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Yurt Camping Area: No Need to Set Up your Tent in the Rain in Forest
I have never stayed in the Yurt Section of this State Park.
The yurts used by Washington State Parks appears to be similar to the yurts used by Oregon in such places as the Yurt Camping Area of Nehalem Bay State Park (see Yurts at Nehalem Bay Tip).
They have a skylight, and appear to be the same size as those in Oregon. In Seaquest State Park the yurts do not appear to have much in the way of variance in the porch size like they do in Nehalem Bay. Each yurt has an electrical box outside it, and these also have electrical power available as do the ones in Oregon.
The forest provides nice shade in the summer and shelter from the wind in the winter, but the lower part of the evergreen trees do not provide much in the way of privacy between the yurts - though the yurt walls do provide some.
Parking is located a slight walk from the yurt village - so you will have to carry your stuff from your vehicle to your yurt. The good news is this means no car doors slamming at very early hours of the morning.
The yurt village is fairly far north in the camping area and the hope would be that the trees would h help drown out the traffic noise on the highway. The highway is probably reasonably quiet on Saturday mornings in summer, but there is a lot of logging activity in winter, which means lots of loud trucks in both directions in the winter months. On the time that I was near the yurt village I could not hear the traffic noise much at all near the yurts, but it was mid-morning on a Saturday and thus the logging operations were not in full swing. Furthermore, it was mid-spring, so the road to Johnson Creek observation point was closed due to snow, limiting the tourist traffic. A busy summer weekend or weekday will be a much different story.
Tent camping, without having to set up a tent, and with electrical power and a heater!
There is a group shelter area between two of the yurts.
- Reviews: 2745
Seaquest State Park Campground: Camping Spaces beneath Big Trees
I have not stayed in a camp site in Seaquest State Park, but I did poke around a little bit in order to see what was available there.
Camp sites here are divided into two types: utility hookup and "standard" which lack utility hookup facilities. The utility hookup sites are only slightly more expensive than standard sites. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire pit as standard equipment.
Also included in each camp site is a sheltered location in the forest, which tends to block both light and noise from other camp sites - though some certainly comes through.
Try to get as far north as you can in the park. Highway 504 is fairly busy. There is a fair amount of tourist traffic on this road, plus a fair amount of logging traffic and residential traffic. While the forest does block some of this noise, it really is best to get as far away from it as you possibly can.
As with all Washington State Parks, the shower facilities are a token operated machine that gives only a 3 minute shower per token. This seems like a lot of money, but it also encourages people to not hog the shower facilities.
Note that one of my photos is a map of the campground which is located at the entrance station to the state park. If there is nobody there, you must register using a self-register process. However, they also have an on-line or telephone based registration system in place as well.
Please note there is a bit of a savings for off-peak season (mid-September to mid-May normally, but check the web site for specific year dates)
A spot in the forest near Mount Saint Helens!
Use of the RV dump station is included in your camp site fee, if you camp in the park. If you are just passing through, it requires payment of the use fee.
Engine driven electric generators are not allowed to be used at night due to the noise they make.
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