Campground Review: Rasar State Park

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Rasar State Park

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Rasar State Park 48.516737, -121.905881 360-826-3942

 

Rasar State Park is located near the tiny, sleepy, little town of Concrete on the banks of the Skagit River in Washington State. This beautiful park has 169 acres of beauty to explore. In 1986, 128 acres of land was donated to the park by the Rasar Family, long time residents of Skagit County and descendents of Skagit County pioneers. Adjacent land was purchased to add to the park as well. The park was completed in 1997 and named for the Rasar State Park after the Rasar family. This is one of our favorite parks and we visit often.

Location:

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Beautiful scenery

Located just west of the start of North Cascades National Park this park is in a perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts. Only a 30 minute drive on Hwy 20 from I-5, this park feels remote, but is also in a convenient location for almost anything including the gateway to the North Cascades town of Marblemount home to spectacular hiking. Sedro Wooley, home to the Loggerrodeo one of the oldest summer celebrations in Washington State is only a few minutes away. There are also grocery stores, gas stations and awesome brew pubs close by as well as the shopping hub of Burlington, about 30 minutes away,  filled with outlet malls, restaurants galore and Camping World.

*tip: When coming to Rasar via I-5 to Hwy 20. Take the Cook Road exit(#232) instead of the Burlington Exit. It gives you a straight path to connect to hwy 20 avoiding a congested area. Much better for RV’s.

Things to see in the area:

Campsites:

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Multiple Site# 35 and 36

The campground has 38 campsites, 20 with water and electric and 8 walk in sites for tent campers. They also have some primitive hiking sites, and two Adirondack shelters. Along with these campsites there is also a really nice group camp and cabin area. The campsites in this park are nice, well spaced and almost all of them private. Most are plenty big for RV’s though the maximum pad length is 40 feet so check before you come to make sure your rig will fit in your site. We usually get one of the double sites when we come as we come here with our family. There are a several double sites around the park. The upper loop (sites 24-38) is the loop we usually stay in. This park is open year round and recently opened to year round reservations.

*You can see pictures of all the sites when making reservations.

Amenities:

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Sandy Beach for relaxation.

There is one thing that would make this park a 5 star park and that would be more hook up spots, especially some sewer hook ups. Other than that this park has everything you need. There is a small camp store at the ranger station, they sell ice and firewood here as well. On the weekends in the summer there are junior ranger programs. Our kids spent 8 hours doing a scavenger hunt around the park last year when we were here. There are hiking trails all around the park, as well as playgrounds, volleyball in the day use area, and a nice, sandy, sand bar next to the river where you can hang out and fish. The bathrooms are immaculate and are some of the nicer ones we’ve seen in a state park. We had good 3-G here, and 3-4 bars of cell phone signal. This campground is very wooded so TV was non-existent and I assume satellite would be hard to get as well.

Kid Friendly:

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Hiking Loop around the park.

This is definitely a kid friendly park. Our children love it here and ask to come here all the time. There is plenty to do here for kids from bike riding to hiking. There is even an amphitheatre where they show movies in the summer. There are two playgrounds, one at the day use area, and one at the group camp. The day use area has a nice paved path to down to the fields where you can sometimes see elk. The nature trails are mostly flat and wide, easy for children to navigate although the sandy beach is a little bit of a walk to get to. It might be difficult for smaller children. There is no official swim beach at this park so swim at your own risk. Depending on the water levels the Skagit could be pretty shallow and calm or really fast-moving and swift. As always use caution when swimming in rivers. There is water access to the river for boats a short distance outside of the park.

Pet Friendly:

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Marley enjoying the river.

This is very much a pet friendly park. There are miles of trails to go on walks including the huge field that the dogs just love. Around the park there are doggie bags for your convenience as well as “pet parking” rocks outside of the bathrooms. We have reserved the group camp here a couple of times. Our family loves dogs. The last time we were here we had 22 dogs in our group of all kinds.

What do you think of Rasar State Park? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

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  • Richard Olson

    Rasar State park has a beautiful group camp sites. Great for family gatherings.