Campground Review Summary
- Name: Silver Cove RV Resort
- Dates of stay: June 27 – July 5, 2018
- Location: 351 Hall Road, Silverlake, WA 98645
- Type of campground: Private / Independent
- Cost: $45.75 / night (with Good Sam discount)
- Additional fees: none
- Stay limit: none
- Accepts mail / packages: did not ask
- Cell reception: ATT voice fair / data poor
- Website: https://highwaywestvacations.com/properties/silvercove
- Pros: spacious site, attractive setting
- Cons: pricey for the amenities
Looking for an RV resort within reach of Mt St. Helens, Mt. Rainier and the coast, this campground fit the bill. It is only 3 miles from the Mt. St. Helens visitor center and about a half hour from the park entrance. Mt. Rainier and the ocean are farther way, about 2 hours each direction.
Silver Cove offers a picturesque setting. Located on the edges of Silverlake, Canadian geese roamed freely. The campsite areas are nicely spread out, so you don’t feel like you are jammed in a large parking lot with 100 other RVs. There are over 150 campsites total, but they are arranged around several loops, with long-term (permanent) residents segregated to their own loop. Most sites are back-in, with 8 pull through spots for larger rigs.
Our gravel pull through site was about 60 feet long, and extremely wide. We almost could have parked two buses side by side. The site came with a fire ring, picnic table, and the usual full hookups. The free cable TV was surprisingly robust, offering 70+ cable channels that came in loud and clear. That was good because we couldn’t get any over the air TV channels out here. Our satellite TV dish had a clear view and good reception.
That’s the good stuff. The not-so-good included the gravel pad that was somewhat loose and soft. We couldn’t quite get level because our jacks tended to sink slightly. The backside of the pull-through sites is a single-lane one-way road, making pulling in tricky. We had to jockey up and back a couple of times to get into proper position, and would have had more difficulty if the site wasn’t so wide. There were several bath houses scattered throughout the park – the closest had two toilet stalls and one fiberglass shower stall. My quibble with the bathhouse was that the shower had no dressing area and the toilet stalls did not have locks. If you wanted/needed privacy, you would have to lock the entire bathhouse door, making it unavailable to anyone else. Otherwise, they were basic, but kept clean and well maintained. ATT reception was not so good here either. Voice and text was OK, but data transfer ranged from slow to unusable. The park offered free wifi, but it no better than the ATT signal.
The park offered amenities that we didn’t use: canoe rental, playground, horseshoes, free DVD lending library, coin laundry, boat launch, several rental cabins and small camp store. The park also has a lodge (lounge) space, but it is kept locked much of the time. The resort does not have a pool or hot tub. It is a Good Sam park and belongs to a small chain of RV parks; Highway West Vacations with 10 total locations.
Overall the park was pleasant, quiet and provided a decent full hookup site. But after having much fancier amenities for less money in Oregon, this park seems quite pricey for what you get.
Bottom Line: Pleasant park in a good location, but expensive for what is essentially a basic RV park.