Elwha Dam RV Park (Port Angeles, WA)
We had three major reasons for visiting the state of Washington:
- Visiting friends in Seattle
- Visiting Olympic National Park
- It’s between Canada and California
With the first one crossed off the list, we headed westward to take care of the second reason. We picked Elwha Dam RV Park as our home base for exploring yet another National Park.
Located just west of Port Angeles, WA, Elwha Dam RV Park is only about 30 minutes from several of Olympic National Park’s entrances and about an hour from another one. While there are campgrounds inside the park, none of them had hookups or showers, so we stepped just outside the Park.
Beyond the proximity to the Park, Elwha Dam RV Park is just a short hike to Elwha Dam where an old dam is being deconstructed to restore the natural habitat of the Elwha River. There is also a nearby Rails To Trails trail that allows dogs.
The reason we picked this park is that they have electric and water hookups for us, along with being more than happy to have tent campers setup shop in these spots. The RV spots also have sewer hookups, though we don’t require those. There’s also a primitive camping area.
There’s one main bath and shower house with a single shower for each gender. Given that it’s an RV park though, they’re lightly used. And they were fully useful bathrooms with soap and hand towels. We happened to locate a second bathroom and shower in the laundry room. The showers are pay showers. We don’t recall the price, but it wasn’t much. Just enough to get some skin in the game.
Laundry & Wi-Fi
There is a small laundry facility with 2 washers and 2 dryers. We don’t recall the price for the laundry either. Wi-fi is available throughout the park.
Now for the campsites, themselves. This is an RV park. The sites aren’t great for campers, but they do get the job done if what you need is a spot to put up a tent and sleep. There are no trees for shade and your neighbors are right on top of you, leaving pretty much zero privacy. If you’re a tent camper in need of privacy and shade, you will want to go to the primitive side of the park.
The full hook-up site was $35.77 after tax with Good Sam discount. That’s definitely not cheap for a campsite, but it’s also in the range of everything we’ve seen in the western states.