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7 Best Whidbey Island Campgrounds for Your Next Trip

These are the best Whidbey Island campgrounds to stay at during your visit.

Whidbey Island is a beautiful island located in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. It is well-known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. There are several Whidbey Island campgrounds that you can choose from if you are interested in visiting this slice of paradise in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn more about Whidbey Island, WA.

When’s the Best Time to Go Camping on Whidbey Island

The best time to camp on Whidbey Island depends on your personal preferences and the type of trip you are planning. Whidbey Island has cooler summers with the averages ranging from the mid-60s to mid-70s, and, on occasion, temperatures reaching the upper 80s.

Summer months are very popular for camping on the island, and you will be able to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, and beachcombing. Some may prefer to camp during the shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall when there are fewer crowds and the temperatures are cooler.

What to Know Before You Go to Whidbey Island Campgrounds

There is a Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island and you may see and hear aircraft while visiting. The military conducts training missions at all hours of the day, and it can get very loud at times.

Can you take an RV to Whidbey Island?

Yes, you can take an RV to Whidbey Island. There are several campgrounds and RV parks on the island that can accomodate RVs of various sizes.

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Whidbey Island Campgrounds

Find out all the details about Whidbey Island camping sites, as well as Whidbey Island camping reservations. The first 3 campgrounds on Whidbey Island are in Oak Harbor on the north end.

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park is a 3,854 acres marine and camping park with over 150 campsites and cabins you can rent. It is one of the best places to camp on Whidbey Island. Enjoy a scenic drive as you arrive at your destination at one of the best campgrounds on Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands.

Deception Pass State Park spans two islands (Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island which are connected by Deception Pass Bridge). You can stay at many campgrounds such as Bowman Bay Campground and Cranberry Lake Campground.

Facilities and Amenities:

172 tent sites
134 partial-hookup sites
5 hiker/biker sites
1 dump station
20 restrooms (4 ADA)
10 showers (4 ADA)
Cabins can be found in the Quarry Pond Campground and near the Cornet Bay Retreat Center.
2 amphitheaters
6 fire circles
Horseshoe pit
Interpretive center

Address: 41229 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Cost: You will need a Discover Pass that costs $30 annual or $10 a day. Rates range from $55 up to $120 depending on camping option and season.

Reservations: You can make a reservation online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Nearby attractions and activities: Admire the stunning views of popular Deception Pass Bridge and walk along North Beach. Hike along the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT). You can also enjoy freshwater and saltwater boating and fishing, crabbing, diving, swimming, biking, watercraft launches and docks, white-waterkayaking, sailboarding, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, and beachcombing.

During the summer months you may rent Kayak, SUP, and canoes, or take a kayak tour. Campstuff Coffee, Sister Sister Kettle Corn, Junior Ranger Programs, and Deception Pass Tours are also available during the summer.

North Whidbey RV Park

North Whidbey RV Park has 100 full hookups. Pets are allowed and it is located in Oak Harbor across the street from the entrance to the outstanding Deception Pass State Park.

Facilities and amenities:

  • 100 sites with full hookups
  • Fire Pits
  • Picnic Tables 
  • Free Internet Access 
  • Playground
  • Pet friendly
  • Pet area (fenced in)
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Clubhouse with full kitchen
  • Day room with a coffee lounge
  • Gazebo with grill
  • Fully furnished cabins
  • Propane (available to purchase)

Address: 565 Cornet Bay Rd, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277, United States

Cost: $50+

Reservations: Book online

Nearby attractions and activities: Hiking trails, swimming beach, fishing, crabbing, beach-combing, whale watching. You can find marinas and boat launches near by – Deception Pass and Cornet Bay Marina.

Navy Getaways Cliffside RV Park

Cliffside RV Park is inside the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island. It is open to active and retired military, as well as reservists, DoD civilians, and full-time contractors. Enjoy beautiful views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island, and the Olympic Peninsula.

