How to Camp At Ocean Shores, Washington

How to Camp At Ocean Shores, Washington
Located on the coast just one and a half miles north of Ocean Shores, Washington, Ocean City State Park offers a 170-acre camping park featuring dunes and beachcombing. Part of the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds and near the migratory route of gray whales, the park is "an excellent example of coastal wetlands and dune succession," according to the Washington State Parks website. If you are looking for a camping adventure in the Northwest, Ocean City State Park might be the perfect spot. Sites can be reserved year-round.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Decide whether you want a tent site or utility space. The park offers 149 sites for tents and 29 for utility hookups. Utility sites provide electricity. Loop 4 sites also might have water and sewer. The park has one dump station, four restrooms and six showers. Maximum site length is 50 feet. Each of the three primitive campsites has a picnic table and campfire pit.
Step 2
Call Washington State Parks reservations at (888) 226-7688 to claim your spot. Or you can reserve online by using this link: If you are looking for group accommodations, you can choose from two group camps that have room for 20 to 30 tent campers each. RVs are not permitted in the group camp section. No more than four vehicles can park in group camping lots, but extra parking is available in a nearby lot for an additional fee. Group rates for campsites vary, depending on the size of the group.
Step 3
Be prepared to create an account with Washington State Parks reservation system. You will need to provide your email address, name and a mailing address.
Step 4
Be prepared to pay in full for your campsite when you go online to reserve. You can use credit, check or cash cards with the VISA or MasterCard logo. A non-refundable reservation fee of $6.50 is charged per reservation in addition to site-use fees when reserving online. When you call to reserve, the fee is $8.50 per reservation. Minimum change or cancellation fees are $8.50 for changing or canceling online and $10.50 to do so by phone. Higher fees apply to changes or cancellations made less than seven days before arrival.
Step 5
Mail payment for reservations made by phone. Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment is received. The reservation center address is:

Washington State Parks Reservations
P.O. Box 943287
Seattle, WA 98124-6627
Step 6
Understand that drop-ins are welcome if space is available, but reservations are best, especially during the busy summer months and holiday weekends.
Step 7
Be aware that credit cards and check cards with the VISA or MasterCard logo are the preferable methods of payment in person at the reservation center if you choose to visit the park without having made a reservation. Other forms of payment that are accepted are checks (only U.S. or Canadian checks payable in U.S. funds), money orders, traveler's checks in U.S. dollars, cash, coupons and gift certificates.

Tips & Warnings

Bring some coins for the shower, which costs 50 cents for three minutes.
Bring some coins for the shower, which costs 50 cents for three minutes.

Article Written By Melinda Taylor

Melinda Taylor lives in the Northwest and began writing for publication in 1990. She has worked as a reporter for newspapers including "The Republic" in Columbus, Ind. "The Indianapolis Star" and "The Albuquerque Journal." Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in in journalism and sociology from Butler University in Indianapolis.

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