October 4 2008

Jim Creek Recreation Area, WA


Jim Creek is a military area and you must be a DOD card holder to use the facilities.

Jim Creek is located near Arlington, WA.  It is the site of radio transmitting station used by submarines and there is a lot of interesting information about this activity in the office. We stayed there 4 days in August 2008 and enjoyed it very much. Jim Creek is isolated and at the base of a mountain with lakes above it. You can fish the lake, but not Jim Creek, no wading in Jim Creek either. Below is the published information on Jim Creek. They have very limited sewer hookups, mostly for the Camp Hosts.  They do have a dump station, but charge $14 even for RV guests, due to the cost of pumping.  The WA DOT operates a dump station at the first rest top on I-5, so just wait and use that.

All of Jim Creek’s camping areas include a picnic table, fire ring and garbage can with the exception of the remote hike-in sites. Cub Camp consists of Cabins 1-4 situated in a small clearing. These cabins have electric lights and plug-ins, wood burning stoves and a porch swing and counter table on the porch. Coho Camp sits on the banks of Jim Creek and features sites 6-11 suitable for tent camping as well as Cabin 12, which is a small rustic cabin with Jim Creek on one side and little Jim Creek on the other. Coyote Camp also enjoys the sounds of Jim Creek with it’s 10 tents sites and 5 cabins. The cabins in Coyote Camp are numbered 21 – 25 and feature electric lights, porch tables and swings and a full-size bed along with 2 bunks and a wood burning stove inside. Both Bear and Coyote group camps are located in the valley at the base of Wheeler Mountain. Each has a large picnic pavilion, BBQ grill, fire pit and enough space for day use of up to 100 people and overnight tenting for 75 people at each site. They are also a short walk to a large playground, volleyball courts and softball field. The Grouse Camp is the newest addition to Jim Creek. Featuring 9 two room cabins, the Grouse Camp is perfect for families with it’s small playground, picnic pavilion and short trail to the shower house. Each cabin in this area has a full size bed, 2 bunks and a futon that folds down to an addition full size bed. They also feature wood stoves, electric lights and heat as well as a porch swing and counter top table. The Eagle’s Rest RV Park consists of 16 sites all of which have water and at least 30 Amp power (several have 50 Amp power and sewer hookups, please call for details.)

The RV park is divided by the road, on the north side there are no trees, no shade, and little privacy.  On the south side, the sites are in the trees and lots of privacy.  Site 7,8,9 are the best for privacy. Pictures are of bot sides of the road.

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Posted October 4, 2008 by Tom Martin in category "Camping and RV", "Camping in the NorthWest

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