Dosewallips State Park RV & Campground Guide
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Nestled on the western side of Washington's Hood Canal near Brinnon, Dosewallips State Park is the perfect home base for adventures in the Olympic Peninsula. It's also a destination all on its own, offering a remarkably diverse array of activities — in one day, you can go scuba diving, harvest littleneck clams, fish for salmon, and paddle winding waterways all without leaving the park boundaries. Since the park includes salt marshes, freshwater rivers, and the mossy green characteristics of the Pacific Northwest, every bend in the trail brings something new. Seattle is about 110 miles east, and Olympia is an easy 60-mile drive to the south.
Spring 45-65 F
Summer 60-75 F
Fall 45-75 F
Winter 41-51 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Dosewallips State Park
No matter when you're visiting, an RV is a surefire way to stay comfortable when you're camping at Dosewallips State Park. An RV rental gives you all of the perks without the costs or commitment.
Dosewallips State Park Campground.
If your RV is 40 feet or less, you can set up camp at the Dosewallips State Park Campground. With 48 sites that offer full hookups, it's an excellent option for motorhomes. There's a dump station inside the campground as well as bathrooms and showers. Keep in mind that if you're visiting during the winter, only nine sites offer water. Rates vary by site and season, but you can expect to pay about $50 per night for a full-hookup site in the peak season.
Seal Rock Campground
Located less than 2 miles north of Dosewallips State Park, Seal Rock Campground makes it easy to enjoy all of the park's activities. It offers 41 sites, each suitable for both tents and RVs. Although you won't find hookups here, the campground offers drinking water and bathrooms. At the end of the day, build a fire in your fire ring and enjoy the view of the Hood Canal from your picnic tables. All sites in this busy campground are first-come, first-served, so try to get in early. Coming in a big rig? Sites near the water offer the most space. Expect to pay $18 per night.
Cove RV Park
Just over 5 miles up the coast, Cove RV Park is the closest campground with full hookups for your RV. It's situated close to Highway 101, so it's easy to park and set up camp. After a day of fun, enjoy the Wi-Fi and cable TV, or build a fire in your private campfire ring to enjoy the fresh air. A few steps away, you'll find bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and a boat launch. This RV park also has its own country store, so you can grab last-minute ingredients without driving anywhere. Rates start at $39 per night.
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What to Do at
Dosewallips State Park
Inside Dosewallips State Park
Dosewallips State Park packs a huge variety of activities into its 1,000 acres, and most of them happen in or around the water. If you have a boat, you can explore the Dosewallips River or the Hood River Canal; when it's warm outside, feel free to jump in for a swim. Clam and mussel harvesting is a popular activity, and you can even try crabbing. Throughout the year, you can see elk, bald eagles, and spawning salmon. If you're interested in fishing, you can bring your saltwater and freshwater tackle to expand the possibilities.
Outside Dosewallips State Park
Dosewallips State Park sits near some of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in Washington. Whether you want to hike to waterfalls, explore a rainforest, or hang out on the beach, you'll be spoiled for choice. If you're in the mood for shopping and dining, plan on spending a bit of traveling time in the car.
Geoduck Restaurant and Lounge
Geoduck Restaurant and Lounge is located inside Dosewallips State Park, so it's a convenient spot for lunch or dinner. The menu is largely made up of delicious local seafood dishes, but you can also grab a burger or a sandwich.
Type: Seafood, American
Location: Old US, US-101, Brinnon, WA 98320
Halfway House Restaurant
With a diner-style menu featuring seafood and comfort food, Halfway House Restaurant offers an option for your whole family. Make sure to end the meal with a slice of the restaurant's excellent homemade pie or cobbler.
Location: 41 Brinnon Ln, Brinnon, WA 98320
The Galley & Pub
Dine indoors or outdoors at The Galley & Pub; no matter which you choose, you'll enjoy unparalleled views of the Puget Sound. Sip a beer or a cider while you enjoy the salads, sandwiches, and pizzas.
Location: 308913 US-101, Brinnon, WA 98320
Gear Head Deli
Dig into a delicious sandwich at the Gear Head Deli. In addition to the classics, this spot offers indulgent options like pulled pork, vegetarian options, and fantastic potato salad.
Location: 294963 US-101, Quilcene, WA 98376
If you're in the mood for a locally made microbrew, head up to Twana Roadhouse. The menu offers delicious pizza, burgers, salads, and more, and no meal is complete without a slice of the chef's homemade pie.
Location: 294793 US-101, Quilcene, WA 98376
Brinnon General Store
If you need some last-minute supplies for your camping trip, Brinnon General Store is the most convenient option near the park.
Location: 306413 US-101, Brinnon, WA 98320
Yelvik General Store
Another easy-access grocery store, Yelvik General Store has all of the food and supplies you need for RV camping.
Location: 251 Hjelvicks Rd, Brinnon, WA 98320
Beaver Valley Store Sugar Hill Farms
Specializing in delicious handcrafted chocolates, baked goods, and other treats, Beaver Valley Store Sugar Hill Farms is the perfect place to pick up a snack for yourself or a gift for someone else.
Location: 2593 Beaver Valley Rd, Port Ludlow, WA 98365, United States
Rocky Brook Falls
Enjoy one of the Olympic Peninsula's spectacular waterfalls at Rocky Brook Falls, which sits just 4 miles from Dosewallips State Park. Crashing for more than 200 feet down a rocky cliff, this horsetail-style waterfall is a must-visit site. Getting there requires a quick walk from the parking area, making this the perfect side trip on a quick vacation.
Location: Brinnon, WA
Ranger Hole Trail
If you're looking for an easy, beautiful hike, head to Ranger Hole Trail. It's less than 1 mile long, but it offers fantastic scenery as it travels through the Olympic National Forest to the Duckabush River. Bring your tackle box and fish in the river, or enjoy the stunning views of the rocky shoreline. While you're in the area, take the Interrorem Nature Trail through the rainforest; the two trails share a trailhead, but the Interrorem is accessible and easier for children to manage.
Location: Quilcene, Washington
Head to the top of Mt. Walker to enjoy beautiful views over the forest and across to the Puget Sound. If you're up for a difficult hike, take the 2-mile trail to the summit. It passes through a range of forest environments and spring wildflowers. Prefer to drive? No problem — a road runs right to the top.
Location: Quilcene, Washington
Port Townsend Aero Museum
On a rainy day, make the drive up to the Port Townsend Aero Museum for an entertaining afternoon. This fascinating museum houses a huge collection of aircraft, including vintage planes and unusual flying machines. Sometimes, the staff takes airplanes up to show off their features.
Location: 105 Airport Rd, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Olympic National Park
No visit to Dosewallips State Park is complete without a trip into Olympic National Park. Stretching for almost 1 million acres, this enormous park offers some of the most exciting landscapes in the United States. Hike through the magical Hoh Rainforest, paddle the Pacific Ocean, and explore the rocky beaches that line more than 70 miles of coastline. With activities including tide pooling, fishing, kayaking, biking, boating, hiking, and surfing, you'll never run out of things to do.
Location: 600 E Park Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362
How to Get to
Dosewallips State Park
Dosewallips State Park sits just west of Highway 101 on the eastern edge of the Olympic Peninsula. From Seattle, the fastest way to get to the park is to take the Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry, hop on 305 to WA-3, and take the Hood Canal Floating Bridge to get to Highway 101 south. If you're not comfortable driving an RV on and off the ferry, you'll need to go south through Tacoma and head north to the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. From Olympia, head north on Highway 101.
Entering Dosewallips State Park
Dosewallips State Park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the summer and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter. The rates below are per day. If you're planning to visit other Washington state parks on your trip, you can save money by purchasing the $30 annual Discover Pass.
Dosewallips State Park Per vehicle : $10.0
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dosewallips State Park
Summertime is the best time to visit Dosewallips State Park since the Dosewallips River is the perfect place to swim. The freshwater river is cool and refreshing amid the summer heat.
You can find eagles, osprey, seals and porpoises in the marine areas. Sometimes you can even spot killer whales offshore. If you want to see wintering herds of elk, visit during the off-season.
The campground has 48 RV sites, 75 tent sites, 12 cabins, one dump station and three bathhouses. From December through March, the campground is winterized and only sites 21 and 29 have water during that time, though water supply is still available.
Pets are allowed, but they must be on a leash and under control at all times. They are allowed in trail areas, but pet owners must clean up after them.
Yes, Dosewallips State Park has one ADA-compliant restroom and one ADA-compliant shower. Two cabins are accessible, and one of the platform tent camping sites is accessible. Book the sites closest to the accessible bathhouse if you're a disabled visitor.