Follow us:

Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Campsites at Tahuya State Forest in Hood Canal will reopen Dec. 1 after budget cuts forced closures

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will reopen two campgrounds in Tahuya State Forest – Camp Spilman and Kammenga – on Dec. 1, which are located west of Belfair in Mason County near Hood Canal.

The agency closed the two campgrounds in 2009 when budget cuts forced DNR to close or reduce services at nearly 40 trailheads, campgrounds, and other facilities across Washington.

DNR is able to reopen these campgrounds due to several factors, including receiving grant funding this year from the Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Activities (NOVA) program and also, in part, from revenue from sales of the Discover Pass.

Funding will help pay for enforcement, maintenance, and additional staffing. DNR also gets help from the inmate crews at Mission Creek Corrections Center that help maintain facilities and trails, install small bridges, and pick up litter.

“Even though the Discover Pass is a new funding source, DNR is on a slow but steady trajectory to restore recreation access,” said Mark Mauren, Recreation Program Manager for DNR in a news release.

Other changes at Tahuya State Forest:

Visitors will be able to camp at the Tahuya River Horse Camp on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 6. DNR will no longer take reservations for this campground.

Kammenga and Camp Spilman campgrounds will be open daily. The maximum stay limit is 10 nights in a 30-day period. These campgrounds are available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tahuya River Horse Camp will open for camping at noon each Friday through noon the following Monday. On the following holiday weekends, the horse camp will open at 9 a.m. the Wednesday prior to the holiday and close at noon the following Wednesday: Memorial Day weekend; Fourth of July; and Labor Day weekend.

There will be occasional weekend campground closures for permitted events by recreation user groups

For more information about camping at Tahuya State Forest and a description of the campsites visit DNR website.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►