Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fort Lewis Travel Camp (Washington)

Fort Lewis Travel Camp is operated by the Army and is located on Joint Base Lewis McChord-North, between Tacoma and Olympia, Washington. You must have post/base access to stay at military recreational sites.

This is a beautiful, wooded setting along the banks of American Lake. Compared to many "RV parks" we've visited,  the sites are spacious.  There are full hook up RV sites, tent sites, cabins and overflow spots here.

Typical site


to show the distance between spaces
The park was quiet and well-maintained. You are not allowed to swim off the shores by the campground. There is a swim area nearby. There are boat ramps - and boating and fishing are allowed.
Fort Lewis Travel Camp offers free wifi, well-maintained common buildings which contain showers, laundry and rest rooms.  There is also a picnic area and propane gas and the PX and Commissary (opened 7 days a week) are nearby.

Maximum stay during peak season (1 May - 30 Sept) is 14 days, though they will extend for an additional 14 days. You may stay 28 days from 1 Oct - 30 Apr - and they will extend for 28 days if space is available. A 28 day year-long limit is stated, but I talked to several who have stayed in the park longer than this limit.
We paid $20 a night for our 30 amp full hook up. It is $22.50 a night for a 50 amp hookup and a bit more for a lakeside spot.

Lakeside spot
We enjoyed this location and found things we'd like to explore in the area. We would love to stay here again.  We have found this website, operated by a private citizen, to be helpful while researching military campground options.
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