The best camping near Alder Lake Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Alder Lake Park adventure.

The best camping near Alder Lake Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Alder Lake Park adventure.

Camping near Alder Lake Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Alder Lake Park adventure.

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Wilderness Path

5 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Ashford, WA
Our rental property was once a mini Rail Road with full size locomotive's, train cars, pumper cars and more. My dad & grandpa layed all the tracks & put together the buildings in the 1970's. Once done my grandma sold tickets to the tourist and my grandpa ran the engine around the 7 acre oval track pulling a train car full of happy tourist through the woods over the train bridge and past the big water tower back to their vehicles so they could finish their journies with a drive to Mt. Rainier. There is a lot of history on this property for our family and we hope by sharing it with others they will be able to experience some fun here as well.
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Two Frog Bog

4 sites · Lodging20 acres · Roy, WA
Welcome to Two Frog Bog, a 20-acre forested haven featuring 5 acres of wetland. Our accommodations include a 24-foot yurt with a private, semi-attached bathhouse, two 10 x 20-foot tent cabins with outdoor kitchens and private outhouses with composting toilets. You’ll enjoy the outdoor shower that is available for all guests. The communal fire pit is a great place to roast s’mores and maybe meet new friends. But wait, there’s more: a two-tent campground where we provide the tents, a shared, covered and fully equipped outdoor kitchen, a shared composting outhouse (cleaned at least once a day). Campground has access to shower and fire pit as well. Explore our forest trails leading to the serene wetland, and don't miss our unique 26-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall Woodhenge – a magical spot to relax in a hammock, read a book, or stargaze. Two Frog Bog invites you to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the variety of accommodations and shared spaces we offer.
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The Arboretum at Bear Canyon West

12 sites · RVs12 acres · Cinebar, WA
This is a gorgeous park-like campground situated between the trees of the arboretum. Beautiful view of the mountains and forests here in western Washington. We are close to Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier and several lakes. There are walking trails all around the site. The 12 acre campground is located on a 136 acre property that is an active Christmas tree farm. Trails continue throughout the tree farm. Many trails have a view of the Tilton River, which can be reached via a challenging 3/4 mile trail. Sites are on 10 acres planted with many different species of trees that are about 30 years old. Giant Redwoods, Cedars, and Maples are just a few of the varieties present. Part of the farm is still a working Christmas tree farm. The trails are wide and grassy. The old logging road that we use as a trail to the river has an elevation change of about 500 feet, the trail can be quite challenging. Bear Creek empties into the Tilton river at the end of the trail. There is an ART GALLERY where you can learn to pound flowers, see the host's artwork and get a cup of coffee! This is upstairs above the shop, right on the property. Tilton River Studio Gallery. Three sites have electrical hookups. Every site has a water spigot (use a pressure regulator if you want to hook up). No restrooms or sewer hookups. Garbage disposal site available Memorial Day to Labor Day. We look forward to hosting you!
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Cowlitz River Rentals

