About Olympic Wilderness River Camp
This spot is central to all the activities most cherished on the North Olympic Peninsula (NOP) to include hiking, camping, salt and freshwater fishing, surfing, and enjoyment of a pristine river valley permanently protected by conservation agreement. The access Rd. is the only access for over 1/2 mile of wilderness valley and pristine East Twin River. It's just a 1/4 mile to the public beaches at the Strait of Juan de Fuca where surfing is very popular. Nice meadows and ancient trails allow a private camping experience in a sublime river wilderness surrounding.
This property is under a conservation agreement with the North Olympic Land Trust (NOLT) to protect it in perpetuity, thank you very much. The river is pristine with significant yearly investment in habitat restoration and fish management by the Elwha Klallam Tribe.
5 camp sites (1 – 5) are designated and contain a fire pit, trash/recycle cans and access to firewood and outhouse. You can find and easily collect firewood on the ground if you look for it. There is also a split firewood pile in the shed by the house and you can use the wheel barrow to take some. You will need a camp hatchet.
Camp 4 is reserved for Peace Vans and NOT Available. Camp site 1-3 are ready for drive up car camping. Camp site #5 is walk-in and about 500’ from closest parking, unless you have a 4x4 and you can drive in.
A porta potty outhouse is available to campers, the alternative requiring a shovel.
Remember, Only you can prevent forest fires. If not you, who? Be safe and leave no trace.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 5
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent, Vehicles & RVs
- Check in after: 11AM
- Check out before: 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 24 hours
- Response rate: 80%
The vibe at Olympic Wilderness River Camp
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My stay at the Olympic Wilderness River Camp was great! It is the perfect little getaway spot that was surrounded by nature, yet is still close enough to the nearby town and other surrounding attractions. This camp spot is right along the river with access to the nearby beach; The sound of the river at night was so tranquil and peaceful. I loved the 'dog friendly' aspect of this camping spot, as there are not a ton of camp grounds on the Peninsula that allow dogs. There was even fire wood and a fire pit that provided warmth at night! The Olympic Peninsula has so many outdoor activities to offer (hiking, kayaking, fishing, etc) and this campsite made the perfect spot to lay our heads at the end of the day. The owner of the property, Dave, was so helpful with directions and was quick to respond with any questions I had. I highly recommend staying at the Olympic Wilderness River Camp the next time you visit the Olympic Peninsula!
A bit of an odd set-up here. On the property is an AirBNB that is also rented out. We were sitting by a picnic table enjoying the river view and the people who were staying in the AirBNB that night rolled up. They informed us that their dogs were aggressive, and that we needed to move to the furthest campsite so they didn't get into trouble with our dog. They then proceeded to let their dogs run around unleashed and have vicious fights (we heard multiple during the 18 hours we were there with them.) Obviously, not everyone staying in the AirBnB will be like the people we got to see, but just a warning that it is a possibility that you will not get the privacy and quiet time you hoped you would.
With that being said, the property really is lovely, and it's a nice place to camp. The river was beautiful and we did enjoy the fire pit and seats set up all along it. I would recommend enjoying this spot in a quieter time when you don't think someone will be staying in the cabin on the property.
Camp 5 is on rocks by the creek, like literally apart of the creek, which wasn't listed on the site. With a party of 6 people, 3 dogs, and three tents, that wasn't very suited to our needs. We tried to get service to contact the host but to no avail. Instead, we moved to camp 3 which was vacant, and agreed we'd move if someone ended up having reserved the spot. Luckily no one needed us to move and we had a lot of fun! We redug out the fire pit and moved some old ash, the pits had little grill plates to set over the fire which was super nice. Constant birds noises which was really beautiful. It was a perfect weekend getaway. Quiet and peaceful with trails and beaches close enough to venture to! The only downside was driving up and down the hill to the property - definitely need to be careful with a low to the ground car!
I stayed at campsite 1 and loved that it was tucked away in PNW paradise. This campsite sits 20ft from the creek and you can hear it while falling asleep. Dog friendly which is a huge plus! Another camper was at campsite 2 and we did not hear/notice them. I would recommend this place for anyone looking for a quite getaway.
Best camping place I have been in a long time. well kept, clean, private. the location was easy to get to and beautiful beyond words. we stayed at camp site 5. there was a 100' pretty flat walk in (we had a 4wd vehicle) but it was well kept and flagged perfectly. the host was communicative and answered any (very few) questions we had. definitely coming back and have already recommended it to all our friends!
