Casino RV Camping

In our last article, we looked at camping options on land under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers. Other less conventional places to find overnight parking with your RV are tribal casinos.

While only a few tribal casinos in the Northwest offer full-service RV parks (some with very reasonable rates) which are listed in regular RV park directories, most offer the option of staying overnight in a designated parking area for free or little cost. These designated overnight spots are very convenient when you are headed for a distant location and just need a place to pull off for the night to sleep before continuing your journey. Some are even worthy of serving as a base camp while exploring the attractions in the area.

Though not a campsite with amenities like a picnic table, restrooms and campfire ring, parking at a casino typically includes a paved (relatively level) area able to accommodate parking of any sized RV, roving security and a discount book for the casino and buffet. While there is no requirement to do so, the hope is you will visit their casino and make a donation during your stay. Some even offer tribal-owned fuel stations where you can purchase discounted fuel.

A great place to locate casinos that offer free overnight parking along your route is the Casino Camper website where you will find an extensive listing of casinos that allow free overnight parking in the Northwest and across the nation. The website lists the name of the casino, address, GPS coordinates, a map, if an RV park is offered and reviews from fellow RVers along with casino details.

Let’s look at a couple of examples right here in the Northwest that can be found using the website.

Kla-Mo-Ya Casino 34333 Highway 97 North Chiloquin, OR 97624

Overnight RV Parking Allowed:    RV Park Available: x

Recent comment from a fellow RVer: “A nice spot to park overnight. The lot is huge with nice trees throughout. The Casino is very small and unfortunately very smoky! They have a small restaurant inside, but was just too smoky for us to enjoy the inside. 
There is a nice store and gas station located on site with reasonable gas prices.
There is truck traffic noise along the highway but all in all, a nice overnight location. If they could just work on the smoke inside, we would have enjoyed their October breakfast special!”
Learn more about parking overnight at Kla-Mo-Ya Casino by clicking here.

Quinault Beach Casino 78 St. Rt. 115 Ocean Shores, WA 98569

Overnight RV Parking Allowed: Fee: $5 on weekdays, $10 on weekends
Parking Rules: See reports, special marked area, longer than one night stays are probably ok
RV Park Available: x

Recent comment from a fellow RVer: “Great place to stay for the beach and pool - the spaces face the ocean, but can’t really see it unless you are about 5 feet off the ground. You can walk to the beach from the casino. $5 on weekdays, $10 on weekends. For $20, you can use the pool and hot tub for your entire stay. We used the shower to wash up after the pool and therefore did not use the RV shower for the 3 days we stayed. I like a setup like this, a nominal fee and you don’t have to gamble if you don’t want to. Register at the front desk for your permit for the window. I was hoping for the snow crab all you can eat, but it changed from 2 years ago when I was here. They did have Dungeness crab on another day, I believe for players club members.”
Learn more about staying at Quinault Beach Casino by clicking here.

Tips and guidelines to staying overnight in a casino lot:

1. Always check in with security or call ahead and ask about their specific procedures regarding free overnight parking, rules, and where they want you to park.

2. You should limit your free overnight stay to a single 24-hour period, unless you get permission to stay longer.

3. Remember, a parking lot is not a campground, please be considerate to your host. Seasoned RVers wince when they go into a casino parking lot (or other establishment that permits free overnight stays like Wal-Mart or Flying J) and see RVers that have put out their awnings, chairs and barbecues. If you lower your stabilizing jacks in warm weather, put boards down under the jacks to prevent leaving “lasting impressions” in their asphalt. As a courtesy to the casino and others, restrict your activity to the inside of your RV. Be a good neighbor by limiting noise from your generator, TV or stereo. Be sure to pick up after yourself and your dog.


Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.


0 #1 Dennis 2017-11-30 21:26
Last year we did a two week vacation along the Oregon coast and was amazed at the sheer beauty. The beaches are wonderful with some allowing vehicles to drive on them made it quite an experience. We did stop by Quinault Beach Casino and checked out their RV camping. Next year we plan to go back and hopefully we can book a couple days at the casino.
Thanks for providing more information as we didn't go into the casino.

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