Exploring the Olympic Peninsula: A Guide to Elwha Dam RV Park and Nearby Attractions

Published on June 21st, 2023 by Alicia and Pleshette

Doing Summer On The Olympic Peninsula

2022 for us was an RV tour up US Highway 395 starting North of Los Angeles, up through California, into Oregon and up to Olympic Peninsula RV camping in Washington. What an amazing trip to see all California has to offer on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The goal was to get to the “PNW”, The Pacific Northwest. It is absolutely beautiful. The Olympic Peninsula is stunning on so many levels and what an amazing place to spend a summer. 

We were there in the winter of 2022 into 2023. We imagine how extra special it would be during the summer. If you’ve never been to the Columbia River Gorge and gone RV camping on the Olympic Peninsula, it is a must!

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Where is Elwha Dam?

Elwha Dam is in Port Angeles on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula. It’s just off US Highway 101, less than 30 minutes from the East Entrance of the Olympic National Park.  

Why Stay at Elwha Dam RV Park?

RV site 9. (Image: @Nothing But Blue Skies, RV LIFE Campgrounds)
RV site 9. (Image: @Nothing But Blue Skies, RV LIFE Campgrounds)

Camping at Elwha Dam RV Park has lots to offer everyone. Full hookup sites with water, power (30 and 50-amp service) and sewer. Premium sites, tent and group sites, BBQ Pavilion, and a store stocked with a few essentials and some nice campground swag, too. The park features a central area for family yard games, electric bike rentals and a community garden. The full list of camping amenities is so long!

Things to Do On the Olympic Peninsula

Elwha Dam RV Park is just minutes from the East Entrance to the Olympic National Park and great nearby attractions including:

  • The Lavender Fields and Gardens in Sequim
  • The Straight of Juan De Fuca 
  • Lake Crescent – Sol Duc Hot Springs – Hoh Rain Forest
  • Pacific Beaches
  • Cape Flattery 
  • Hurricane Ridge
  • Port Angeles, Port Townsend, and the awesome ferry system

Are You a Big Rig RVer?

If you are, and considering Olympic Peninsula RV camping at this highly rated park, there are important factors to consider. As content creators for campgrounds reviews, we have experience with towing a 44’ triple axle 5th wheel using a 22’ truck. What you need to know is this:

It’s crucial to differentiate between a Class A RV and a fifth wheel over 35-feet long. When a campground like this says it’s “big rig friendly,” it’s advisable to inquire about navigating the park and accessing the sites. Determining a campground’s suitability for big rigs involves assessing maneuverability and the ease of backing in or pulling through.

Author Name

Our goal is to find and review campgrounds that genuinely cater to big rigs, providing essential amenities for remote workers and digital nomads.

About the Authors

We’re Alicia, Pleshette and our dog Charlie. We’ve been on the road full time since November of 2020 in our 44′ Grand Design 5th wheel. We are both remote professionals with backgrounds in information technology and project management. We travel full-time, work full-time, and have fun full-time! For more ‘day in the life’ of a full-time RVer, see more our YouTube Channel – @MileHighBeach or find us in Instagram @Mile_High_Beach.

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