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The best camping near Cape Disappointment State Park

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Dwell Seaview

26 sites 路 Lodging, RVs1 acre 路 Ilwaco, WA
Dwell Seaview is a relaxing vacation spot on the Long Beach Peninsula. Located right in the middle of Ilwaco, Long Beach, and Cape Disappointment. Dwell Seaview is the place for you to enjoy your next vacation. There are 20 full hookup sites with a majority of them being 50/30/20 amp services, water and sewer is at each site!
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Unique Bay Front Camping

5 sites 路 RVs6 acres 路 Aberdeen, WA
PLEASE NO FIREWORKS ON SITE OR SURROUNDING AREA. We bought this land in 2017, there were 7 derelict mobile homes on the property. We cleaned up the area and remodeled the house next door and put in the 5 RV sites. We hope you enjoy this property as much as we do, it is a one-of-a-kind beautiful, quiet place. All of our sites have full hook-ups (water, sewer, and power). The sites are just a couple feet from the bay with access to miles of beach hiking. You can walk to Bottle Beach State Park which is approximately 1 mile north or hike about a mile south to Elk River. Enjoy unobstructed views of Westport and the freight ships coming into the harbor. Enjoy a peaceful beach with amazing sunsets. Whether you are surfing for the weekend or tuna-fishing, this is your go to spot - you will not be disappointed. Westport is 7 miles by car and the Westport Winery is only 5 miles. There is two nearby boat launches - one off of Elk River just 2 miles away and the other off of Johns River launch just 6 miles away. We are located in the middle of an outdoor paradise and want others to enjoy all it has to offer. ***If you have questions about how to add sites to your reservation or change dates, please reach out to HipCamp support. They will be able to better assist you.***
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Astoria Veterans Farm

1 site 路 RV, Tent12 acres 路 Astoria, OR
12 acres of coastal paradise for private events and weekend getaways. Under construction Amenities include: 鈥 20 - glamping tents. 鈥 10 - hand built cabins. 鈥 Timberframed barn for events. 鈥 Natural picnic areas. 鈥 Woodland ponds. 鈥 Trout pond/fishing 鈥 Outdoor cooking/entertainment 鈥 Shower/laundry facilities. 鈥 Farm produced goods.
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Pretty Beachin Camp

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents2 acres 路 Ocean Park, WA
Our beachin camp is located on the Longbeach, Washington Peninsula. It's a dry camp, for now. It's less than a half mile to the ocean. We have four sites available. Each site has a cute cinder block firepit. Its perfect for RV's or tent sites. As you turn onto the property you will be met with a gate. To identify the correct property you will see two small brick pillars at the entrance. Please be sure the keep the gate closed when not in use. Upon entering the gate, our campsites are located along the LEFT-hand side and are distinguishable by the 4 built-in block firepits. (Please note: the campsites along the right-hand side that are nearest to the cell tower are not operated by us.) Pack out what you pack in. All trash must be removed at check out. Jack's Country Store offers garbage drop off for a small fee. There is a small park with a restroom located a couple blocks away that is usually open for public use. Things to do/Places to visit: - Surfside Golf Course - Oysterville Sea Farms -Pacific Pines State Park -Leadbetter Point State Park -Downtown Longbeach -Cape Disappointment -Jack's Country Store If you need any ideas or recommendations while visiting, don't hesitate to ask!
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Williams Park campground

20 sites 路 RVs, Tents56 acres 路 South Bend, WA
Open June to August 16th for Hip Camping. A private club only fishing destination August 17 thru September this campground is open to Hip Camp in 2023 for the 2nd year. I'm accepting only 10 campers per night. What a wonderful experience my campers have discovering my quiet, lovely landscape! I've enjoyed sharing this incredible property with some extraordinary travelers. If you like a camping area with green grass and ample space....book here Tenters and RV's with full or partial hookups are available. Exclusive river sites for tenting and traditional full hook- ups with water and sewer. The tidal water of the N. Nemah River allow for kyacking to Willapa Bay or just in River at high tide. Searun cutthroat fishing in summer and King Salmon starting August 1st. Located 25 minutes from Long Beach or Astoria there are fun places for day trips. The tiny town of Nemah has zero commerce only a few scattered farms and homes. Eagles and Elk grace the sky and the property for added visual fun. Georgous restrooms paneled in cedar with showers are available. I accept RV's of all sizes Laundry is free. Central campfire on the river available. individual campfires allowed when fire bans are lifted in select sites for safety and fire prevention.
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Bayshore RV Park & Guest Suites

42 sites 路 Lodging, RVs2 acres 路 Tokeland, WA
Discover the Serenity of Bayshore located on the Willapa Bay, we experience the ebb and flow of the tides twice a day. Our campsite offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, perfect for relaxation. Witnessing nature is a must-do while here, and our beachfront sites offer excellent viewpoints. Bayshore RV Park offers 37 full-site hookups in Tokeland, Washington. 11 of the sites are our premier bay view sites that all come with a fire pit on the bay to spend time with friends and family. We also offer 4 dry camp spots and 3 guest suites to accommodate the guest with no RV. The game room is a popular amenity in our park that offers air hockey, shuffleboard, corn hole, arcade games, a pool table, and a ping pong table. We have a playground on site for kids. Vending machines with snacks and drinks are located on our property, and we offer firewood and ice sales on-site. The laundry room on-site is for the convenience of our guests.
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RC ISLAND

