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On Point!

Creg the owner was one of the best hosts I’ve encountered.

First off, he was caught off guard with us arriving but still accommodated all our needs and more. Secondly, he gave us a free bundle of wood. Thirdly, he let our crazy dogs roam free. What more could you ask for! He’s was so generous about purchasing fire wood, giving us a ride to the nearest market, and giving us a free ride in his gator! I would highly recommend this site to all, even my mom and dad! Thanks Greg for a memorable first time in our Teardrop Trailer. Will definitely be coming back. Recommend reserving in advance, he will save you a hidden spot.

Very Green and Mt St Helens View

Beautiful gem of a campground within the trees and you can drive to Mt St Helen’s from here. In the summer you can canoe and fish.
Silver Lake is one of the best Large-mouth Bass fishing lakes in Washington State. We also have a lot of Crappie, Trout, Perch, Bluegill, Catfish, Warmouth, Pumpkin Seed, and two kinds of Carp.

You can launch your own boat or rent one. This is a great place to stay for visiting Mt St Helens and playing in the lake during the summer.

Prices range from $25-$40 and they also have some cabins for rent. You can rent a pontoon for $115/day. The showers and bathrooms are clean with nice hot water!

Nice well maintained Campground

We stayed in Site # 77 it is a pull through with Full hook up, big & semi private. The lake is across t he street which the parking area can fill up quick. The boat launch is a zoo on the weekends there's is a long line to launch & take you boat out. During the week not so bad.  We had cell service yet some WIFI (which is in the truck) so when the truck was running we had Wifi.  We had a few baby deer in the campground always a pleasure. 

The camp hosts sell firewood

The lake is big & beautiful with great views of Mt Rainier. Good fishing and we found a lot of Lures on old tree stumps and along the shore while kayaking. There are a lot of motorboats with them pulling tubes and some that don't care if they swamp you or not. We saw several folks launch their boat & primitive camp. 

Mt. Rainier is amazing we enjoyed going into the park many times checking it all out. On the way to Mt. Rainier you pass a places called Ex-Nihilo Metal Sculpture Park which the guy dose a great job on big sculptures.  Donations welcome keeps him building more. 

We went to the grove of the Patriarchs with trees over 1000 years old. Big Pines, cedars & Dougless firs. 

Beautiful area, nice campground.

Be cautious staying here

The owner is an a$$hole.

Past It's prime

This is a huge campground with lots of amenities. We came during Memorial Day weekend 2020 and it was hopping. Being one of the only campground open during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are tons of people here looking to get out of quarantine for some fresh air.

We booked three campsites with hookups. When we arrived the three sites combined were the size of two small tent sites. Between the three sites there was only one fire pit and one table.

The problem is that this Campground had been neglected for many years. There roads and campsites are muddy and need to be graveled. We watched our neighbors get stuck trying to park his camper.

The hookups are placed in bad locations and require extensions for both power and water. Many of the GFCI outlets don't work.

This place has a lot of potential. There are two pools a store and playground. All of which are run down. The roads are in desperate need of gravel.

Despite all of the drawbacks it is a beautiful place. I hope they can restore it to back to its prime.

Hidden Gem

This campground is hidden in the middle of a major Western Washington city, Federal Way. Once in the campground, you would have no idea that you are surrounded by a sprawling metropolitan area.

The campsites are small but private. They do allow for campfires but you should bring your own firewood. 

There is a trail that follows a creek down to the shoreline. If you are into geocaching we found a few along the trail. Depending on the season this trail can be quite muddy.

Great memories

I grew up camping here, as a Boy Scout this was a perfect location for many activities.

The campground is located in Capital Forest which is home to lots of hiking, mountain bike, equestrian, and ATV trails. There is even a near by gravel pit owned by the Department of Natural Resources and it is designated for target shooting.

The sites are first come first serve and you okay using and iron ranger.

Great area to explore

Brown Creek Campground is just outside of Shelton WA. There are a lot of cool places to explore around the area. Check it the high steel bridge or hike spider lake and see the beavers.

The historic and infamous Vance Creek bridge is just down the road, but they have made it off limits and difficult to get to.

Crowded Spots and Filthy Showers

Some spots are grassy, some spots are gravel, but all are extremely tight. They have a boat launch that you dont have to be camping there to use, just pay a fee and launch your boat, so some sketchy people end up wandering around. Shower house costs to gain access to and is absolutely filthy. Staff, however, is very friendly. Would not recommend.

NW Adventure Center

Excellent location for those with military access to the base - active duty, retired or family. 30/50 amp hookups. Beautiful views of American Lake. Pet friendly.