Thursday, July 6, 2017

Washington State DNR and WDFW Campgrounds

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  We’ll be in and out of Washington State for a couple of months so I renewed our Discovery Pass. The pass is good for a year and gives the pass holder free vehicle and passenger admission to state parks, trailheads, picnic areas, overlooks, and other designated state owned property. It’s also good for free camping at 71 Dept of Natural Recourses Campgrounds and dozens of Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife water access sites.  At only $30.00 – $35.00, depending on where you buy it, this a really good deal!

  Most of the DNR campgrounds have tables and vault toilets. The WDFW campsites may have vault toilets and a few have tables.

To make for easier planning I’ve put all of the DNR and WDFW campgrounds on my Washington State map but there are so many that the map is kind of cluttered. This was a good opportunity to try multiple layers, one of the new additions that Google added to the maps when they changed the formatting a few years ago. This Link will bring the map up with only the DNR and WDFW campgrounds showing. Click on the Washington attractions check box to get everything to show.

  Always check the website of each campground before you go. Some may be closed or may not be suitable for RVs.

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    1. You're welcome. We love these little campgrounds!

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  2. Thanks Karen, "IF" we make it that far north over the next 6-8 weeks, I will keep this in mind. Right now, I just want to get away from this Sacramento 106 current temps! Five more days of it!!!

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    1. I hope you can make it north. The weather is fantastic!

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  3. Nice collection and very timely! We're on the Oregon side of the Columbia river within sight of the John Day Dam on COE land.
    We'll be in Washington state later today & should be in the PNW general area for a month or so.. maybe we'll see you around?
    Have fun & thanks for the map!

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    1. Keep an eye out for us! We may miss each other because we're heading to Vancouver Island on Tuesday. I'll not sure how long we'll stay before coming back to the US.

      Don't order the pass online. It's mailed to your address and you can't print a copy. You can buy the pass at some state parks but we found it easier to just pay the extra $5.00 and buy it at Walmart. Let us know what you find at the parks because we've only visited a handful. Only one was not good for RVs - up a steep rough road and walk in sites.

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    2. We went & saw the Washington Stonehenge replica then stopped at Maryhill state park & bought a Discover pass & used the campground shower.
      We're going to be in Washington long enough to justify the $30, actually 3 stops are enough to justify the pass!
      Have a good time in Canada & maybe we'll run into each other this summer...

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    3. Good deal Rob! There are some nice camping spots on either side of the Columbia River if you're heading west - not Discover pass ones though.

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  4. My husband got his Discovery Pass (5 year pass) for free since he is permanently disabled. I am not sure if that is only good for WA state residents though. When we were first looking into it though, the park ranger said that if we just hung up our disabled placard they wouldn't even worry about the pass.

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    1. I think the free pass is only for WA state residents. Seems only fair that you get a break and we don't mind paying the fee because it helps keep the parks opened.

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