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Nice area and plenty of activities

It's a nice area, but has been overrun with homeless people and garbage.

Close to beach

Large campground with lots of people but still feels like you’re camping. Great beach access.

Average Coastal RV type park

I have stayed here a few times mostly when the kids were younger, but recently stayed here in a Yurt.

Its basicalky a RV type place..crowded sites, no privacy  and tons of screaming kids.

Its clean and there are some trails ( one very easy ) to the beach which is quite nice.

The hosts are excellent if busy.

The Yurt was great , but be prepared for the fog horns going off all night on the jetty.

Good for RVs and kids,

Southside Detroit lake

Nice campground, but many sites can be very diferent from crowded to nice and private,

Can fill up fast during summer  , but you can usually find a spot during the week.

Toilets are very nice here.

Hists perfect. 

Good family campground

Great Lake Views

A stunningly beautiful camp ground when the Detroit lake is not drawn down.

This is a very nice smaller camp ground its is the best for the south side of the lake in my opinion.

Sites are quite spacious though not very private.

The small walk in sites for smaller tents are much more private and have the greatest vews of the lake.

This is another busy summer time family campground but in the spring and fall its quiet and perfect for the solo camper.

There is water available and the hiosts have firewood.

Only bad thing is they close the gates at 10 PM..so be back from the Cedars Lounge in Detroit before then!

Right on Highway 22

Its actually quite a nice campground if you can get some of the spaces right on the Lake.

But you are going to have to book well in advance s this is a very busy place all Summer.

If you dont get a space on the lake you have to camp right beside 22 and this is a very busy roa especially for big semi trucks, so if your in a tent dont expect a peaceful nights sleep ( i bring ear plugs).

This is the kind of place were folks come to party, so if your into that its cool.

Noisy

Used to camp here now and again, but not my thing anymore.

I am at heart a tent camper and used this park when the kids were younger because of the amenities.

But the last time the noise of huge RV generators going for hours and hours was the final straw.

This is a great campsite for huge RVs  for tenters its pretty useless

Nice and Easy

This is  simple, primitive campground mostly centered around a small picturesque lake.

There are a few other sites dispersed in the area. One of the best ones is just around the bend from the lake sites and its of the road and gets more sun, if thats your thing.

When i visited mid week in July it was empty. 

Its quite a distance on sometimes very rough gravel roads, with no tirn outs and sometimes large drops on one side, so be very careful with log trucks .

But i made it OK with my beat up old Grand Caravan.

Enjoyed

Great all year.

Have camped and"yurted" in this park ever since i came to Oregon at least twice a year.. Its a great campground if you have younger kids as there are hot showers and nice bathrooms for the little urchins.

As you can imagine its very busy and crowded in the Summer..almost like a small refugee camp sometimes. But when you have kids thats a good thing. During the off season most of the tent loops are closed down and its much more peaceful. You can enjoy the natural splendors of the park.

 The park is basically built along the banks of a lush creek and many of the areas between loops are marshy and quite natural. The nature walk along the crek is cool also but watch out for speeding mountain bikers. I was there this month( Feb) and it was great. Will always come back. Great park great memories. Also i guess its not camping but have found AT&T has good coverage( 4 G 3 bars) while Verizon has nothing at all.

Beautiful Campground with Huge Trees and Lots of Waterfalls

Since we had a wedding to attend in Oregon, it gave me a chance to visit Silver Falls State Park. My first impression was how crowded the campground was during the middle of the week. The bath house was more than I expected, especially for a state park. I don’t know whether or not the other Oregon State Parks have modern bath house facilities like this one, but I was impressed. The campsite that I chose was flat and had plenty of shade, and the trees were huge. As a lover of all things natural, especially trees, this was great. It hadn’t rained in a while, so I couldn’t judge how well the site would drain, especially since there were no raised tent pads. The main attraction for this large state park is obviously centered on waterfalls and trails. I didn’t get a chance to explore all of them, but the ones I did get to see were impressive. South Falls is a short hike, and you can walk behind it. From the bridge facing the waterfall, it looks like the Garden of Eden. You can also walk to the top of the waterfall. North Falls also is a short hike. Although it is not as high as South Falls, it is one that is worth the hike. The main campground areas were booked, but the group camping area had quite a few sites available the first day we were there. However, the next day, the group camping area was also filling up since it was getting closer to the weekend. Overall, I was impressed with this campground. Unfortunately, I probably will not get to visit it again for quite a while since I live 2,500 miles away. With that said, I do highly recommend this state park and campground.

