RV Camping at Baker Lake - Washington
RV Camping In Washington

RV Camping and Campgrounds In Washington

Washington has a wide variety of great RV camping locations. The Washington coast offers RVers wonderful scenery and comfortable Summer weather, and the Cascade Mountains and National Parks offer great RV camping opportunities. From RV resorts, to basic service public campgrounds and excellent dispersed campsites (boondocking), you will find great RV camping in Washington.

Washington Private RV Parks

  • Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding private RV parks and campgrounds in Washington.

Federal RV Camping Information

  • National Park Service - NPS information about camping on National Park Service administered lands in Washington.
  • US Forest Service - USFS information about National Forests and camping in Washington. Thousands of developed campsites in Washington, and great dispersed RV camping locations.
  • Bureau of Land Management - BLM information about lands managed in Washington. BLM manages 8.4 million acres of public land, with 50 developed recreation areas. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is encouraged on BLM lands.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about Corps lakes in Washington. Five lakes have public RV camping facilities.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service - FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Washington. Not all refuges allow camping, so check carefully.

State RV Camping Information

  • Camping Reservations - Washington State and Federal campground reservations for your RV camping trip.

Washington RV Dump Stations

Washington Free RV Camping And Boondocking

Free RV camping is available throughout Washington on public lands administered by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), and the USFS (US Forest Service). Washington state wildlife areas often permit free camping too. The following list is a sample of free RV camping and parking locations in Washington.

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Concrete Camping Location CONCRETE

North of Concrete on Baker Lake is Puget Power's Baker Lake Campground. This campground is free from Labor Day through Memorial Day, then charges a small fee during the peak summer season. RV dump station, water, trash, flush toilets. Call 888-711-3033 (Baker Lake Recreation reservation and information line).

Loomis Camping Location LOOMIS

Free RV camping is allowed at the remote BLM Chopaka Lake Campground. 14 day limit with dispersed campsites along the lake.

Moses Lake Camping Location MOSES LAKE

The US Bureau of Reclamation offers the O'Sullivan Dam and Potholes Reservoir. Free RV camping along the lake at several locations.

Odessa Camping Location ODESSA

You will find 6 campsites with toilets and no fee at the BLM Coffeepot Lake Campground. Boating, Fishing (Special Fishing Rules Apply), Hiking, and Horseback Riding are activities.

Riverside Camping Location RIVERSIDE

A remote USFS (US Forest Service) campground is the Crawfish Lake Campground. 19 campsites and vault toilets are offered. Free!

Sprague Camping Location SPRAGUE

Free RV Camping is permitted at the BLM Fishtrap/Hog Lake Recreation Area. No designated campsites, no facilities, and a 14 day maximum stay.

Spokane Camping Location Map SPOKANE

The Spokane BLM Resource Area covers eastern Washington. There are Free Campgrounds listed on the BLM web site, and there are more boondocking areas available if you contact the Spokane BLM office for information.

Tonasket Camping Location TONASKET

13 miles east of Tonasket off state highway 20 is the USFS Lyman Lake Campground. This small campground has vault toilets and nothing else. Fishing is available, and the price is right...Free!

Washington Public RV Campground Locations

RV camping in Washington is great for RVers looking for great outdoor recreation. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Washington State Parks offer RV camping, and the same is true for many County and Community parks. USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer cooler locations to escape the Summer heat. Amenities range from dry RV camping with only trash and pit toilets to RV camping sites with full RV hookups.

The following list is only a sample of available RV camping locations in Washington

Blaine Camping Location BLAINE

West of Blaine near Point Roberts is Lighthouse Marine County Park. RV camping and more is available. Vehicle access through Canada.

Clarkson Camping Location CLARKSON

RV camping is available at USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) Lower Granite Lake. The campground has electric and non electric equipped campsites.

Colville Camping Location COLVILLE

Just 13 miles from Colville, the Little Pend Oreille NWR (National Wildlife Refuge) offers free RV camping in designated areas

Forks Camping Location FORKS

Six miles south of Forks on US highway 101 is Bogachiel State Park. RV camping with 36 campsites, 6 with power and water.

National Forest Camping Location GIFFORD PINCHOT NATIONAL FOREST

RV camping is available at 35 USFS campgrounds in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of south central Washington. Click on the campgrounds on the map for directions to each campground, facilities, and rates

Grand Coulee Camping Location GRAND COULEE

Outdoor recreation and RV camping go hand in hand, and the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area has it all.

Hadlock Camping Location HADLOCK

Eight miles northeast of Hadlock is Fort Flagler State Park. Check their website for directions and RV camping opportunities.

Port Townsend Camping Location PORT TOWNSEND

RV camping is available four miles south of Port Townsend is the Old Fort Townsend State Park. 40 first come first serve campsites.

Poulsbo Camping Location POULSBO

Northeast of Poulsbo is the Kitsap Memorial State Park. The park offers tent and RV camping sites.

Silverdale Camping Location SILVERDALE

RV camping for rigs up to 60 feet at campsites of the Scenic Beach State Park. Check website for directions and information.

Tacoma Camping Location TACOMA

Southeast of Tacoma lies Mount Rainier National Park. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound with numerous RV camping areas.

Twisp Camping Location TWISP

East of Twisp are Two USFS Campgrounds. Toilets, water, and a small fee for camping.

  • Loup Loup - 25 campsites with water and trash
  • JR - Water and trash is available at this 6 campsite campground

Winthrop Camping Location WINTHROP

A few miles north of Winthrop are Three USFS Campgrounds. Offering toilets, and wheelchair accessibility, these forest campgrounds might be just what you are looking for.

  • Falls Creek - Small RV's will enjoy this campground with 7 campsites at 2100 ft elevation.
  • Chewuch - Most larger RV's will fit in this 15 space campground with accessible features.
  • Camp 4 - Another campground suitable for small RV's at 2400 ft elevation.

RV Camping Unlimited

Public lands offer almost unlimited RV camping in Washington. State, Federal, and private campgrounds have basic service campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, to full hookup RV resorts. Free dispersed camping (boondocking) is available in Washington National Forests. Use the links to the public lands websites above for specific information about camping and public lands access. Research and explore, and you should have no trouble finding the best RV camping locations.

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USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

Free Overnight Parking Ideas

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Washington. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Washington due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Washington. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.

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