Campground Host Volunteer
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Campground Host Volunteer 


By volunteering to become a campground host you will have the opportunity to enjoy Washington's natural resources while protecting and enhancing our state managed lands. As a campground host, you will provide a positive, helpful, and informative DNR presence in campgrounds and recreation areas.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 spring and summer season.

Host Responsibilities include:

  • Provide campground and recreational area information and rules to campers and visitors.
  • Register overnight campers using DNR forms.
  • Patrol campground and recreational areas on a regular basis to assess and report on the status of public lands.
  • Regularly inspect campground restrooms, picnic shelters, campsites, campfire pits and boat launch areas to ensure they are safe and clean for public use.
  • Report vandalism, illegal or abusive behavior immediately to DNR staff and/or the local law enforcement agency.
  • Be professional, friendly and polite when interacting with the public.
  • Provide a motor home, camper or travel trailer suitable for living quarters. Maintain a clean and attractive host site.
  • Agree to maintain the state required minimum liability insurance for all motor vehicles to be used in the performance of this agreement.


  • Current First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Work in pairs with a partner available for back-up and/or support.

Get started

  • Choose the site(s) you are interested in hosting.
  • Download the Campground Host Application and Background Check Consent Form on the right side of this page and fill them out.
  • Email your completed forms to the contact listed below, or call if you would like to mail your application materials.

Campground  County  Status  Specifics  Contact

Ahtanum Campground in the Ahtanum State Forest
 Yakima  Apply today! 

Located in the Ahtanum State Forest and nestled nex to the pristine North Fork River, the Ahtanum campground is a highly used recreation area hosting off-road recreation, hiking, and horseback trails during the recreation season. Winter recreation is also popular for snowshoeing, sledding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Amenities: The site has power, water, holding tank, fire pit, and picnic table. There is a public payphone provided by DNR not far from the site.


 Jeff Jones 
Cold CreekCowlitzApply today!Located ten miles east of Battle Ground in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. It is open to the public year-round and is a favorite for family tent camping, equestrian use, mountain biking, and hiking. Cold Creek has six campsites, three picnic sites, a day-use area, and links to over 35 miles of non-motorized trails. For more information, check out our flier.

Amenities: The host site includes a concrete pad that can accommodate a 24-foot RV, access to a septic and power hookup.  

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls Campground


 Stevens Full 

This 120-acre park site was deeded to DNR by the Stevens County Pomona Grange in 1975. The park offers day use areas, a group shelter with ball fields, a viewing area of Douglas Falls, and walking trails with a foot bridge across Mill Creek.

Amenities: Cement pad with septic, power, water, and phone line. Limited cell service reception is available.


 Kyle Pomrankey

Dragoon Creek

Dragoon Creek Campground


 Spokane Full 

This 40 acre park site is just 14 miles from downtown Spokane. The park offers day use areas, a small field along creek, and 22 campsites.

Amenities: Cement pad with septic, power, water, cell reception, and phone line.


 Kyle Pomrankey

Margaret McKenny

Margaret McKenny Campground


 Thurston  Full  

Nestled on the eastern edge of the Capitol State Forest, the Margaret McKenny Campground is a favorite for family camping excursions. The campground is the gateway to the over 80 miles non-motorized trails that are open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian users.
                                                            Ammenities: Cement pad with covered shelter, power, septic system, and phone line. Water tank provided.


 Nick Cronquist

Merrill Lake NRCA

Merrill Lake Campground NRCA


 Cowlitz  Full 

Merrill Lake is a walk-in only tent campground and day-use area. This volcanically formed alpine lake in the central cascade foothills is a quiet camping refuge. Day use area has picnic sites, boat launch, and short trail into some old growth trees.

Amenities: Cement pad with septic system, generator available, as well as fuel for RV power. Hand pump for water.



Sheep Creek

Sheep Creek Campground


Stevens Full 

Big Sheep Creek flows between this small quiet campground located near the Canadian border. The park offers day-use areas and shelter, a viewing/fishing platform along the creek, and hiking trails.

Amenities: No established host site. Hand pump for water and outhouses. Cell reception limited.


 Kyle Pomrankey

Sherry Creek

 Sherry Creek Campground - Mama Moose and her twins


 Stevens Full 

No established host site. This newly remodeled campground and day-use site has been transformed from a rustic fishing hole into a beautiful vacation destination. The campground has three group sites, five regular camp sites, two ADA accessible sites, two day use areas, and three toilets. With access to two beautiful creeks and an off-road vehicle (ORV) off-loading ramp, this campground will fast become a favorite to fishers, off-roaders, and snow sports enthusiasts alike.

Amenities: Hand pump for water and outhouses. Cell reception is limited.


 Kyle Pomrankey

Skookum Creek

Skookum Creek Campground 


 Pend Oreille Full 

No established host site. Only one mile east of the Pend Oreille River, this small quiet campground is a locals favorite. The South Fork Skookum Creek flows along the campground where an abundance of wildlife flourishes. The park offers day use areas, a day use shelter, 9 campsites, and 4 outhouses.

Amenities: Hand pump for water and outhouses. Cell reception is limited.


 Kyle Pomrankey

Starvation Lake

Starvation Lake Campground



A quiet, 15 acre campground adjacent to Starvation Lake. Enjoy this select fishing lake nestled between private and state trust lands within close proximity of the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Area. Activities in the area include hiking, bicycling, boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching and other wildlife viewing.

Amenities: Cement pad with septic, power, water, phone line & cell reception.


Kyle Pomrankey
Tahuya River Horse Camp

Tahuya River Horse Campground
 Mason Full 

Adjacent to the pristine Tahuya River, this site provides camping opportunities for primarily non-motorized recreationists including equestrian and fishing enthusiasts. The surrounding state forest provides an extensive network of motorized and multi-use recreational trails with access to freshwater lakes, ponds, and streams.

Amenities: CXT outhouse, non-potable running water, horse corrals, trailer turn-around.


 Jesse Sims
Lyre River Clallam CountyApply today!

The Lyre River Campground is situated along the east bank of the Lyre River in a mature riparian forest, about a half mile upstream from where the river empties into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. A popular camp for anglers, Lyre offers good salmon fishing during fish migrations, however, be sure to understand and follow all current regulations. Leashed pets are permitted.


Amenities: A wheelchair-accessible fishing pier and campsite, 10 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, two CXT vault toilets, potable water, group shelter for day-use only.

Justin Zarzeczny

Who to talk to about becoming a volunteer campground host
DNR has volunteer coordinators located throughout the state, listed below by region:


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Kirk Thomas
Field Operations Coordinator
Washington State Department of Natural Resources

General Recreation Contact
Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Report Suspicious Activity (non-911 Emergency):
Call the nearest DNR Region office Mon-Fri

Eryn Akers
Recreation Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Washington State Department of Natural Resources


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