Special-Use Area

at Washington State Park

The special-use camping area is designated for use by non-profit organizations. Organized youth groups have priority. There are three sites, limited to 25 people each, for a total capacity of 75. Each site has a fire ring and picnic tables. Parking capacity for the area is 20 vehicles. This is a tent only area.

The rate for the special-use camping area is $2 per person, per night. Proof of tax exemption status is required or taxes will be added to the sale. 

Restrooms and potable water are available in this area during the on-season. The shower house is located in the main campground, approximately one-tenth of a mile from the special-use area. If this area is not reserved, it may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the special-use camping area and to make reservations, call the park office at 636-586-5768.

Park Hours


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Park Hours

Park Grounds:

  • Sunrise to sunset, year-round.
  • November through March
    The roads to the upper picnic shelter, pool complex, cabins and the river bottoms are closed to vehicles. They are open to foot traffic.

Thunderbird Lodge hours

  • April 1-14
  • April 15 - May 15
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday
  • May 16 - Sept. 15
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday
    9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday
    8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Sept. 16 - Oct. 31
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday
    9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
  • November through March

Interpretive Center hours

Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Park Office hours

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round.
    Please note there may be times when the office is closed while staff are working in the park.