State Park Reservations
Soon after the Holiday Season I begin to start thinking about all of the possibilities for Spring and Summer fun. Spring is my favorite season. The air begins to warm up a bit, and Spring and Summer foliage begins peeking up from the cold winter soil. Our property has many maple trees, and I know Spring is near when I see tiny green buds popping out on the trees.
It is just the beginning of January and I’m already on the web checking out fun possibilities for Summer. I know from past experience that it really is a good idea to start thinking about what places you will want to visit this coming Summer. As soon as you are set on where you want to go, get those State Park reservations made. The popular parks will fill up, especially on the busiest Holiday weekends. If you are a bit picky on what type of camping site you prefer or its location, you best get those reservations made now! The Washington State Parks allow you to reserve a site up to 9 months prior to your arrival date. And I know from experience that the prime spots DO have people sitting at their computers or by their phones to pounce and dial the second they can. Group spots at the prime campgrounds go instantly, and it used to be that the group spots could not be reserved online but only by phone. I think I remember that my cousin said that has changed.
Check out the Park map. Pay close attention to where the bathrooms are if it’s important to you to have them nearby. With young children I found it helped to get a spot that we could get to quickly.
I just now checked out camping for Memorial Day Weekend at Ocean City State Park here in Washington State. I can tell you that approximately 80% of the sites in the front loop with hook-ups are full. The regular sites have many openings, but several folks have reserved already.
One tip: Several years ago when my son was about 10, we were camping at Ocean City State Park. We like to walk around the campgrounds, people watching and exploring. We decided to write down the site # for each camping spot and also a rating from 1 to 3. Number 1 being very good, 2 was average, and 3 would be poor. We camp here often, and we have used that list a lot. It sure helps us pick a site! If there is a campground that you visit often, it may be worth your time to do the same. It really doesn’t take much time, and it is fun to critique each spot and agree on a
I always make my reservations online, as the Washington State Parks’ reservation system is very good and easy to navigate. I’m assuming that other states have an online reservation system also. Washington State Parks has a phone number, 888-226-7688, that you can call if you prefer reserving that way. If you have questions about a State Park you can call here: 360-902-8600. The information center is open Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.
When you check out a site on Washington State Park’s reservation system, you can click on a thumbnail image that opens up into a large picture of the camp site. The picture helps to give an overall idea of the site. Folks with young children will want to check out the pictures to look for a larger, deeper site that will allow parents an easier time keeping the tots away from the road. Those camping with pets will want to look at the picture to see if it’s a site that will work well for their dog, checking to see if there is plenty of room to keep the dog tied up away from the road, away from a lot of folks passing by, but with room to move around some. Watch for sites that are at intersections of the park’s roads. Those spots can have extremely high vehicle traffic. Check the pictures to see if the site will give you a lot of shade, or perhaps it’s very open, allowing the sun to hit it all throughout the day. The choice is yours!!! Take advantage of the pictures offered!
I always make my reservations online, as the online reservation system is very good and easy to navigate. I’m assuming that other states have an online reservation system also. Washington State Parks has a phone number, 888-226-7688, that you can call if you prefer reserving that way. If you have questions you can call here: 360-902-8600. The information center is open Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.
So get busy folks and plan your SUMMER!!!!! And make those reservations!!! Ha!!