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Description - This 424-acre park offers 5,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal and 5,400 feet of freshwater frontage on both sides of the Dosewallips River. An item of special interest is the herd of approximately 75 elk that spend the winter in the park.

The park contains four miles of trail with five footbridges. Other facilities include 4.4 miles of road with parking for 60 vehicles,

Camping amenities include 88 standard sites, 40 trailer sites, two primitive sites, one group camp, two picnic shelters, 35 picnic sites, three comfort stations and four vault toilets. A pay phone is available in the park. The park is on the Campsite Reservation Program.

Recreation - Popular park activities are picnicking, hiking, fishing, oyster picking and clamming (when water quality conditions permit), camping, shrimping, and wildlife watching.

Climate - The climate in this area is influenced by both the Olympic Mountains and the bodies of water that surround the Olympic Peninsula. It is generally a marine climate, mild and temperate, with the Pacific Ocean moderating temperatures throughout the year.

Winters are cool and cloudy with rain and some snow. Maximum winter temperatures are in the mid- to high 40s with minimum temperatures in the mid 30s. Summers are warm and relatively dry with maximum and minimum temperatures in the mid 70s and low 50s, respectively. This area averages 51 inches of precipitation per year.

Location - Dosewallips State Park is located one mile south of Brinnon (or 40 miles north of Shelton) on Hood Canal along State Highway 101 in Jefferson County.

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Filed By: Detmurds (Seabeck, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Arrived on 30 April 2009, and left on May 2, 2009 (two nights). Enjoyed the park more than most Wash State Parks I have been to,...maybe the best so far? I brought my RV trailer and stayed in site #27 with hopes that my Sat dish would work,..it didn't but that was ok. The water tasted great, unlike the horrid taste at a few of the other parks on the Hood Canal that I stayed at. The one other bad thing about site #27 is that there is a path behind it, so you may have some going through the camp or near it to cross through. Clamming and Oyster harvesting was open,..got some! GREAT! Views and hiking around the park (including the trails) were also all GREAT! On the State website, you will find that there is Wi-Fi for internet,..but it didn't work. I was told by another "camper" that they are looking/trying to get it though. It was pretty entertaining to see all the boats since Shrimp Season was officially open. All roads in the core area of the site were paved and many bicycle riders, bring your bike! Seen what looked like an otter near the river, and my proof is there were many small tree stumps that were chewed to an arrow point. The park is in Brinnon, and there is not much to the town. The "General Store" which is really just a gas station but does have most things you will need for camping. You can purchase fishing/shell-fishing license there, but don't get too excited about the store. Next door is the Brinnon Information Center which is no larger than a large shed. I didn't visit it although it was open. Across the street was the Half House Restaurant or Cafe?? Didn't go there either, it really was once just a house! LOL! Brinnon is also a speed trap while I visited, and no, I didn't get pulled over, but many others did. Anyhow, back to the park,....great place overall, near many other parks (not just state parks either), had a very good time and we really didn't want to leave!

Filed By: Maria (Seattle, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Dosewallips State Park has 3 platform tents available for rent, which we stayed in for $35 a night. They have a bunk bed, a futon bed, table, lamp and space heater, as well as a rug on the wood floor. Very luxurious compared to a regular tent, set nicely among trees, with fire pit, picnic table, water tap, garbage can and near a pit toilet. Trails are great, we caught a brief glimpse of an elk. River is cold in June, but the kids swam in a little side pool anyway. Can't walk along the river gravel (redd) during late August & September due to salmon spawning, and there are no marked trails to river, have to find your own way. Camp near the west end of park to escape noise of Highway 101, the sound of the rushing river carries well to the platform tents and other sites at that end. RV sites are grassy with trees and seem pleasant, though they offer no privacy. Firewood available in park during summer season. Saw lots of people biking. On a Thursday afternoon had the entire beach area to ourselves for 3 hours. Great viewing platform looking out over flats, river delta and Hood Canal. Trail to beach is easy, you do have to walk over Highway 101 bridge, but there is a pedestrian walkway. This was a terrific place for a single mom with 2 pre-teen kids to stay. Park rangers very friendly and helpful. We will be going back next year.

More Information

Contact Information:
Dosewallips State Park, P.O. Box Drawer K , Brinnon, WA, 98320, Phone: 800-233-0321

Additional Information:
Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas - The vast and roadless Olympic National Park combined with Olympic National Forest, totals more than 2 million acres of protected nature. Ecological and geological extremes coexist in close proximity. Whether you're equipped to scale the sharpest peak, or simply seek the peace of a groomed path to a waterfall in the forest, you must explore it for yourself.
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