Whether you’re touring the South Sound, or basecamping to explore Olympic National Park, Dosewallips State Park makes an ideal destination for touring the wider area, or just relaxing campside, where you’re likely to have more elk for company than fellow campers. Located on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula, approximately 60 miles north of Olympia, this 1,000-acre park rests at the base of glacier-clad peaks where the waves of Hood Canal lap up onto the rocky shore. Here, you can start your day with a hike through a Northwest rainforest, spend your afternoon clamming on the beach, then go for a tasty, fresh-caught meal in one of the local towns or villages. Just be sure to bring your appetite and sense of adventure.
The campground at Dosewallips straddles Highway 101, so you get to choose where you pitch your tent or park your RV: near the Dosewallips River delta on the east side, or in the wide, tree-ringed clearing on the west side. The park offers 75 tent sites and 48 RV and trailer sites with hookups; max length is 40 feet. All campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire pits, and drinking water, restrooms, and showers are available. There’s also platform tents, cabins, and group sites available. The park has several picnic areas and a kitchen shelter, and ice and firewood are available for purchase. The campground is open year-round, but some services may not be available during the winter months. Seasonal campsite rates range from $12–$50/night.
For recreating in and around Dosewallips, the park offers 5 miles of hiking trails, exceptional bird and wildlife watching, and fishing, clamming and crabbing in the river and sound (recreational licence required). The park does not have its own boat launch, but you can launch from Triton Cove State Park, 7 miles south (launch permit required). For exploring the wider peninsula, the nearby towns of Paulsbo, Bainbridge and Port Townsend feature a variety of eclectic shops and galleries, as well as fantastic bistros and fine dining options. At the top of the peninsula, you can take whale watching cruises out of Port Angeles, or drive into Olympic National Park and head up to Hurricane Ridge for stunning views over the Olympic mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Canada’s Vancouver Island.
This is a large campground with all the of camping options. They have tent sites, platform tents, cabins and RV hookups. This is located on both the Hood Canal and the Dosewallips river. This provides lots of activities like hiking, fishing, clam digging and exploring. There are several camp sites located on the river. The campground is well maintained year round.
Sites are decent, not crazy packed in, but not a ton or privacy. Fire pits, decent sites. Toilets and whatnot. The best part is the proximity to the other cool stuff around the area and great day hikes and activities.
Dosewallips State Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula. It butts up against the Olympic National Park for easy access into the trails there. This is a great spot for a family as it's pretty open and allows for littles to bike around the park. For the most part, campers follow the speed limit and are respectful of the many kids around. The sites are pretty large and depending on where you camp can be private or open. There are cabins and platform tents available for your stay but they are booked pretty well in advance. There are lots of hiking trails in the area and easy access to the water and clamming and shrimping. The campsite has ice and firewood for purchase. The rangers offer weekend shows for the littles.
This campground is right on the freeway so if you do not want to hear cars and semis driving at any hours of the day and night, this may not be the best place for you.
I was given the opportunity to review the RovR RollR 60 cooler as a Dyrt Ranger. I grew up using the old school Colemans, so this cooler was a huge step up. I chose the green as I am from the Pacific Northwest and it resembled Seahawks green. The cooler is pretty big (my 7-year-old is able to get in and sit comfortably).
Large capacity with side Dry Bin for perishable goods
Collapsible bag for easy top carry
Lasting ice/ cold ( 4 days for us)
Rubber latches for animal proofing (!!!)
Rubber tire for a smooth pull
Easy to grip handle
Bolts on 4 corners to allow for bungee carrying of other items
With the Dry Bin on one side, the weight balance is off during lifting
On uneven terrain, handle drags
Hubs said having handles on all four sides would ease lifting
If you dont follow directions for pre-prepping cooler, ice only lasts for a weekend
Accessories are a bit expensive
Overall, this is a pretty sweet cooler and one that I will be using for years to come.
I’ve been coming to this state park for as long as I can remember. There’s so many activities to do; clamming, shrimping, hiking, hunting for oysters, and there’s even places to rent kayaks. No shortage of bald eagles here either. Plenty of group tent sites as well as regular RV and tent sites. Each site comes with fire pit, hook ups, and a picnic table. Showers and bathrooms are clean and only costs a quarters for a shower with hot water. Great way to bring the whole family together. Will continue coming to this state park and campground for as long as I can.
Large campground right off the highway with lots of extras for families. Multiple group campsites a available. Volleyball court, baggo, boat ramp access, larger campsites with RV sites as well.
My husband and I spent two nights camping in one of the rustic cabins- it was exactly what we needed to ward off the chill of transitional October weather. We trekked out late night to the canal at low tide to collect oysters and clams, and upon our return, found the camp area occupied by a herd of Roosevelt Elk. It was a quite a sight! We loved this place and would return in a heartbeat.
We stayed here with our two small kids, 4 and 1.5. We had a nice shared tent site with my parents. The website allowed for a great description of the site to know what we were getting which allowed us to prepare better. Clean well stocked bathrooms, and a maintained park. Saturday night the kids enjoyed the ranger talk about Smokey the Bear. And do not forget to get your shellfish license and walk across to go clamming for dinner! Oysters and clams were superb, just don’t forget to harvest your oysters on the beach.
Culdesac design on main area, but not a lot of full hookups. Many with just water & electric. Section by river and in another in trees. Not a lot of showers (4 women's total). Love the classic feel to the park. Cabins available.
This campground was nice enough, decent bathroom and vault toilets. The site we chose was in the older section, where though we still didn’t have much privacy, it was definitely more private than over in the meadow sites. Several sites in the area we camped, including ours, were right on the river which was lovely. The downside is this campground is bisected by the highway, so it can be noisy. It wasn’t too bad at night except when motorcycles would zoom by. The first night there was a group a few sites down that were up until 2am, very loud, and apparently oblivious to all of us around them. We talked to the kind ranger the next day (as did several others) and they spoke to the campers. The second night all was quiet. Generally we camp in much smaller campgrounds, where the camp hosts are near enough to hear and nip it on the bud. This is a big, popular campground, and we are just more into small, more private, more out of the way campgrounds in general. We enjoyed the hike that starts in the campground, and ventured down the road to Rocky Brook Falls too, which was beautiful. The entire surrounding area is just lovely.
Before leaving, we drove around and wrote down all the site numbers that were more private, because we would definitely come again when we need a close to home location that takes reservations.
Dosi is great even just for day trips, picnics, and playing in the river. Just a short drive away from an amazing waterfall!