New Campsite Reservation System - A navigation button on the Salt Creek and Dungeness Recreation Area web pages will take the camper to the reservation website. Reservations will no longer be taken through the mail. See below for additional information.
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 216-acre 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, horses, and balls/frisbees are not permitted on the Refuge. NOTE: 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 66 premium campsites, which includes two (2) 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. Click here to view 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, while non-campers are assessed a fee. 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.
Individual campsite reservations for 2015 will be accepted beginning on January 1, 2015. Reservations are now processed online. The link to the reservation website is located below this scrolling text and highlighted in yellow.
Reservations may be made for campsites #34 through 66. The remaining sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Individual campsite reservations are accepted for the current calendar year only, January 1 through December 31. All reservations must be made at least seven (7) days prior to the desired camping date. Click here to view the reservation policy.
Full payment is required at the time the reservation is made. All reservations must be paid with a credit or debit card. Each reservation will be charged a $10 non-refundable reservation fee in addition to the nightly camping fee. All local and state taxes are included in the camping fee.
Modification and cancellation requests of an existing reservation must be done via email at ParksReservations@co.clallam.wa.us.
Click here to view the modification policies.
Upon arrival at the park proceed to your reserved campsite. If it is unoccupied you may enter the site at any time, there is no designated check-in time. Check-out time for the previous occupant is noon.
Call or email the park if arrival at the campsite is expected to be delayed beyond the check-out time of the day after the reserved arrival date, otherwise the reservation will be canceled as a
BRING A COPY OF THE RESERVATION RECEIPT WITH YOU TO THE PARK.
First-come, first serve camping is done through self registration at the park. Information and fee envelopes are available at the fee station located within the park.
Locate and occupy one of the empty first-come, first-serve campsites. The sites are # 1 through 33, (# 18 and 21 are camp host sites). Within 30 minutes of occupying the campsite return to the fee station and register. Fill out the fee envelope and enclose the proper fee.
Currently, we are unable to process credit or debit cards at the park. All payments must be by cash, check, or money order. Make U.S. checks payable to "Clallam County Parks". We are unable to accept Canadian checks or coins. Payment can be made for an entire stay or one night at a time. No refunds are available.
Remove the camping receipt from the fee envelope and place it on the vehicle dashboard. Deposit the fee envelope into the fee box.
Some reservation campsites may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Locate the special instructions at the fee station concerning these sites before occupying one.
Clallam County residents
Basic Campground Regulations
- Self Registration
- One extra non-camping vehicle may be allowed in sites that are large enough to safely handle a vehicle on the site pad. The extra vehicle must be registered on a camp fee permit and the proper fee paid.
- The occupancy of a single campsite shall be limited to 6 individuals. Hiker/Biker sites are limited to one individual per site. C.C.C. 23.03.040
- A 14-night continuous camping limit will be enforced. C.C.C. 23.03.040
- Check out time is noon (12:00). C.C.C. 23.03.040
- Keep pets on a leash at all times (Maximum 8 feet long) Clean up after your pet C.C.C. 23.03.070
- Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. C.C.C. 23.03.040
- Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am (this includes generators). C.C.C. 23.03.030
- Camping is allowed in designated campsites only. All campsites are numbered. C.C.C. 23.03.040
- All fireworks are prohibited. C.C.C. 23.03.080
- 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. C.C.C. 23.03.090
- All alcoholic beverages and marijuana are prohibited by State law. RCW 60.44.100 and RCW 69.50.445
- Campers and visitors assume all risk of liability arising from or in connection with rental, or use, of any camping space and other activities at the premises and assumes and shall accept all risk of loss or damage to, or theft, or destruction of personal property and equipment at the premises.
- Click here for a printer friendly copy of the park rules and regulations.
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. Contact information is available below.
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. During 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.
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 or catch a glimpse of a harbor seal basking 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. Click here to visit the U.S.F.W.S. website.
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. Click here to access the Google Map website.
554 Voice of America West, Sequim, WA 98382