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6 Places to Camp and Sleep Under the Stars

As the summer months come to a close and the evenings start to cool down, the weather is prime for weekend camping excursions with family and friends. Pack your sleeping bags, marshmallows, and all the necessities for a perfect evening of s’mores and campfires when you head to one of these six campgrounds nestled near Bothell.

S'mores roasting over a campfire

Beckler River Campground

Explore some of the most stunning scenery in the Northern Cascade Region of Washington from the Beckler River Campground. The spacious campsites are nestled in Douglas fir, cedar, and western hemlock. All within walking distance of the river in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, these campgrounds provide convenient access to many of the recreational activities at neighboring North Fork Skykomish and West Fork Foss River areas.

Lake with park bench

Camp Gilead

Located in Carnation, Camp Gilead is a faith-based family-friendly camp that offers youth camps, day camps, and even family camp opportunities all summer long. Each year the camp also hosts Mother/Daughter or Father/Son Fishing Retreats, and Women’s or Men’s Retreats.

Lake Pleasant RV Park

The Lake Pleasant RV Park has amenities and something for everyone—wooded nature trails, a putting and chipping green, and paved bike trails you can take all the way to Seattle.  If bird watching and fishing is more your speed, explore the wildlife habitat and small lake filled with fish and waterfowl. The location makes it a great spot to camp and then spend your days wine tasting in Woodinville or touring the Boeing Aircraft factory in Everett. The summer months are the most popular so now is the perfect time to experience Lake Pleasant’s offerings and secure your Summer 2024 booking.

Middle Fork Campground

Located within driving distance of some of the great hiking trails in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Middle Fork Campground is surrounded by towering Douglas fir, cedar, and Western hemlock trees. The size and locations of sites available are accommodating for both individual and small-group camping excursions.

campfire and tent in Washington

Money Creek Campground

For a private, rustic setting that’s close to the waterfront, you’ll want to explore Money Creek campground. Each site is scattered beneath a towering canopy of old-growth forest and sits on the banks of the South Fork Skykomish River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The scenery here is some of the most stunning the northern Cascade Range of Washington has to offer.

RV at campsite with chairs

Thunderbird RV and Camping Resort

Nestled along the Skykomish River, Thunderbird RV Resort offers picturesque mountain views and riverfront access. This campground features fun for all ages with amenities including mini golf, three pools, and playgrounds. There’s no shortage of things to do in the area — fish for salmon and steelhead or enjoy nearby antiquing, NASCAR racing, hot air ballooning, and even hang gliding.


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