Date of Stay: August 4, 2009 (our second stay in three years).
Weather During Stay: Cool and overcast.
Sites: Six very narrow, level sites on gravel/grass. Big rigs will find plenty of length, but not much width; with slides out, you will barely be able to open your door in your site. No room for an awning; these seriously narrow sites are suited for parking only! Each site has 30 amp E and W. Both the electric box and water pipe are locked; keys available in office. There is an awkwardly placed dump station (locked; the key is on the key ring with your site’s utility box keys) right next to a wooden fence on one side of the lot. No picnic tables.
Rate: $13 per night, 30 amp E and W.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Flat, level parking on gravel and brown grass in a lot behind the lodge. This is a mixed residential/commercial neighborhood, rather poorly kept. Elevation is near sea level. Views are of other rigs, brown grass, and the unappealing surrounding neighborhood.
Lighting/Noise: Typical residential noise and lighting.
Favorite Sites: Either Site 1 (closest to the fence) or site 6 (which we had) on the other end of the row of 6 sites. These sites have a little more width since they have a neighbor on only one side and space to move beyond the site of the utility box.
Comments: We use this lodge as a reasonably convenient, safe, inexpensive overnight stop when traveling Hwy 101. The folks at the lodge are friendly, but the overall feeling of Hoquiam is rather dismal - it’s charms are not readily apparent. This does not appear to be a good choice as a base camp for sightseeing, but works for us as an overnight.