This was our 4th visit to Deception Pass. Stayed in site 193 which is steps from the amphitheater, West Beach, Cranberry Lake & the North beach trail. Site location was fantastic, close to the newer bathhouse, trails to the beach, etc... We keep finding new trails, fishing holes, and beach spots here. Navy planes were out on Thu and Fri before Labor Day but they didn't start flying until 8AM and seemed to be done at a reasonable hour. Love this park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
So very mixed feelings on this place. On the one hand the park is gorgeous. Lovely beaches, pretty lake, tons of hiking trails. On the other hand the sites are mostly terrible. Many are small, very (very) unlevel, several butt up right against one another. Interior roads are also treed and very tight. We had to walk our 40-footer through the lower loop to get into our site, squeezing through trees and turns...and in the end we probably had one of only a handful of sites large and level enough to take us. The rest are really much better suited to tenters or small trailers. Lastly it's super-crowded and you hear jet planes from the nearby base shooting over the area all day long. We enjoyed hiking the area, but won't camp here again due to the poor site quality. 4 bars of Verizon 4G LTE in camp. We camped here in a Motorhome.
An absolutely gorgeous state park, on an incredibly beautiful weekend. After a 4.8 mile hike in the morning on Saturday, we sat on the beach all the rest of day. We saw and photographed bald eagles at multiple spots around the park. I don't believe any park in the Washington state system can provide so many breath-taking elements. That said, we sadly will not be returning to this park. This park is far too much of a "tight squeeze" for even a small trailer like ours (21 ft). We camped in a back-in site (#22) that was very difficult to get into. We were unable to get the trailer completely level, and we noticed a great number of the sites are not even close to being level. Additionally, this park is super popular (for the obvious reasons), so every site is full every weekend. This requires patience when departing on Sunday morning, because everyone trying to hook-up is forced to block the one way road through the camp because the sites are too small. We love the Deception Pass area, but we will opt to stay in one of the fine private RV parks in the area from now on. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The park is at the north end of Whidbey Island. It is near Cranberry lake and the beaches face the sound and the inlet. The park has a lot of old growth trees. The location is beautiful and you can easily explore the rest of Whidbey Island, which is very pretty and has an interesting military history. The sites themselves were a little on the small side and backing the trailer in was a little tricky. There are pull through sites, but I would not take a 42' rig into most of them. The restrooms were clean, but there was only one for a large loop, so you had to wait sometimes. My kids enjoyed riding their bikes, playing on the beach, seeing the old forts on Whidbey Island, and hiking. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rate does not include online reservation fee. We had not been to this park before, and we selected a site that had a drainage problem -- causing the parking spot to be partly wet and muddy as well as the steps to the picnic table and fire pit. This was a random chance situation -- none of the other sites had the problem. Restrooms and showers were clean, but old/worn. Washington parks require use of tokens (3 min each) for showers, adding 50 cents for each token to the cost of staying. It was a lovely park, the nearby naval air base was not too noisy, though a few aircraft loudly passed overhead during the day. We would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Deception Pass Park is my favorite Washington State Park. It is a wonderful place to camp. The staff is great, the park is very clean and the amenities are modern and always in excellent working condition. From the beautiful old growth trees, the huge ancient-looking ferns, abundant wildlife and gorgeous beach to the crisp air and awesome hiking trails, you cannot go wrong. There is the Oak Harbor NAS nearby but you quickly forget all about it once you immerse yourself in the wonders of Deception Pass Park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed in the Quarry Pond loop. It is actually outside of the park, but you have to check in at the park entrance. The state park redid the quarry pond loop over the winter. I thought it was quite nice. I would have preferred to have been within the state park but it was a fine alternative. I read some of the reviews of this loop and I didn't think that it was that dusty. Perhaps the upgrades that the state park did helped with that. The state park was very pretty. We would stay here again but preferably in the Cranberry Lake loop. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a great Park. We love coming here every year. There are great trails and beaches. Our family loves this place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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This place was a sight for sore eyes! Absolutely beautiful trees and plants. The beach is gorgeous and the hiking trails are beautiful as well. We saw eagles, wild rabbits, frogs; lots of wildlife. Our campsite was perfect. The weather wasn't the greatest but it was a great time. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
