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Open Year-round
No
Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Tucked away at the west end of Lake Crescent, Fairholme Campground is a fairly large campground ideally situated near the water and with direct access to Fairholme Beach. While none of the 88 sites have hookups, this campground gets plenty of RV traffic (maximum recommended length is 21 feet). Tent camping has its advantages here as well, however, as many of the best sites are walk-in only. There is no reservation system here, so all sites are first-come, first-served. All sites enjoy shade from Douglas firs, western redcedars and the red alder covering the shoreline, which is an important feature on the long sunny days at the lake's western shore, and the lush understory of ferns helps to keep the dust down.

Fairholme Campground has basic amenities including potable water, picnic tables and fire pits at each site, and restrooms; the principle amenity here is its location near to the boat launch, swimming area, and general store affiliated with the beach. You can also rent boats for a little exploration on the lake itself. For a little exercise, the campground is just steps away from the Spruce Railroad/Olympic Discovery Trail that runs along the north shore of the lake, and several more trails are just a short drive away. If the weather turns inclement and you need a break, Fairholme is only a 30 minute drive from Sol Duc Hot Springs, where you can warm your core with a long soak.

Note: Fairholme Campground is closed during the winter months, typically from the beginning of October to the Memorial Day weekend. Call the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles at 360.564.3130 for details and specific opening dates.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open from

May 28 to September 30

Pros

Direct access to Lake Crescent via beach and boat ramp. Campsites along shoreline.

Cons

Distant noise from highway. No reservations.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

National Park Service

Features

Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Swimming holes
Potable water
Picnic tables
Marina

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

75. Walk-in, 77. Walk-in, 81. Walk-in, 82. Walk-in, 84. Walk-in

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

07/18/2018
We arrived at 10:30 am on a Wednesday and were able to snag site 89 (a waterfront tent site) just as the people were packing up to check out. We stayed 3 nights. We had a spot to hang our hammocks too :) the only bad thing about the waterfront sites is that it is a little climb to parking and the bathrooms.
08/04/2016
Very very busy campground. You need to arrive early in the week to get a spot. We arrived mid-day on a Thursday and it was full. Looked pretty nice but the campsites had no privacy.
08/08/2016
A great campground especially since its along the huge Lake Crescent! I arrived pretty late, around 7 with only a few campsites left.
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