Middle Waddell Campground

Capitol State Forest

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Waddell Creek Rd. SW Olympia, WA 98512 360-534-0163 Official Website

GPS: 46.939, -123.0779

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Overview of Middle Waddell Campground

Washington State Discover Pass required passes available online

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Number of Sites 33

Pad Type gravel

Open Seasonally May-Nov.

Elevation 295 ft / 89 m

Max Stay 7

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 2/6/2015
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Last reported 7/7/2017
1 review
“It's all about timing.”

Reviewed 7/7/2017

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 10
Site Number: A4, C9
Overall Rating

If you own an ATV, this is a great place, if noise bothers you, perhaps you should go elsewhere.

Weekends in the summer this campground is full, or near full. Lot's of noise as ATVs and motorcycles race up and down the roads, the trails, or just anywhere they can find. The trails are great for this, but stay on the trails, there are many deep holes in the wooded area by the trails.

Target practice nearby, if gunfire bothers you, don't come here. On week days it remains fairly quite, but the target practice goes on every day. When it gets dark, the campground is very quite, quite time is honored here. 10-8.

Wildlife is scarce here, but we did have a doe cross our campsite one day.

The campsites are large, room for multiple tents, and most sites are pull through paved, C9 was pretty level. Room for multiple vehicles. With our 30 ft RV, there was enough room for perhaps 4 cars. Fire pits in most sites, camp host sells wood, and you can gather wood, just no cutting. Table at each site. The sites are far apart and we'll defined with corral style fencing.

Bathrooms are basic, somewhat clean. Very busy.

No hookups, no trash pick up. Carry it in, carry it out. Many people burn the paper trash.

Trails for hiking, biking, or any non motorized use don't exist that I know of. So be aware of ATVs and riders be aware of hikers.

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T-Mobile Voice Only

Roger would stay here again

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5 reviews

Reviewed 2/6/2015

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 20
Site Number: 4
Overall Rating

Motorcycles and Quads, Nice pads for campers. Non flush toilets. Hiking, bike riding. Camp Host. Shooting not far away if you target practice. Have to find wood to burn no cutting in park.

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Verizon 4G/LTE

Bob would stay here again

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John & BJ
Mesa, AZ 19' Scamp Trailers 19 Deluxe Ram 1500
163 reviews
Just Finding Our Way: Cheap Camping in Capitol Forest

With Washington's Discover Pass in hand, cheap camping is available about 10 miles southwest of Olympia in the southwest corner of Capitol Forest. It's easily accessed, 6 miles west of I-5 at exit 9...

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