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 Cathlamet, WA
The property is a flat beachfront with 200ft Columbia river frontage located on Puget Island in Cathlamet, Washington with panoramic views.聽 Campers can enjoy private access to beach and privacy during their stay.The island was named for聽Peter Puget, a lieutenant in the聽Vancouver Expedition聽of exploration, which first mapped the island in 1792.聽Puget Island's Robert W. Little Preserve is home to a population of endangered聽Columbian white-tailed deer.You can聽walk the beach, kayak the Columbia River, or ride bikes on miles of flat Puget Island roads. There's also hiking, swimming in the Columbia on our beach, fishing, wild life viewing that entails many bird species (hawks, eagles, white tail deer).聽Long Beach on the Pacific ocean is聽1 hour away. During your stay, you'll even聽see ships cruise by very closely.聽The property has easily accessible no matter the size of your RV and there's plenty of room to park multiple vehicles. We look forward to meeting and greeting you!
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Drift Away Beach Camp

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 Ocean Park, WA
Pitch your tent or park your camper and Drift Away on this peaceful property. Surrounding trees and natural coastal flora offer privacy and a woodsy feel. Only 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive to town and beach access! Stop in at Docs for a drink, Okies for Groceries, Eagles Fraternity for a good time and several other restaurants are close by. Go for a drive on the Long Beach peninsula. Only 15 minutes from the Famous town of Long Beach. Dig some Oysters at the Nahcotta Tidelands, catch a charter for some deep sea fishing or check out the local fish market at Oysterville Sea Farms! The oysters on a half shell and squid salad are to die for! Please keep in mind there is no water, power or septic on this property鈥.. YET! Coming soon!
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Batwater Station on Columbia River

10 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents60 acres 路 Clatskanie, OR
Batwater Station is located halfway between Portland and the Oregon Coast on the Columbia River. A private refuge where river otter, beaver, mink, muskrat, seals, raccoons along with threatened Columbia river white tailed deer can be seen. Property has 1,000 feet of boat docks, river deck, and pier. At the pier is a full kitchen, heated bathroom and shower room. Included are 2 outhouses, a fire pit for summer months, a viewing station overlooking the wetlands along with brick charcoal fired barbecue and another propane barbecue. We are committed to your privacy so guests are limited and spread out. High speed internet through out the property. Batwater worked with several agencies when we breeched a levee and flooded 26 acres for salmon and wildlife habitat. Hike along the wetlands and see beaver dams and dens. Batwater is also home for many types of birds including eagles, osprey, tree swallow, purple martins, barn swallows, wood ducks, common and hooded mergansers, mallards, scoots, scaups, grebes, cormorants, great egrets, blue herons, geese and many types of song birds . In the spring and summer see our returning osprey who have. nested on our dock since 2013. There are now 2 osprey platform since a pair of Canada geese choose that as their nesting site as well. Some bald eagles winter here but we have our resident bald eagles Hep and Hope. They arrived in 2003 to start their nest on Crims Island. They still nest there although there old nest tree collapsed in 2020. Many birds migrate here for the winter. Common mammals are river otter, mink, muskrat, raccoons, nutria, coyotes, black tailed and threatened Colombia White Tailed deer. We also are home to native turtles and frogs. Batwater is a working farm with cattle feeding on lush pastures, 2 retired horses and chickens. When eggs are available, we will share some with you. Batwater is a great place to kayak, canoe, paddle board or row during the summer months. We have windy afternoons for windsurfers or sailors. The Columbia River is well known for salmon, and sturgeon. For an extra fee you can moor your larger boat while visiting. There are a volley ball and badminton set ups along with horse shoes during the summer months. We suggest swimming during the summer months when the tide is coming in or slack. You can also walk or drive down to Mayger beach which is popular with locals. There are sandy beaches on Crims island that you can paddle over too. Check out the pictures for more information.
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Beach Camp - Long Beach Peninsu

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents20 acres 路 Ocean Park, WA
Burn Ban in effect only gas/ propane fire pits allowed at this time A great piece of property that has been handed down in the family. We love camping here. Sites are 鈥︹ as you drive in first to right in number 1, 2, 3 then 4 is last one to right after cell tower driveway. Site 1,3 and 4 have fire pits. Site 1,3 have campground style bbq New as of June, 2023 porta potty added. Porta potty has a combination lock. 35 25 07 DO NOT put garbage or transfer any waste to porta potty. Jacks Country store in Ocean Park, WA has garbage drop off for small fee depending on size. See in photos
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Cranberry Moon - RV Oasis