54 sites · RVs, Tents70 acres · WA
WELCOME to Cowlitz River Rentals! We will be hosting a number of events this year, so be sure to plan your stay accordingly. 2024 EVENTS May 4 - Summit to Swamp Obstacle Mud Run (on foot) May 4-5 - Beasts Endurance 1 adventure event (on foot) May 24-27 (Memorial Day wknd) - Moonshiners Jeep Races July 27-28 Muddaubers Jeep Races Aug 2-4 - Flivvers at the River Aug 3 - Gambler 500 "Run Forest Run" road rally & forest trash cleanup Aug 3-4 HooptieX car racing Aug 10 - Trail Mix 2024 endurance trail race (on foot) We plan to be open from May 1 - September 30, 2024. We do have some sites open for Labor Day this year. What is special here? -- Very large and spacious sites, w/no charges for extra tents and vehicles. -- Distance between sites for privacy. -- Room to accommodate large groups with multiple camp vehicles. -- River views from almost every site. -- "Float the Loop"-A 20-30 min river float without leaving the property. -- Pets off leash as long as they are under control. -- Four beaches that can be accessed by all campers. -- Many paths for walking and bicycling. -- An atmosphere to relax and play like a kid again! Thank you, to all who stayed with us in our first season. We hope you had lots of fun, in spite of the dust. We are now in the process of revamping some of the camping areas to allow for a better camping experience. We have created some new sites and have changed the capacity of others. Many names have changed, so be sure to read the descriptions. The names on the 2023 reviews may be off as well, since we changed some names and moved things around. We are also now have a website: CowlitzRiverRentals.com It is online with basic info. We will be adding more site information soon. Within the site listings here on Hipcamp, I will clearly notate if a site is brand new, or if it has a name/location change for 2024. We had to adjust our check-in/check-out to noon. You are welcome to come to the property early, and stay on the property until early evening to enjoy the river....there are plenty of places to park before you check-in or after you check-out. This is only valid for the days that you are booked. We will have a spigot with potable water available at the gate area. There will be plenty of porta potties spread throughout the property. These are cleaned weekly. This year we will have an option to pack out your own garbage or use our dumpster for $10/bag. Our 2024 season will have 10 Group sites and 15 Individual sites on 70 acres. Our sites are listed as: -Individual - up to 6 people -Group - up to 16 people. All of our group sites can accommodate much larger groups. Please call to make those reservations, so that we can make sure your specific needs can be met. USE THESE COORDINATES (46.5354948, -121.9697498) to get to the access road at Milepost 114.5 on Hwy 12, just west of Randle, WA. Once arriving there, follow the posted instructions. or USE THE WRITTEN DIRECTIONS in the BOOKING CONFIRMATION.....PLEASE! The sites are listed based on reviews, as a default of the Hipcamp site. Please scroll through. Not all sites can accommodate groups. Some sites are not feasible for large trailers. Click on a site for more details in the description. We offer some of the most beautiful scenery in western Washington. Here you will find the peaceful quiet of being "away from it all", yet in reality you are only a little over a mile from the local grocery store, restaurants, and gas stations along Hwy 12 in Randle. Randle is a gateway to many other outdoor areas and activities including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. We have a private entry from the highway, so you can feel safe leaving your camp set up while you take day excursions. We have sites scattered across 70 acres. Your perfect camping site may be found in the fields, in the shade of the trees, by the river, in view of Mt. Adams, or a combination of these. You can be assured plenty of space for privacy and quiet, even if other campers are in the vicinity. We currently host newly developed, private river access, camp areas on the upper Cowlitz River. Many of the sites may have a lot of dirt rather than grass. This dirt turns to dust in dry weather. We are hoping to have most of them seeded with grass, but we will see how that goes (grows). This has been a cattle grazing pasture for the past 100 years. It is also flood plain, so we get a fresh covering of river silt almost every year. This also turns to a fine powdery dust in dry weather. However, many say that the river access, the surrounding beauty, and the privacy, far outweigh the inconvenience of any dust. The property has a TWO MILE perimeter.....there is plenty of room! We have 25 site locations strategically spread across this large acreage, each with its own "personality" and benefits. All campers have the ability to access the river at any of the four beaches. One of the most common comments from our campers is that they cannot believe how much space is between campsites. This year, almost all of the sites have a view of the river. We make an effort to maintain site privacy and a peaceful atmosphere. We value being in the outdoors, with the feeling of "getting away", without having the rules, restrictions, and the crowded conditions found in typical campground areas.... we figure you do too. We just ask that you respect other campers, especially concerning campsite noise levels at night. Campers can "float the loop" which consists of launching on the upriver side of the peninsula, floating/kayaking around to the downriver side, getting out and walking across the field to launch again. PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION FOR EACH SITE to find out what type of vehicle it can handle. We have pictures for many, but we will be working through the winter and spring to develop others. The only Hipcamp site location pinpoint will be for the access road at the highway. Please look at the picture of our site map to see where your site is located. We have to do this because people have not been reading the directions given, and our neighbors have given negative feedback about strangers driving into their yards. New pics will be added as we get them. Please feel free to ask questions about any site. Most areas can be accessed with 2wd vehicles, although certain areas may be a little rough for something with low clearance. Some sites are more friendly to larger trailers than others. Please read the descriptions and ask questions if you are unsure. We have four separate riverbars, some with sandy beach areas. There is plenty of river space for all. Ask us about river floating and kayak options. Let us know if you have a special group event. We are very flexible and can help you create the situation that would suit your group the best. Pets are welcome, but be aware that coyotes, bobcat, and cougar have been sited in the valley. There are also eagles and hawks to be aware of for smaller animals. Feel free to reach out with questions before booking to make sure all of your needs can be accommodated. Things to be considered: Need for campfire wood, need for water, types of vehicles, your camping goal (group get together or total solitude with peace and quiet), quick easy access to the main road or camping way off the path, best pet areas, best kid friendly areas, ect. We welcome your questions. Our goal is to help you make great memories!
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Misty Meadows Adventures Mt.Rainier

