Potlatch State Park RV & Campground Guide


Due to its sheltered location, Potlatch State Park is one of the best spots if you want to harvest shellfish. The area is known as "Enetai" to the Skokomish Indian Tribe, which means "beyond", and was a winter village where the Potlatch ceremony was held. This 84-acre park includes 5,700 feet of shoreline along the Hood Canal and is located about a half-hour north of Olympia, WA, on US Highway 101. The small town of Hoodsport is just five minutes from the state park. The area sees about 38 inches of precipitation annually, most of which falls between November and February.

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Spring 40-59 F
Summer 52-74 F
Fall 43-60 F
Winter 35-46 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Potlatch State Park

When visiting state and national parks on the Olympic Peninsula, an RV is perhaps the most convenient way to go. You don't need the commitment and hassle of owning your own. You can easily rent an RV from RVshare.

Potlatch State Park Campground

The campground at Potlatch State Park has 35 partial hookup sites that can accommodate RVs up to 60 feet. Restrooms and shower facilities are located within the campground. A playing field is available at the North Loop, and the dump station is near the South Loop. RV sites start at $30/night during winter and $35 during peak season.

Waterfront at Potlatch

The Waterfront at Potlatch is a 13-minute walk from Potlatch State Park. It features deluxe and standard RV sites, all of which offer full hookups, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. Deluxe sites have 50-amp power, are a bit roomier, and are just steps from the waterfront, while standard RV sites are a little smaller, farther from the water, and have either 50- or 30-amp power. Rates start around $45/night.

Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman

Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman was ranked second for the Best of the Northwest Escapes competition. The park offers both back-in and pull-through sites, and all 34 spaces have full hookups. Amenities include a volleyball court, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Rates for RV spots start at $52/night.

Glen Ayr Resort

Glen Ayr Resort is a pet-friendly RV park and is a destination unto itself. The camping area offers deluxe 50-amp, pull-through 50-amp, and standard 30-amp RV sites, and all the sites have full hookups with cable TV as well as access to laundry and shower facilities. The five deluxe RV sites back up into a wooded creek and are close to the beach, swim spa, and BBQ area. Pull-through sites are spacious, and each has a picnic table. Each of the standard 30-amp sites includes a patio area with a picnic table. The resort offers swimming, a spa, and other luxuries.

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What to Do at
Potlatch State Park

Inside Potlatch State Park

Clamming, crabbing, and oyster harvesting are all popular activities at Potlatch State Park, and a license is required. The day-use area features a canoe launch to allow kayaking and sailboarding on the relatively calm Hood Canal. You'll also find four mooring buoys, and you can enjoy saltwater fishing in the canal. The park has an amphitheater, and seasonally, kids can participate in the Junior Ranger programs. Other activities include a hike on the half-mile trail, beach exploration, bird watching, and kite flying.

Outside Potlatch State Park

The area around Potlatch State Park offers plenty of quirky restaurants and shops. Much of the area south of the park belongs to the Skokomish Indian Tribe, and their casino offers food, shopping, and entertainment for all ages. Close by, you'll also find state parks and other interesting places to visit. 


Model T Pub and Eatery

For a little local flavor, check out Model T Pub and Eatery. Open for lunch and dinner, this restaurant has been around for 30 years. It has a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere that offers cold beer and American fares like roasted chicken, sandwiches, and huge plates of fries. Weather permitting, adults can enjoy the outdoor beer garden.

Type: American, Bar, Pub

Location: 24281 N US Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA

2 Margaritas

In addition to your typical Mexican restaurant menu items, 2 Margaritas offers a huge assortment of seafood items. You can get fish and chips, a salmon steak burger, or seafood chimichangas and burritos. They offer a full page of vegetarian options, including vegetable tamales and vegetable taquitos. The dessert menu includes fried ice cream, flan, sweet tamalitos, and more. For those over 21, you can choose from more than 13 flavors of margaritas along with cocktails, beer, wine, and coffee with liqueur.

