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Fun but noisy

It was fun but definitely a party atmosphere. We were looking for something quieter. Very pretty Lake and area.

Incredible experience

We had the group site B for shit 15 people and it was absolutely stunning. Plenty of room for all of our vehicles. Plenty of space for all of us to spread out with tents, long picnic tables to accommodate meals and cooking, and two fire pits. The rushing river is alongside and below the cliffside. Next door to bathrooms and a HUGE gorgeous meadow. Plenty of trails, a waterfall, and relaxation at its finest. Will definitely be returning.

Lovely place

Lots of cool things to do, bike trail that goes along the river and a really cool play area for the kids plus a great big dog exercise area.

Great campground.

Clean and all of the campers were friendly. Bathrooms spotless. Nice walks along the river.

Seems more like a parking lot not a campground

Not super geared toward tent camping, if you have an RV or trailer it may be better. Super open with sites right on top of one another.

Decent campground

Kinda small camping spots depending on which site you get. Has a boat launch so bring boats. No swimming access easily. Trails were over grown, park host said they haven’t gotten around to maintaining them. Would have been a better experience if people followed quiet time hours and just were respectful of others. We had super loud neighbors who partied with music until at least 2 am each night. Then blasted music all day long. It made the experience not enjoyable. My experiences it’s a campground for people who are going to be out boating in the daytime and partying in the night time.

Geared more towards trailers

It’s an ok campground but was more of a parking lot style campground in my opinion, it does have grass and some trees. Close to water.

Great location with easy lake access

Great location large campsites. Some sites have trails right down to the lake. Close to great day use area with boat launch, and fishing dock.

Great camping with lots to do

Great camping with lots of things to do at the campground. It can get a bit pricey but if your looking for family fun this is the place to camp. Also close to a great waterfall hike.

A nice quiet place

It's basically a few tent spots right off the road you can pull up to with your car. No amenities besides a vault toilet and no fee. Nothing fancy, but really beautiful, clean, nice rangers, and not busy at all. Get ready to dodge loads of potholes and deer as you travel up the gravel roads to get here, though

ALSO we had full data and cell service!

Private spot

Very out there and secluded

Good spot for fishing

Great fishing and biking, the yurts are fun too.

Beautiful Forest surrounding small lake

This was a last minute find for us on the 4th of July.  There were a few sites left for us to choose from.  The sites are not numbered but are designated by a rock ringed fire pit. We hammock camp and there are plenty of sites with trees positioned perfectly for hanging the hammocks.  The lake is small but very beautiful.  We did bring our kayaks but didn't launch them.  There is a launching area but it's pretty mucky and there are a lot of downed trees in the water.  I only saw one really great beach area to pull up to but it was already claimed by another small boat.  There are trails all over leading from the campsites to the lake and around it.  We also met other campers that had hiked a trail from Hebo lake to South Lake which was about a 7 mile hike for them.

We will go back and try out South Lake again in the other seasons.

Great disc golf

Very nice disc golf area. Easy access to Public bathrooms, and dinning. Great park hidden in between woodburn and Hubbard.

Perfect

Spots are very roomy for the most part and the water views wont disappoint. Only one water well pump was working but no biggie. Bring your own wood or buy some off the side of the road as the host doesn't stay on site but does drive around and has in his truck. Vault toilets can get beyond stinky think they needed to empty them. Great short hiking trails and some great swimming holes. We will definitely be back.

Family Favorite Camp Spot

This campground is full of folks! It’s not remote if that is what you are looking for, but the location can’t be beat. They also have yurts and RV spots as well as tent camping. Great bike/walk path and paths to the ocean. Close to the aquarium and lighthouses. Lots to see and great town.

Family friendly camping

I went here with my family for the eclipse and it’s was great. Large campground with a good bike paths. The rangers have a different themed presentation each day/night. There is a playground and access to the beach. Will be back.

Good spot

The campground was very crowded, but I liked the open space behind our campsite. The loop road was pretty narrow for navigating a large trailer or rv. Lots of trails for hiking to the beach that are mostly paved.

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Absolutely THE BEST

Amazing place! Tons to do for the entire family! The best owner operated place in Oregon! You need to go check out everything they offer. Zip lines were a blast for our family.

Great canopy, near river!

Huge sites, ample tree coverage, near river and trails! All sites are walk up this season only - while transitioning to Linn County management. I’ll be back !

great campground.

River Bend Campground is a very nice park close to home. has direct access to the south santiam river for swimming and fishing. Close to Foster reservoir for lake activities. Love this campground

Nice little park

Recently updated/ added onto whitcomb has no pager or water. Lots of tall tree’s for shade and hammocks. Park has a boat launch for access to green peter reservoir. Good fishing and water skiing.

