Open Year-round
Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Dougan Creek Campground offers mid-summer weekend warriors who come for one of the region's best swimming holes a great opportunity to layover for a multi-day trip.

Located adjacent to Dougan Falls, this little campground has few amenities, but it is close to the falls. Not only is Dougan Falls a legendary swimming and sun bathing location, terrific pools may be found throughout the length of the river, particularly those across from the fish hatchery between mileposts 15 and 16.

The campground is rather unique; it is managed by the Department of Natural Resources and has a strict curfew, which means that vehicle access is from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the summer and daylight hours only during the winter. Call 360.837.3525 for details. Staying at the campground is free when you display a Washington State Discovery Pass.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass


Right next to Dougan Falls. Excellent swimming hole.


No reservations.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Department of Natural Resources


Vault toilet
Swimming holes
Picnic tables

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Just some new info to share - The land was purchased by a private party who manages the day use area and campsites through their website:

Day use parking fee at the falls is $10. Campsites are no longer walk-in and are $50/night (steep price if you ask me)
Can you call ahead to check to see if there are campsites available or do you have to just take a chance and go see?
Will it be too cold to swim at the end of June?
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