Camp Every County, Washington

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This website is intended as an adjunct to the paperback book 'Camp Every County, Washington' by Brendan J. McDonald, available on Included on this website are photographs and texts which could not be included in the paperback edition, where you will find full narrative versions of each section found below.

Pacific County (South Bend/Raymond/Long Beach)

Grayland Beach State Park (Pacific Co.'s BEST EQUIPPED/BEST CG FOR RVs)

Grayland Beach State Park is a series of interconnected camping loops and yurt spurs on a seemingly endless beach
For more photos of Grayland Beach S.P. click HERE

Bay Center/Willapa Bay KOA (Pacific Co.'s MOST UNIQUELY WASHINGTON CG) 

The Bay Center/Willapa Bay KOA rests on one of the largest and most well-preserved saltwater estuaries in the world
For more photos of Bay Center/Willapa Bay KOA click HERE

Bruceport County Park (Pacific Co.'s  BEST BIKE-IN CG)

Many sites at Bruceport Park have views of one-of-a-kind Willapa Bay
For more photos of Bruceport County Park click HERE

Cape Disappointment State Park (Pacific Co.'s MOST APPEALING CG TO THE SENSES and BEST CG FOR ENTIRE FAMILIES) 

Waikiki Beach sits just below the precipice that holds Cape Disappointment lighthouse. Parents can watch their children here from a single vantage point.
For more photos of Cape Disappointment S.P. click HERE

Snag Lake Campground (Pacific Co.'s BEST RUSTIC and BEST FREE CG)

Snag Lake Campground sits near Radar Ridge, a one-timeCold War radar weapon testing site. Now it gives the best views of the Naselle River and beyond.
For more photos of Snag Lake C.G. click HERE

  • Long Island Campgrounds Boat-In (Pacific Co.'s BEST BOAT-IN CG)
    Long Island is the Pacific Coast's largest estuarine island, with a 270-acre stand of old growth timber older than 900 years. You may feel like you're camping in pre-historic times, but civilization is just a paddle away.
    Overview: This mist-covered 7-mile-long island is located 30.4 miles south of South Bend and 5 miles northeast of Long Beach within the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on 5640 acres, open year round; GPS 46.45205 -123.96423.
    Facilities: Surprisingly good facilities include fire rings, picnic tables, and access to solar-powered toilets. Trails inside the island complete the grand tour.
    Recreation: Kayaking is a given, but so is wildlife viewing for elk, deer, bald eagles, raccoons, porcupines, and their furry friends. Shellfish gathering can turn into a culinary delight, with Manila clams and Willapa oysters at your disposal (state shellfish licensed required).
    Campsites (20 campsites in 5 campgrounds, registration is required, no drinking water, FREE of charge):   This is uncrowded and little known. It is imperative that campers be aware of the extreme tidal nature of Willapa Bay. Both boating in and boating out must be done at high tide. A 6 foot tide is often required for safe passage. Be sure to bring a tide table, which are available at most Long Beach area stores.
    Trip Notes: Once you have camped here, you never stop thinking about coming back. The challenge is that you need more than just a boat. Granted the Island is a ridiculously short passage to the mainland, but the tidal nature of the Bay makes it imperative that you arrive at your campsite right at high tide in order to avoid being stranded.  Then again, being stranded sounds better all the time.
    Word of Caution: Bow-hunting season is open for 3 weeks in September. At these times, campers must register at the Wildlife Headquarters across Highway 101 from the boat launch. The permit should be attached to your campsite post. Registration is not required at other times.
    Local Attractions: Other parts of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge include the amazing Leadbetter S.P. at the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula, where you can hike from the salt water marshes on the Bay side to the 30-mile long ocean beach on the other. As a teenager, I spent many summer weekends walking around the entire park. Another must-see is the Salmon Walk at the Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, where you will likely launch and de-launch your boat. Click here for directions from Olympia.

Ever-evolving Willapa Bay is an endless stretch of pristine tide water one moment, and a series of delicate, brackish tidepools and rivulets the next
For more photos of Long Island Campgrounds Boat-In click HERE

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