Open Year-round
Yes
Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
Yes
Potable water
Yes
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Quieter than nearby Alder Lake Park Main Campground. Private sites.

Cons

Gravely beach. No showers.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Tacoma Public Utilities

Reservation phone number

1 (888) 226-7688

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Picnic tables
Potable water

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

06/25/2016
Water level in the lake was really low. Rocky beach was littered with broken glass and rusty fish hooks making it not suitable for our 1 year old to play. Disappointing because we're the weirdos that prefer a rocky beach to a sandy one (she loves collecting rocks and I don't end up cleaning up sand for weeks). However the campground is a great jumping off point for several great hikes including High Rock Lookout and Little Mashel River Falls. Also, Elbe is a cute little train town worth checking out if you have kids.
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