Facilities and amenities:

  • 52 RV Sites – with full water, electrical and sewer hook-ups
  • 10 Tent Campsites
  • 4 Deluxe camping trailers
  • 6 Furnished Yurts (Must bring your own bedding)
  • RV Trailers (On-site rental only)
  • 1 Group campsite
  • Restrooms, Showers
  • 4 Pavilions with picnic tables and BBQ grills
  • Fireplace
  • Fire ring
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Easy beach access

Address: NAS Whidbey Island, end of Intruder Street. RVs must use the entrance at Charles Porter Gate.

Cost: RV sites and yurts are $45/day
Waterfront RV sites are $56/day
Deluxe camping trailers are $100/Night
Tent campsites are $21/Night
Group campsite is $74/Night

Reservations: Make a reservation by calling 360-257-2649 or 1-877-628-9233.

Nearby attractions and activities: Close access to base amenities such as the recreation center (NAS Convergence Zone), golf course, parks, dining, paintball, movie theater, etc.

Fort Ebey State Park

Fort Ebey State Park is a beautiful coastal park located on Whidbey Island in Washington state, known for its stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its World War II-era fortifications that can be explored by visitors.

Facilities and amenities:
39 standard campsites
11 partial-hookup sites with electircity and water hook ups
1 water trail campsite
1 ADA restroom
2 showers (1 ADA)
25 unsheltered picnic tables
2 BBQ grills
1 amphitheater
Park store (ice, water, snacks, souvenirs, and firewood available for purchase).

Address: 400 Hill Valley Drive, Coupeville, WA 98239

Cost: $12 – $50

Reservations: Make your reservation online or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Nearby attractions and activities: 25 miles of walking trails and biking trails, which includes the bluff trail that overlooks Admiralty Inlet. Seaweed harvesting (with license) from April 16 – May 15, paragliding, surfing, beachcombing, and exploring bunkers at the fort from 1942. You can also hike part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail on Ebey’s Landing.

Notes: No trailer dump station. This state park is only open for camping from March 1st – October 31st.

Fort Casey State Park

Fort Casey State Park is a historic park located on Whidbey Island in Washington state, famous for its well-preserved fortifications from the early 20th century that offer a glimpse into the island’s military history.

Facilities and amenities:
22 standard campsites
13 partial hookup sites with water and electricity
1 restroom with showers
3 primitive (no hookup), hiker/biker campsites (first-come, first-served basis (for those who walk or ride a bicycle to the park.
1 fire circle
68 unsheltered picnic tables

Address: 1280 Engle Road, Coupeville, WA 98239

Cost: $12 to $50 depending on site.

Reservations: Reserve online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Nearby attractions and activities: This campground is located next to the Coupeville ferry that takes you to Port Townsend. You can enjoy hiking trails, including the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT). boating, beachcombing, shellfish harvesting and saltwater fishing (with license). They also have a watercraft launch, park store, kite-flying field, and the Admiralty Head Lighthouse and gift shop. (The lighthouse is open March through December).. 

Rhododendron Campground

This campground is closed for the winter season from November 1st through March 31st.

Facilities and amenities:
15 campsites
3 sites that accomodate RVs (with water hook-up only)
Vault toilets
BBQ grills
Picnic areas
Fireplace rings

Address: 20265 SR 20, Coupeville, WA

Cost: $15 per day

Reservations: First-come, first-served.

Nearby attractions and activities: Rhododendron park trails and athletic fields.

Fairgrounds Campground

The Fairgrounds Campground is open year-round, however, there are limited water hook-ups during the winter season.

Facilities and Amenities:
30 RV sites with power and/or water hook-ups
20 tent campsites
Bathrooms with showers

Address: 819 Camano Avenue, Langley, Washington

Cost: It is $25 per night with power and/or water hook-ups, a septic dump station is also included.
For no hook-ups, it is $20 per night.
There is a $5 dump station fee (for those not camping).

Reservations: All sites at the Fairgrounds Campground are first-come, first-served. You can self-register and pay at the yellow “register here” mailbox that you find in the campground.

Nearby attractions and activities: Walking distance to downtown Langley where you can find shopping, dining, art galleries, beaches, and more.

Author: Katrina

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