Camping at Cape Disappointment State Park (with a baby)

Clamming may have been a disappointment, but camping at Cape Disappointment State Park on the Washington coast certainly was not.

First of all, we had beautiful weather: always a plus when camping. Temperatures in the 60’s and sunny for the most part. I was nervous about camping in the spring, and this made things a whole lot easier.  I have to confess though.  Instead of reserving a campground to pitch our tent, like we would normally do, we reserved a yurt! And conveniently, this yurt was equipped with beds and heat.

Welcome to our Yurt!

Highlights from our attempt at camping with a baby:

Berg’s high chair/booster seat worked perfectly with one of our camping chairs!

Berg’s play area: huge tarp + huge blanket…still managed to be off it with a pine cone in his mouth in a flash!

Slaed heating up Bergen’s lentils on the camp stove.

What we liked about the Park:

  • Cape Disappointment is on the Washington Coast.  It’s actually Washington’s most Southwestern point.  From the camp sites, you can easily access the beach where you can then enjoy two miles of sand, surf, and if you’re lucky some sun.  The entrances to the beach are lined with driftwood and branches so take care as you navigate down.

the beautiful beach

The Camping Crew…no one sleeping situation was alike…including a yurt, a tear-drop trailer, an RV, a truck tent, and oh yeah, one regular old tent.

  • On either side of the beach, you can view two different lighthouses: North Head Lighthouse and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.  North Head Lighthouse has a regular tour schedule, but while you are able to visit the lighthouse itself, the inside of Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is not open to the public. Norman and I ran along the 2 mile beach stretch (out and back), and saw spectacular views of both.

North Head Lighthouse

  • While we did not get to take advantage of them this time, the park also features beautiful hiking trails. Some of the destinations include both lighthouses, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, the Pacific Ocean, and the Columbia River.

Info to Know:

  • The park is about 2 miles from the town of Illwaco, WA.
  • The park is open year round for camping.  For reservations, and all the information you need to know, check out the park’s website.
  • For day use, you’ll need the Discover Pass ($30/annual or $10/day pass) if you plan to enter the park in your motor vehicle.

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More Washington State Parks:

Saint Edwards State Park (Kenmore, WA)
Wallace Falls State Park (Goldbar, WA)
Fort Worden State Park (Port Townsend, WA)
Peshastin Pinnacles State Park (Peshastin, WA)
Moran State Park (Orcas Island, WA) Obstruction Pass State Park (Orcas Island, WA)
Olallie State Park (North Bend, WA)


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