We stayed only one night. We stayed at what is call the "overflow" park named Quarry Pond. This location was an older park that was purchased by the state to accommodate first come first served campers. It is located on the opposite side of the highway from Deception Pass State Park which is available only for reservations. Quarry Pond is an old park and located at the intersection of 2 roads. Traffic noise levels are not too bad considering the closeness of the streets. There is no dump station at Quarry Pond. You must tow to Deception Pass State Park for dumping. Overall, thought it a bit pricey. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed at the Quarry Pond location, across the road from the main park. As of now, it's first-come, first-served. Noisy from highway and for some reason while we were there a lot of the other campers raced by over the speed limit in loud cars frequently. NO rangers on site, perhaps that is why. Otherwise it was very good, lots of spaces. We were told it will be going to a reservation system, which will be a shame. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A short drive or 15 minute walk to the beach (ocean), or the lakeside. Rowboats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the lake. Concession stand/restrooms at the beach. Beach is long: over 1 mile, mostly rocky but walkable and playable for kids. Has lots of driftwood for building forts etc., and good winds for kites. Fishing in the lake (don't know about licenses, as I don't fish). Has lots of shady RV sites, some quite large, many pull throughs. Restrooms are clean and spartan. Shower is 3 minutes of hot water for a token, and free if you like cold water. Campside water is potable but not too tasty. Observed no wild critters other than deer. Lots of nettle bushes, so be prepared. Like this park, will stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We really liked Deception Pass State Park, but that was before we camped there. Now we LOVE it. Our spot was very private, heavily treed/shady, and even though the campground was full it was pretty quiet. We were on the Forest Loop and didn't walk through any of the others. We found the interior sites to be less private than the exterior sites. We had a split level site, but the spot for our RV was very level and easy to get into. There are miles of trails in the area and being so close to the beach was fantastic. Highly recommended campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I have read the reviews for the past few years, did not sound good, but we needed a place to stay so we decided to try it for ourselves. What a delightful management team. They were saying they had only been here a short time and still learning the area. Well for all you who loved the park but not the past manager, (She is gone) and the new ones are very polite, with smiles, and rolled out the Welcome Mat. I would definitely stay here again. We have reservations for July. Can't wait to go back. Also, the area they are located is surrounded with such beauty. Safe travels everyone! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Lovely park: dark woods, tall trees, lots of space between campsites, easy access to washrooms. It was busy on Thanksgiving weekend, nearly full, despite the cold and overcast weather. Hiking to the beaches, and viewing the Deception Pass bridge was great. Sani-dump was easy to access near the park entrance. Note that a Google maps search for Deception Pass State Park takes you to an incorrect nearby location: the correct location is 48.395986, -122.645617 +48° 23' 45.55", -122° 38' 44.22" We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 9 / 10 ]
We loved this park! We travelled late in the summer, when the park wasn't too busy, and got a site close to the lake and the ocean. The views around this campground are beautiful, and it was great for bicycles as well. The walk up to the Deception Pass bridge is well worth the effort. The site was clean, spacious, and private. Of all the Washington state parks we have visited, this is our favorite. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Deception Pass is absolutely beautiful: regardless of the weather. This is western Washington so it can be rainy, misty, foggy anytime of the year. The bridge is one of the best photographed spots in all of Washington state. This campground is open year-round and is one of the prettiest places we've ever camped and worth it regardless of it's popularity and crowds (especially in the summer). There are two sections of camping: the main campground (with over 200 campsites) and then Bowman Bay (on the other side of the bridge with only 10 campsites). Bowman Bay is quieter, very relaxing and some of the campsites are right on the bay. There is only one pull-through site that has hookups, and it has no privacy. (I think it's meant for a campground host.) Please note that the Bowman Bay area of Deception Pass cannot accommodate the bigger rigs. Just getting to Bowman Bay can be a tight squeeze for RV's or trailers over 30'. But to us it's worth dry-camping here than to have W/E hookups in the main campground: just for the peacefulness and beauty. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great campground. Tall trees and lots of space between sites. Some narrow roads between trees and some narrow site entrances. Sites do not have sewer dumps. Need a "blue tank" or disconnect and go to on-site sewer dump. Great walking trails, waterfront, and local farmer's markets. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful place! Lots of trees. Nice lake for fishing and swimming. Great ocean beach. Kayaked the lake. Lots of trails. Quiet. Lots to do. This is a great location for exploring the island. We camped here in a Tent.
