Special-Use Area

at Washington State Park

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shaded area with information kioskThe special-use camping area is designated for group camping, with nonprofit organizations and youth groups having priority. It is divided into three separate camping areas. Each area has a capacity limit of 25 people. Each site is equipped with a fire ring and picnic tables. Parking capacity for the area is 20 vehicles. This is a tent-only area.
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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. 

Potable water is available in this area during the on-season, and vault toilets are available year-round. The showerhouse is located in the main campground, approximately one-tenth of a mile from the special-use area. 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

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Park Grounds:

  • 7 a.m. to sunset, year-round.
  • November through March
    The roads to Shelter #1/CCC Ridge, the swimming pool, cabins and the Big River Day-Use Area (including Shelter #2/Big River Day-Use Area Shelter) are closed to vehicles. They are open to foot traffic.

Interpretive Center hours

Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Park Office hours

April through October

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
  • Closed Sunday, Monday, Saturday and state holidays

November through March

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday
  • Closed Saturday through Tuesday and state holidays

Please note there may be times when the office is closed while staff are working in the park.