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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
Yes
Potable water
Yes
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Simply put, John MacDonald Memorial Campground is the best camping spot for kids (or anyone) in the Seattle metro area.

Located within Tolt-MacDonald Park on the Snoqualmie River, the campground was the vision of John MacDonald, a Boy Scout Council Chief who knew his camping. It is strategically divided up into three areas:

  • An RV Camping Area: There are 16 sites that are easily accessible with large pull-through campsites (each equipped with water and electrical hook-ups).
  • A Yurt and Family Camping Area: Located across the suspension bridge, the area features six yurts (each sleeps five people, is heated, and has electrical outlets), two camping shelters called "cabins," numerous walk-in sites, a large picnic shelter (South Picnic Shelter), one group site, and an amphitheater.
  • Walk-in Camping Area: Removed and quiet for the more adventurous-minded and those seeking more solitude, these campsites north of the Yurt and Family Camping Area are well worth the 0.6-mile walk. The campsites are large, more private, and feature an open-meadow group campsite near the North Picnic Shelter.

Beyond the campground itself, campers will enjoy fishing or swimming in the Snoqualmie River, hiking on the park's trail network, and using the park's sports fields and playground.

Note: John MacDonald Memorial Campground is open year-round. To rent picnic shelters or any of the park's other facilities, call 206.205.5275, or 206-205-5434, or email King County at [email protected] Yurts must reserved one week in advance. Further, for anyone camping in the Yurt and Family Area or the Walk-in Area, carts are provided to carry your gear.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Unique layout. Walk-in campsites at the north end. Yurts. Snoqualmie River beach.

Cons

Many campsites require a short walk for access.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

King County Parks and Recreation

Reservation phone number

1 (206) 205-5434

Features

ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Showers
Boat ramp(s)
Swimming holes
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Baseball
Amphitheater
Playground

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

10/05/2018
It now has a note that it is "* Closed seasonally from November 1st to the end of February."

https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/activities-rentals/rentals.aspx
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