This is one of Washington's best state parks if you like: a forest setting, mostly shaded sites, and the occasional jet (you are very close to a naval base). If you are planning on camping here over a weekend, you will need a reservation. Note; have only camping in the serviced sites (electric and water) which is called The Forest Loop. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful campground within tall pines. Sites varied from very large and private, to smaller and less private. Wonderful beaches on the sound as well as a good sized lake for paddling and fishing. Only 2 downsides-- showers required tokens, which were only available at the front gate (which I was not informed of until I tried to take a shower), and the park is located near an active Naval Air Station that had many extremely loud military jets taking off and landing the first day we were there. Fortunately, they did not have much activity the rest of the weekend. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The park is great! However, the campground is very tight to pull a big rig around. In some places there are just a few inches of space to fit through the trees. The paved roads are narrow and passing calls for going in the mud. There are large rocks placed in the sites that can interfere with maneuvers. Once you get in great! Enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, boating, Geocaching, and access to local attractions. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very nice park for those wanting to get back to nature more than they want modern-day conveniences. Tent spots are beautifully treed and secluded as are the RV spots. Speaking of RV spots, I would not try a larger RV. Even my 26' fifth wheel was too large for most of them since the trees hang low and the roads are very narrow, one-way streets. Still, it is very beautiful and is a much better alternative for small RV's & tents than the North Whidbey RV park, which is very unfriendly. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Be cautious with a larger RV - our 5th wheel is 36'. This park is older - not a lot of room to maneuver or get out if you have a larger rig. The actual campsite might be large enough for you, but getting there or getting out might be a challenge - especially if you get there at night. We enjoyed biking on the paths to the water and hiking to the bridge. Also, the park is periodically noisy due to the close location of the Whidbey Island Naval Air Base. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great "woodsy" camp ground, large trees, ferns, narrow roads, but paved. We stayed in sight 56 which had water and electricity, pull through site but not very level, our trialer is small and we had a hard time finding a level spot. Large trailers and fifth wheels would have trouble with the roads and some of the sight wouldn't be very easy to back in to. Sights one through 76 have power and water, all others are dry. Bowman bay is close to the sound, but sights are small and a tight loop to drive around to get in and out. Rest rooms were clean, but you need tokens to use the showers, so ask at the front booth when you enter if you plan on using the park showers. Beautiful park with lots to do outdoors, we would come back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I showed up at Deception Pass State Park on a Saturday in April, and managed to get an electrical site. However, I'm sure once it's summer, you need reservations. If you reserve online, you are charged a "reservation fee." Excuse me, how does this "encourage" us to use the web? Spots 1-78 are electrical, and they even have 30/50 hookups! No cable, but I got decent reception on the antena. I had spot number 40 and it was relatively level, despite being a dirt campground in the trees. I enjoyed my stay there, and would have liked to stay longer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A beautiful state park that has it all. Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing with the lake and sound within easy walking distance. It was a very clean park with many trees and bunnys hopping around. Some sites were a little muddy so we asked for a different site, they were very willing to make this change for us. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rustic campground in tall tree setting. Good spacing between campgrounds, some very private, some joining. Snack bar at the lake. Swimming at the lake. Beach front on Puget Sound. Great trails for hiking exploring. Septic dump within campground. City of Oak Harbor near-by with all services. Reservations needed for summer months. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Very nice campground near a lake and the bay. Cranberry Lake has an area for swimming and there is a snack bar on the shore. The campground is set in a woodsy area and many sites are secluded. The forest loop has Electricity and Water hookups but no sewer. Most of the other campsites outside the forest loop do not have hookups of any kind. All campsites have firepits and firewood is available at the local gas station for an unusually fair price or at the campground for not such a fair price.. This campground is a nice destination for a weeks stay. Lots of trails to walk and the weather seems to be a tad better then the surrounding areas. The only minus about this campground is the noise from the airplanes at the nearby military base. But they are fun to watch and normally stop flying by 9PM. We camped here in a camper.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This is a great park, its great for kids and adults...there is a lake for swimming and the ocean for fishing, plenty of trails and beaches to walk. The facilites are pretty clean, I have seen better at some RV resorts but for a state campground its pretty nice. The only draw back is the reservation system...you have to have a reservation at least 2 days in advance, but in reality you should reserve months in advance. We camped here in a camper.
First we were booked 10 days at Deception Pass State Park, when we realized we had no sewers, TV or internet. We were able to cancel and get a spot here, we do not regret it. Some sites are small but there is ample parking. The park is under new management and has improved over the last reviews. Everything has a fresh coat of paint, very nice dog park, new fire rings and new picnic tables. The grounds, laundry and restrooms are clean and orderly. The staff is friendly. The internet is like any other RV park, just ok. However the only thing that needs major work is the cable tv reception, on the site we had it was intermittent. We spoke with the manager and she was aware of the problem and was working on it. Keep I mind this place is less expensive than the state park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Price is based on monthly rate. As others have said, the park is conveniently located near Deception Pass, which is a big tourist attraction. The office staff was friendly and helpful. Laundry room was clean. We didn't visit the rest room/shower. The park is easy in/easy out and there are sites that are big rig friendly (at least 41' friendly). The sites are narrow with asphalt, but many of the sites have cracked asphalt and many are not level. There were many RVs with their wheels hanging in the air or on blocks. There are some 30 amp only sites and there are some that have both 30 and 50 amps. There is a fire pit at each site and many of the well-worn wooden tables have been replaced. It appears they're replacing the tables a few at a time. Much of the grass in the park is brown, but staff are attempting to beautify the grounds with plants. The infrastructure in this park is degrading. The cable in many of the sites doesn't work. When we inquired about it at the office, the office person said “Yes, we know about it, but there's nothing we can do about it.” We were unable to get a Verizon cellular signal while in the park. That's not the park management's fault, the park is just in a bad location for cellular. We did, however, have an excellent Sprint data signal. The park WiFi is terrible. You're given codes to enter in order to access the internet, but it disconnects often and then you have to re-enter the codes. They do have a notice in the office that states “We can't guarantee the park WiFi.” If you're someone who depends on park WiFi, don't count on this park to provide it. When we asked to have the router reset, the person in the office said she didn't know how to reset it. There were several days/nights when the planes from the naval station were very loud. They usually stopped flying around 11 p.m. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is $30 a night with a Good Sam discount. It is conveniently located when exploring Whidbey Island; especially Deception Pass. It is a nice setting with fairly wide room between sites. The office staff is friendly and helpful. The only reason I have scored it with a 6 is that this is one of the very few places where I could not get Verizon cell phone or email service. I had to go 5 or so miles down the road in either direction. There is free WiFi and cable TV but neither work well. Luckily we had a spot where our satellite dish worked. We probably will not stay here again due to the cell and WiFi reception. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate reflects GS. We spent three nights here while visiting relatives who live in Oak Harbor. It is a drive down to town, but the best around if you can't get in o the one in town. The sites are very narrow. You have to step out into the grass, not extra pavement. Picnic table at each site. The sites were level, and not too close together. Restrooms and showers were nice, except, no shower curtain between the shower and the dressing area for the shower. Very nice people in the office. She switched sites from the one we originally reserved, when I mentioned my wife was a light sleeper. Very thoughtful. Talking to my relatives, the planes go over very irregularly. We had no problem while we were there. They said that sometimes it is a real nuisance, even to them. All in all, not too bad a place. Location near Deception Pass is nice. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We come back to this park all the time because of the nice grassy sites with nice fire pits. No one tells us when we have to put our fire out and go to bed. The back of the park has green grass with trees behind, but also nice paved streets for our kids to ride bikes, rollerblade etc. Kid friendly. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was a nice well maintained park. The paved parking sites are long and narrow, but the site itself had good outside space. Right across the street is Deception State Park, a great place to walk pets. I didn't find the occasional plane flying over to be an issue. The satellite and Verizon air card worked well here. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overhead flights from nearby air base ruin the camping experience. This was a busy park with lots of kids, and crowded sites cement sites very close together. Cable TV almost works sometimes, but WiFi was good. State park across the road provided beautiful scenery. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We've come to this park the past 3 summers. We were glad to see one of the managers from last year wasn't here this year. She was a real dog hater! The other manager from last year was still here and she's great to work with. The new girl helping is also really nice. The park looked nice and the wi-fi is great. The park still needs a lot of work on the cable; it's awful. The wood picnic tables are also pretty bad, but newer ones are good. We will be back. The park is quiet and nice and the staff is great. They worked to make our stay nice. It's also close to a lot of things we like. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not actually in Oak Harbor, but right across the road from Deception Pass State Park halfway between Oak Harbor and Anacortes. Great base for exploring Whidbey Island and via ferry, the San Juan Islands. Clean restrooms, easy access for big rigs, well spaced sites. Will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice park but it's not for Big Rigs!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
This is a nice, well-maintained RV park that is very convenient to Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Anacortes. The Deception Pass State Park is just across the road and the Deception Pass Bridge is just a mile up Route 20. The RV park has nice paved streets and pads and the grass is kept trimmed. The front office staff were very cordial and helpful. It is beginning to get a little long-in-the-tooth and some upgrades to the picnic tables and fire pits would be helpful. But, overall we were happy with it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very happy to try this Park with our new travel trailer. When we called in our reservation the manager was very friendly and helpful. She was equally as pleasant in person. We were in a pull-through round-about site that fit our 29' trailer OK. Would opt for a back-in site next time. Grounds were in great shape and washrooms were very clean. Cable hookup is a bit odd as in spots only every other service 'tombstone' had cable. There were two connections on it so we were able to string our cable to one - just in time to watch the Canucks game!!! Excellent location right across from Deception Pass State Park. We will be back for sure!! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Last year we stayed here and the managers were friendly and was on site all day and night. I inquired about them, they have retired. The new managers were also just as nice to us. We would Highly recommend staying here. So much to see around the area. Make sure to take the Deception Pass Tour, Awesome. And go see the sunsets across the street at the Deception State park beach. You will be happy you came here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
My family and I stayed here several times in the past. We all agree that this year was our most pleasant, We used to avoid the lady in office. It changed over and the manager was a super lovely lady. Most helpful.willing to work long hours as we could see. I asked her about a review that was posted about her not being here after this Fall. She stated that the park is closing for Winter and will re-open in Spring. This is a lovely park and we will most definitely return. Hope to see her next season. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We are currently spending our 4th summer in the park. The previous manager was a bit sharp so we wondered about the new management. We have been more than pleased with the new manager. She is very friendly and helpful. The main complaints about the park have been internet and cable. Both of these are older, need updating, and are totally out of her control to fix. However, she has worked with the park owners continually to improve both, and we understand the improvements are in the works. The park is clean and quiet and we are thoroughly enjoying our time here. I would encourage anyone to come to the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We spent time in this campground last year and also this spring. The new managers are friendly enough, and the bath houses were very clean! However, the grass needed to be mowed, and the internet was spotty at best. There are cable channels ranging from channel 2 through 16. While we were there the lower channels up to 6 went completely out and the upper channels were fuzzy. The lady managing said there had been several other complaints, but nothing was done. Several lights were burned out throughout the park. One resident mentioned they had advised the office several times, but no lights were changed. The area is beautiful, but the park has no amenities other than poor cable, internet, and clean bathrooms. The least they could do is furnish decent cable and internet. Last year there was a coffee shop open in the mornings. We were sad to see it wasn't here this year. The manager spent quite a bit of time complaining about the park owners and made it quite sure they were leaving in the fall never to return. Hmmmmm, do they know something we don't? We camped here in a Motorhome.
