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.
- 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!