Make a difference and become a campground host

Are you a professional, friendly, and polite person who enjoys camping all across Washington? Camping season is here, and camp hosts positions are available at some of the most beautiful and often remote and secluded campgrounds on DNR lands throughout the state. If you love to camp, you can become a DNR camp host and make an important contribution to a positive, safe, and informative camping experience for visitors.

Do you have a properly-insured motor home, camper or travel trailer that supports comfortable camping in rustic, natural areas? DNR might have just the thing for you.

You can help us serve the public by:

  • Providing information and rules to campers and visitors.
  • Patrolling campground and recreation areas.
  • Regularly inspecting campground restrooms, picnic shelters, campsites, campfire pits, and boat launch areas.
  • Reporting vandalism, illegal, or abusive behavior.

We’re currently taking applications for campground hosts at these locations:


Winston Creek Campground

Winston Creek, about 35 minutes east of Chehalis, WA, Pacific Cascade Region

Located within Winston Creek Forest Block, this fully forested and stream-side recreation area is designated primarily for camping, offers twelve campsites, and is very popular for elk hunting.

Ahtanum Campground, about 45 minutes west of Yakima, Southeast Region

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View of Ahtanum State Forest

Located in the Ahtanum State Forest and nestled next to the pristine North Fork River, the Ahtanum campground provides a variety of recreation opportunities, including bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, off-road vehicle riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hunting, and sightseeing. In particular, the nearby Whites Ridge offers views of Mount Adams and the Yakima valley, and is a great opportunity for horseback riding, taking visitors through forested areas and near creeks, and Red Saddle Trailhead provides the perfect setting for ATV, ORV, and motorcycle use. There are twelve campsites, drinking water, four toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings.

Merrill Lake Summer Sunset

Merrill Lake, about an hour east of Longview, WA Pacific Cascade Region

Located in southwest Washington,  within the Merrill Lake Natural Resources Conservation Area, Merrill Lake is a lava flow-formed lake that offers a boat launch for non-motorized boating, catch-and-release fly-fishing, and a 1-mile interpretive trail through old-growth trees. For wildlife enthusiasts, the area is perfect for observing birds of prey, including osprey and bald eagles. The campground is near trails to Mount Mitchell, favored by hikers, mountain bikers, and those who enjoy horseback riding. There are eleven tent campsites, and two picnic areas.

Want to apply? Visit DNR’s Volunteer Page for more information.

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