Olympic National Park

Camping
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Camping is prohibited outside authorized campgrounds within the Park unless backpacking at least one-half mile into the backcountry. Wilderness Use Permits are required for all trail and beach camping, but not for automobile campgrounds. You can obtain a free backcountry permit from all ranger stations, some trailheads, and the park Wilderness Information Center.

Camping limit is 14 consecutive days.

The National Park Service operates 16 campgrounds with a total of 910 sites. All are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some remain open throughout the winter.

Campground

Tent Only

Summer Naturalist Program

Dirt Road

RV Dumping Station

Drinking Water

C-Altaire

-

-

-

-

X

C-Deer Park

X

-

X

-

X

C-Dosewallips

-

-

part

-

X

O-Elwha

-

-

-

-

X

C-Fairholm

-

X

-

X

X

C-Graves Creek

-

-

X

-

X

O-Heart O' the Hills

-

X

-

-

X

O-Hoh

-

X

-

X

X

O-July Creek (walkin)

X

-

-

-

X

O-Kalaloch

-

-

-

X

X

O-Mora

-

X

-

X

X

C-North Fork

X

-

X

-

X

O-Ozette

X

-

X

-

-

O-Queets

-

X

-

X

X

C-Sol Duc

-

X

-

X

X

O-Staircase

-

-

part

-

X



O - open year-round
C - may be rountinely closed during low visitor use periods

Seasons


Summers are most popular, and more crowded, as weather is warmer and drier. Plan to arrive early to obtain space, especially on weekends. Entrance fees (good for seven days) are collected at Elwha, Heart O' the Hills/Hurricane Ridge, Hoh, Sol Duc, and Staircase entrance stations from May through September or later. Camping fees are charged at various locations. Water-repellent clothing is advisable. Include warm clothing and a windbreaker for higher elevations and cool evenings.

Higher elevations are snow-covered from early November to late June. Some campgrounds and comfort stations are closed and water systems drained during off seasons. The number of sites may also be limited at that time. Inquire about open facilities upon arrival during the off season. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Group reservations are available at Kalaloch and Mora by contacting the respective ranger station directly.

Facilities

Most campgrounds provide water, toilets, and garbage containers. Individual campsites offer a picnic table and firepit or grill. No hook-ups, showers, or laundry facilities are available in park campgrounds. Some do have trailer dumping stations. Sites best accommodate trailers 21 feet or less. Major campgrounds have a few sites, which will accommodate larger RVs.

Firewood
In campgrounds where wood is not available for sale by concession services, visitors may collect dead wood on the ground within one mile of campgrounds. Wood gathering is permitted along road corridors within 100 feet of the road. In the Deer Park area, firewood may be collected only in designated areas.

Laundry Facilities
Available in Port Angeles, Sequim, La Push, Forks, and some smaller towns along U.S. Highway 101.

Showers
Available at Sequim Bay, Bogachiel, Dosewallips, and Lake Cushman State Parks. Contact local Chambers of Commerce for privately-owned facilities.

Hunting and Firearms
Hunting or disturbance of wildlife in any manner is prohibited in National Parks. Firearms may be transported on Park roads in vehicles, provided they are adequately sealed, cased, or otherwise packed to prevent use, and out of sight. Firearms are not necessary for protection from wildlife.

Pets
Pets are permitted on a leash (up to a six' in length) in park campgrounds and parking areas. Pets are prohibited in all park buildings, in the backcountry, and generally on all park trails.

Feeding wildlife is prohibited for the health of the animals and your safety.


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