Nice RV park with amenities

This was a pleasant surprise for us. The positives outweigh the couple of minor things, so we gave it 5/5.

Positives:

  • Walkway to Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Clearly marked and paved for easy stroll over to the museum.

- Pool on-site, but no hot tub. I did use the pool, but for someone like me who has extremely fair skin, only in the last hour of pool time, 8-9 p.m.)

- Spaces are long enough for big rigs, as long as you get the 65 foot sites. They have two sizes: 50 foot and 65 foot. I'd recommend the 65 foot sites for a big rig, so you have enough room to park your vehicle. There were no gravel sites - all sites were concrete pads.

- More than one laundry location. Main office building has two washers, two dryers. We didn't check out the other laundry building. 

- More than one restroom location throughout park.

- Wifi was pretty decent, though spotty at times.

- The picnic table is modular. If you didn't need the table, it was easy to separate the two halves and have bench seating if seating was needed.

Minor negatives:

- While they had recycling containers in our section, there was only one trash receptacle clear across the park. And it was a trash compactor, so when you used your key code to open it, the stench was almost overwhelming.

- The entrance to the concrete pads was a little steep and might result in bottoming out. It was not a gentle slope, but a sharp incline.

Nice RV park, but not worth the price

We had a 10 day stay. Let me start with the positives:

  • Most spaces have at least 10-12 feet of grass between.
  • Nicely maintained.
  • Nice location, lots of trees and grassy areas.
  • Asphalt pads for most sites, some premium sites have a concrete pad for RV/trailer/camper with asphalt in front.
  • Decent wifi during the day, but slow as molasses at night. Assuming people streaming or downloading.

Negatives:

  • One way route around the park.
  • Road is narrow and winding, larger rigs have issues with staying on path.
  • Mostly back-in spaces, which combined with the road, makes for interesting times getting your rig settled.
  • Spaces are fairly short, especially on Standard sites. We barely fit our 39’ Class A and a 2 door Jeep Wrangler. If our vehicle had been any longer, we would have had to park in overflow parking. We saw a lot of fifth wheels with no other vehicle in the space, we assumed they were in the overflow area.
  • No real spot to unhook a tow, except for the overflow parking area, which has a wider road portion.
  • Some signs of semi-permanent residents.
  • If you have a satellite, I am not sure the shady/trees spots would orient. We saw a lot of tailgater dishes at front of spots (we had a lawn spot with landscaping, but not in the trees).
  • Grassy lawn area is large enough to require weekly maintenance and the lawn mowing can be annoying.
  • ALL spots require jack pads. Having not stayed in too many parks with asphalt, this was a surprise for us. They did not mention at checkin, but we got a polite email the next morning.
  • Billed as a luxury rv park. Price does not reflect that. No pool, just laundry/showers/restrooms.
  • Freeway noise. Very close to I-5. Louder on the side of park closest to street and entrance.
Best and personal favorite G-lampground in Oregon

Never turn your back on the ocean!

Beautiful! Easy access to the beach close to both Newport and Depoe bay.

It'sIt's the Oregon coast be prepared for any kind of weather…

Very nice and clean park

Great location with lots of amenities. One of our favorites for the summer with trail for hiking and access to the river. Camp sites are larger and have concrete pads, great for relaxing by the fire ring.

Beautiful

Beautiful landscaping and natural scenery as well as facilities. Bonus friendly people.

$6 firewood stacks suck. Loud evenings on the weekends

At the time of this review the rates were a bit expensive $24 a night, so deduct a star for price. Another star deducted for the feeble firewood stacks you can purchase for $6. Our stack contained 4 sad little logs with about 2 hours of max burn time if you know how to stack a fire well. 2nights with 2 sad stacks of firewood will sting you $60 which imo, is a bit expensive for camping. It’s a Decent site for those looking for a relatively close to Salem and fun water play weekend during the summer. Camp site stays a bit noisy until about midnight over the weekends so not recommended for those seeking a quieter more sedated experience or looking to go to sleep earlier in the evening. Sites are average in size and spaced average apart from one another. The more desirable lake facing sites reserve fast over the summer weekends but have good access into the lake. Camp site hosts are grumpy, but I’d guess 50% usually are. Drive in from Detroit takes about 15 minutes. Comparable sites on a short drive either side down the road. Positives are the running water restrooms, garbage disposal and other city camping commodities.

Stunning

When I was asked if I wanted to go to Detroit lake, I thought we were going all the way to Michigan! But no this perfect little lake is a peaceful and fun filled getaway. Right in the heart of the Oregon state. Best used for swimming and enjoying friends company, it’s a bit of a drive but it’s so far out of the way, there’s no rush of the city anywhere. We will see you again Detroit Lake.