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Finding a Washington state park campsite just got easier

Users can sign up for alerts to learn when their favorite spots and desired dates become available.

Calling all campers! Looking for a state park campsite?

Washington state parks has rolled out a great new feature: Campsite availability alerts will now be possible through the state parks reservation site.

Customers can set up notifications on their account to be notified when a reservable site is available for specific dates. In addition to campsites, the feature will work for cabins, marinas and some day-use facilities.

This should help people plan ahead and get the locations they want, particular at some of the popular Washington sites. Some of them fill very quickly after reservations open.

The new feature will let users set up to five notifications, modify them and cancel them.

State parks officials said user feedback inspired the development of this new feature.

Camping in Washington state parks is always popular, and the pandemic has brought even bigger crowds to all sorts of outdoor activities.

The website had previously produced this how-to video to help people understand its color-coded availability map.

More Washington state park campsite info:

A dozen Seattle-area state parks we love in fall and winter

Popular state-park campsites — and backup plans in case they are full

Cape Disappointment: year-round camping and two lighthouses

Cabins, houses, yurts: How to stay at Washington state parks without “roughing it”

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.