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Jonathan Stull | 11.23.2016

Winter rain in the Pacific Northwest can be a tough monkey to wrestle. Nevertheless, when the winter gloom sets in, an opportunity arises to experience the forests and coastline around the Puget Sound in a whole new way. Wisps of clouds of mist hover on mountainsides, the rain brings out new sights and smells, ferns and lichen doused and dripping with moisture. There’s no better cure for the winter doldrums than getting back outside. When properly equipped, winter camping can relieve even the most entrenched restlessness. Alternately, search for a campground opportunity that offers indoor accommodations such as cabins or yurts. Many of these campgrounds also have full RV hookups, as well. Check out these camping options, ideal for winter excursions in the Puget Sound.

  • Dash Point State Park Campground: Located in the largest protected natural area in Federal Way, Dash Point State Park, the campground offers beach access and miles of forested trail to slip into on those rainy days. While there are no cabins or yurts, full RV hookups are available.
  • John MacDonald Memorial Campground: Best for kids, the campground in Tolt-MacDonald Park offers six yurts along the Snoqualmie River along with RV sites with water and electricity.
  • Point Robinson Park: Here you have the opportunity to hole up in the keeper’s quarters of an automated lighthouse.
  • Lake Cushman Resort Campground: RV sites offer water and electric hookups, and there are a total of 11 cabins for rent. The 4,000-surface-acre lake is beautiful in winter, and it offers excellent winter adventure opportunities, the Staircase being just one such option. It’s a bit far from Seattle, but certainly worth the drive.
  • Upper Forest Campground: Located in Fort Worden State Park, Upper Forest is well-protected from the elements, which makes it a great base of operations for adventures in the area of Port Townsend
  • Potlatch State Park Campground: Plenty of tent sites for the hardy and 35 sites with water and electric hookups for those who prefer the comforts of an RV. It is an ideal spot to explore the southern Hood Canal.
  • Camano Island State Park Campground: Just 90 minutes from Seattle and well worth the drive, especially if you can snag one of the five cabins for a winter weekend.
  • Sequim Bay State Park Campground: Twenty-six full-hookup sites along with 15 more with water and electricity, making this a great resource for winter camping if you have a van or RV.


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