2 sites 路 RVs1 acre 路 Grayland, WA
A private, RV-only camp area with 2 (individually rented) spots for self-contained RV, motorhome, or fifth wheels. Please read entire listing and check out our many photos for details. **We are on 105, you will hear cars** Check in after 3pm Check out by noon Come stay at Cranberry Moon, a beachy RV site. Rent one spot with the potential of having someone else there at the same time, or rent both spots to have the entire 1/3 acre to yourself. Cranberry Moon is located in the desirable area between Twin Harbors State Park and Grayland Beach State Park. There is drive-on Beach access nearby if you don't feel like walking. There are great local restaurants to try, sights to see and adventures to be had. We offer level back-in sites that can accommodate any length of trailer or motorhome. Each site is gravel with your own sand space instead of grass. Each space comes with its own picnic table. We do not offer fire rings. You are welcome to bring your own propane fire gear. When the wind is low, you can hear the ocean from your site, and it is about a 10 minute walk down a well-maintained public access path to get to the beach. We are located on state Route 105, so there is some traffic with some road noise. The cleared area is 1/3 an acre, so it sits back away from the road a good distance. There is a privacy fence along the road with gates. Copy and paste this link to view a video of the walk to the beach: https://youtu.be/MM82SW4OWs8 After booking, you will receive a detailed email with instructions and photos of how to get to our place, and how to get to the beach access path. We offer 30 and 50 amp electricity Propane firepits allowed Pets allowed - on leash please if there is another camper. Otherwise at your discretion. This listing is for RV site only, NO RV provided NO water (spigots do not yet have water to them) NO sewer NO toilets NO garbage containers, pack in - pack out please Grayland Beach State Park is conveniently located approximately 10 minutes drive south to fill your water, and they charge a $5 dump fee to empty your tanks.
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Pacific Alder Cabin

2 sites 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Seaview, WA
Located in historic Seaview Wa. Close to everything with a woodsy private feeling. We get visits from bear, deer, and bunnies regularly. Learn more about this land: 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin sleeps 4 comfortably 6 total.聽2 bedrooms each with a Queen bed. 1 Queen futon in the living room.聽 Cozy cabin located in historic聽Seaview聽wa on a peaceful woodsy lot. Walking distance聽to market, brewpubs and great restaurants. About 1/4 mi to the beach and heart of Long Beach. Hiking, beachcombing, shopping and museums close by. Large yard, propane fire pit on the covered porch. WiFi, TV, DVD's, RedBox 1 block away. We offer early check-in and聽late check-out whenever possible.聽 The Long Beach Peninsula has many diverse hiking opportunities from the pacific rainforest to ocean beach and bay trails. Lake, bay and river kayaking or catch a fishing charter at the Port of Ilwaco.聽 The Peninsula has several towns with antique stores, galleries, museums and tourist shops. Long Beach has go-carts an arcade and put-put golf to keep the kids entertained. Stop in the Visitors Center at the alternate in Seaview for information on what to do, where to go, and all the local events.聽 50 amp RV hookup $50 per night. https://www.hipcamp.com/en-US/washington/pacific-alder-cabin/pacific-alder-rv#group_size=4&adults=4
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The best camping near Cape Disappointment State Park guide

Overview

About

It鈥檚 not called Cape Disappointment for nothing: this park features not one, but two lighthouses along what is arguably the most treacherous stretch of coastline in Washington. The first was built in 1856 to help vessels navigate the river bar where the Columbia runs into the Pacific Ocean, and is the oldest operating lighthouse in the Pacific Northwest. (The second was built in 1898 to provide even better visibility.) While it鈥檚 best to save any swimming for Lake O鈥橬eil (the currents along portions of Cape Disappointment can be dangerous), the campsites and wide beaches are easily accessible and popular with amateur prospectors, who pan the sand for gold. 

Notable campgrounds

  1. Best for beach access: Loops A, B, and C are a short jaunt from the Pacific Ocean.
  2. Best for swimming: Loop D, strung along the shores of Lake O鈥橬eil, gets the best sun exposure in the park.
  3. Best for families: Heated yurts feature bunk beds, a futon, and a large deck.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Reservations are available year-round for 137 standard campsites, 60 full-utility sites, 18 partial-utility sites, and five hiker-biker sites. 聽
  2. Fourteen yurts, three cabins, and three lighthouse keeper鈥檚 residences are available.聽
  3. Sewer and water stay on throughout winter.聽
  4. The best tenting sites, on the far western side of loops A, B, and C (closest to the ocean), are typically reserved far in advance.

When to go

From hiking old-growth forests to flying kites along the beach to boating in the freshwater lake or crabbing in the ocean, Cape Disappointment is the perfect place for a summer visit. And while the long, hot days are perfect for soaking up rays, winter鈥檚 dramatic waves and pounding surf are great draws for storm-chasers and amateur photographers. Head to Waikiki Beach on the park鈥檚 southeastern side for the best views鈥攊f you鈥檙e lucky, you might even spot migrating gray whales in winter or spring.

Know before you go

  1. Five installation pieces by architect Maya Lin (who designed the Vietnam Memorial) are scattered through the park, including a fish-cleaning table made from a single piece of basalt that tells the origin story of the native Chinook people.聽
  2. The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is open daily between April and October, from 10am to 5pm.
  3. The park鈥檚 seven trails range in length from a quarter-mile to nine miles.
  4. The park has eight bathrooms and 14 showers, four of which are ADA accessible.

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