Free Boondocking/Resources

Welcome to our list of free Boondocking locations and associated resources!

This isn't the typical list showing every known possible location, rather I will keep it updated with places we have stayed personally and can vouch for as a good spot for fellow Vantramps. I will make sure to include any details you will need to know and hopefully add a picture or two. Also, for each area we travel through, I will share the information on the best dump stations, places to fill up with potable water, sources to buy LP and even to empty your trash can. If there are any free showers available in the area, we will make note of them as well since not everyone has one in their rig.  



The Rest Area on I-475 just out of Macon at mile marker 8 has one of the easiest to use free dump stations I have seen yet.


The Walmart on 27 in Summerville is okay to stay at but be sure to park on the far North side of the lot near the Murphy station. This was directed by the night manager in the store.



The Top of Iowa Welcome Center & Rest Area on I-35 just inside the state border has a free dump station, potable water, trash disposal and WiFi as well as the normal restrooms and other conveniences.

Diamond Joe Casino is another free overnight option in Northwood just of I-35.

Grand Meadow:

The Walmart in Grand Meadow is fine for overnight parking. We stayed along the farthest edge of the parking lot near the road by other RVs with no issues.


North Shore:

White Pine Lake Campsites These are 3 rustic campsites in the Superior National Forest. They are simple, but very nice and very secluded. Each has a picnic table and fire ring and fairly level area. The drive to get to them is down 3 miles of one lane gravel road. There is no fee for these and they are limited to a 14 Day stay. You have to pack your water in and carry your trash out. There is also a boat launch and barrier-free fishing pier and an outhouse. To get there from Highway 61 in Lutsen, go North on Caribou Trail (CR 4) for 7 miles, then West on forest road 164 for 3 miles. There are signs to identify the location. There were 3 other small rustic campgrounds in the area as well that we didn't bother locating, but should offer the same basic features. Please see this link -->  White Pine Lake Campsite pics & info


The Floodwood City Campground Is being listed here because it has a very convenient free dump station and showers. Also, there are directions to a local city dumpster for depositing your trash. Staying overnight at the campground isn't free, but it is very reasonable.


The Mora City Fairgrounds have both a free dumpstation as well as dumpsters to deposit trash.

Washington State:

Olympic Peninsula:

Bear Creek Campground is a nice and simple free DNR campground located at mile marker 206 right on Highway 101 West of Forks on the Olympic Peninsula. It is an excellent place to use for a base camp while exploring the many trails and rivers in the area. There are restrooms and water but no electric.

Lyre River Campground is a beautiful free DNR campground located on the Olympic Peninsula just west of Joyce off Highway 112 on the Lyre River Road. There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms and platform to fish from, fire-grates, tables, a handpump for water and a group shelter. It is best during the week, and access is really limited to rigs under a class C in size. Small trailers may be able to get in as well.

Free dump stations in the area are not easily found, however, in Port Angeles, The Union 76 gas station at 1023 East Front Street has a dump station that is $5 if you don't buy fuel and $1 with a fuel purchase. They also can fill your LP tank. We have dumped our trash here as well.

More to come soon!