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7 Nearby Campgrounds for Seattle-Area Families to Reserve Now

Where to make camping reservations for this summer

Nancy Chaney

Published on: February 19, 2024

7 Nearby Campgrounds for Seattle-Area Families to Reserve Now

Best Washington campgrounds for families this spot at Deception Pass state park where kids throw rocks
Kids throw rocks at West Beach, a scenic spot at Deception Pass State Park. Credit: Elizabeth LaFever

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park is a popular Washington campground on the north end of Whidbey Island, about a 90-minute drive from Seattle, near the town of Anacortes. The iconic Deception Pass Bridge connects Fidalgo and Whidbey islands. A look over the edge of the bridge can shake the knees of even the not-afraid-of-heights types in your crew, but the view is incredible.

The state park has some 300 campsites available in different loops. Cranberry Lake is great for swimming, and there’s plenty of Puget Sound shoreline to explore as well. This nearby campground is popular; aim for a weekday stay this summer. Nearby Bay View State Park and Larrabee State Park are other family-friendly camping spots in the area if you aren't able to reserve a site here. 

Please note there are some closures at this Washington campground that may affect family camping in 2024.

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