Cape Disappointment State Park RV & Campground Guide


The Cape Disappointment State Park captures the raw and rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest coast. At this public recreation area, just southwest of Ilwaco, Washington, enormous waves thunder against rocky cliffs, mists swirl around hidden coves, and forest trails end up at spectacular sandy beaches. A weather-beaten lighthouse watches over it all, offering a hint at the cape's storied maritime past. Lewis and Clark visited in 1805, and a military encampment watched over the mouth of the Columbia River from the cliffs during the Civil War. Today, the area is populated by history buffs, hikers, and campers who come to explore the spectacular natural environment and walk in the footsteps of the legends from centuries past. Within 20 miles, towns like Long Beach, Washington, and Astoria, Oregon, offer a friendly welcome to this border region.

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Spring 40-55 F
Summer 50-65 F
Fall 40-60 F
Winter 35-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cape Disappointment State Park

The weather at Cape Disappointment State Park tends to be cool and damp all year, making an RV the perfect camping companion. From your warm, dry home base, you can enjoy the mysterious mists of fall or the cool, sunny summer days to the fullest. Make the most of your time in the region with an RV rental. At RVshare, you can even find motorhomes that come with delivery agreements for the ultimate in vacation convenience.

Cape Disappointment State Park Campground

Reserve your site well in advance at Cape Disappointment State Park Campground; this lovely campground gives you the best access to everything the park has to offer. Enjoy all of the features of your RV by booking one of the 50 full-hookup sites, or choose one of the 18 sites with water and electricity. When those are full, there are plenty of primitive sites available. Be sure to check the site length when you book as some have a limited length. The biggest sites in the park accommodate 45-foot rigs. The campground offers a camp store with firewood and a selection of essentials, and your site offers access to the bathrooms and showers. If you want a snack, just call the park cafe and order a meal for delivery right to your site. Rates for full-hookup sites start at $40 per night in the peak season and $35 per night for the rest of the year.

Eagles Nest Resort

Located a quick drive from Cape Disappointment, Eagles Nest Resort offers full hookups and plenty of amenities. Kids love the indoor pool, game room, and playgrounds while parents can appreciate the laundry room, hot tub, and hot showers. The camp store offers everything you need, including propane. This campground sits high on a ridge, so you can sip your coffee with stunning views of the ocean and forests.

Sand Castle RV Park

If you're interested in camping near the beach, Sand Castle RV Park is a convenient choice. It's a small park, offering just 38 full-hookup sites. The beach is right across the road, so you don't need to worry about parking. Your site comes with free Wi-Fi and cable, and there's a laundromat inside the park. Rates start at $36 per night.

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Cape Disappointment State Park

Inside Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park covers more than 2,000 acres of the Long Beach Peninsula. The best way to explore the forests, beaches, and cliffs is on foot; the park offers eight miles of hiking trails. The excellent Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center explains the history of the legendary explorers. For the best views in the park, put on a pair of sturdy shoes and head over to the North Head Lighthouse to climb the tower. On the eastern side of the park's peninsula, you'll find a boat launch and a long dock that's perfect for fishing; however, park officials do not recommend swimming because of the strong currents and waves.

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How to Get to
Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park is located just outside the small town of Ilwaco on the far southwestern tip of Washington. To get there, you can take Highway 101 from the north or south. Once you get through Ilwaco, take Highway 100 south, and the park will be on your right. If you're coming from farther up the Washington coast, take WA-103 south for a scenic trip.

Entering Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park is open to visitors and campers all year. To get in, you'll need a Discover Pass; buy it online or in-person at the park's pay stations. If you're planning to visit any other Washington state parks, the $30 annual Discover Pass is a great option.

Cape Disappointment State Park Per vehicle, one day access : $10.0

Cape Disappointment State Park annual Discover Pass : $30.0

With its spectacular landscape and fascinating history, Cape Disappointment State Park offers something for everyone. Are you heading to the park? Whether you're renting an RV from RVshare or bringing your own motorhome, we'd love to hear about your impressions of the park. Tag RVshare in your vacation photos on Instagram or Facebook, or send your best shots and tips to [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions About Cape Disappointment State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Cape Disappointment State Park?

Since Cape Disappointment State Park is on the coast of the state of Washington, most people will prefer to visit it in the summer. You can camp year-round at the park, though.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Cape Disappointment State Park?

Cape Disappointment State Park is where the Colombia River meets the Pacific Ocean. You will find clams, lobsters, crabs, and a variety of shore birds. You may also spot a grey whale migrating if you are at the lighthouse.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Cape Disappointment State Park?

There are 137 campsites suitable for tents and RVs: 50 sites that have full hookups, including sewer, and 18 sites that just have water and electric hookups. There is a dump station, as well as restroom and shower facilities.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Cape Disappointment State Park and what is the cost?

You have to reserve your camping spot at Cape Disappointment State Park either online or by phone. The cost depends upon the type of site you choose. In the summer season, the fees range from $27 to $50.

Are pets allowed at Cape Disappointment State Park?

Dogs are allowed and appear to be welcomed at Cape Disappointment State Park as long as they are on a leash. This rule applies to the campground, day-use area, trails, and the beach.