Parks & Pavilions
You must have a Washington State Boater Education ID card or equivalent in order to rent a pontoon, jet ski or motorboat. All boats come with appropriate safety equipment — life jackets, flotation cushion, oars or paddles, anchor, motor shut-off key and instructions on boating operations. You must return all equipment at the completion of your rental. To obtain a Washington State Boater Education ID card, visit boatus.org/washington, register and complete the exam. Upon completion, print out the certificate and bring it or your permanent boater card to the office when you rent a watercraft. All patrons renting a motorized boat or jet ski are required to purchase fuel consumed upon the return of the boat/jet ski.
For paddling (canoe, kayak and SUPS), please take the required free paddle sports safety course at https://www.boaterexam.com/paddling/
Rifle & Pistol (Range 15)
All privately owned weapons must be registered on base before bringing them onto the installation. Please visit DES's weapons registration page to complete registration prior to visiting the ranges.
Russell Landing Marina
Rent a boat to enjoy a day on American Lake or rent a pavilion for a unit or family picnic. Moorage and dry storage slips are available if you own a boat, and we have a great selection of bait and tackle. We're also able to host a number of special events - ask us about what's coming soon! Now available to rent at Russell Landing, jet skis!
Everything you need for a day out on the water. Fishing poles, bait & tackle, refreshments, snacks. Have your own boat? The boat launch fee is $5.
Escape gravity with scuba
Many specialty diving classes are available at Joint Base Lewis-McChord SCUBA (one of the only 5 Star PADI Dive Centers in the military), located at the Northwest Adventure Center, Building 8050, NCO Beach Road, JBLM-Lewis North. Safety is a top priority, and divers with medical problems, such as high blood pressure, must have their doctor’s approval and be medically cleared.
Adult scuba diving classes
Include the basic open water, advance, rescue, the master diver, dive master and the dive instructor. Class meets Monday to Friday 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday in the open water 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to earn their certification.
Travel Camps and Cabins
The travel camp is open year-round. We have 48 full hook-up sites with cable television and currently five tent sites. Our campground is located on the shores of beautiful American Lake. For your convenience our campground has common areas that offer lounge areas with color television, coin operated washers and dryers and restrooms with shower facilities. On-site we have a sewage dump station for patron use. All full hook-up sites have individual sewer as well. We have a propane tank fill station, RV maintenance facility and a selection of RV accessories on-site.
May 1–Sept 30: Guests may stay in a site for a 14-day period. Patrons may not exceed 14 days per campsite. If other campsites are available on checkout day, you may move to another site for an additional 14 days. After your one extension, you may not return to the park until the winter season.
• Guests may stay in a site for a 28-day period per calendar month. Patrons may not exceed 28 days per campsite. If other campsites are available on checkout day, you may move to another site for an additional 28 days.
• Payment in full is required for RV Park reservations.
Travel Camp Reservations
All of our 48 sites are reservation only. Reservations may be accepted up to one year in advance. Cancellations or changes must be made 30 days prior to day of check-in to receive a full refund. From 30 days until 7 days prior to check-in, a 75% refund will be granted. Cancellations made within 7 days prior to the day of check-in will receive a 50% refund.