|Address:||25205 8th Pl S, Des Moines, WA 98198, USA|
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We stayed here at the end of August 2017 for 4 days after doing a 3 month long camping excursion. Positives: Soap in restroom Beautiful forest Beach access Small creek running by several campsites About 30 mins from downtown Seattle Hot shower which you pay 1 dollar for 6 minutes. The shower takes "washington state park tokens" which only accepts one or five dollar bills Negatives: Constant (every 5-10 minutes) low flying air traffic from the Seatac Airport (make sure to bring earplugs!) Small campsites; most only accommodate small vehicles/trailers - look at website for more info Most campsites are very close to one another Dirty: we were here for 3 days and four nights and restrooms/showers were not cleaned once and smelled of urine. Washingtons state park system: this campsite states it is first come first served but instead of self registering you must call the Washington state park phone line to reserve the spot you have chosen and you only can do this once it is 2:30pm which means if you want to stay multiple nights someone can call this line and reserve your campsite at 2:30 even though you have already set up on this site. Gate closes at sunset but as long as you do not have an issue jumping out of your car and opening and closing the gate (it will not be locked if you go to the state vehicle access About 20 feet toward the water from the main entrance), youll be alright Campsite charge: 25 for simple sites, several of which you have to walk fairly far too access water or restrooms 30 for basic sites about the same as the above sites but closer to water or restrooms 35 for popular sites (seems like sites that have room for a trailer, camper,or fifth wheel) I likely would not go back to this state park for camping due to the above reasons but it did work out for a cheap option to discover Seattle.
I have been there twice in the last couple of weeks. Its one of my favorite places to stop for a quick lunch and use the bathroom. I went there in the freezing cold though and washing my hands was very cold...then I used the air dryer and it blew the cold hair really hard on my cold wet hands. Maybe someday the Satan park will have some hot water in the bathroom. Maybe the womens does have hot water. I dunno, I go to the mens room. But if thats how it is, then thats just even stranger. But the beach is nice, and some trails and a neat little.creek. some seagulls and crows, and squirrels. I seem to remeber a little beachside shop , maybe thats just in the summer or nicer weather times. Definitely some regular visitors hanging around. Sorry I keep forgetting to take a pic, but a mental image that I used to like was imagining salt water burning. The water, not the park. Will salt water burn?
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE CAMPGROUND, NOT THE PARK. The campground is conveniently located near town, but you have to pay for hot water in the shower, and its not closed to non campers. What this means is that at all hours of the day, you will have cars meandering through the campground, just to see what it looks like. The camping spots are tiny as well, so you will find absolutely no privacy. The staff was very polite, but they arent around after dark, and therefore no quiet hours are enforced. Think, 20 year olds staying up all night yelling and carrying on, right next to you (because the sites are so small). Oh, and you are right next to the airport and the road, so the sound of planes and cars will keep you up half of the night as well!
Terrible place for camping, decent for watching the sunset. While the surroundings themselves are quite pretty, campsites are very small--if you have more than two people you will be right up against another campsite. Officials aggressively patrol for alcohol, and though my group was respectful when confronted, the official we interacted with started and ended his interaction with us by being rude, confrontational, and aggressive. When we went there in June, no campfires were allowed, so that benefit to camping is out. Constant, close-up noise from planes in and out of SeaTac also keep this from being anywhere near a reasonable camping experience.
My Favorite South Sound Park! Love this Park its only a couple miles from my house and tons of parking. Lots of picnic tables and there are two bathrooms near the beach. When the tide is out you can walk out about 100 to 200 feet + with many tide pools. Always shorebirds around and Great Blue Herons are always fishing when the tide is out. Eagles are sometimes around also. Lots of little Crabs under the rocks at low tide during the summer,and I have just see a Black Tailed Weasel recently this July. Beautiful sunsets and panoramic views. There is a campground here also and walking trails through the woods. Highly recommend this park.
This a quaint and lush campground with a great convenient location. Most of the campsites are not very private, and they are pretty small if you get an economy level site. The basic and premium sites are a lot bigger if you have more than one tent or a camper. We didnt see quiet hours posted, but assumed there would be. However, both Friday and Saturday night people were obnoxiously loud until about 2 am. Pretty decent if you are looking to stay somewhere convenient! Otherwise, Id suggest staying somewhere that you cannot hear the freeway, airplanes, and people partying it up.
Not sure why this Park is a state park. Was not worth the drive and was not worth the time. Have seen way better parks and the parks werent even state parks. They should just make his open to the public, because there is nothing to enjoy and see or discover not to preserve. The view is fair, but not breathtaking or spectacular. And I have noticed that most State Parks are very dirty and just filthy. Its a shame that humans can not respect the land or area. People can just be so dirty and nasty and very inconsiderate of their surroundings and not trying to keeping it clean.
A nice little hidden gem. Every now and again Ill take a spur of the moment day trip, and after a little exploring on Google maps, found out about Saltwater. Being so used to public, non-state park beaches, I felt like a little kid looking at all the intact stones, driftwood, and shells. Beachcombers have gone through most of the places Ive been! The beach here is rocky and pretty small, but the view and little trails set it apart. That, and how little known it is ensure it wont be crazy busy like some of the big name beaches around the sound.
We left at 730pm to drive over Snoqualmie Pass, in the dark, to sleep in a rest area rather than spend another moment at Saltwater. In your face drug use, no park staff to be seen at anytime, any place, none at all, litter all around, tiny unkept sites right on top of one another, constant cruising of the park by those not staying in the park, characters of every state of mind line the path along the waters edge, sad state of affairs. If I didnt know better, I would swear this was not a Washington State Park
The parks location is good - close to the airport and on Puget Sound, but the facilities are terrible! It is expensive for a campground - $35 with NO electricity and deplorable restrooms and showers. Our site was a mess of grass and weeds, so much so that we did not even want to use the picnic table. It appeared that a number of the campers were more residents than campers. Our neighbor got home and proceeded to run his generator and blast loud music into the night. Not even for one night!!