Unlike other northern states that experience sub-freezing temperatures during most of the winter, Northwest RVers with access to the coastline can enjoy winter camping compliments of the Pacific Ocean and the temperate winter weather it provides.

Here is a suggestion for a place to camp and outdoor activities to enjoy this winter:


Washington Park in Anacortes offers a year-round campground that features 68 campsites, with 46 of those containing water and 30 amp electrical service. All campsites include a campfire ring and picnic table set in a heavily wooded conifer forest. Given the heavy tree cover, late winter sunrises and all the outdoor activities you will be enjoying in or nearby the park, sleeping in will not be a problem during your stay!


Glacier Feature at Washington Park

Washington Park is situated at the northwest tip of Fidalgo Island on a peninsula called Fidalgo Head. While close to Anacortes, it feels like miles away. The park offers a boat launch, picnic shelters, miles of trails, beach combing, geological points of interest, bird watching (100 species of birds), stunning scenic views, crabbing, winter salmon fishing, historical points of interest, wildlife (deer, raccoon and more) geocaching, tide pools and its crowning jewel a 2.2 mile loop drive that explores all that the park has to offer. The one-way, one-lane road perimeter loop road is beloved by walkers, cyclists, joggers and families. So that all users can enjoy it in safety, it is closed to vehicle traffic from dusk to 10AM daily. Exploring the 220 acre park and the activities it supports will provide a weekend of fun for most any RVer. Once you have explored the park there is much more to see and do in the area ….

Anacortes Forest Trail

Anacortes Community Forest Lands are located within minutes of the Washington Park Campground. The community forest covers nearly 2,800 acres within the City of Anacortes, encompassing a mosaic of forest, wetlands, lakes, meadows and viewpoints. There are 50 miles of multiple use trails in the forest lands. The many trails are open to hikers, bicycles, trail runners and horses with off road motorcycles even being allowed in limited areas. The multitude of trail options offer everything from short easy loops to tougher all day hikes. The lakes offer fishing, boating, bird and wildlife viewing. The forest is broken into three designated areas known as the Cranberry Lake Area, Heart Lake Area and Whistle Lake Area, with the later containing the must visit Mount Erie which can be ascended via climbing, hiking or driving your tow vehicle or dinghy. Geoacaches are scattered throughout the forest providing the young and young at heart something to search out along the way. Kids will also enjoy exploring the old mine off of trail #122 in the Cranberry Lake Area, so be sure to pack a flashlight or two. The city of Anacortes requests all users to recreate responsibly and share the trails. Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. Trail maps can be found by clicking here.


Old Mine in Anacortes Forest

Sharpe Park and Montgomery - Duban Headlands is a Skagit County Park located about 10 minutes southeast of Washington Park Campground. You don’t need to worry about winter crowds here as it is considered one of counties most clandestine parks. Trails of varying difficulty bisect the park passing by / through wetlands, craggy coastlines, dense forest and stunning viewpoints. One of the easier and “must do” hiking options is following the trails to Sares Head, where the skies open towards vast coastal views, including the Olympic Mountain range, Rosario Strait and the San Juan Islands. Wildlife lovers may choose to also hike the more difficult Porpoise Point Trail on the far northwest side of the park. As the trail approaches close to the water’s edge set your eyes beyond the kelp beds, where Harbor Porpoises are often seen feeding near shore while eagles are often seen soaring overhead. As with Washington Park and the Anacortes Community Forest geocaches can be found throughout the 110 acre park adding another element of fun to your winter outing. Dogs are required to be on a leash while visiting the park.

As you can see winter can be a great time to go RV camping and exploring along the temperate zones of the Pacific Northwest Coastline, just throw in some warmer clothes, some extra firewood and enjoy!


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 Ron Hough 2018-01-27 18:45
Good information on places I didn't know about but that are not far from home. Thanks much

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