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Dungeness Recreation Area

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Dungeness Recreation Area is known as the portal to the Dungeness Spit, but there is a lot more to discover before you arrive at the National Wildlife Refuge. Picnic on the bluff, watch the shipping lanes and catch a glimpse of Mt. Baker. Providing the starting point of a great adventure, the Park offers many amenities. The virtues include a 1-mile long scenic bluff trail with picnic sites, a pocket picnic area, a group picnic area with shelter, and equestrian trails.

While you are taking advantage of the rain-shadow, allowing about 18 inches of rain a year in the area, take the time to spot the upland birds prior to dropping down to the beach and the shoreline species. Witness Northern Harriers suspended in air while they look to snare a lunch, eavesdrop on a warbler's serenade, and become enchanted with the melancholy cooing of the Mourning Dove.

Beyond the camping loops and the group picnic/camp area is the entrance to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.  There is a large parking lot and an ADA accessible restroom available year round.  Pets, camping, fires, bicycles, kite flying, and balls/frisbees are not permitted on the Refuge.  A seperate entrance fee is required to access the Dungeness Spit.

Camping Information (Click for Camping Fees)

The campground is open year round.  There are 64 premium campsites, with two camp host sites, located on a bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  The camp area is in a forested portion of the Park, arranged in two loops. Only Loop # 2 is open October through April.  Please refer to the Park map for specific site descriptions and photos.

There are two ADA accessible campsites (# 17 and 60).  Two fully ADA accessible restrooms, with coin-operated showers, are available.  There is no charge for paying campers to use the dump station.  Firewood bundles are available for purchase.  Water faucets are scattered throughout the Park.  There are no utility hook-ups at the campsites, except the host sites.

Reservations may be made for one-half of the campsites.  Campsites #34 through 66 may be reserved.  The remaining sites, # 1 through 33 are available on a first-come-first-served basis (# 18 and 21 are camp host sites).  All reservation applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Park, at which you wish to make the reservation.

Reservations for 2014 will be accepted beginning on or postmarked January 2nd or the first working day after New Year's Day.  Those postmarked prior to January 2nd will be rejected and returned.

Reservation forms are available by downloading from this website.  Click on "Individual Campsite Reservation Form".  Two copies of the Individual Campsite Reservation Form will need to be mailed for each reservation you desire.  After your reservation has been confirmed or rejected, one copy will remain at the Park and one copy will be returned.  Also, one signed copy of the Policy and Regulation form must accompany the reservation requests.

Printed forms are available by mail from the Park or going to the County Parks Office, at the Courthouse in Port Angeles.  The printed form is a two part, non-carbon form.  One printed form is required for each reservation you desire.

At Dungeness, reservation applications will be accepted for camping throughout the year.  Completed reservations and the appropriate fee must be recieved at the park at least 14 days prior to the desired date.  Just click on "Reservation Procedures Form" for a complete rundown of the proper procedure for making reservations.

Currently, we are unable to process credit or debit cards.  All payments must be by cash, check, or money order.  Cash sent through the mail is done at your risk.  We are unable to accept Canadian checks.

We made a deliberate decision to begin the reservation service as a mail-in process to maintain control at a local level, keep our fees down, and retain all the funds within the County.  In the future, we may find it prudent to convert to an internet application.  The catalyst for the reservation system came from camper comments.  If you have questions regarding the reservation process, please contact the Park. If you have questions about the park or campsite reservations, please contact the park directly. Contact information is provided below.  If you have suggestions or comments on the reservation system, please email your remarks to:   or phone 360.565.2659, Bruce Giddens, Parks and Fair Supervisor.

Hours of Operation

The campground is open year round. The Park is managed by a resident Park Manager who lives on the site year round.  During the summer months the gate opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. Durning the winter months the gate opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 7:00 p.m. Campers leaving the Park should plan to return before the posted gate hours. If a registered camper arrives after the gate has closed they must park in the lot near the gate and walk to their campsite.

Camp Fees

Clallam County residents 

$19.00/night

Non-County residents  

$22.00/night

Hiker/Biker site 

$7.00/night

Extra vehicle

$5.00/night

Firewood

$5.00/bundle

Coin-operated showers

Nominal charge

Reservation Fee

$7.00/res.


Basic Campground Regulations

  • Self Registration
  • One extra non-camping vehicle may be allowed in sites that are large enough to safely handle vehicle within site pad. Extra vehicle must be registered on camp fee permit and proper fee paid.
  • The occupancy of a single campsite shall be limited to 6 individuals. Hiker/Biker sites are limited to one individual.
  • A 14-night continuous camping limit will be enforced.
  • Check out time is 12:00 pm (noon).
  • Pets are allowed on leashes not longer than 8 feet.
  • Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am (this includes generators).
  • Camping is allowed in designated campsites only.  All campsites are numbered.
  • All fireworks are prohibited.
  • Hunting or the use of firearms, bow and arrow, air or gas weapon, or other projectile devices capable of injuring or killing any person or animal or damaging any park property is prohibited. Hunting is no longer permitted in the Dungeness Recreation Area.
  • All alcoholic beverages are prohibited by State law.

Group Area Information

For general information on the park's group area or to make reservations for this facility contact the park manager directly by phone or via e-mail.

Additional Information

Park Hosts:  Opportunities for park hosts are available at this Park, and those interested in being a Park Host should contact the Park Manager.

Dungeness Spit:  The Park also serves as a trail head for the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Spit and Lighthouse, a seven mile long natural sand spit (the longest in the nation). The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service charges a small access fee for those who wish to visit the refuge.  This area is a paradise for fowl fans; a wide variety of sea and land birds can be spotted feeding along the beaches. You are likely to see eagles, quail and other resident or migratory wild birds throughout the area. In the tideflats, seals bask in the sun. Also, near the end of the spit is the oldest lighthouse north of the Columbia River, which has been guiding ships safely since 1857. Contact the U.S.F.W.S. at 360-457-8451 for more information on the refuge and spit.

Directions to Dungeness Recreation Area

From Highway 101, between Sequim and Port Angeles, turn north onto Kitchen-Dick Road (near milepost 260).  Travel approximately 3-1/2 miles, and the park entrance will be on your left.

Contact Information

Phone: 360-683-5847
Email: ccpdu@olypen.com
Address:
554 Voice of America West, Sequim, WA 98382.