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22 April 2016
Title Time Duration Description
Camp - WA - Ft Flagler State Park No duration The 2016 Fort Flagler WetWesties campout is ON!

We’ve reserved the Wagon Wheel Group site (G1) for Friday and Saturday, April 22th and 23rd, 2016, we check out by noon on Sunday. There’s room for 30+ campers, no additional reservations needed, just show up!

Fort Flagler a 19th century military fort with numerous concrete bunkers to explore so bring the kids and extra batteries for your flashlights and/or head lamps. There are also hiking/biking trails, water access for kayaking/boating, incredible sound and mountain views, a museum and parade grounds.

Last year WetWesties and Friends of Fort Flagler Mary and Ray were kind enough to give us a private tour of the Fort’s beautifully restored hospital. I will ask to make this happen again!
FYI: The restored hospital is available to rent for special functions… I personally attended the Friends of Fort Flagler annual meeting in the restored hospital this year and can confirm that it is a fabulous meeting/wedding/party space.

Port Townsend and Hadlock are close by for all manner of goods and services.

Costs: We try to keep it simple by roughly dividing the costs of the Group Site by the number of campers that attend per night and settle up when he know how many vans have attended. I do my best to keep track of folks as they come in and will ask for a head count, first names, year/color of your conveyance, city/state/Provence of origin and the number of nights you plan to stay. "Newbies" are encouraged to speak up so we can introduce you to the entire group at the potluck/campfire and maybe Larry will present you with a WetWesties sticker for your van. Maybe.

Discovery Pass? Not required when camping in any WA State Park.

Firewood? Yes! Bring what you have or purchase from the campground staff.

Cell service? Yes.

Hook ups? No.

Potable water? Yes

Canadians and Oregonians? Definitely! We welcome Volks from from all over the continent and the world!

Pets? Yes but unfortunately with restrictions... I hate that I need to even write this :(
We have an excellent relationship with the very professionals & courteous Park Rangers at Fort Flagler but the one issue that always seems to come up is "off leash pets". And, when we stuff 75+ WetWesties, their vans and all the related regalia into the Group Site, the number one complaint is "off leash pets" and "look what I stepped in". Thankfully, most of us understand and respect the WA State Park's "pets on leash" and "clean up" requirement but if keeping your pet on a leash AND cleaning up after it is going to cause you unmanageable stress, "ruin your buzz" or cause ANY conflict within our group, the WetWesties@ Fort Flagler 2016 Campout may NOT suit your camping needs. :(

From the WA State Parks Rules: Pets are allowed in most state parks, but must be under physical control at all times on a leash no more than eight feet long. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Pot luck starts at 5pm sharp! (well before dark) Saturday night in the covered pavilion. Note: No one has ever left a WetWesties potluck hungry or thirsty so don’t worry if you want to come “spur of the moment” and don’t have something to contribute. All are welcome, just show up, period.

We’ll gather around the group campfire after the pot luck, please bring your camp chairs, break down/miraculous repair/family safe stories, good humor, musical instruments (non amplified, please), and join in the fun. The camp fire typically dies down around 9 but there’s always a few nameless and slightly unsavory characters willing to quietly stir the coals into the night… (Tom and Christine are often available at the campfire to answer any "birds and bees" questions one might have.)

Questions for the co-hosts? Andrew Martin - ramblinvan@gmail.com Marius Strom marius@thestroms.org

Park info:
Fort Flagler State Park is a 784-acre marine camping park surrounded on three sides by 19,100 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound, with views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th-century-established military fort.

Fort Flagler, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Worden and Fort Casey, once guarded nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890's, became the first line of a fortification system designed to prevent a hostile fleet from reaching such targets as the Bremerton Naval Yard and the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Construction began in 1897 and continued in one form or another until the fort was closed in 1953. The property was purchased as a state park in 1955. Fort Flagler is named after Brigadier General Daniel Webster Flagler.

Wagon Wheel group site info:
There is a fire ring and one open-sided shelter. The wagon wheel group camp accommodates both RVs and tents. It offers a covered picnic shelter and has a maximum occupancy of 100 people. There are two vault toilets and no hookups.
(Host's wife edit: There are flush toilets available near the parade grounds, just a short walk away from the Group Site)
Driving instructions:
Park address:
10541 Flagler Road
Nordland, WA 98358

Located eight miles northeast of Hadlock (Port Hadlock), Wash., on the northern tip of Marrowstone Island.

From Seattle or Edmonds:
Take Kingston Ferry or Bainbridge Island Ferry, and follow signs to Hood Canal Bridge. Cross over and drive five miles, then turn right onto easily-missed Hwy. 19 (Beaver Valley Rd.). Travel 10 miles to the Chimacum four-way stop. Take a right on Chimacum-Center Rd. At four-way stop in Port Hadlock, turn right onto Oak Bay Rd. Go approximately one mile and turn left onto SR 116. Fort Flagler is at end of road, approximately 10 miles from the Oak Bay Rd.

From Port Townsend:
Drive south out of town on Sims Way and continue south on Hwy 20 for approximately 2.5 miles to the stop light. Continue straight onto Hwy 19. Travel three miles to Ness' Corner Road and turn left. At the four way stop in Port Hadlock, continue straight onto Oak Bay Road. After approximately one mile, turn left onto State Route 116. Follow the route to the end of the road and directly into the park.