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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 located around a main parking lot. Each camping area has a capacity limit of 25, with a maximum of 75 if all three sites are reserved. Each site is equipped with a fire ring and picnic tables. Parking capacity for the area is 20 vehicles total. 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, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

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 and Saturday

November through March

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

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