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Travel Logistics??

Postby deltabravo » Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:31 pm

Would anyone like to comment on the best way (minus a laptop) to find campgrounds while traveling?? I know there are some campground guides out there, but which one?? Is a laptop or internet connection necessary for reservations? Most of the State Parks in WA have reservation systems and can fill up in advance. I'm sure some people just wing it. Any thoughts will be helpful. We haven't gone far from home.....yet. thanks.
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Postby rainjer » Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:17 am

I alway carry AAA Camping Books for tha area I am going. Then I just call to see if they have any openings.

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Postby jeepr » Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:40 am

I have used Woodall's books to locate campgrounds, You are right about campgrounds filling up fast these days.
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Postby dmb90260 » Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:52 am

I usually get the Trailer Life hard copy and CD on alternating years. Good Sam also has a campground finder program. The phone works well on the road but having the CD map gives a better view of where the campgrounds are.
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Postby Dean in Eureka, CA » Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:32 am

Since so many places have gone the way of online Reserve America, it seems that a home computer would be the way to go as far as making reservations...
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Postby dreadcptflint » Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:59 pm

Washington state is a bit complex when it comes to camping. You have fed, state, local and private camping. I am yet to find a single resource that is accurate. I have used maps, guide books and tapped local resources.
The good news is that there are many great sites. Many areas have multiple campgrounds with in a ten mile radius. There are a few questions that you have to answer if you want to have a good time:
1. What do you want to bring? (We offen bring our own water and wood.)
2. What mobility issues does your party have? (Our case cliffs bad with toddler).
3. How many people do you want to see? (We perfer fewer so we stick to the Eastside).
4. Do you want the facilities to have anything special. (i.e. do you want an electrical hook up?)

I tend to find a site on a map or guidebook and then check it out prior to camping there. This can be a simple checking out the area from a known good site to a quick day trip. One of the guidebooks that I use can be found here: . I hope this helps a little..
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