There is so much to do in the Seattle area, that it’s nice to have a base camp from which to explore all of what Pudget Sound has to offer. Such a place exists in Lake Pleasant RV Park, which is located close to Interstate 405 at the north end of the Seattle metropolitan area.
The best part of the campground is that nearly every site is on the park’s lake; however most of those are back-in sites. Yes, the lakes are stocked for catch-and-release fishing. There are also plenty of ducks and other water fowl to observe in the campground.
Each site is paved, as are the roads around the park, however guests are required to use pads underneath jacks. The roads are tight so when you’re backing into a site, there is a good chance you’ll be holding up traffic. Because the one-way roads are so tight, the park does offer a tow-vehicle hook-up area near the park entrance. However, solo travelers will have to walk more than a half-mile back to their sites.
All sites are full hookups with 50-amp power and cable TV with about a dozen channels offered.
A huge drawback is the Internet connection. There is absolutely no excuse for a park of this size in a major metropolitan area to have such horrible Internet service. The free Tengo connection was clocked at 0.91 mbs download and 0.45 mbs upload, and it stalled frequently. Verizon was no better when it tested at 0.82 mbs download and 0.14 mbs upload.
Despite there being a big cell tower a block or two from the park, the campground sits in a bowl surrounded by trees, which blocks the Internet signals. Fortunately, there a many fast-food restaurants and coffee shops nearby where people can work if necessary.
The park offers several trails around the park, which are ideal for walking dogs. It connects to paved bike paths that allow people to travel pretty much anywhere in the area — even to downtown Seattle, which is 21 miles away.
A unique service offered at Lake Pleasant RV Park is a staffed tourist office which is open during business hours. People can find brochures, maps and advice on things to do in the area.
There is plenty to do, too. The Boeing Aviation Center is just 12 miles away that I’ve been told offers a wonderful tour of the facility as well as a museum. People can board ferries in Mukilteo and Edmonds, both of which are about 15 miles away. The Microsoft Visitor Center is just 14 miles away.
Propane is available during daily light hours, but only RVs can be filled. The park staff will not fill free-standing tanks.
Guests won’t find many amenities at the park, other than the beautiful lake view. There is no pool or other recreational things to do. There is no campground store, but some vended products are available.
There are two bathhouses, but both will likely require some walking as the road simply circles the lake. I did not use the campground’s shower facilities, so I can’t attest to their condition.
The company’s website is nothing more than a one-page bulletin board put together by Good Sam Club. All reservations must be handled by phone. The campground doesn’t even have an e-mail address. It’s a very backward business model considering it is 2016. But, because there are few campgrounds in the metropolitan Seattle area, Lake Pleasant RV Park is packed all year long, so I don’t suspect the owners feel any pressure to upgrade.
There is a Safeway grocery store right outside the main entrance, plus plenty of gas stations and restaurants within a few miles of the campground.
It was a decent park and I’d stay there again, but probably try for a different section to see if the Internet signal was any better. I was staying in the southwest end of the park.
Average price: $44 per night
Lake Pleasant RV Park
24025 Bothell Everett Highway SE
Bothell, WA 98021
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