The new managers are very friendly, but the park needs improvements in the following areas: the internet, wi-fi only allows you a few page views, and then you are kicked off. The grass needs cut more frequently; the fire pits need upgraded; eliminate the $5.00 per person guest fee (we had friends visit and they never even used any of our trailer or park facilities, so why charge??); eliminate the extra charge per person over the 4 allowed per site (the state parks don't charge for extra people, just make a max of 6 people per site and you won't scare people away); office needs a bit longer hours (couldn't get firewood after dinner); perhaps look at a park host option like the state parks so campers can get wood, ice, questions answered, etc. after hours. Three park managers back, this park used to be packed. You would have to book a year in advance for holiday weekends. There was none of the extra charges that scare people away. You can fill a park instead of nickel and diming guests. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I have read the reviews for the past few years, did not sound good, but we needed a place to stay so we decided to try it for ourselves. What a delightful management team. They were saying they had only been here a short time and still learning the area. Well for all you who loved the park but not the past manager: (She is gone) and the new ones are very polite, with smiles, and rolled out the Welcome Mat. I would definitely stay here again. We have reservations for July. Can't wait to go back. Also, the area they are located is surrounded with such beauty. Safe travels everyone! We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is located in a beautiful area, but has sadly run down. The picnic tables are old with mold and nails sticking out. The fire rings are falling apart. The manager was extremely rude and unhelpful. When asked about the shower conditions she replied that we had a shower in our rig and should use it, not the park shower. We told her it was a park amenity and should be clean and available. She told us if we weren't happy we could leave then walked out of the office to another room. The only bright spot was the coffee shop located in a room next to the office. The man and lady operating it were friendly, helpful, gave us wonderful tips on the area and provided great coffee. As long as the current manager is at this park we would not recommend it to anyone. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We arrived at 6:30pm and the office was closed already. We could simply take an empty spot but that´s about it for the good news. The RV site is close to a military airbase and there were military jets exercising until late night and starting early in the morning. They flew straight above the RV park for their final landing approaches. In the AAA Camp book there was something written about "a peaceful place" - this must definitely be meant ironically. Moreover as the lady, i.e. the manager and owner, told us it´s very common all over the States that the offices close 6pm. Might have been true - long time ago. By that we couldn't get access to the free Wi-Fi without a mandatory code that was only available at the office. Overall this was one of the most disappointing sites we have been to. Very poor service, very unfriendly and snobbish manager. We should have proceed to the Deception Pass State Park which is about 1 mile north of this one. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The manager seems like she just hates dealing with people and maintenance. This is an okay park (good overall location on the island, but lots of street noise, not a lot of trees), however TERRIBLE service. We stayed in the cabin with our kids, and when I asked for dish soap (since the kitchen is "fully equipped", she noted that there are some things that they don't keep in the cabin, and that I should get some soap when I'm in town. The manager wouldn't even acknowledge our existence in the office until we started speaking to her (two different occasions), if you need help after 6pm, you can't get it. She's out of the office. In fact, Sundays are 11-2. My brother's family was tenting, and they had to ask the manager to turn on the water, because the outside spickets were off (which didn't happen until day two, since her hours are so short on Sundays). She audibly noted to her partner when one of the spickets was leaking that they're "done with tents". My parents stayed in an RV, and when we told the manager the cable TV didn't work, she basically said there wasn't anything she could do about it. We were all elated at the fact that my wife, towards the end of our stay, took some time out to chew out the manager for being such a negative part of our stay. I hope the manager somehow, sometime realizes that her terrible service (lack of service) will eventually result in lost revenue. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
An Okay RV park and location. It is walking distance to Deception Pass state park but there is not much else to do around here. Our Dog did like the state park. Facilities are decent, paved pads, picnic table and fire pits. There were several empty sites while we there on a weekend. We never had problems with the manager such as others have mentioned. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed prior to and over the 4th of July weekend Bathrooms were not cleaned once in 5 days. The bathrooms had no tissue available. The site manager was rude, bordering hostile, to all campers.We will not return despite the great location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 1 / 10 ]