3 sites · RVs, Tents12 acres · Mineral, WA
Perfect Basecamp for Mount Rainier! Stay at our cozy homestead and honeybee farm in Mineral, Washington. Located right on State Route 7, we're 2 hours south of Seattle, 2.5 hours north of Portland, and 2.5 hours west of Yakima. We're just minutes from Mount Rainier National Park, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and Elbe Hills and Tahoma State Forests. Enjoy stunning views of Mount Rainier from our small homestead and apiary. We offer 3 campsites in an open field where you might see elk, deer, ducks, geese, and hear our resident frogs. Wildflowers, bees, and pollinators are plentiful, and star gazing is fantastic on clear nights. Our property is next to National Forest land, perfect for hiking, foraging, and hunting. We're 5 minutes from Mineral Lake, 5 miles from Alder Lake, 10 miles from Ashford, and 15 miles from the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Campsites: • Site #1: Fits 2 RVs or 4-6 tents. • Site #2: Fits 1 RV or 4-6 tents and a hammock. • Site #3: Fits 2 tents, most private, no direct mountain view. Campsites are "no frills” with dry camping/boondocking. We provide a port-a-potties (no cat holes). Potable water and a bucket are available elsewhere on the property. Generators are allowed, and Verizon and T-Mobile users may have cell service. Note: This is a working bee farm. If allergic or afraid of bees, consider other options. We offer beekeeping mini classes. Pets: Must be leashed and controlled. Clean up after them. Livestock: We have chickens and turkeys. Fresh eggs and honey may be available for purchase. We also offer soaps, honey, honey suckers, and more. Soap making and salve/balm workshops start in Summer 2024. Check-in: 2 PM until dark. Guests are greeted upon arrival. Perfect for solo campers, small groups, or family reunions!
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The Enchanted Forest

9 sites · Tents20 acres · Ashford, WA
Spend the night in a magical old growth forest only a few minutes walk from the Ashford town center. Enjoy two mountain creeks, a waterfall, 900 year old cedars, trails, firepits, and much more. This property is truly a sacred sanctuary. A portal into another dimension. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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Alder Grove Retreat

1 site · Lodging6 acres · Eatonville, WA
We are a peaceful, private, forested 6 acers that is 6 minutes to a secluded neighborhood beach with big mountain views and only 8 minutes to Alder Lake State Park. Our hill-side location offers treetop views, an off-grid cabin, wood fired sauna, and soon to include select areas for tent camping. We are just 15 minutes to Elbe's Whiskey Train. 30 minutes to Mt. Rainier National Park. 20 minutes to the grocery store in town that has cool restaurants and a great crystal shop. Local hikes are close, include gravel, paths, and waterfalls. Our property IS off-grid and collects rain for water and solar for electricity. We do not have WiFi but do have cell service. Potable water is provided in small quantities at each site. Fires are subject to local burn bans and property provided materials. All areas are walk-in and include wagons to transport any gear.
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Wildfern Grove

8 sites · Lodging, Tents40 acres · Buckley, WA
Learn more about this land: Immerse yourself in tranquility at our unique sanctuary nestled on 40 acres of pristine Pacific Northwest forest. Our property offers a captivating blend of intentional community living, event hosting capabilities, and short-term rentals.Find solace in one of our beautifully crafted yurts, each designed to provide a comfortable and harmonious living space amidst the towering trees. Step outside your yurt and into a relaxing meadow, perfect for quiet reflection or gathering with friends and family under the vast, starlit sky. Whether you seek a transformative community experience, a memorable event venue, or a peaceful retreat, our haven offers an unparalleled opportunity to reconnect with nature and yourself. 10 minutes from Bonney Lake, 15 minutes from Lake Tapps and one hour from Mt Rainier. We have 40 acres of sloped land with trails, wildlife, and nature to explore. Your yurt/tent site has territorial views of South Prairie, and includes a fire pit. Owners live on the property about a quarter mile away from the tent site, where you will find a communal kitchen and bathroom available for use.
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Bigfoot's Bivvy Camp @ Mt Rainier

