Deception Pass State Park Campground (Oak Harbor, WA)

As we mentioned in yesterday’s post about Deception Pass State Park, we spent two nights camping in Deception Pass State Park Campground before heading into Seattle.

Location

The campground is in Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island. It’s about an hour southwest of Bellingham and a little less than two hours north of Seattle.

Beyond the recreation opportunities inside of the State Park, there are plenty of amenities nearby. The nearby towns of Anacortes and Oak Harbor offer grocery stores, the best produce stand we’ve been to in a long time (on State Route 20 on Fidalgo Island before you reach Whidbey Island), coffee shops, and most anything else you could want.

Amenities

Hook-ups

Like most campgrounds, there are three choices of campsites: primitive, electric/water, and electric/water/sewer. Per our usual, we went with an electric/water site.

Bathrooms

Each loop has 1 or 2 bathroom and shower houses with a couple stalls and a couple showers each. They aren’t the best bathrooms, but they were perfectly functional, clean enough, and they had soap, so that’s a plus. The showers are 50 cents for 3 minutes. That’s inexpensive for showers that you have to pay for, but it at least puts some skin in the game and makes you think about your water consumption, something we don’t have an issue with.

Laundry & Wi-Fi

There is no laundry or wi-fi in the park.

Campsites

We were at a “non-premium” site (we’re not real sure what that means, but they cost less than “premium” sites). These sites are really, really big. We were able to tuck the tent back into some trees a good 30 or 40 feet from the truck with a ton of room for the picnic table, kitchen stuff, and human litterbox.

The sites are surrounded by dense vegetation and towering trees offering as much privacy as you can expect in a campground. This is definitely one of the nicest campgrounds we’ve stayed at.

Price/Value

During peak season, it was $29 for our electric and water site. Once you add in tax and the reservation fee, it was $34.75 per night. One thing that is more than a tad irking is the $6 processing fee for booking online that all Washington State Parks charge. In the year 2012, there should be no fee for online booking. This internet thing has been around for a couple decades now and it’s really just an easy way for the state to milk a bit more cash out of people.

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