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Southwest Washington Campgrounds
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Southwest Washington Campgrounds
The southwestern section of Washington State is bordered on the south by the Columbia River (the largest river in the western United States), the east by the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the west by the Pacific Ocean. The largest metropolitan area is Vancouver, a sleepy town of about 162,000 citizens. Longview (36,638 people) is a port on the Columbia River for ocean going vessels and home to some of the largest pulp and paper mills in America. Aberdeen (16,150 people) is both a fishing village and a lumber production area. The Long Beach peninsula is touted as the longest natural beach in America at 28 miles in length. Driving on Long Beach is permissible and safe - and a great way to get to more remote stretches of beach for superb beachcombing.
Visitors to this area of Washington State are treated to city night life, river fishing, deep sea fishing, hunting, boating, beachcombing, and some of the best tent camping and RV camping found in the state. The topography is generally flat to hilly with a few mountain peaks reaching 2000 to 3000 feet in height.
There are more Washington State campgrounds on lakes and rivers than you can shake a fishing rod at. This area of Washington State offers RV campers and tent campers access to some of the finest fishing in the state, if not the nation. Several RV camping and tent camping campgrounds are situated such that many camping sites are within feet of a river, lake or the ocean.
Popular RV campgrounds and tent camps are frequently filled to capacity from the spring to early fall. During the winter months the climate is quite cool and rainy. Summertime during the summer temperatures can occasionally reach 100° Fahrenheit. Occasionally the beaches are covered with snow during the winter months. Typically, 2 of the best months to visit this section of Washington State are April and October - the campgrounds are often vacant and the weather is good.
If you are a lake fisherman or woman check with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to see the dates when lakes will be stocked with sports fish.
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