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Old 04-22-2015, 02:19 PM   #21
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While I understand the desire to make the parks pay for themselves rather than hitting up the tax base in Washington, they do seem to be the most expensive state parks (with the possible exception of California - $35.00 for a dry site at Burney Falls plus $.50 for a 5 minute shower) I've stayed in. Using lottery money for the Oregon parks helps keep the cost down, however they have dropped their "Discovery Season" which provided off season savings...

I also suggest checking out Washington's County Parks. I stayed at Wenatchee River County Park on the way to Osoyoos - $25.00 per night for water & electric. A very pleasant park just a couple of miles from the Wenatchee Confluence State Park, which would have charged me $45.00 for the same type of site.
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Old 04-22-2015, 02:31 PM   #22
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Am trying to get our reservations together for late June when we pick up our 19, since we'll be camping over the 4th of July and just paid $58 for a night at Grayland beach state park, which is $48 plus a $10 fee for each additional vehicle, the tow being an additional vehicle.....crazy.....Karen
We stayed at Grayland recently (and three other WA state parks) and have never had to pay extra for our tug. Tow vehicle not = "extra vehicle." The State Parks website should be clearer about this.
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We stayed at Grayland recently (and three other WA state parks) and have never had to pay extra for our tug. Tow vehicle not = "extra vehicle." The State Parks website should be clearer about this.
Ditto... Was just at Grayland last week. Charge is for EXTRA vehicle.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:21 PM   #24
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I do agree the Washington State Parks prices are too high, plus the maintenance on some parks is a big issue.

Per their website the $10. extra vehicle charge is applied to two vehicles parked at a campsite (unless it is towed by an RV). Extra vehicles can be parked at a campsite if approved in advance by a ranger.

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Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions. First of all, our apologies, we went back into the site today and found that high price we found was for 2 nights. We did reserve for May 14th and 15th, total price was $78 with the reservation fees, by far the most we have spent on campsites. For 20 years we have had truck campers and only reserved ahead once in all that time, as we could fit in most anywhere. I guess we have some learning to do now that we will have a longer unit and will need to be pickier about campsites.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:35 PM   #26
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Texas state parks are also expensive, same as Washington state, from what we paid.

In Washington, Maple Falls, how about Silver Lake Park? It is Whatcom County CGs so must cost less. Anyone stayed there?
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Silver Lake Park is very nice. I haven't stayed there but have visited many, many times when others are camping.
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:24 PM   #28
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[QUOTE=Floating Cloud;90595]Texas state parks are also expensive, same as Washington state, from what we paid.
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Ah, but one of the things I like about Texas is the generous rest area policies, not only at highway rest areas but at other state sites such as picnic areas. We've stayed at some that were nicer than paid ones in other states. No utilities but did I mention free When you're just looking to stop after a day of driving, want to have supper and overnight and then move on in the morning they're great.

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While I understand the desire to make the parks pay for themselves rather than hitting up the tax base in Washington, they do seem to be the most expensive state parks (with the possible exception of California - $35.00 for a dry site at Burney Falls plus $.50 for a 5 minute shower) I've stayed in. Using lottery money for the Oregon parks helps keep the cost down, however they have dropped their "Discovery Season" which provided off season savings...

I also suggest checking out Washington's County Parks. I stayed at Wenatchee River County Park on the way to Osoyoos - $25.00 per night for water & electric. A very pleasant park just a couple of miles from the Wenatchee Confluence State Park, which would have charged me $45.00 for the same type of site.
Hi Jon- my son loves the 3W Wilson amp you sent, thanks again.

I think you have hit on an important item- which is to search County Parks. We've recently been doing so and have found a big selection of parks you just don't see on most maps.

At Silver Lake in the Plumas Wilderness area near Quincy (Nat'l Forest). What a great place...Quincy out there but way worth it!
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I don't see the difference between expecting the state parks to pay for themselves and expecting the private parks to make a profit. If I have the choice, I will stay in a public park where the sites are larger and generally more enjoyable to be in than in a commercial park. When we pick up our trailer in May, we will spend the first night in Larrabee State Park rather than in one of the (crowded) commercial parks in the Bellingham area. As a non-WA resident, the night will cost $53 which is in the same range as the commercial parks in the area.
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