Camping in the Northwest - From a family who thought they'd share notes
Mossyrock Park
 
Reservations through Tacoma Power Parks.
 
Overall.
Take note -- we only drove through this park, and did not camp here.  It did look like a nice park, and one that we would consider camping at.  However, our family didn't rush back to the computer to book this park in the near future. 
 
Campground.
Mossyrock looked to have nice amenities that we look for in a park:  nicely groomed, variety of campsites, playground for the kiddo, a great place to take the bicycles, and a lot to do.  Being situated on Riffe Lake is a nice bonus!   I'm not sure if the campsites looked really inviting, and our date of arrival was mid week in September and the park was pretty much empty.  The park is very open, not a lot of trees which usually tells me there is little privacy between campsites.
 
The park offers sites with / without hookups along with two group sites and 12 walk-in sites. 
 
Group Sites.
  1. The main group camp area is divided into three circles, all of which include community water stations, fire rings and picnic tables.  The area also has a kitchen shelter with a fireplace, barbeque, sinks, electrical outlets as well as horseshoe pits, a volleyball area and a restroom with showers.  Total amount of sites here is 60, with twenty five having electric hookups.
  2. The primitive group camp area are for those group campers who seek a more rustic environment.  Ten unimproved sites with picnic tables, fire rings, water and a valut toilet offer a back-to-the-basics experience for campers.  You must reserve all ten sites if you want to camp in the primitive group camp area.
 
Day Use Area.
This part of the park was nice as it featured a playground, boat launch and reservable shelter along with some nice grass.
 
Bikes or No Bikes?
I definitely think the whole family would enjoy having their bikes at this park.  Pretty flat ground, and paved throughout.
 
Vicinity.
  • Mossyrock is the nearest town -- about 4 miles away where you will find a limited amount of basic needs. Other than that, a drive into Centralia would be your best bet.
  • A short drive away, you'll find an engineering marvel, Mossyrock Dam.  It is the tallest dam in Washington State, standing 606 feet above bedrock.  Not only does it look impressive, it also generates about one billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to power about 78,000 Northwest homes.
 
Yes, we are camping. But we still need the Electronics.
Cell phone service: (unsure)
Air Card: (unsure)
 
Misc.
  • The Mossyrock Park brochure mentions a store / concession stand that is seasonally operated.
  • Riffe Lake is loaded with cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout as well as coho salmon, steelhead and bass.
  • Swofford Pond, which is about three miles away from the park, is stocked with rainbow and brown trout and channel catfish.  You'll also find large mouth bass and bluegill in the pond.
  • I noticed one paved trail with a sign that said "BMX Trail"
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mossyrock Park
202 Ajlune Road
Mossyrock, WA 98564
(360) 983-3900
 
 
 
 
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