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Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • Vault toilet facility at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • View of Alder Lake Reservoir from Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Typical campsite at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Typical campsite at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Typical campsite at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Typical campsite at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Day use picnic area at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Day use picnic area at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Gravel beach and boat ramp at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
  • Gravel beach and boat ramp at Rocky Point Campground.- Alder Lake, Rocky Point Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Quieter than nearby Alder Lake Park Main Campground. Private sites.
Cons: 
Gravely beach. No showers.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Managed by: 
Tacoma Public Utilities
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Rocky Point Campground is part of the Alder Lake Park Campground system, and it is located approximately 4 miles east of the park entrance on Highway 7 and on the southern branch of the reservoir. This end of the reservoir naturally doesn't get all of the attention that the north end draws, and it also may also be a calmer spot in terms of prevailing winds. Rocky Point is closer to the small town of Elbe, roughly the point at which the Nisqually River begins to back up into the reservoir. The water at this end of the lake can sometimes carry the turbid traces of runoff coming in from Mount Rainier National Park. And keep in mind that if the park is your primary destination, Rocky Point may be a better choice for you than some of the more lake-oriented campgrounds at the north end.

Compared to the large campgrounds in the main section of the park, Rocky Point is a little more modest. There are 25 sites here, all with water and electric hookups. The sites are generally spacious and arranged to maximize privacy, though there is no denying the reality of how popular this area becomes in the summer. Rocky Point doesn't have all of the amenities that are found in the main campgrounds: there are no showers or playgrounds here, for instance. The essentials are still in place, however: you'll find a good boat ramp, restrooms, potable water, and a modest day use area. One thing to keep in mind is that Rocky Point is aptly named: there isn't much in the way of a swimming beach here, and the beach is quite rocky. If a shore-based day at the lake is on your agenda, you will probably be more comfortable in the day use areas at Alder Lake Park.

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