About Paradise Point State Park
Drive In, Walk In, Boat In
Paradise Point State Park is located in Washington
10 Reviews of Paradise Point State Park
Great state park with all the usual amenities: fire pits, trees, ranger station. It's basically two different types of campgrounds in one: there's the sites more out in the open that are closer to the freeway. Then there's a bunch further away in both a meadow and the woods. Obviously if possible, stay away from the freeway. Down at the day use area (which has a nice small beach) the sound was so loud it was hard to hear people talking just a few feet away.
Lots of hiking including a nice trail between the campground and the day use area. Firewood available. Spots for both camps and trailers including electric and water hookups. Nice staff/rangers available for questions. Walk-in spots are cheapest and many are further away from the freeway. Very clean overall.
The Lewis River is awesome. But when we normally go on the river we’re closer to Battle Ground. This campground could be a decent place, but our concern there is when you go camping, it was just too close to the freeway. The traffic noise wasn’t an issue, it was more of a concern about who might show up in the middle of the night from how close it was to the freeway. The River, while it’s pretty, most of the spots you drop down into the river pretty fast, so it’s not a place where you’d hang out, though we didn't make it all the way to the day-use area.
This campground is conveniently located within easy driving distance of Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, WA. The handy location has the disadvantage of being in close proximity to I-5. It is near a river, but the river was not very inviting. The so-called swimming hole was located under the interstate overpass and the water was rather murky.
Walk-in campsites were decent and provided more privacy than traditional campsites. Firewood available at campground. Cleaning and maintenance of vault toilets were not especially good, but it was a busy time of year.
Cute little place, showers, potable water, toilets, buy wood, etc. Has two yurts also. A little steep at 30.00/nt to camp. You have to drive or walk a ways to the river which has a day use area with bbqs & picnic tables. The day use area also provides life jackets if you forget yours. The selling point for this camp ground was the disc golf c.ourse
Before we headed up to Paradise Point State Park I read several other reviews that complained about how loud this campground was, but also balanced it out with the pretty trees and nice beach. It's close enough to Portland I thought it was still worth a try. But I had no idea how loud it really was. I tried to take a video but it doesn't quite capture the noise. It's so loud, especially in the day-use area and in the camp sites right up against the I-5 freeway, that you can't hear what someone is saying five feet away, even if they are shouting.
That said, the campground is beautiful, especially the spaces further away from the road that are surrounded by large trees or in the meadow area, and the day-use area does have a small beach on the river (more of a drive away from the campground than a quick walk). The beach is right under the freeway however, with a constant thump-thump, thump-thump of cars going over the bridge. Overall, there's other, better Washington campgrounds I'd try first.
We went late season and had the place to ourselves. Decent sized sites.
Totally agree with the other campers - this is RIGHT off a busy interstate highway, the anti-nature. The orchard sites are 50-100 feet further away from the noise than the other half of the grounds. I grew up near a freeway, so I could do this, but it certainly wouldn't be a top choice and it wouldn't be good for the lungs - they say you need to live at least 100 yards away from a busy street. But there are nice amenities, including a recommended swimming hole on the Lewis River, disc golf, volleyball, decent campsites, lots of places for kids to explore, open spaces, views east and sort of a gateway stop to a lot of picturesque locations.
Campground close to highway questionable people. We had planned a day trip to check out the yurts and only drove through because it was so bad. Skip this one and head to seaquest.
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This is a great campground if you are looking for a place that has easy off/on from the freeway. Located just a few miles north of Ridgefield's amphitheater it might be handy for someone coming to a concert or just needing a place to set up camp on their way somewhere. This isn't really a destination campground as much as it is a passthrough. That said, there are some hike in spots that are fairly easy to get to that might be fun for the kids.
The disc golf course is entertaining, but not super challenging. Located on barely 10 acres the designers have done a good job using every bit of theland here. If you are wondering why each basket is set in an above ground block of concrete, it was to avoid doing archeological and wildlife surveys that would have been necessary if the development had included digging up the soil. Hole one is a fun one that plays under a freeway overpass.