A day spent with nature reinvigorates the senses and gives you the much-needed escape from work and the other demands of life. A day out becomes even better if you spend it with your four-legged best friend. Fortunately, there are more places today that welcome canines and other pets, and one such place is Bogachiel State Park.
Thickly forested and with more than 100 acres for camping on the banks of the Bogachiel River, it offers an excellent base for touring the Western Olympic Peninsula. The park has three picnic tables in the upper day-use area while the lower day-use area has a kitchen shelter complete with lighting, electricity, a large grill and three parking spots, perfect for those who would like to drive to the park.
Restrooms are also located nearby should you need to use the toilet. Aside from the excellent hiking trails where you can take Spike with you for exploration, there is also bird watching and wildlife viewing. Fishing is something you can indulge in too, but you need a recreational license for shellfish harvesting and fishing at all Washington State Parks.
If you prefer camping for more than a single day, you should make online reservations through the WA State Parks system as it is on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is a park ranger who makes sure that campers are where they are supposed to be. Dogs of all sizes are welcome, but they must be on a leash at all times whenever they are outside of the tent. Spike must not be left alone tied up or chained alone in a tent.
Cleanliness is something which Bogachiel State Prak is famous for, and all visitors are requested to keep the park that way. Bring scooper bags to pick up after your dogs and dispose of them in the waste receptacles located all throughout. Don’t forget to bring a filled water jug for you and your pup so you can enjoy the scenery without any concerns about getting dehydrated.