife is everywhere in Washington state parks. Watch for seals and migrating gray whales from the beach at Westport Light, or bald eagles that winter along the Skagit River.
Challenging rock-climbing areas are found inside or close to nearly a dozen state parks. Popular climbing locations include the 200-foot sandstone spires of mountains with magnificent views from above.
Metal detecting is permitted at more than 60 state parks throughout Washington. Users of metal detectors must register first with Washington State Parks and comply with posted regulations.
Campsites and convenience camping (yurts, cabins, platform tents) reservations can be made online or by phone. Online bookings require a Visa or a MasterCard. Washington State Parks offers additional facilities such as group camps, day-use shelters, vacation houses and marina slips at certain parks that can be reserved through the call center.
Multiple reservations in the same name for the same period are not allowed. Reservations must be made in the name of the person who is arriving to pick up the camping permit and they cannot be assigned from one person to another person at the time of arrival. Cancellations or changes to the arrival date can be made up to 12:00 noon on the day of arrival.
You may find detailed information in the Tourist Company, visitors guide or specialized internet site.