Type: Mexican, Southwestern

Location: 5121 E State Route 106, Union, WA

Nina’s Lake Cushman Café

You can stop in at Nina’s Lake Cushman Café for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Be sure to check out the daily specials, which might include raspberry pancakes, spicy brown sugar bourbon wings, shrimp and chips, or seafood chowder. You can also get your favorite espresso drink.

Type: American, Café

Location: 2440 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport, WA

The Hamburger Stand

The Hamburger Stand serves much more than just burgers. The menu includes seafood combos and teriyaki plates. Their outdoor dining area is great for families.

Type: American, Quick Bites

Location: 24311 N US Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA


Union City Market

Union City Market is a gathering place for the community year-round and is located at the Hood Canal Marina. You'll find locally made snacks, art, gifts, and specialty food items. It also serves coffee and ice cream. It's a great place to pick up souvenirs or to sit down for a bite to eat.

Location: 5101 E State Route 106, Union, WA

Sunshine Creations Northwest

Sunshine Creations Northwest offers unique gifts, jewelry, and art by local artisans. Types of items they sell include deer hide drums, shells, quilts and table runners, paintings, wood-turned items like boxes and pens, and items made from glass.

Location: 24252 N US Highway 101, Hoodsport WA


Lucky Dog Casino

Lucky Dog Casino is the place to go for gaming, dining, and entertainment. The casino features Vegas-style slot machines. Be sure to check their schedule to see what entertainment they have booked during your visit.

Location: 19330 N US Highway 101, Skokomish, WA

The Hardware Distillery Co.

The Hardware Distillery Co. is a craft distillery that uses Washington-grown grains, fruits from Washington orchards, and local honey from Washington bees. You can learn about the distillery process and visit the tasting room. In addition to their variety of spirits, their shop includes gift boxes, t-shirts, hats, flasks, and glassware.

Location: 24210 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA

Twanoh State Park

At Twanoh State Park, you might want to actually get in the water. Unlike most state parks in Washington, this park has surprisingly warm saltwater. Facilities include the 100-foot dock, 200 feet of moorage, 2.5 miles of hiking trails, a badminton area, volleyball and tennis courts, and horseshoe pits. Water activities include boating, crabbing, harvesting oysters, and waterskiing.

Location: 12190 WA-106, Union, WA

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How to Get to
Potlatch State Park

From Interstate 5 in either direction, take the exit for US Highway 101 N, which is at the south end of Olympia. Take US 101 all the way to the entrance of the park, just north of the Skokomish Indian Reservation.

Entering Potlatch State Park

This state park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round. You will need to purchase your Discover Pass ahead of time because Potlatch State Park does not have an automated pay station.

Potlatch State Park Single day Discover Pass : $10.0

From the temperate rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula to the deserts of Eastern Washington, traveling in an RV is a great way to see the state parks and other wonders this area has to offer. To avoid the expense of buying and maintaining your own RV, you can rent one from RVshare. Be sure to take lots of photos and tag RVshare in your social media posts about your travels. You can also send your pics and memories directly to [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions About Potlatch State Park

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

The park is most interesting during the summer. Swimming along the shoreline is the best way to stay cool during the summer. Additionally, you'll have a good time picnicking, scuba diving, windsurfing, and clamming.

What is the climate of Potlatch State Park?

From May through September, Potlatch State Park experiences moderate temperatures ranging from the 60s to the high 70s, with less precipitation during the hottest summer months. Winter temperatures range from the mid-40s to the mid-50s, with moderate amounts of rainfall.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Potlatch State Park?

The area's varied topography contributes to the wide variety of bird species. Near the lake, it's possible to see scaups, herons, and scoters. While in the woods, keep a lookout for fox sparrows and Steller's jays.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Potlatch State Park?

There are 27 total spots and five pull-through campsites in the Potlatch State Park. The campground consists of two loops connected by a single road. The campsites vary in size. RVs and trailers are only allowed to be 60 feet in length.

Are pets allowed at Potlatch State Park?

Pets are allowed at Potlatch State Park, but they must always be on no less than a six-foot leash. They must also be under the physical control of owners while in the park. Owners must clean up after their pets as well.