03 Aug

Campground Review #92 Silver Cove RV Resort near Mount St. Helens, Washington

When we were first planning our epic Pacific Northwest adventure, we thought that Silver Cove RV Resort would be a convenient base camp for exploring nearby Mount St. Helens. What we didn’t expect was to find an amazing campground that we were so sad to leave five days later. We would have been happy to settle in for another few days, paddle boarding around on Silver Lake and hiking in the nearby state and national parks.

You can listen to our complete review of Silver Cove RV Resort on the Campground of the Week podcast…

And you can also listen to all the amazing things we did in the area over on the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast episode #153.

Campground Details

Silver Cove RV Resort is located at the foot of Mount St. Helens in Washington State. It’s about an hour north of Portland and three hours south of Seattle. It took us around 3.5 hours to drive here from Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. This campground is wearing a lot of hats–it’s a great weekend getaway spot for folks in nearby urban areas, but it also is the perfect place to stay when visiting the iconic Mount St. Helens.

Silver Cove is owned and operated by Highway West Vacations, and the company’s focus on customer service is on display from the moment guests arrive and are offered cookies (YES!!! COOKIES!!) upon check in. The employees are also happy to help plan adventures and offer helpful recommendations for nearby activities and dining options.

Out of the 150(ish) sites, most are back ins, but there are select pull thrus as well, all with full hook ups and many with waterfront access. If you are traveling with kayaks, boats, or stand up paddle boards, make sure you request a waterfront site. A particularly on-trend feature is RV sites located next to cabins so groups can camp together in mixed accommodations.

Campground Amenities

Silver Cove felt like a friendly neighborhood, and the campground management is adding a lot of features that support communal experiences like a beautiful clubhouse, group fire pit, and outdoor kitchen. Other great amenities include…

  • Well-stocked campstore
  • Boat rentals: motorized, kayaks, SUPs
  • Playground
  • Laundry and bathhouses

This is a remote location, so come prepared for limited cell service and spotty WiFi. We were able to work on the WiFi during our stay, but had to move around the campground at times for the best signal.

Regional Activities

We covered all the best area activities over on RV Family Travel Atlas, so make sure to listen to hear about the boys’ ALL-TIME favorite adventure in the Ape Caves. We had far more fun than we expected in this area, and highly recommend including this stop on your agenda if you are road tripping through Washington and Oregon. And if you live nearby in Portland or Seattle…well, you are just one lucky camper.

You can also check out our Facebook videos of the cabin we stayed in…

And our golf cart tour of Silver Cove RV Resort…


A huge thanks to Highway West Vacations for providing such a wonderful experience during our stay at Silver Cove RV Resort. We can’t wait to see you all again!

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

27 Jul

Campground Review #91 Elwah Dam RV Park outside Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, Washington

Elwah Dam RV Park is a perfect base camp for exploring Olympic National Park, and on this week’s podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are giving a complete review of the first place we stayed on our epic 25-day Pacific Northwest adventure.

Olympic National Park is HUGE, and it’s really important to pick a campground location that will give you easy access to the parts you are most interested in exploring. Elwah Dam RV Park is located just about 10 minutes from downtown Port Angeles, which is also home to the main Olympic National Park visitor center. For us, it was the perfect basecamp location since it placed us within easy driving distance of Crescent Lake, Hurricane Ridge, and Sol Duc Falls.

There are other popular NPS campgrounds located throughout the park, so make sure to check out RVFTA podcast episode #152: Greetings from Olympic National Park where we chat about the geography and highlights of this amazing NPS destination.

Campground Details

Elwah Dam RV Park is a small, rustic, and charming campground with about 60 RV sites and a handful of tent sites. All the sites are full hook up, with a mix of back in and pull thru. There is an entire section of sites for big rigs. The campground fills up during peak travel season, so book early if possible.

The sites are on the small side and close together, but this is definitely a base camp, so your time will be spent exploring the national park, not hanging out all day at the campground. The prices are also reasonable at $46.50-$49.50 per night.

It also has a house rental on property, which was where we stayed for our 6-day visit. The house was a large 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath residence, well stocked and hosting a washer and dryer. Most of the house has been remodeled, but there are still some finishing touches (molding, window dressings, etc.) that need to be attended to. However, for $175 per night, we felt this was a steal and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Olympic National Park without a camper.

Amenities and Activities

One of the best features of this campground are the charming owners and hosts, Dave and Chris, who live on site and are more than happy to share recommendations for local hikes, activities, and restaurants. There is also volleyball, horseshoes, and basketball. The playground is small and dated.

There is a beautiful, modern clubhouse with seating area, television, and communal kitchen. There is also an outdoor cooking space.

Elwah Dam RV Park hosted no organized activities while we were staying, but again, this isn’t the sort of campground that folks hang out at all day. For most of our stay, we left early in the morning and returning late in the evening.

For more information about our trip to Olympic National Park, check out RV Family Travel Atlas episode #152: Greetings from Olympic National Park. Also make sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for pictures of our stay at Elwah Dam RV Park and Olympic National Park. We included a ton of information about campgrounds and destinations in our social posts!

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy