There are 14 walk-in sites and a central parking area. There are no reservations and it's first come, first served. Sites are restricted to 8 people and 2 vehicles per site.
Amenities: Vault toilets. With respect to the hike, pack everything out. There is water at the campground, but none on the hike … bring what you need.
Primitive, but adequate.
great for wildlife viewing and perfect campsites along the river. small swimming holes are amazing and the hiking trails in the area are great. restrooms are well kept.
Ek Creek Campground was a pleasant surprise. Nestled among the giant sand dunes and high OHV (dune) areas of Coos Bay area, sits this well placed campground that has large spacious and private campsites. Most sites contain a drive thru entrance with tent pad sites placed within large buses for privacy. The camproudn has a new flush toilets with sink & handdryer. We stayed 3 days and extended our stay by one night because we enjoyed it so much. Lakeside is a nearby town that has a Dollar General and small store that has most anything you need in a pinch.
There are a dozen or more lakes for fishing, water sports, and hiking. Horsefall beach & OHV area is the nearest beach, about 10 miles (?) Away.
For a national Forest campground on the Oregon Coast, this and Alder Dune Campground are by far my favorite. Well worth the $22 / night to have a guaranteed place to.camp on the coast.
Affordable national forest camp site. Not too many actual camp sites, but very quiet. Wonderful location next to the confluence of Elk Creek and the Wilson River. Vault toilets. Pump water. Walk-in/tents only, so no RVs, but still a nice location.
A 7-minute drive from the awesome Tillamook Forestr Center, which has really cool exhibits on the area.
We came to the Elk Creek Campground towards the end of the general camping season here in Oregon. Unfortunately, much of the campground was already closed due to state budget cuts. But, we found a spot that was still open and right on the river. We couldn't have asked for a better location.
The river was an excellent location to play in and in some spots we were able to swim.
Because the location was primarily closed, it was quiet and private. I think even during the high season, most of the spots looked relatively secluded from their neighbors.
Off busy Highway 6 on the way to Tillamook and the Oregon coast, Elk Creek Campground is a sweet getaway from a lot of busier campgrounds and destinations in this region of Oregon (i.e., an hour from Portland). It's situated near the meandering and scenic Wilson River, which offers numerous floating, swimming and diving opportunities.
The campground itself is nestled in the forest with plenty of shade on warm days. It's pretty no-frills, which certainly isn't a bad thing when you're spending your time exploring the numerous trails, playing in the river, visiting the nearby Tillamook Forest Center or grabbing a pint and bite in fairly sleepy Tillamook.
Mountain biking—some really good stuff—is very close at hand, as well as hiking the Wilson River Trail or ascending Elk and Kings mountains (steep scrambles up and down in many places that I wouldn't recommend at all for small kids or those not looking to bust their lungs or stand on vertiginous precipices!). My Merry Wanderers crew actually busted out the Elk Mountain-Elk Creek loop straight out of the campground, covering ~9 miles with ~3,890 feet cumulative elevation gain in ~4 1/2 hours—it was exceptional and comes highly recommended. Next time we plan to add the connection to the Kings Mountain summit.
Overall, a great spot in the woods with plenty of playtime options right out your tent!
This is my new absolutely favorite Oregon campground. Located within the Tillamook State Forest, Elk Creek campground has about a dozen or so sites located on a slight incline heading down to where the sweet, beautiful little Elk creek and the larger Wilson River converge. The sites are decent size though not huge, and are surrounded by beautiful trees, ferns and greenery. Some sites have more privacy, and since it is first come-first served, obviously best to get here early or before the weekend to snag a spot (which are only $10/night). We spent most of our time on the Elk Creek side since we have kiddos and the stream was the perfect size for playing and swimming without the stress of a larger river.
Pros: Beautiful. Fun creek for kids to play in. Great location only 28 miles from Tillamook. Love the sites and price ($10).
Cons: Walk-in only, which is great if you're in a tent, but out-of-luck if you're in a trailer or RV. Elk Creek is also day-use, so people heading to the creek or river will be walking by your site all day (though not too crowded when we were there).
Facilities: Two vault bathrooms (decently clean) but no showers. Fire pits. New picnic tables. Hand-pump water.