Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: 3 Places To Camp For Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2017

For many years, I have camped in the pouring down rain all across the state of Washington for Memorial Day Weekend. Yes, I am a proud and prepared "blue-tarp-camper". But have you seen the forecast for THIS Memorial Day Weekend? Not a raindrop forecasted! *knocks on wood* It's going to be a GORGEOUS weekend for camping throughout Western Washington, and you might consider checking out one of these epic spots:


1.  Marble Creek Campground - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. If you take Highway 20 and head East out of Burlington, you'll travel about 40 miles till you hit Marblemount. Make your last minute stop at the gas station for anything you forgot before you forge ahead! From there, you cross the bridge over the Skagit River and continue to Marble Creek Campground. Tucked away in the trees along the Cascade River, I've done some great hiking and fishing just a few steps from my tent. It's an absolutely breathtaking place to spend Memorial Day Weekend! 


2. Obstruction Pass State Park - Orcas Island. On the south end of Orcas Island is one of the most pristine and remote campgrounds I've ever seen! Many people choose Moran State Park, but if you continue on to Obstruction Pass State Park, you will not be disappointed. I won't call it a true "hike-in/hike-out" because the path from the parking lot to the camp sites isn't all that far, but you will want to plan accordingly. It's a little over a half mile to and from your car. But once you're there, you're camping on a waterfront, high-bank site surrounded by trees with plenty of beach and forest to explore!


3. Steamboat Rock State Park - Electric City. Located at the north end of Banks Lake, my family used to camp in this area almost every summer, and it's an absolutely incredible place to soak in Eastern WA sunshine! You feel like you're camping at the bottom of a junior Grand Canyon with the way the craggy rocks have been carved. For those into boating, you might be lucky enough to snag one of their boat-in campsites. And there are even great cliff-jumping spots on the lake! You can also find great hiking and mountain biking trails right up the road. Cool off in the water afterward - it's SO refreshing. 


Where will you be camping this weekend? Send me your spot in an email so I can hopefully check it out in the coming months! 


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly