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5 Nearby Campgrounds for Seattle-Area Families to Reserve Now

Where to make camping reservations for this summer

Nancy Chaney

Published on: March 15, 2023

5 Nearby Campgrounds for Seattle-Area Families to Reserve Now

Deception Pass State Park campground where to camp Seattle families kids
A campsite at Deception Pass State Park. Credit: Karen Neoh/Flickr CC

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park is a popular 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 campground is popular; aim for a weekday stay this summer, or set an alert to be notified if availability pops up on your desired weekend. Nearby Bay View State Park and Larrabee State Park have some summer weekend availability and very good weekday availability. Reserve online.

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Image credit: Karen Neoh/Flickr CC

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