Wide open large sites

Great campground, easy to get in and out with level sites. Facilities were nice, right on the river, close to town. Would stay here again if in the area. No complaints

Amazing campsite close to even more amazing trailheads

We stayed at a rainy day at this state park's camp, it was a good choice though. The campsites are really well maintained, it has clean bathrooms with showers (!) You can get firewood there and sites are not to dense so you get some privacy.

The best part about the campsite is that it's located in the middle of the statepark, there are plenty of trailheads around. We did the whole trail of ten falls - about 10 miles, and we definitely recommend it. The day-use area is also recommended. As it was raining the whole day, we really appreciated, that it was one of the rare places where we found covered grill area so we could prepare lunch here without getting wet.

All in all an A+++ location

Amazing campsite close to even more amazing trailheads

We stayed at a rainy day at this state parks camp, it was a good choice though. The campsites are really well maintained, it has clean bathrooms with showers (!) You can get firewood there and sites are not to dense so you get some privacy.

The best part about the campsite is that it's located in the middle of the statepark, there are plenty of trailheads around. We did the whole trail of ten falls - about 10 miles, and we definitely recommend it. The day-use area is also recommended. As it was raining the whole day, we really appreciated, that it was one of the rare places where we found covered grill area so we could prepare lunch here without getting wet.

All in all an A+++ location

Close to Town

Definitely felt like town camping. Sites are close with limited privacy. Sitting around the campfire, we could see into other people's trailers. We took a drive around and decided the outside sites next to the nature trails would be better than in any of the loops. It was perfect for our Newport plans though! Very close to town, jetty, dock and beach.

Nice site

The campsites felt decently spread out with lots of trees and well cared for. The water pump says water is safe for drinking but the water does come out murky. The highlight is the access to the river. Will have to return during the warmer season. The road noise did keep me up at night, the river wasn’t flowing enough to drown it out. It’s still a beautiful area and I plan to return.

Okay, Not Great

So much potential being right on the Willamette River, but unfortunately there is basically no view of the water. We had a rough visit that I’m sure was an anomaly. We had a change of itinerary that brought us to Woodburn and had to arrive with no reservations. There were sites available (after Labor Day) so no problem. Were were told to “pick any unreserved site” so we did so. Got unhooked, leveled, and fully set up, then went to register for the night when the ranger told me that the site was reserved. IT WAS NOT TAGGED. So, we had to pack up and move. Total bummer. Beside that, the park is unwatered and was just dry and unattractive. Upside was spacious sites in B loop, but we just had the view of a dried out field. Paved sites, level, with plenty of electric/water sites. I wouldn’t stay here again unless it was in the spring.

Not Camping, Nice Park

Okay, this isn’t really camping, it’s more like parking in a parking lot so don’t have an expectation that it’s a camping atmosphere. That being said, this is a very nice place to get off I-5 and park an RV with all the amenities. You can walk to several restaurants and the outlet mall. There is a great laundry room, clean bathrooms and showers, pool, pet areas, and nicely paved, level, but crowded sites.

Crowded but nice

South Beach SP Oregon Site B1 Memorial Weekend Crowded but nice. Some loops very narrow rods and lots of kids on bikes. We were in a back in end site. A bit more room but beach access walkway next to us meant a lot of foot traffic. Large open beach with small waves. Access is ADA friendly. Level asphalt pad. Minimal privacy from trees but they do provide some shade. So.e skeeters but not to bad yet. Large trees at rear or site. Average bathhouse close by. CG has yurts, and tent sites too. Great restaurant close to SP has fresh crab, salmon, halibut and cod. Right next to it is a fresh cherry stand

crowded but great water access

This is a crowded campsite but the water area makes up for it. Do some homework before you book because some sites are much better than others, the ones on the outer ring by the water are much better than the inside ring, but they book up fast. There is a great beach area with a perfect view of the starry sky at night from it. There are bathrooms and showers that you can use for a fee. The group area is pretty cool and feels secluded from the rest of the campground. Super nice hosts! We will go back for sure!

Very nice privacy

We tent camped and LOVED having bushes separate each tent site. Really enjoyed having privacy! Nice little walk down to the bay.

Island camping

Top reasons I love this campground: 

- It’s an ISLAND! How cool is it to camp on an island! 
- Beautiful views from the middle of the northern end of Detroit Lake. 
- Great for swimming, boating, exploring, hiking, and fishing. 
- I bet it’s amazing to stay there over the 4th of July. 
- The firework display from the other side of the lake should be spectacular! 
- Cheap-$10. 
- Only 22 sites. 
- I had cell service with AT&T. 

Things to note: 

- This should be obvious but, you’ll need a boat to get to and from the island. It’s a quick canoe from either side. 

- The vault toilets are maxed out. Hopefully, they will be serviced SOON! 

- No drinking water, no shower, and no guarantee for the serviced toilets. 

- Bring water and TP. 

- Fires are allowed and there are several picnic tables.

Worth the Hike Your Car Will Take

If your car can make it up the 6 miles of "road" you'll be glad that you found Elk Lake. I made it up the hill in a 2001 Rav4. You'll definitely want some clearance for the trek up.

I used this campground for my base for hiking Battle Axe Mountain. The sites are not well marked and the campground was pretty empty- even leading up to a holiday weekend. There are fire pits and tables.

The campground is pretty primitive, you'll want to bring in everything that you need - including water and some kind of floating device to spend your days on the lake. There are several places where you can put in your boat, kayak or paddle  board, and the lake is actually pretty warm in August - warm enough for swimming (and I don't ever swim in Oregon water)

If you do the Battle Axe Hike in the late summer, study up on your edible berries before you come, there are so many huckleberries here I could have filled a bucket.

Amazing Hot Springs with options to sleep in your tent

Breitenbush is a retreat center that offers a variety of different accommodation options including cabins, lodge rooms, dorms, platform tents, and campsites for tents only and tents with cars. 

The tent sites (for your own tent or the platform tents) are only available in the summer.

Camping (or staying in any of the accommodation options) at Breitenbush is part of a package deal. For a tent you pay $77 a day for one person, which includes your entrance to the hotspring as well as 3 meals and your participation in any activities that are happening while you are there (like yoga or meditation).

The campground is really basic- basically just a space for your tent in and it's a short walk in from the parking lot. Carts are provided.  There are 5 sites you can reserve that have space for a vehicle.

There are lots of rules - no stoves, no alcohol, no food in the camp area, etc. But really everything you need is provided for you at the mealtimes in the lodge, so it's more like you sleep in your tent vs. being around your tent for a camping experience.

The hotsprings are amazing (and clothing optional- and most people are opting out), and there is some decent hiking to do that is accessible from the trailhead at the Breitenbush parking lot. 

You can also access the hotsprings by reserving a day pass (call ahead from Detroit - there's no signal past the 46 turnoff).  Another option is to camp at one of the nearby campsites and daypass the hotsprings if you aren't into dining at the retreat center option.

It's a great place. It got 4 stars instead of 5 because it isn't really an amazing campground. Also- the nearest campground toilets are  port a potties. There is a bathhouse and showers available near the cabins, but you'll have to walk.

Waterloo County Park

Campground with something for everyone! Right on the river for swimming or fishing. If you drive up the road, you can float down the river to your campground! This park even has a disc golf course to enjoy while you camp. There’s a park area with a playground for the kids to play. Spaces are large, and nicely spaced out.

Equestrian Trails!

Great trails that have a little bit of everything. Some of the hills are long and great for but muscles 😂♥️ There were a few issues with bees, or some kind of but that bites, the last time I went (late August) so maybe bring extra fly spray and/or bug replant.

Easy, popular campground

A loop - you can hear highway 101. Lots of RV spots. Best tent sites are on the outer (north) sides of the loops. Especially C,D and E loops. Ranger station and junior ranger program. Great family campground.

Santiam River

Site #1 walk up only, creek side of the road

2 compact, on creek

3 compact, on creek

4 nice one! Near bridge across river and swimming hole. Tons of space

“5 -same as above but more on the river side . #6 more open, compact. Amazing swimming hole right at campsite.

7-11. Ok sites. Some up away from the river, all have nice views.

12 -cliff spot, jumping off spot right at campsite, nice site

13- behind bathroom, no view

14 AMAZING! river front, huge site

15 AMAZING!!! More privacy, huge.

16, nice, this site opens up to 17. 16&17 are great for a large group-booked together.

17-AMAZING! Last site with a short river hike to the falls. Huge site.

An Oregon MUST VISIT!

No matter the time of year, Silver Falls State Park is an Oregon must visit! 

Top reasons I love this campground: 

  • SOOOO much to see and do! 
  • Amazing waterfalls (keep in mind they won't be rushing in the heat of the summer).
  • Great programming 
  • Beautiful lodge 
  • Vast parks and play areas 
  • Swimming
Busy but Great

Typically busy all spring through fall, but grew up going annually and has always been a nice place to spend a weekend or week in the summer. Only issue we ran into as years passed was having to book so far in advanced to be able to have a chance of getting any site that wasn’t just the last of what’s available. Otherwise for the type of camping it provides it is always well kept and the facilities they offer are great.

Pretty spots, helpful rangers

Love to stay here when all the other campgrounds close. Nice hiking trails. The rangers are very nice. Beautiful scenery. Only downside is some of the people who stay here make it uncomfortable for others and destroy the bathrooms. But other than that I'd stay again.