Campsite Review Howard Miller Steelhead Campground Is east of Burlington, Washinton on Highway 20 just to the north of the Skagit River. It is between the small town of Concrete and North Cascades National Park. The address is Rockport, Washington, a tiny town. Just to the northwest of Howard Miller Steelhead Is Rockport State Park which is on the north side of Highway 20.
Howard Miller Steelhead is a wonderful campground. It is very open, with lots of grass, trees, and a good view of the Skagit River. The Skagit River has a very pretty turquoise color due to the silt being washed down from North Cascades National Park via Diablo and Gorge Lake.
Website: Howard Miller Steelhead Park
Address: 52804 Rockport Park RdRockport, WA 98283
Link to Google Map for the area: Howard Miller Steelhead Park
Phone Number/Reservations: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday (360-853-8808)
Dates stayed: July 5 – July 13, 2020 & July 27 – Aug 1, 2018
Our sites: #A2, #39 and #12
Price: $30 per night, plus reservation fee.
Hook-ups: 30/50-amp electric, water.
Restrooms: Yes, flush toilets, coin-operated showers
Dump station to the east of the park on the best road for entrance and exit.
Cell service: Verizon – good signal AT&T – no signal
Sites #1 – 8 are pull through. Most other sites are back-in on gravel with lots of grass, with a picnic table. Sites #A1 and A2 are pull in, back out, and have open-air bunkhouses, which make for great garages during rainy days.
Campsite Review: Howard Miller Steelhead Campground insider info:
Howard Miller Steelhead is nearly perfect. The only thing lacking at the park is full hookups. The place is well laid out with plenty of space between spots. It has more than ample grass between the sites.
Spot #39 has the advantage that the private side of the site has a grassy area between it and the restroom. Some campers may want to note that the showers are coin-operated.
Our favorite spot is numbered #9 through #14 because they are backed up to the river. When we were at spot #12 we parked the lawn chairs out behind the RV and watched the river go by. It is so pretty.
Spot #A2 was great all because it has so much grass between it and other campers. Plus spot #A2 has a great patio with a bunkhouse that we used for a garage. If you are camping together with a friend then getting both #A1 and A2 will put you together without neighbors.
Since we were alone in Spot #A2, the staff didn’t put anyone in spot #A1 and thus we could use spot #A1 to park our car.
The dump station is on the north side of Rockport Park Road making it easy to dump on the way out of the camp en route to Highway 530.
The best way to enter or exit Howard Miller Steelhead is from the east on Rockport Park Road. The exception to this routing, while entering, is that if you need to use the dump station before you start camping. Then the best way to enter is from the north via Alfred Street.
To the west, there are nature trails carved through the tall grass with a mower. Frequently deer can be found in the nature area. Occasionally a cougar has been sighted.
Howard Miller Steelhead is close enough North Cascades National Park for frequent day trips.
You can fish the Skagit River, right from the campground, but we didn’t try that. I also bet that kayaks launched from the boat site could float the river for miles before finding a place to pull out. Perhaps they even could go all the way to Puget Sound although I think that trip may take a few days.
Due to the map from the brochure, both the campground map and the satellite maps are south at the top of the map. Note to map-makers… this drives me nuts.