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Plenty of camping options for Memorial Day weekend

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
May 23, 2013 2:13 pm

Campers will have plenty of options this holiday weekend, thanks in part to early snowmelt.

In the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the 188 campsites at Ohanapecosh Campground opens Friday. Cougar Rock Campground, between Longmire and Paradise, will not open until June 27 instead of Friday. The 173-site campground will be open six fewer weeks because of sequestration.

Park officials also said Stevens Canyon Road will open at noon Friday, not 8 a.m. as previously announced, as long as the weather.

At Olympic National Park, campgrounds opening this weekend or shifting from primitive camping to running water include Altair, Staircase and South Beach at Kalaloch.

There are plenty of options at state parks for South Sound campers. They include Dash Point, Penrose Point, Joemma Beach, Saltwater, Millersylvania, Schafer, Lake Sylvia, Twanoh, Potlach, Jarrell Cove and Dosewallips state parks.

At Belfair State Park, a handful of sites are closed because of storm damage. The park also is hosting its first Shellfest from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The campground at Kopachuck State Park remains closed because of root rot issues.

Along state Route 410, the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest campgrounds, Dalles and Silver Springs, are open. On the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Iron Creek, La Wis Wis, Adams Fork, Big Creek, North Fork, Tower Rock camprounds are open.

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