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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.
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306996 U.S. 101
Brinnon, Washington   98320
(lat:47.6874 lon:-122.9046) map location

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.
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).
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
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.
1. Dosewallips State Park offers freshwater swimming in the Dosewallips River.
2. The river is easily accessible from various points within the park.
3. Swimming areas are not lifeguard-protected, so swim at your own risk.
4. Water temperatures can be cold due to mountain runoff; consider wearing a wetsuit for comfort and safety.
5. There's also an option of saltwater swimming along 5, 500 feet of shoreline on Hood Canal.

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.
Anglers can enjoy freshwater and saltwater fishing. Freshwater species include trout, while the Hood Canal offers salmon, clams, oysters and crabbing opportunities.

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.
Biking enthusiasts can explore a variety of trails, but be aware that some areas are steep and challenging.

The park offers both paved paths suitable for beginners as well as rugged terrain for experienced cyclists.

Mountain bikers should exercise caution due to the uneven surfaces and potential wildlife encounters on remote trails.

While biking is allowed throughout most parts of the area, certain sections may have restrictions during specific seasons or weather conditions.

Remember to always wear appropriate safety gear when cycling in this location - helmets are mandatory under state law.

Please respect all signage indicating restricted areas; these exist primarily for your own protection.

Be prepared with water and snacks if planning longer rides since there aren't many facilities along routes.

Lastly, remember it's important not only to enjoy yourself but also preserve nature by sticking strictly to marked pathways.
1. Dosewallips River Trail: This 5.5-mile trail is moderately trafficked and offers a variety of activities such as hiking, camping, bird watching and fishing.

2. Steam Donkey Loop Trail: A short loop that's just over half a mile long with minimal elevation gain making it perfect for families or beginners.

3. Maple Valley Campground Trails: These trails are located near the campground area offering easy access to hikers staying overnight in the park.

4. Ranger Hole Trailhead: Hike along this moderate difficulty trail which leads you through lush forests towards an old ranger station site by Jefferson Creek.

5. Rocky Brook Falls Trail: An extremely short but rewarding hike leading to one of Washington's most impressive waterfalls.

6. Duckabush River Backcountry Camping Area: For those seeking more challenging hikes can take on these backcountry trails stretching up into Olympic National Park from Duckabush river campgrounds.

7. Mount Jupiter via Elkhorn Route: A strenuous climb reaching Mount Jupiter summit providing panoramic views across Hood Canal & Puget Sound region.

8. Constance Pass Via Upper Dungeness/Constance Way Routes: A difficult route recommended only for experienced mountaineers due its steep inclines & rugged terrains.

9. Lake Constance Pathway: An arduous trek taking around two days round trip; rewards include stunning alpine lake vistas at Lake Constance nestled amidst towering peaks.

10. Big Quilcene/Dose Meadows/Olympic Hot Springs Circuit: This multi-day backpacking circuit traverses diverse landscapes including meadows, hot springs & high ridges affording breathtaking mountain scenery.
Birdwatchers can spot species like the Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron and Belted Kingfisher. Other birds include Varied Thrushes, Pacific Wrens and Spotted Towhees. The park's diverse habitats attract a wide variety of birdlife throughout the year.
Nature Programs
In summer months, campfire programs and Junior Ranger programs are conducted on most weekends.
Area Attractions
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
park review stars; one to five Have so many memories here for the last 22 years, like no other place! Love it!
June 30 Great park by Clam Grubber
park review stars; one to five 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.

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