Odlin County Park Campground on Lopez Island Washington provides primitive tent and RV camping in a unique location close to the ferry landing. Sites have picnic tables and fire rings with pricing varied based upon the view from camp. Some sites have majestic views looking out over the water while others are tucked in to the trees or on the inland side of the road. Advanced reservations are accepted and encouraged during peak warm seasons.

    • 1 mile from Ferry landing
    • 80 acres, 31 campsites (10 beach sites)
    • Free boat & kayak launch and daytime boat trailer parking ($10 overnight parking)
    • Part of the Cascadia Marine Trail system
    • Group camp (8 campsites)
    • Potable water, vault toilets (NO showers)
    • 3 miles from Lopez Village
    • Picnic tables and fire rings (firewood available at an additional charge)
    • Picnic area and pavilion
    • Sandy beach access and boat launch
    • Full-size recreational ballfield
    • Hiking paths
    • 5 Mooring buoys (daily fee) and a day use dock (two hours maximum tie-up; 30′ maximum vessel length)

    To get to Odlin County Park Campground campers must first get to the island via boat, ferry, kayaking or swimming (the later is highly discouraged) Ferries depart Anacortes and make regular stops at Shaw Island. The ferries can carry vehicles of all sizes and are reasonably priced (not cheap but not overly expensive either). Once on the island private cars are allowed or the more adventurous can bike camp and ride over to the campground.

    Some sites are reasonably large and can handle RVs while others are designated as tent camping only. The county maintains a good reservation system with specific descriptions for each available site.

    San Juan County Fairgrounds RV Sites near Friday Harbor Washington offers 8 RV camping sites with water and electric pedestals (RV only, no tent camping permitted). 20/30 AMP electric with no sewer. Restrooms with showers are available to guests of the fairgrounds. An on site camp host or fair staff is your checkin person. During summer months reservations are accepted and encouraged. Within 5 days or during off-season the campsites become first come first served. Be aware that the sites may not be available during scheduled events at the fair; plan accordingly.

    Sites are simple backins in a straight row on mowed natural grass. No picnic tables or fire rings are available (special rules for your own fire pits).

    To get to the fairgrounds RVs must access the island via ferry from the mainland. Fees are not expensive but not cheap either. Larger RVs can be accommodated but be aware that roads in Friday Harbor (your departure point) are smaller in design; use care when driving.

    San Juan County Fairgrounds RV Sites are a short distance outside of town. It is a walk-able distance but bikes are always encouraged as a fun way to tour the pretty area.

    Tent camping is available to organized groups with special permission.

    Reservations are strongly encouraged.

    Elkhorn Campground near Brinnon Washington is a former front-country US Forest Service Campground (Olympic National Forest) now listed as “dispersed” having been cut off by a wash out on the access road and abandoned. Nature is quickly reclaiming the facility leaving only a handful of sites offering primitive hike and bike in tent camping opportunities. The sites most used by campers are located along the banks of the Dosewallips River and afford scenic views and peaceful sounds from the river.

    A non-maintained parking area is located just before the washout (GPS 47.74025, -123.06512). Users then must navigate a 75 foot switch-back laden trail around the main washout and then drop down to the old roadway.

    The 2.5 mile trek is relatively mild and can be used as an excellent intro to back country camping for novices. Another 2.5 miles beyond Elkhorn is Dosewallips Campground in Olympic National Park. The two destinations could easily be used to initiate young kids into back country camping; using them for a two day hike-camp-hike-camp-hike.

    There are picnic tables and fire rings available. No running water or restrooms. Free to use the campground is not maintained and is over 11 miles from US 101 and the nearest services. Pack out what you pack in and come prepared.

    The access road to the parking area is graded gravel and subject to large sharp pot-holes; use caution.

    Klahowya Campground near Port Angeles Washington is a US Forest Service Campground (Olympic National Forest) offering primitive and partial hookup (30 amp electric) RV and tent camping in a heavily wooded setting tucked off US 101. Accessed via a short and, when dry, dusty dirt road the campground entrance misleads you into thinking “what am I getting in to”.

    The pretty setting under old growth trees and surrounded by moss provides a relaxing setting adjacent to the Sol Duc River. Two camping loops are available. The first to the right is best for tent and small RVs. Large RVs continue straight and to the left on to the larger loop.

    Sites have picnic tables and fire rings. Potable water is available along with restrooms with running water. This popular campground is, surprisingly, all first come first served.

    A couple short hiking trails are accessible from the campground. Located across US 101 is a segment of the multi-use Olympic Discovery trail.

    In 2017 and 2018 improvements are scheduled for this campground. The Olympic National Forest has scheduled a series of projects, including drilling a new well to provide potable water to the campground, replacing the double vault toilet, replacing the roof on the flush restrooms and installing 3,560 feet of waterline.