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Cape Disappointment State Park

Campground Description:  Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) is owned and operated by the State of Washington.  This RV camping and tent camping facility is the most visited in the State of Washington.  The RV camping and tent camping park consists of1,882-acres on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, and a Lewis and Clarke interpretive center. Visitors enjoy beachcombing and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall.  O'Neal Lake and McKenzie Lagoon offer fresh water for canoeing or kayaking.  The park offers many miles of well marked and maintained hiking trails.  Wildlife watchers will be rewarded with plenty of weasels, chipmunks, coyotes, deer, elk, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, squirrels and an occasional bear.  Open year round.  Reservations are strongly recommended.

Number of Sites:  231

Electricity:  At sites 1-91

Water:  At sites 1-91

Sewer:  At sites 1-60

Waste Water Dump Station:  Yes

Directions:  Interstate 5 from Seattle - follow I-5 south to Olympia, then SR 8 west to Montesano. From there, take U.S. Hwy. 101 south to Long Beach Peninsula.  Interstate 5 north from Portland - follow I-5 north to Longview, then SR-432 and SR-433 west to Oregon highway 30. Follow hwy 30 west to Astoria and US 101.  Follow US 101 north.  Follow signs to Ilwaco and the park.

Fishing:  Ocean fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout, Sea Bass, Perch, Cabazon and others from the rock jetty.  Deep sea charters are available in Ilwaco, 3 miles east.

Charter companies:
Beacon Charters
Pacific Salmon Charters

Astronomy Opportunities:  Many places throughout the park are both dark enough and unobstructed by trees.  The exact location for computerized telescopes is 46.28663 north, 124.07162 west.

Nearby Golfing: 

Long Beach:

Peninsula Golf Course
9604 Pacific Highway
Long Beach, WA 98631
Peninsula Golf Course
Surfside Golf Course
31508 J Place
Ocean Park, WA  98640-5207
Surfside Golf Course

Contact Information: 

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650
Cape Disappointment State Park

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The sign at the entrance to Cape Disappointment State Park

A typical primative tent camping sites at Cape Disappointment State Park

A back-in RV camping site near the beach at Cape Disappointment State Park

One of the many forested RV camping sites at Cape Disappointment State Park

Typical restroom facilities offer flush toilets and showers

One of the camping cabins available at Cape Disappointment State Park

A number of yurts are available for rent at Cape Disappointment State Park

One of the beaches at Cape Disappointment State Park

The North Head lighthouse can be reached by foot or by car from the campground at Cape Disappointment State Park

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