You’ll find more than great real estate; Skagit County also has awesome camping opportunities! It’s easy when over 40 percent of the land has been designated state and national forests and parks. There’s another article that covers camping with boats, specifically, but this one is written for hikers and those who prefer camping with tents (and RVs or trailers). If you can stand a little rain and a lot of cold, there are some awesome campgrounds and sites available all year long. Some of these campgrounds and sites require reservations and are fee-based, so remember to call or check online ahead of time to make sure space is available. (Pro Tip: Bring cash when payment is required. You won’t be able to swipe your card or write a check at most places.)
Newhalem Creek Campground
With group, family and individual sites available at Newhalem Creek Campground, there is almost certainly a place for you to spend time outdoors alone or with a large group of people. Located close to town with access to essentials, this campground is also extremely convenient. Experience the seclusion of being immersed in nature with the bonus of being close enough to town to walk and pick up a forgotten or broken camping tool. There are bathrooms and paved access paths – as well as drinking water and a dump station – but there are no utility hookups.
Sauk Park Campground
While open year-round, the park is available for self-contained units (units and vehicles don’t require water or electrical connections) from November through February. From March through October, fifteen sites are available that provide access to fishing and native plant and wildlife.
Rasar State Park
Located on the Skagit River, Rasar State Park offers 169 acres of unbelievable camping, hiking, fishing and other chances to interact with the outdoors. There are sites with water and electricity hookups, walk-in sites, Adirondack shelters and even three cabins to rent if you don’t want to “rough it.” You’ll find public restrooms and a dump station, as well.
Quarry Pond Campground
At Quarry Pond, there are over 50 sites with hookups for utilities and seven regular campsites. In the center of the campground are a gazebo and a sheltered outdoor cooking facility – perfect for preparing large meals for family reunions or other parties and events. The pond itself is stocked with rainbow trout, and rumor has it there are some prime fishing holes if you can find them.
Clear Creek Campground
You’ll encounter 13 sites at Clear Creek Campground, which is just off the Mountain Loop Highway. If you’re an angler, you’ll be fishing the Sauk River. If you’re not, you’ll be enjoying the rather short Frog Lake Trail hike or one of the longer hikes that are part of a 1,500-mile trail system in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
As always when camping, and especially in the summer, remember to check local fire regulations and burn bans. Not only do you not want to risk a forest (or other) fire, but the fines for violating a burn ban – even accidentally – are hefty. Another safety tip: Many of these sites are home to all kinds of wildlife, including bears and other large, scary animals. Research and practice food storage and other tips to help keep you, your family and your friends happy and healthy while enjoying the adventures of camping. While we can’t help you if you get lost, the Dominic Pettruzzelli Real Estate Team is ready and waiting to help you with any questions about real estate, Skagit County, in particular! Give us a call at 360-610-7256 today.
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