CAMP: Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island

by Lauren Braden

in Camping and Outdoors


While it’s a bit of a toss-up which of Lopez Island’s two laid-back waterfront campgrounds nudge above the other in greatness, I’ll go with Spencer Spit just for the setting. Situated on the northeast corner of the island on a sand spit that encloses a picturesque lagoon, the campground within this 138-acre state park includes seven walk-in campsites (sites 44-50) right on the beach. Whether you are fortunate to snag one of these campsites or you end up with a roomier one up on the bluff, you’ll enjoy hours of fun exploring the tidal areas and walking along the sand spit itself. Note – the beachfront sites offer no privacy whatsoever–you trade that for the view and setting. The seven sites are literally separated from one another by a suspended boundary rope. The other Lopez Island campground is a great alternative; Odlin County Park is a short distance away and also has beachfront sites.

Details: 37 sites, $22 a night. RVs to 20 feet. Water and restrooms, but no showers (unusual for a state park). Reservations here up to 9 months in advance; some campsites are first-come, first-serve.

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