We agree with previous comments regarding the management. Extremely rude and unfriendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I would rather use a negative number, but it can not go under 1. Our family came to this campsite for a nice weekend. Instead my husband was assaulted by the manager for having a fire outside our trailer. She told us to put the fire out because it was too windy (the fire was within the pit, very small). My husband told her if you are asking us then you better go to the other campers and put their fire out (their fire had 3ft flames). Her comment was no one else had a fire. My husband went up to the other trailer to see what she would say, and instead she pushed my husband out of the way so far back that he almost hit the ground and told him to mind his own business. My husband is not a light weight either. He didn't want to hit her in fear the police would put him away. The campground used to be great, with great managers. It wasn't until the new manager came that the camp has become non-family oriented. She is extremely rude. We had been going to this campsite for more than 8 years, and now we tell everyone don't bother going. Someone needs to let the owners know how much business they are losing for having such a loser for a manager! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I would give it a 1 rating were it not so conveniently located. First and foremost, the manager lady is extremely rude and very difficult to speak with. My wife and I are full-timing here and we just avoid her as much as possible. Second, they claim to have cable TV. They don't. What they DO have is over-the-air broadcast TV that doesn't come in at all. They acknowledge that there is a problem but they refuse to get it fixed. Third, they advertise free WiFi. It rarely works and when it does, it is very slow. Slower than the old 14.4 modems. We just use our cell phones. For long-term stays, electricity is NOT free so add that on to the $400/month you'll pay. The spaces are pretty close together but allow a small amount of room. Larger RVs would be better off finding a different park. Restroom facilities are well maintained as is the laundry room (laundry is fairly expensive at $1.50 wash/$1.00 dry). I work at NAS Whidbey Island and there are a few of us Navy personnel living here full-time. It is very close to the "back gate" so commuting is easy. It is also right across the highway from Deception Pass State Park which has a great ocean view and some nice, solitary camping spots. Overall, I would NOT stay here if I had a choice. The RV park is nothing to write home about but does have more trees and is less windy than the RV park in the city of Oak Harbor. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The manager was rude to the extreme. She is insensitive to any problems and any input on her park's conditions are taken as personal insults. It doesn't matter if you're polite or not. I paid for two nights and had to leave after one due to a problem with my coach. No refund I was emphatically told. When I said I would report this to Good Sam, she said that was fine. I had a reservation for a month later and I told her I would cancel it if I was given no refund. She said that was fine, she had already canceled it. We had had no disagreements prior to this conversation. I don't know how this park stays in business with a manager like this. I recommend that you visit the Anacortes area but stay somewhere else. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Trust me, you do not want to stay at the campground. I started calling on a Wednesday to make a reservation but got a message that they were taking the day off but to leave my number and they would call me back on Thursday. All day Thursday, I tried calling again, and got Wednesday's message. Finally, late Thursday, I reached them. I asked about a site and the woman told me they had one. I then asked about wi-fi and cable and she responded very curtly. I then told her that I had read in RV Park Reviews that they had some power problems and that I had a big rig, and wanted to make sure that any past problems had been corrected before making a reservation. Her response was (1) RV Park Reviews can shove it, and (2) Perhaps I should find another campground. I did. A campground with personnel with this attitude certainly waves a red flag that you don't want to be a guest there. I'm glad I read RV Park Revews, and called with the question. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wow, what a disappointment. I don't know where to begin. Made reservations 6 months in
advance and they knew we had a 38 ft trailer - put us in a 40 ft spot so we had to remote park. No laundry. Modem was accessible at their convenience; and then was not working at all. Voltage one day dropped to 97 volts. And more. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Pleasant for a night's stopover and not crowded during the winter months. Across the highway from Deception Pass State Park. Restrooms were very clean. Only negative is the road noise from Hwy 20, which borders the campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Extremely well kept park in an area with lots to go see and do. The managers are great. We try to stay here 5 or 6 times a year. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Improvements: Wi-Fi that is very good. New online reservations that leave something to be desired. New gravel throughout - no more pot holes. But the same and needs help: the electricity is only 30 amp but voltage is as low as 102 in the morning. That is unsafe - appliances groan. And there was a outage one morning which lasted only seconds but the DirecTV system reset in my coach. And I lost the work I was doing on my computer. It could be a great park if they improved the electric service. Can't beat the location, location, location - right on the harbor. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We decided to try this out after being shut out of the various state parks in the Anacortes area. We were not disappointed. Although only 30 amp service, even that was not needed as the temps were mild being so close to the water. There is one section pretty much on a parking lot and another, the one we stayed in, just off the entry road where the camp host resides - these are diagonal, back in spots and have much more room than the parking lot folks. Site was very level. Wi-Fi was weak but usable. Rest room/showers were in the city park area but we did not use them. No laundry. It rained off and on the 2 days we resided there and the roads remained clear and no severe puddling was evident. Although they do not have a pool per se, the Oak Harbor city beach is right next to the park, as are kayak/SUP/wake board rentals and excursions. Safeway, Walmart, Albertsons are within one block, as is a wonderful little donut shop. The city park also has lots of play equipment for kids. Be patient driving south from Anacortes if you have a big rig, especially across the Deception Pass bridges. