Our Life in the Pacific Northwest

Dungeness Recreation Area Campground

Dungeness Recreation Area Campground

Sequim Washington

Olympic Peninsula

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Dungeness Recreation Area is known as the portal to the Dungeness Spit. When I found this out I was ecstatic! Dungeness Spit hike was on my to do list for a long time but since there is no overnight backpacking and I live hours (and a ferry ride) away I didn’t think it was possible. Since this campground is only half reserve-able and there were none left for that weekend, I felt anxious about chancing the drive all the way there. We planned this trip with our friends who couldn’t arrive until Friday night so we left early (6:30 am) Friday morning  in hopes that at least one camper would be leaving at a check out time. Fortunately for us several people were leaving, probably to avoid the busy weekend. The first site we found was decent but a little small for two families. We started to set up and noticed a couple packing up at what looked like a group site. They walked over to us as they were leaving and told us that their site was the best in the campground and that we should snatch it up before someone else grabbed it.

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They were right! It was big enough for the 3 tents we had and there was a grassy area for the kids and dogs to play. The best part was that we were steps away from the Bluff Trail which overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the west.  The Bluff Trail leads to the Dungeness Spit trailhead.

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The campground has 67 campsites, 3 restrooms (2 with showers), group camping with a shelter, playground, hiking and equestrian trails, on 216 acres.   Our campsite was #12 in Loop 1 and it’s a non-reservation Site.  You’d be lucky to find it available on a random day, but considering the amazing location of this campground I doubt there are any bad campsites. Campsites #34-#66 are reserved sites. At the Clallam County Parks website you can click on each campsite and view a photo before you reserve it.

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So overall this was one of the better campgrounds we’ve been to. I’d give it 9/10 rating.

  1. It was quiet, clean and well maintained.
  2. It’s located next to an amazing hike and a historic lighthouse.
  3. Incredible wildlife!
  4. Since it is in a rain shadow it hardly rains.
  5. The views from the bluffs were amazing!
  6. There are fun things to do in town. Olympic Game Farm, tons of lavender farms, Native American art galleries, etc.
  7. Incredible sunsets.
  8. You can watch cruise ships and cargo ships sail through the shipping lanes.

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Right below the bluff on the beach was an eagle trying to eat a seal. The kids were enthralled . There were tons of eagles flying around which always fascinating to watch.

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OH and there are geocaches in the campground!!! I counted 7 on the map. If you don’t know what Geocaching is and are curious check out my blog post “What is Geocaching”.  Geocaching.com is the official website. You can sign up and find geocaches anywhere, even in your neighborhood.

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    Leave a comment if you have a question or an experience to share!

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