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Washington State Parks

USA Parks
Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas Region
Dosewallips State Park
Dosewallips State Park Outside Cabin © Julie A Rotter
One of several sleeping cabins available to reserve.
Dosewallips State Park Inside Cabins © Julie A Rotter
Inside view of sleeping cabins. Sleeps up to 5.
306996 US Highway 101
Brinnon, Washington   98320

Phone: 360-796-4415
Reservations: 888-226-7688
Dosewallips State Park is a 425-acre, year-round camping park with 5,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal and 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on either side of the Dosewallips River. The park is unique in that it offers both freshwater and saltwater activities. All camp areas are grassy and located in scenic, rustic settings. The park offers several breath-taking views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. There are freshwater and saltwater activities in the park, and mushrooming can be enjoyed by visitors.

Pleasant Harbor State Park is located two miles south of Brinnon, off Highway 101. Pleasant Harbor is an overnight moorage facility only. It features 120 feet of moorage dock, and boaters may stay up to three consecutive nights. Moorage is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors may enjoy fishing, rafting, motor boating and scuba diving. There are no services or potable water at the park.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The park is open year round for camping.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Bobcats? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Foxes? Marten? Minks? Muskrats? Otters? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Weasels? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Grouse? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Snipes? Swans? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Clams? Crabs? Mussels? Octopuses? Oysters? Scallops? Sea Birds? Sea Cucumbers? Seals? Shellfish? Shrimp? Squid? Starfish? Whales? Bass? Cod? Perch? Red Snapper? Salmon? Shark? Steelhead? Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life ? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Spruce? Alder? Maple? Daisy? Foxglove? Rhododendron? Berries? Eel Grass? Ferns? Moss or Lichens? Seaweed? Thistle

History of the Area
Formerly called "Dose Meadows," the flat fields of this park were old homestead sites prior to their existence as a park. Old rail beds are still in place where logs were hauled from the mountains down to the water prior to being floated to their destinations (ships and mills around Puget Sound).
Park Store
Services/Supplie sAvailable in the park Available in the area? Camping? Pay phone? Fire wood? Auto repair? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Groceries? Hardware? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? White gas? Wood

There is firewood for sale in the park and a pay phone. All other services are available within a few miles of the park.
The camp has 100 tent spaces, 40 utility spaces, one dump station, three restrooms (one ADA) and two showers (one ADA). All tent sites can handle RVs, but do not provide hookups. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Group Accommodations:

Group camp Meadow Group-1 can accommodate up to 80 people who can pitch tents or park RV on a large grass field. There is a big campfire pit, a covered eating area, several picnic tables and a barbeque. There is water and primitive toilets available. A trailhead and the Dosewallips river are easily accessible.

River Group Camp 2 can accommodate up to 50 people. Pitch your tents in a clearing surrounded by woods and a few steps from the river. There are several campfire pits and picnic tables.

To reserve a group camp call (888) CAMPOUT OR (888) 226-7688.

More about park hours Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
The park does not have a formal swimming area, but park visitors may enjoy swimming in the river. Please note the river can be swift and not suitable for young children.

There is a watercraft launch seven miles south of the park at Triton Cove State Park.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

Dosewallips State Park is located near Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo

The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity and six sheltered picnic tables. There are braziers, a play area, and restrooms. Picnic shelters are reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Nature Programs
In summer months, campfire programs and Junior Ranger programs are conducted on most weekends.
Area Attractions
Activities Trails Water Activities Other? 5 mi. Hiking Trails ? Boating (freshwater)? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? Fishing (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? Boating (saltwater)? 1 boat ramp (saltwater)? Diving? Fishing (saltwater)? Clamming? Crabbing? Oysters? 1 Amphitheater? Beachcombing? Bird Watching? 2 Horseshoe pits? Interpretive Activities? Wildlife Viewing

There is a wildlife viewing platform, and vast areas are open for field sports. Freshwater activities are nearby on the banks of the Dosewallips River, and saltwater activities can be found on nearby Hood Canal.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 30 Wonder full park by Mer
Have so many memories here for the last 22 years, like no other place! Love it!
June 30 Great park by Clam Grubber
We have been going to Dosewallips for over 45 years and have seen it develop from some riverside campsites to a first rate park. We never get tired of going there every year.
June 13 The best campground on the Peninsula
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Located on the shore of Hood Canal on the state's western side in Jefferson County.

From Shelton:Drive north on Hwy. 101 for 40 miles. Follow signs.

From Hwy. 104:Exit onto Hwy. 101, and drive south 20 miles to signed park entrance.


Washington State Parks