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Tyson Gillard | 01.16.2016

With relatively mild winter temperatures driven by its maritime climate, Washington state is graced with some of the best winter camping spots in the country, particularly given its northern latitude.

While snow closes down all campgrounds in the Cascades and almost all of them in eastern Washington, nearly all of the low elevation campgrounds west of the Cascades remain open during the winter months. From the Columbia River Gorge to the Olympic Peninsula and up to the San Juan Islands, incredible adventures can be pursued year round.

That being said, western Washington is notorious for one thing, more than an other state, and that is RAIN! If you're exploring the great outdoors any time in between October and June, you can count on liquid sunshine. In fact, some areas like Olympic National Park are best explored in the off-season when the crowds are all gone. We realize camping out in the rain isn't for everyone, so we've not only highlighted the campgrounds with cabins, yurts, and platform tents, we've also made sure to feature some of the best rustic lodges in the area to give you, your family, or your other travel companions the full range of overnight accommodation options.

We've also featured a slew of campgrounds, and favorites are signified with an asterisk.

​Olympic Peninsula (Pacific Coast)

Olympic Peninsula (Rain Forest)

Olympic Peninsula (North)

Olympic Peninsula (Hood Canal)

Southwestern Coast

Northern Puget Sound

Northern Puget Sound (San Juan Islands)

  • Moran State Park Campgrounds: RV hookups.
  • Spencer Spit State Park Campground
  • Obstruction Pass State Park Campground
  • San Juan County Park Campground
  • Lakedale Resort + Campground*: lodge rooms, platform tents, RV hookups.
  • Rosario Resort + Spa: lodge rooms.

Southern Puget Sound

Seatte/Tacoma Metro Area

Skagit Valley

Columbia River Gorge


Sorry! Fort Ebey normally closes in November due to lack of staffing. It's still open for day use, but not camping.
Brandon, great catch! That's why you're so great! Really.
Don't forget Rasar State Park Campground and Howard Miller Steelhead Campground on the Skagit River. Both are open year-round with cabins, standard sites, and Adirondack shelters!
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