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great park for a base to see all the area sights. They have made some changes for this year. They now have WiFi that works pretty well in sites 1 through 31, not as well on the other side. They are working on that issue. They have leveled and put new gravel in all sites. They now do reservations on about half the sites. They are putting in a kiosk for registration and credit card payment but it isn't operating as of this post. Big rig friendly, busy through the day in the park area but very quiet at night. Shopping and eating very close, within walking distance. All in all a great park for the cost. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I have stayed at this park a number of times before and can only say it has not improved at all. In fact it is going downhill. Pads are gravel which are now mostly dirt. My pad had a number of potholes which filled with an overnight rain. I had to walk thru them to get to my car. Electricity is 30 amp, but very weak. I had only 103 volts most mornings causing my microwave to groan. The city spends no money on maintenance. Does not spend any of the revenue on the park, but it goes into the cities general Parks and Rec fund. And they are generating about $10,000 per month from the park. I sure wish there was a better park in the area. They say there are plans to add Wi-Fi and reservations next year. A work camper host is useless. I never saw him interacting with the guests. There were no handouts telling about the many amenities in Oak Harbor. A typical publicly run facility. There is no person or persons who have a vested interest it making the park what it could be - a jewel on Oak Harbor. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park has a lot of potential due to its location right on the bay. Yet, it is very run down. Sites are somewhat graveled and not that level. Not many sites adequate for rigs over 40 feet. And since the park is first come first served, this is a problem for big rigs not able to secure a site mid week. Grass between the sites is full of weeds. We were in the park for 5 nights and we didn't see anyone cleaning anything. Yes, it's cheap and in a beautiful location but the park itself needs work. We will not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed here before, a great park considering the cost. All sites are back-in but plenty of room to get around. Next to the city park and the bay, well kept park with a lot of daytime activity. Nights are quiet, a lot of shade. TV reception is somewhat limited via antenna, satellite may be limited in some sights because of the tree rows. Lots of shopping within walking and eating places also. We will stay here anytime we are in the area, my sister lives close by and we usually spend a couple weeks will traveling the northwest. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have stayed here several times during the winter months, which means the weather can be a bit iffy. This is a first-come, first-get a site park in downtown Oak Harbor, WA and can be rather busy in the summer. It is part of a city park so there is usually a lot of public use. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The city of Oak Harbor is certainly to be commended for providing this wonderful RV park near the heart of the city. We had planned on staying for two or three nights and ended up staying for nine nights. It is a great park for exploring this area, including taking the ferry over to Victoria from Anacortes. There are RV sites, some with sewer and some without and there are tent sites. The rate for full hookup is only $20 per night. It is 30 amp service. A prior reviewer complained about the power being weak but we certainly had no problem. We were there in the late fall and many of the sites had the water turned off, but they even use heating cables to have many of the sites open throughout the winter. When we were there there were only a couple of other RV's. The park is very close to the city but on a dead-end street so that it was very quite. Thankfully, they do not have a lot of bright street lights to destroy the night sky. The RV sites are right next to a great city park and the beginning of a short, but nice, hiking and biking trail. This is definitely a park that we will return to. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is part of the city park system of the city of Oak Harbor. The actual rv parking area is not fancy but there are full hookups in good condition. There are also picnic tables for each site. The park is first come, first serve with self registration. You must pay by cash or check the very reasonable rate of $20.00 a day. The RV park adjoins a very well maintained city park on the bay. The grass is watered, green and well groomed. There is beach access and a boat ramp. There are also extensive paved walking trails along the harbor with many benches and picnic tables. There are several playgrounds as well as a swimming lagoon and many other amenities. The park is located near 2 large grocery stores and many shopping and dining opportunities. You can walk downtown and to the marina. We enjoyed our stay here so much that we wrote a thank you email to the mayor and park department. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great little park. Payment can be cash or check (out of state checks are OK). An antenna works well on most sites. Easy to back into sites; we have a 40' rig and had no problems. It is first come first serve, we were here two weeks and it was only full the last weekend because it was the weekend before July 4th. This is a great base for seeing all the sights on the island and using any of the ferries. The City Park is used a lot by residents and it will seem busy during the day but it is very peaceful at night. We were visiting family in the area, it worked great, would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a beautiful park along the water in Oak Harbor, WA. Shopping and restaurants all within easy walking distance. We have stayed here many times and never had a problem with power, believe that must have been a fluke with the previous posting. Sites are spacious enough, gravel and pretty darn level. All back-in sites. We backed in our site this visit and ended up perfectly level! Oak Harbor has new rules where they "close" the park at 10 pm to get rid of any vagrant problems and it has worked very well. Beautiful biking/walking paths. Two kiddie pools open in the summer months as well as a swim lagoon with lifeguards and paddle boat/kyak rentals. Beachcombing is great fun here as well as flying kites in the wide open spaces. Several playgrounds as well. This is a favorite that we will continue coming back to again and again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed 3 nights over the Presidents Day weekend. It was great - The park is a real gem, withing walking distance of town as well as the sea shore. The downside is the sites are on a first come bases so plan early. In the winter weather can be a bit of a problem. The park is located where it can received high winds. We were rocked to sleep one night. And. of course this is Western Washington so rain is usually in the forecast during the winter. We also discovered that the water is turned off for most of the sites during the winter, however the power and sewer appeared to be on throughout the park. By early evening nearly all sites that had water were occupied. We will definitely use this park again if the opportunity presents itself. Oak Harbor and the island are great places to visit any time of the year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice little city owned and operated park about as close as you can get near the water. Located around the edge of their city park, this RV Park has enough room for slides and awnings. Not large sites but you’re not encroaching on your neighbor’s site or visa versa. Sites are back-ins, gravel and not perfectly level. We didn’t have any problems leveling out our motorhome. Site has a picnic table but no fire rings, hurrah! Located in the downtown area, it’s close to grocery stores, Wal-Mart (it’s not a Super Wal-Mart) and other businesses. First come, no reservations which is nice for those of us who aren’t on a schedule when we’re traveling. Good water, power (30 amp) and sewer. Someone commented on the power situation here and I’m sure it was during the big heat wave when the whole Pacific Northwest were having record highs. While we were here we experienced no power outages. Good cell and Aircard (Verizon) reception but almost impossible to get in our satellite TV due to the trees that surround the border of the park. You might be able to get reception near the entrance to the park (on your right) where you’ll see 2 rows of RV sites. We were in the row that is further from the entrance that borders along the other side of the park. Try the sites that are closest to the tent area. Nice walking path or bike path with views of the water. The bathroom/showers, we didn’t use so I can’t comment on them. Both the city park and the RV Park are very busy on the weekend and can be noisy, but during midweek it’s very quiet. We had an enjoyable 9 days here and will be back again when traveling through the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I would like to have given the park a higher rating than a 6 but power is very unreliable. And 30 amp only. There were numerous power outages. This could be a really nice city park if the electricity were reliable. It is a short walk to the beach and at $20 it is a real bargain. I had planned to stay longer than 10 days but it is not fun resetting items caused by a power outage and worrying when the next outage would occur. I will only return if the electric situation is improved. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice Park close to the water and downtown Oak Harbor. The City Park is very nice and well maintained. The sites are all gravel so bring your patio rug. Fairly close together but plenty of room for slide outs. The location is great near the large city park, lots of room for the dog to walk, run or swim at the beach. We will go here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first visit and we will definitely return. Campground is owned & maintained by the City of Oak Harbor and sits directly beside the beautifully maintained, very large city park. The city park is many acres of water front property although you can't see the water from the campground. Campground is combo of gravel and paved. Although clean the actual sites are a bit close. This ISN'T a resort campground. Some have a small patch of grass between the sites but most do not. The big sell here is the amazing city park, with every park amenity imaginable. I understand that during the summer the park has all array of weekend activities. Big down side is that they don't take reservations as there is no on-site attendant, it's first come first serve. We have been told it can be very difficult to get a site during the summer months. It is my understanding that the $20 a night fee hasn't increased in many years and is the same price all year. This one is definitely worth the stay. A big thanks to the City of Oak Harbor for a lovely, affordable, maintained campground! There should be one in every city! We camped here in a Motorhome.
City RV park located in the Oak Harbor City Park adjacent to the beach. 100 yard easy walk to the beach. 56 sites. No reservations. 30 consecutive days max stay. Check-out at Noon. Check-in anytime a site is available. Sites 1-19 and 44-56 are satellite friendly (DirecTV and DataStorm internet). Nicely maintained. Great July 4th city fireworks show. Tent sites available. Stayed three weeks. Never liked the old name of City Beach Trailer Camp. We camped here in a Motorhome.