Known for fishing, boating, canoeing and other water sports, Mona campground is located on the northwest shore of Blue River Reservoir. The campground is situated on a long, narrow strip of mixed conifers along the shore, the thick vegetation secludes each campsite, allowing for privacy. Slopes of mixed conifers and other trees surround the area. Reservations are available May through mid-September. They can be made up to six months in advance, but must be made at least four days prior to your intended arrival date. Natural Features: The campground sits on the northeastern shore of Blue River Reservoir and can be accessed by driving the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. It is located in the Willamette National Forest on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Recreation: Fishing, boating, swimming, and water skiing on Blue River Reservoir draw campers here. There is hiking on Buck Mountain Trail and Lookout Creek Old Growth Trail. Sightseeing is popular on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. Facilities: Mona Campground is popular for water play and fishing on Blue River Reservoir. There are 20 single and three double sites with tables and fire rings. Drinking water, vault toilets, and firewood for sale are provided. There is a host onsite. The campground is paved with mostly flat sites that accommodate either tents or trailers/RVs. Nearby Attractions: Come for water play or fishing at Blue River Reservoir or for exploring the nearby trails and Scenic Byway. ACTIVITIES Biking Boating: Kayaking Fishing Hiking Picnicking: Picnic Tables
Mona was about 2 hr 45m drive from Portland. Our campsite was shaded with a fire pit, bench and plenty of room for tents and gear. Dog friendly, which was a big perk. Water and toilet were a minute or two walk. Markets with firewood/ice/food were a decent drive away, so make sure to have all your gear or stop on the way in. Experimental forest was a relatively short drive and Carpenter Mountain made for some amazing hiking and views!
One big complaint-- we went in early August (booked in June) and planned to do some floating. Got a call a week before the trip that there would be restricted boating. Didn't know that our lakeside spot would be reduced to a small river. So be aware that depending on time of year, the lake may disappear.
Otherwise, great spot.
Most of not all sites are spacious and private. A good amount af vegetation separates most sites from one another. Many sites have vistas of the reseviour itself. Mostly reservable sites, some first come first served. Overall great campground. Site #5 is a gem.
I go to this spot every year and it is amazing how the water level in Blue river reservoir fluctuates. When it is high there are a lot of boats, but when it is low, it is nice and calm, good for swimming, kayaking, or floating. A peaceful, relaxing spot right off hwy 126. Always has a beautiful view of the stars and has frogs singing at night. Good spot to get away without having to go too far. This campsite does not offer showers and has pit toilets, but they have always been kept well.