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Old 04-21-2015, 10:11 PM   #1
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Campground suggestions in Washington State

Hey Everyone,

Soon we will be heading west to Chilliwack to pick up our new 5.0TA, "Our Roam Home". We want to spend two night camping between Chilliwack and Bellevue, WA to check out the new toy, understand how to operate everything properly, and insure that all is in good working order. We have just started to look for campgrounds in the area and are looking for some suggestions from those who have done the same, or who might live in the area. Bay View State Park wanted $65 for a night, plus and extra $13 just to reserve! Are reservations usually required to get into the WA state parks in mid-May? Normally we like national or state forest campgrounds, so we are more used to a $10 to $14 stay. Perhaps the latter price is not realistic in this area, but we simply do not know. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated.
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I'm confused by this extremely high pricing. While our state campgrounds are being operated more as a business model now, I've not seen pricing that high even at Fort Casey which is an extremely popular campground. The highest price there during the high season (last year) was $39 per night for premium spots with water and power. This year during the shoulder season it is $35 per night, same basis, while economy sites (no water or power, less desirable) are $20 per night. Also, I've only seen a one-time $6.50 online reservation fee regardless of the number of nights reserved.

High-season pricing is typically $5 per night higher than shoulder-season pricing.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:31 PM   #3
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Karen - is there a different fee structure for out of staters?
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I've not heard of any penalty for out-of-state campers. Here is a pic of shoulder-season pricing for Fort Casey:
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:39 PM   #5
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As I said, Washington State Parks are being run as a business model now, hence the different pricing for different sites. And they get it, too. Fort Casey is almost always full on the weekends year round (with decent weather) and darned near impossible to get into without reservations during peak season.
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Looks like another $5 reservation fee for out of staters on top of the regular $8 online reservation fee.
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Karen - is there a different fee structure for out of staters?
We were there last fall and the fee was only about half of $69 or less and we had a premium site. Definitely no extra for out of staters for the actual campsite. Don't know about the reservation fee.

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We had paid the extra $5 Non Resident Recreation Fee for some years now. This is on top of the $6.5 Reservation Fee. We always reserve online so I am not sure if that is charged if you just walk in.

Don't forget to read the cancellation policy as well. Not only the Reservation fee is forfeited, there is a fixed charge for cancellation, plus a percentage of the camping fee depending on how long the reservation was held. e.g. If you hold a reservation for 6 months and cancel the fee is 50% of the cancelled nights.
This new cancellation policy only started last year. Luckily we didn't need to cancel anything yet.
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Washington State Parks have just about priced me out of camping there. I have to pay the out-of-state fee and the reservation fee...

For example, I'm staying at the Wenatchee State Park going and coming to the ETI rally. I was charged $13 extra for EACH night, even though I paid in one check out. I think that's a bad business model.
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We are planning our first trip to the West coast this fall . After reading this thread ,I guess we can scratch Washington off our list of places to visit .We paid $11 for a full service site this winter and we have no intentions of paying $39 for the same service..
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