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Potlatch State Park

P.O. Box 1051
Hoodsport, WA 98548
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2 Reviews
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My husband and I camped here last summer and really enjoyed ourselves. They recently opened a new section of campground that was formerly owned by Minerva Beach that has more RV hookup sites, and if you head up the hill there are some great tent camping sites which is what we did. There is a coin-operated laundromat in the parking lot and pay showers in the bathrooms in the older campground area. The day-use area has great waterfront access to Hood Canal. There is a large grassy area with scattered picnic tables and grills. There is a reservable shelter with picnic tables underneath that looks like it would be great for a summer group get together. You can dig for clams and oysters when they are in season, just make sure you have a shellfish license and shuck the oysters on the beach because you are not allowed to take the shells. Potlatch is a popular site for scuba diving due to its easy descent. Unfortunately, the park lost most of its trails to the access road that the Skokomish are building, but there is still a small trail you can follow if you explore the park. Potlatch is only 3 miles south of Hoodsport which has a winery and some cute local shops. Lake Cushman is also a short drive away. A great park for those wanting to visit Hood Canal! To comment on the previous review from a few years ago, the RV sites in the new part of the campground are further apart from each other, and a bit further from Hwy 101, though you could probably still hear the traffic with your windows open. We tent camped up at the top of the hill in site 93 and couldn't hear the highway traffic, just other campers being a little noisy. The laundromat is now owned by the Park and open to the public, so bring your quarters! Also, the park will be switching to the reservation system this summer, so be sure to check that out on the State Parks website.

Received from Becca for visit in Aug 2008

Site Number: 93
Stay Again? YES
This is a small State Park in the Olympic National Forest system. There are 37 campsites, of which 18 are utility (30/50) sites, 17 are tent sites, and 2 are for bikers/hikers. This park does not take reservations, it's first come, first serve. It was August, mid-week (Wednesday), and I arrived around 11:00 AM. Campground was half-full, with only a few utility spots available. By Thursday, it was full (and kind of noisy!!!)! The camping spaces are "crammed" together. There are lots of trees for good shade, but you can still look out your window and wave to your neighboring camper. Some of the utility slots are back-in, and some are "half-circles" (try "bending" your RV around that slot!). If your RV is larger than 30 feet, you may not fit in any of the utility spaces, let alone trying to get into them! The driving road through the camping area is narrow and runs up and down hill in a circle with sharp curves. I had a back-in spot, but trying to back in was laborious. Fortunately, a veryice young boy from the neighboring camping spot offered to help me get in. The utility sites have an adequate place to pitch a tent next to your RV, and a fire-pit and picnic table. TV reception via antenna is adequate, not perfect, but adequate. There are hiking trails, and there is a beach across the highway. Next door to the park is an RV resort with a laundromat, but I'm not sure if you're "allowed" to use the laundromat if you are staying at the State Park. I stayed two nights. If you leave your windows open while sleeping, you will hear the traffic on US Highway 101, even at 3:00 AM!

Received from JJ for visit in Aug 2006

Site Number: 11
Stay Again? YES

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