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5 Waterfront Campgrounds In The Western U.S.

Temperatures are heating up, and what better way to cool off than by heading to some RV campgrounds right on the water?

Although some campgrounds across the U.S. are still not open or have certain restrictions, RVers can still find many great resorts and RV parks open for business. Luckily, has listed the current status of more than 12,000 campgrounds nationwide and they’re continuing to update information as it is available. They have also implemented this data in RV LIFE Trip Wizard as well as the RV LIFE App, making it easier than ever to find out who’s open and who’s not.  

We compiled some amazing waterfront campgrounds in the Western US that are currently open and taking reservations.

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waterfront campgrounds in the Western US
Stay at one of these waterfront campgrounds in the US. Photo by Chula Vista Resort

Waterfront campgrounds in the Western US

1. Chula Vista RV Resort, California

Chula Vista RV Resort offers luxury RV camping right on San Diego Bay. Guests can enjoy 17 acres of beautiful, landscaped grounds and convenient access to the Chula Vista Marina and Bayside Park.

Get on the water in one of the area’s many watersports like swimming, fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The resort has 237 back-in and pull-through RV sites for RVs up to 60 feet with full hookups, picnic tables, concrete pads, cable tv, and garbage service.

Chula Vista RV Resort (Photo via Sun Resorts)

The resort has many amenities to offer guests including a swimming pool, hot tub, spa area, clubhouse, picnic and pet-friendly areas, fitness center, game room, horseshoes, and laundry facilities.

Families can enjoy some of the area’s many attractions including the Living Coast Discovery Center, South Bay Salt Works, San Diego Zoo, and Aquatica SeaWorld.

2. Smokiam RV Resort, Washington

At Smokiam RV Resort, you’ll get to enjoy the tranquil, mineral waters of Soap Lake. This unique lake is “nature’s spa” owing to the diverse mineral content of the waters; only one other similar lake exists in the world.

The resort has 900 feet of sandy beach as well as dock swim platform to access the lake and its many recreation opportunities including boating and water sports.

Photo via Smokiam RV Resort

Off-the-water activities include hiking, cave exploration, quad riding, wine tasting, golfing, hunting, and fishing. The pet-friendly resort has 128 sites as well as camping, cabins, and teepees for rent.

Enjoy amenities including a pool, two spas, European steam sauna, watercraft rentals, playground, sport court, recently remodeled restrooms/shower facilities, clubhouse, café and espresso bar, and miniature golf course. 

3. Ireland’s Ocean View RV Park, Oregon

The only beachside campground in Gold Beach, Oregon, Ireland’s Ocean View RV Park is just a short stroll from the beach as well as the charming small town of Gold Beach.

Waterfront campgrounds in the Western US. Photo by Ireland’s Ocean View RV Park

The park has 33 sites with hot showers, heated restrooms, full hookups, as well as 19 acres of walking trails to explore the beautiful Oregon Coast.

Enjoy panoramic beach views from Ireland’s lighthouse as well as other local adventures like exploring Cape Sebastian Scenic Corridor and Otter Point Recreation Site, salmon fishing on the Rogue River, as well as numerous state and national parks and forests. 

4. Boise Riverside RV Park, Idaho

Located right on the Boise River in Idaho, Boise Riverside RV Park is close to many attractions in the area. The pet-friendly park has 130 sites with restroom facilities, hot showers, laundry, and large common areas.

The resort has direct river access as well as access to the Boise River Greenbelt, a 25-mile tree-lined pathway with scenic views, wildlife habitat, and pedestrian access to many city parks.

Boise Riverside Park (Image: Shutterstock)
Boise Riverside Park (Image: Shutterstock)

Enjoy fishing in the Boise River or rent a bike from the park and hit the Greenbelt!  The city of Boise also has a variety of restaurants, shopping, arts and culture, events, and recreation options like hiking in the Boise Foothills, rock climbing, floating the Boise River, mountain biking, and horseback riding. 

5. Lake Mead RV Village, Nevada

Located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, America’s first national recreation area, Lake Mead RV Village is located within walking distance of Boulder Beach. The beautiful Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a mix of desert, water, mountains, canyons, backcountry, and beaches.

Lake Mead RV Village is one of the many amazing waterfront campgrounds in the Western US. Photo by Travel Nevada, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

This popular area is visited by millions each year who come to boat, fish, swim, and water ski. Other activities in the area include sightseeing, touring the nearby Hoover Dam, shopping, visiting historic Boulder City, or even driving the 32 miles to Las Vegas.

The RV village offers 115 sites for enjoying beautiful Lake Mead sunsets. All sites come with power, water, sewer, and cable TV, and most sites have Wi-Fi. Propane is available for purchase on-site and other amenities include meeting rooms, Bocce ball court, two horseshoe pits, four picnic areas with BBQs, a convenience and gift store, laundry facility, and nearby launch ramp.

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