This popular campground with its beautiful views of Hood Canal and the mountains to the southeast is located directly on Hood Canal. Seal Rock Campground is one of the few national forest campgrounds located on salt water with harvestable oysters for public use.
41 tent/RV sites are spaced among the trees with several along the waterfront. There are 3 paved accessible units and facilities that accommodate wheelchairs. The lengths of sites vary, with those along Hood Canal capable of handling the larger motorhomes and trailers. There are no hookups.
There is also a day use area within the campground that offers two accessible interpretive trails.
We stayed here for our annual family shrimping trips. My family usually takes up 5-7 sites if we aren't able to get the group site. This year we were each in individual sites but they were pretty close together so it felt like a group area. Seal Rock is right on the water of Hood Canal. This is nice because there is a bit of beach access and a nature trail that runs along the shore.
During our time shrimping, we also head out and get oysters and clams. The oysters are so abundant and you are able to crack open a few and eat them there on the beach!
My littles love all the trees and hidey holes they can get into during our stay. Cell service is botchy so dont rely on that.
This is a first come first served camp ground and it fills up quickly. There are spots for both tents and rvs and a few spaces are on the beach. There is potable water, flush toilets and electricity is in the restrooms, tables and fire pits at each site. Garbage cans spaced throughout campground make clean up easy.
Seal Rock campground is on the Hood canal side of the Olympic peninsula in Washington state. It's actually the second time we camped there, this time on July 3rd and 4th. We expected it to be overcrowded and it was not the case, though a bit more on the 4th. Very nice campground with direct access to a small beach and a gorgeous view. Shellfish can be harvested on the beach. Pets are not allowed on the beach but there are plenty of trails where they can be taken. There is a charming little boardwalk interpretive trail along the water. All campsites are in wooded areas, including those on the lower loop along the water. There are flush toilets and water and a camp host. Fee is 18 dollars for a tent site.
Liked this place so much I stayed a 2nd night. Super nice hosts and campers, many of whom stay the full Memorial Day week. Beautiful walkway along canal. Try to get one of the sites across from the canal - great views and generous parking. Woke up to the songs of eagles in the trees above. Flush toilets and water faucets but no showers. I showered at tge state campground down the road for a couple of bucks. Access to supplies and fabulous food down the road - do not miss Gouyducks!
the short: noisy, rude host, dirty, nice canal, easy access
the long: we arrived around 2130 and took the last spot. phew! since we were so late and expected to leave before 0900 the next morning, we didn't bother setting up. kinda late to make a bunch of noise and deal with the dogs so we all slept in the truck. we strolled down to the water and around the grounds to get the night vibe of the place and sniff the brine coming off the canal. we took a look at the board and noticed there are a lot of restrictions/rules concerning the dogs. this seems to be a trend in campgrounds, parks and a lot of trail systems. most of it is understandable but sometimes it makes you feel less than welcome. we slept poorly that night because the traffic from 101 is VERY near and pretty constant. we were awakened before 0700 by screaming kids and the camp host placing a note on our window. apparently there are no restrictions/rules when it comes to child nuisances. what happened to quiet hours? the host wanted to let us know (at 0700!) that we needed to place our ticket on the post. never mind that we added payment to the box (with check out date that day) and hung our tag (with check out date that day) on the rear view mirror. check out is at 1100 so i'm pretty sure we'd be fine for four more hours with only two forms of notice. also, we're sleeping! go police the screaming children. we decided to get up and go since there wouldn't be peace. i got out and took a day look…meh. trash in the pit, trash on the ground and more traffic noise. the canal was lovely and if you like oysters it's a great spot to muck around. other than that, pass.
Olympic is a big park and this campground is the furthest east point along the squiggly bays and inlets west of Seattle. The campsites are right along the beach but most don’t seem to have a good view of them since they’re in the woods, so you get privacy but have a walk a short way to the views. We were happy with it. There’s water and toilets but not much else for facilities, just the nature and shore to keep you busy. The kids loved finding clams but were too afraid to eat them!
This is one of our go to spots to camp on the olympic peninsula. The views are incredible, most spots offer plenty of privacy, and the bathrooms are always clean and tidy. If you plan to go on a busy summer weekend you better get there quick because it always fills up fast!
Every year my family and I camp at Seal rock. We have been doing it for 10 plus years now. Between friendly camp hosts, easy beach access and great hikes/waterfalls nearby it's an easy choice.
We just enjoyed our time at Seal Rock Campground during a peak weekend in summer. Lots of room around most of the camp sites. While it is nestled between 101 and the banks of Hood Canal the road seemed far away. We were there near the new moon so the tides were at the widest. The large oyster bed available, bald eagles over head, and the natural forces of waves upon the shoreline to explore.