Saltwater State Park

State Park

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25205 8th Place S.
Des Moines, WA 98198
253-661-4956
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GPS: 47.3742, -122.3181

Last Price Paid: $30
Number of Sites: 47
Pad Type: gravel

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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lezonderlust
Denton, TX
35 Coachmen Mirada
14 reviews
Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 1

lezonderlust would stay here again

“Your very own forest as your backyard!”

Reviewed Aug 01, 2017

Overall Rating

Sites 1 and 3 are the best that I saw, the biggest that would fit 30+ footers. The other sites down the lane were more for small trailers and tents. The walk from #1 is a ways to the bathroom but it wasn't bad. We LOVED the planes overhead landing because we love planes. So cool to see a huge 747 fly right over you! We spent many evenings outside in the perfect WA weather listening to music and watching planes land.

The beach is amazing! Amazing sunsets and in the morning you have it all to yourself. They do allow day use of the beach so during the peak hours, the parking lot is full of people. But where we were, we weren't near the noise so it didn't bother us. We didn't use the showers so I am not sure how they were but I did overhear someone say there was no hot water one morning.

If you are an experienced boondocker and don't need the use of the restrooms and showers, this place is awesome!

You do have to drive through neighborhoods to get there and it's difficult because the roads are so hilly. The entrance and exit to the actual park is a tough climb for large rigs so that's the only reason I am giving 4 stars.

Overall, this is a great place to camp and still have great access to explore Seattle and the little coastal towns in between!

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Annie
Gainesville, FL
16 Safari Condo Alto 1743
2015 Subaru Outback
31 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 16
“Right under the SeaTac Airport flight path”

Reviewed Oct 15, 2016

Overall Rating

Imagine a lovely little spot of boondocking sites, down in a little valley, surrounded by hemlock and pines, with a bubbling brook running through it. Sounds perfect, doesn't it?

Almost perfect, except that this little state park is directly under the main flight path for SeaTac airport. Coming or going, doesn't matter which way the wind blows, the planes go by in both directions day and most of the night. Conversations outside find a rhythm of "pause for the plane" and then pick back up after the jet engine noise fades to a tolerable level. During the day, playing music helps but at night, earplugs turned out to be the best solution. Good earplugs, the kind that block out a screaming child five feet away on a long-haul flight kind of earplugs.

The campsite itself is old and in need of serious upkeep. The sites are pretty unleveled, and a mix of rocks and grass, to the point where finding a good tent site at some spots is a serious challenge. Thankfully for RV owners, we just have to deal with leveling the rig and then we're sleeping in nice comfy beds and not worried about rocks and dog poop underneath sleeping bags. The restroom facilities are old and worn, and it's a serious effort to push the button for toilet flushing. How old are the restrooms? The thirty-something woman at the site next to me said she's from Burien (a nearby town) and the bathrooms are the same as when she came here as a kid. In the day use area, more than half of the barbecue installations are covered over with plastic and duct tape, as if the park service has admitted defeat and isn't even going to try to keep them up.

The beach itself is lovely, and at low tide, it's amazingly big and full of interesting tide pools. The Sunday I was there was a dead low tide and the Seattle Aquarium volunteers were out in force to show any and all visitors the cool stuff.

The park has one loop trail around the outside, and it's full of ups and downs and cool trees, ferns, and moss, and it is so dense, I would consider it a rain forest. It's a 1.5 mile walk from the park to the marina, and I did that one evening just to get away from the planes and see a bit of the neighborhood.

After three days, I had enough of the jet noise and moved on. While I did like the location and the beach, in the end, the constant planes overhead were just too much and I probably won't be back to this park unless it's the only spot left when I need a Seattle bolt-hole.

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Location
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Site Quality
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AT&T 4G/LTE
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T-Mobile 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Site Amenities:
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • recycle
  • showers
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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