We love this campground. It’s remote and peaceful and the view is unparalleled. It’s a great place to play in a lake, take a hike or two, or ride bikes around the dirt roads. The mosquitos are unreal though - like clouds of them as if in a cartoon. Come prepared! Bathrooms were clean and I was surprised the actual camp roads were paved (which was great for the kids to ride bikes in the loop.) There weren’t any “bad” sites - nice to be by the water for the view, but them more bugs, so it’s a trade off.
The campground location is beautiful. The sites and bathrooms are clean. There aren’t many camping options on the island, so overall it’s a great place to camp. There is pretty much zero privacy in the sites, even site 18, where we stayed for a few nights. We also stayed in sites 6 and 8. Site 18 requires a very small tent and is so close to the water there were many mosquitos even in cold May. But, it’s got a gorgeous view and is away from the other sites. Next time we go we will try for 18 again, or sited 15&16 combined.
Campground Review: We had the best time at this campground, despite being a bit unlucky with the weather. We stayed in site 23, which had a peek-a-boo view, and a nice path down to the beach. It was right in between the beach and the bathrooms, and not right on top of our neighbors, even though it wasn't as private as we usually prefer. Sites 23-26 would be amazing to book as a group with kids (sites 24, and 25 are set back against a nice hilly wooded area and are extra private.) We have a 2 and a 4 year old and the beach was just perfect for them to play and swim. The swimming area is a huge and long small pebbly cove. We were surprised to find it had a little convenience store, kayak rentals, etc., and a beautiful playground for kids. The camp host (who was so nice!) also drove around in the evenings selling firewood. The bathrooms were extra clean, and the area is beautiful to hike and drive around. We did the Hidden lake hike down the road with our kids, and had an amazing time. Also, to be noted there is a South Campground and a North Campground here. The South (where we stayed) has less private sites, and seemed more for tent campers. The North Campground is bigger, and seemed to have more RVs and more private sites, but had no swim beach access that we could tell. Finally, the chipmunks were everywhere and ready to get into your food at a moments notice. We had to keep our food in the car the whole time, even though we have bear proof bins, because they wouldn't leave the boxes alone!
Gear Review: As a Dyrt Ranger, I also get products to test and review in the field. We tested out the Belmont Hella Good Blanket and are absolutely and truly in love with it! This blanket is waterproof, warm, and extra packable. We have another waterproof blanket that is big with the mom crowds, and I am going to give it away now that we have the Belmont Blanket. My kids and I loved how soft and fleecy it was to snuggle up in, and it kept us warm when we needed an extra layer. Me and my husband love that it folds up to about 1/8th of the size of our other waterproof beach blanket and is super durable and easy to wash (came out looking brand new after we washed it!) We have since this taken it to the beach many times, and get lots of comments about how nice it looks. I plan to buy these in the future for family and friend holiday gifts I love it so much!!! Definitely worth the investment!
This is a beautiful place and beach, worth a day trip. The camground is so compact with no privacy though. I can see RVers liking it, but this tent camper can't handle the amount of feeling like you are camping on top of your neighbors. Great hiking in the area. Bathrooms are decent.
There are 4 main camgrounds at Moran. Northend is close to the public beach, which has a sandy swimming area, snack bar, and boat rentals. The site is at a trailhead to walk around Cascade Lake or down to Rosario. All the sites are on a hill with very little privacy. More families here than the midway sites, I think because of the proximity to the beach. We stayed at midway site 65 and it was fine. It is close to a boat launch and small beach access good for kids to throw rocks. There are some sites on the water there with no privacy and they are all pretty small and next to the busy road. None of the ones on the other side of the road have good privacy either, but this camground seemed quieter than the northend. The Southend is totally the way to go as it is smaller and at two trailheads leading to most things you would want to hike to, and almost all the sites have their own private beach access for swimming/launching boats, and also has newer bathrooms. The Mountain Lake Campground is small, on the water, and also has no privacy, but would be fun to do with a big group (they have group sites up there not on the lake too.) You can also rent boats to use up at mountain lake. The trail there is excellent!
We've been here a few times only because it has such a nice beach for little kids to swim and play in the sand. They also have a nice playground for kids there too. Worth the trip for day use if you don't want to camp. The camground itself is just okay, as we like more privacy than is afforded in the hookup/west side campground. The north side/tent camground is a good walk to the beach and makes it not so convenient with little kids, but the sites are nice there and more private. Also, nothing like hearing I5 when you are out sleeping in nature 😜. The bathrooms are very clean.
We stayed here and had a good time, but it's not one of my favorite campgrounds. It's far to walk to the beach and there is only one trail for hiking. Most sites aren't very private. The bathrooms were so clean though, and it is a beautiful bay.
We stayed here in site 65. It was just fine, since we didn't book early enough to get a Southend site (we booked in Feb for end of August.) We would stay in the site again if we had our choice at midway. We had a view of the lake and it was more private than most sites (which isn't that private though), close to the bathrooms and the boat launch.
The Southend camground at Moran is definitely the way to go. Most sites have their own private beach access of you want to keep your own boat on shore or swim with kids, the bathrooms are newer and much nicer, and it is at the trailheads that goes up the mountains to the falls or beyond to Mt. lake, Pilchuck, Consitition, etc. or around Cadcade lake/down to Rosario. Book super early to get these sites!
This is a huge camp ground, but well maintained with good privacy for most sites. We stayed in the forest loop and loved our spot. Book early if you want to be in the lower loop! We loved that there was so much to explore and so many beaches and trails. Had no problems with noise, the bathrooms were clean, and it was an easy campground for our kids to get around, play in, and enjoy all it had to offer!