Great secluded spot on the North side of Olympic National Park. I was at Site 3, and would highly recommend it if you want more of a secluded location without a bunch of kids running around. Also was very spacious, and while there aren't really trails nearby, it's right between Port Angeles/Hurricane Ridge and the beaches on the West Coast, so it was a good base camp for me over a long weekend.
Overall, would definitely recommend if you want more of a secluded, spacious area as I did. I never saw the hosts, and didn't run into any issues, but they let me know everything I needed to before I came, and getting there (and getting in/out) was pretty easy. Good time!
We enjoyed our stay in camp site #5. You can drive (4 wheel drive) most of the way in but is a bit of a walk with equipment (~200 ft) but very private and beautiful with site right on the river. It is rocky so be sure and have appropriate padding for your tent. Hiking and beach are easily accessible. I loved being by ourselves and would stay here again.
We had a great time camping at site #1. It was right by a clear rocky stream and surrounded by trees so it felt very private and separate from the other camp sites. The site came with a fire pit and grill, a long bench and firewood. It was nice that a common area for trash / recycling was only a short walk away. You could hear the sound of water while you were falling asleep. But on the not so great side you could also hear the traffic from the road (perhaps from the big timber trucks) and every now and then there was a loud noise that sounded like a fog horn. The host David was very responsive to our questions. His directions for getting to and accessing the property were very clear. We love that the property is dog friendly and overall very well maintained.
We had a pleasant stay at the Olympic Wilderness River Camp in mid August. It is a beautiful forested property with some grassy spots. We were alone on the property when we arrived and picked site #2 for our two tents--two adults and two older kids. There is a large grassy area for tents, which was recently mowed but had some nettles. There are lots of nettles near the one portable toilet to be shared for all sites--it is closest to site #2. Site #1 (which we had initially reserved) is cozy, smaller and next to the river, which was low and rocky. The path to the river is along this site, which has dirt ground. Each site has a simple bench (with site # spray painted on it) , rock encircled fire pit and a grill. Site #3 has a working well on it. Host David was there when we arrived and told us to pick whichever site we wanted. There was ample firewood on the site and David brought more early the next morning. We had some fantastic cooking fires with the dry wood, and valued that we could have fires despite burn ban elsewhere (as in public camp grounds). It was peaceful and mostly quiet, but you do hear trucks' compression brakes and other highway sounds especially at night and in the early morning. When another group arrived we did hear them a bit but the property is so large and full of trees that we were barely aware of them.
We had day trips to Hurricane Ridge (90 min drive) La Push (90 minutes) and lake crescent (1 hr)from this spot. All were spectacular. Port Angeles-40 minutes. There was road construction which delayed travel times and that is included in estimates.
We like relative quiet,some space and not a lot of other campers nearby and this suit us very well. Not sure you could have a quieter car camping spot in the area. David was friendly and gracious. Do bring hatchet for firewood, water if you aren't drinking well water, and long pants and closed shoes if it is nettles season. You might want to use bug spray in the evening--it was a bit buggy but not as much as we expected being close to water and in grass. A little rabbit kept an eye on us and we saw and heard stellar's jays. All in all, we recommend!
This was a very neat spot. We stayed in site #1 and would chose it again after seeing the others. 3 would be a great group site being in the middle of it all (read not secluded), there isn't much privacy in site 2 and spot 5 is kind of a trek to get to a location that doesn't have a great spot for a tent. To each their own though, right! I was a little skeptical when we first showed up because almost immediately after we got out of our car we heard a gun shot too close to camp. That made for an uneasy first night, but the rest of our weekend was uneventful and peaceful. We would go back.
Our stay at the Olympic Wilderness River Camp was great! Beautiful scenery and large secluded campsites made for a lovely Labor Day weekend camp spot. We stayed at campsite #3 and it was huge! We had two cars and three tents, and there was still plenty of room for frisbee within the site. There was only one porta-potty but it was very well maintained.
My only advice would be to arrive during daylight hours! We got there after dark and it was pretty tough to navigate/find our camp site. We would definitely recommend this campground to friends, and will likely return to camp again.
Camp sites were very spacious and comfortable and easy to find. The little hiking trails through the woods were very pleasant and I loved being able to wash up and fetch water from the stream. The facilities were clean and we were able to leave trash and recycling behind. Would definitely recommend David's Olympic Wilderness River Camp!!