Riverbend RV Park is located in the beautiful Methow Valley, in the town of Twisp, Methow Valley’s largest town. Twisp sits on the confluence of the Twisp and Methow rivers and started out as a gold boom town before officially being established as a town in 1897. The name Twisp comes from a Native American name for yellow jackets which are plentiful in this area. Twisp became a logging town when the Twisp-Wagner Logging Co wa established in 1941. Today the lumber mill is closed and agriculture and ranching are now large parts of the local economy. Right outside of the Eastern Gateway to the North Cascades Highway, Riverbend RV Park sits on the banks of the Methow River and is a nice stop to explore the area. This was our second time to this park.
This park is located in an ideal central location to both the towns of Winthrop and Twisp right on Hwy 20. It only takes a few minutes to get to either place so it makes a great home base to set up camp. There are so many things to do in the Methow Valley you could spend several days here. From April-October every Saturday there is a farmer’s market at the community center right in town where you can pick up fresh produce. Downtown Twisp is full of quaint shops, art galleries, and all the amenities you’ll need including Hank’s grocery a tourist attraction of its own because of the variety of stuffed animals you’ll find inside the store.
Things to see in the area:
- Hanks Grocery
- Twisp River Pub
- Methow Valley Interpretive Center
- Sun Mountain Lodge
- Winthrop State Fish Hatchery
- Old Schoolhouse Brewery
In our travels we prefer state parks over private parks. The reason for this is simply that private parks do not offer the amount of space we like to have when we’re camping. This park is no exception to that.This park has 30 large pull through sites, and 25 riverfront sites, along with a separate area for tents on the river. The campsites are close together, so close that our pop-out was right up against the picnic table from the other campsite. We also were unable to get our awning out due to a tree. On top of that the pull through sites are only gravelled halfway through so after you un-hitch you have to park your tow vehicle behind your rv to keep it off the grass. The campsites are situated in rows in front of a large grass field and gathering area, with picnic shelter, bbq’s and horseshoe pits. Some campsites are right on the river and give you a water view but the nicer ones are mostly designed for pull in motorhomes, not trailers. The other water spots are not very level and are small. There are also tent sites at this park right on the river. This is bee country and the yellow jackets were plentiful. There were traps for them in all the trees. You’ll also see bats at night from the nearby cliffs.
All RV sites have 20/30/50 amp service and are mostly flat and level. They also have fire pits at each site. There are 2 bathrooms in the park as well as 2 laundry rooms. The laundry room was really nice as I had to use it while we were there. They are coin operated machines and had laundry soap available for purchase from the vending machine inside the room. There are also group facilities at this park, a picnic shelter area, and a conference room. The park has a small store and sells propane as well. There is no cable tv here, but TV reception is pretty good we got several Spokane channels. Wi-fi is free and available but like most rv parks is incredibly slow. We had good cell service here but 3G was spotty at best.
There is not a lot to do here for kids. There is a large field to play in and a playground but the playground is geared towards little kids and is very small. This park does sit on the river but there is no real beach access and the river runs swift and is not really a place for kids to swim. This park would benefit greatly adding a pool. This park is not really geared towards families. In fact we did not see any other children while we were there. There is an extra person charge here as well so our three kids cost us an extra $15.00 a day. (extra adults cost $7.00 a night)
This park accepts pets but there is a $5.00 per pet fee. There isn’t a lot of room at the campsite for the dogs, in fact our neighbors dog was always in our campsite as his tie out reached that far. There are not any hiking trails so our dogs had to get their exercise just walking around the park which is just fine for them they are after all pugs. Marley however looked at the river longingly wanting to go for a swim.
Have you been to Riverbend RV Park? We would love to know what you think in the comments below.
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