1 site · Tent1 acre · WA
Escape to our stunning tent camping spot, just 8 miles from Mt. Rainier National Park's Nisqually entrance. Nestled within a cozy community of 5 cabins, including 2 owned by us, this secluded getaway offers the perfect blend of community and privacy.Discover tranquility as Sahara Creek flows seasonally through the site, over which is a charming footbridge. Immerse yourself in nature's beauty with 1000+ acres of Elbe Hills State Forest, inviting exploration and hiking just steps out of your tent!Enjoy the convenience of amenities, including a luggable loo toilet in the outhouse and a well-maintained horseshoe pit for outdoor fun. Gather around the campfire pit for magical evenings under the stars.Bring your furpet(s) along as we welcome up to two pups to join your adventures. Explore the surrounding wonders, including the Nisqually River just minutes away. Off-road enthusiasts will relish the abandoned state routes, perfect for thrilling expeditions.With Mt. Rainier National Park nearby, embark on unforgettable hikes, witness breathtaking vistas, and marvel at nature's splendor. This idyllic camping spot is your gateway to create lasting memories amidst serene beauty.
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Rainier Hideaway

7 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Ashford, WA
This location is only a mile away from the Mount Rainier National Park entrance. There is usually traffic going towards the National Park on weekends during peak season (July-August), so we encourage everyone to leave the site by 9 am during those days if you are planning on heading into the park. There is a full service restaurant (WildBerry Restaurant) that offers both traditional American and select few Nepalese dishes right next to the camping site. There are also more restaurants, gas station, and a grocery store about 5 miles from the location. You may see some elk and deers on the property if you get lucky.
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The Hideout

3 sites · Lodging, RVs1 acre · Ashford, WA
"Osborne's Den" (tiny A-Frame Cabin) and "The Moose Site" (a full hook up RV/Camp site) both nestled on this quaint 1/2 acre lot (they rent separately... not together). Just minutes from Mt. Rainier National Park. "Osborne's Den" has basic power inside the building and a water spigot just outside. There is a queen sized bed (you bring your own bedding). There is a shared Honeybucket Toilet just across the driveway. You will see the other details in the "site listing" "The Moose" is a level, graveled RV/Camping site. Water and 30 AMP and 20 AMP power and sewer connection. The shared/communal firepit/stargazing area is perfect for relaxing. Short 10 minute walk/hike down to the Nisqually River. Restaurants/shops/coffee/stores 1 mile away! Please read the listing details carefully before booking either option.
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Mt Rainier Reconnect

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents27 acres · Ashford, WA
Welcome to Mt Rainier Reconnect! Reconnect with nature. Recharge your soul. Repeat. Park your RV on a beautiful, completely private campsite with incredible mountain views. Enjoy private access to the glacier-fed Nisqually river from your riverside campsite. . When we are physically injured we take the necessary steps to rehabilitate our injuries. Mt Rainier re-connect is rehab for your soul! Our property is located on 27 private riverfront acres on the Nisqually river just outside of the Nisqually/Paradise entrance to Mt Rainier National park. We are an 8-minute drive from the park.
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The best camping near Alder Lake Park guide

Overview

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Will you marry me? I mean—will you visit me? Either way, Alder Lake Park is practically on it’s knees, begging for you to say yes! With these expansive lake views and the fact that it is only a two-hour drive from Seattle, how could you not? Start your day under tall pines, brewing your favorite cup of joe. Then, use that caffeine kick and get out on the water! This lake is ripe for wakeboarding, kayaking or jet-skiing and there’s plenty of sandy shoreline for basking in the sun. There really couldn’t be a better place to dive in and get your feet wet! Fishing and picnicking is also ace here if you’re into those fun, relaxing kinds of things. Clean and quiet campgrounds makes Alder Lake over-the-top for the tent savvy, but they are just as friendly and welcoming to RV’ers and big boats. Are you ready to say yes yet?

Notable campgrounds

  • Main Campground: Offers full hookups and is a hub for families and friends seeking a classic camping experience.
  • Osprey Campground: A favorite for its proximity to the water, ideal for anglers and boaters alike.
  • Rocky Point Campground: Secluded and scenic, perfect for those looking to escape into nature's embrace.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book online or call ahead to secure your spot up to nine months in advance for peak season stays.
  • For off-peak visits, take advantage of the first-come, first-served policy for walk-in campers.
  • Keep an eye on the calendar; reservations open on May 15 for the summer season.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your preferred site is unavailable.

When to go

The prime time to visit Alder Lake Park is between May 15 and Sept. 15, when all facilities are open and the weather is most conducive for outdoor activities. Off-season visitors can enjoy a quieter experience, though some amenities may be limited.

Know before you go

  • Check the current burn ban status to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations.
  • Day-use parking fees apply on weekends and holidays during the summer months.
  • Accessible restrooms and coin-operated showers enhance the camping experience.
  • Stay informed about lake levels and boat launch availability for a smooth boating experience.
  • Remember to call ahead for the latest information on park rules and closures.

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