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.
Ranger review of Banner and Oak Baseball hats at French Pete campground, Oregon.
As a Ranger for the Dyrt I have the pleasure and opportunity to test and review product every so often, this is my review of the Banner and Oak "Sierra" and "Nebo" baseball hats; conducted at French Pete campground off hwy 126 in Oregon.
French Pete campground is a smaller, somewhat primitive campground located in Oregon, Off hwy 126 and the Aufderheide forest road #19. It has less than 20 sites, two pit toilets, water and trash services and costs less than $20 per night. They also offer wood sales from the onsite camp host. French Pete is not a year round campground, and does not offer full hookups.
My site, #16 was in the rear off the grounds right on the small river that feeds the Mckenzie. It being late August the river was low, but you could tell that if you stayed in spring during the snow melt, the river would come right up to your "doorstep" or tent step; if you will.
Within the campground there is not much for the kids other than enjoying nature and learning the outdoors. Up hwy126 though, you will find many hiking opportunities and waterfalls such as Tamolich blue pool, and Sahalie/Koosah falls. They are some distance from the site, but are highly suggested for anyone who enjoys the scenery Oregon has to offer. If you don't want to venture too far, there is the French Pete trail across from the campground, and just a ways back down 19 is a very popular (clothes optional) "Terwilliger" hot springs. Just be ready, as this is the most popular hot springs around this area.
Overall a decent campground off the beaten path, I suggest bringing all your necessitates with you as it is a trek to get back to services and would break the solitude that this campground offers.
Banner and Oak are U.S.A. based and everything is made here as well. They offer clothing geared towards the outdoors and have a small selection of apparel based accessories.
I chose the "Nebo" baseball hat; named for the mountain, and the "Sierra" baseball hat; not sure of the origin of that name…
Both hats are ol' school snapback, with high crowns and a slight curve to the bill. Personally I prefer fully curved bills like I used to wear playing baseball. You can hand curve these to fit your style, but I noticed that they don't hold a curve too well. No biggy, just means I have to re-curve each time I wear them.
They are very well made, with stitched on patches and outdoors inspired logos. I have received many compliments on how they look and how they fit. I recommend checking out their site to see if you can find a style you like, you wont be disappointed.
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.
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.
The Baker Bay Campground and Marina is a county park outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon. It has a boat launch and boat rentals. There are several huge inflatable water structures in the bay which kids can play on for a fee. The concession stand is currently under construction however there is plenty of green space for picnics. There is a large play structure, horseshoes, and a sand volleyball pit.
Great site for families with kids.
Decent main restroom and showers however, the vault toilet near the main camping spots was the WORST I have ever been near. I can't imagine how people near the toilet could stand being there - especially in the heat of the summer.
This campground in the Willamette National Forest is like a fairy wonderland, especially if you snag one of the secluded spots toward the cul-de-sac at the end. The river is nearby; some campsites are even closer. It's pretty rocky, but nice to put your feet in after a long hot hike. The bathroom is well kept and firewood is available from the camp host at one of the other campsites he oversees in the area. It's a short drive to multiple beautiful trailheads, including some that take you into the Three Sister Wilderness. It's also a short drive over to Cougar Hot Springs. ($7 a day)
The website was not kidding about not following the directions through Google Maps. The last 9 miles to the resort was really trying - the roads were narrow, twisty and winding. If you are probe to car-sickness, go slow. I took extra precaution and dabbed essential oils on myself and my children.
Our pull-through site was in the Upper Marina, #22. If you have an extra canopy for camping, I'd suggest you bring it. It got really HOT when we were there. The good news is once the sun sets behind the trees, around 6pm, it makes eating dinner at the picnic table so comfortable and cooling.
My husband and children perused the bathroom/shower facilities which was just across from our campsite. He said it was spacious - a shower + private bathroom + sink setup and wide enough for a family.
Access to the swimming beach/boat launch is just a short 3 minutes walk. You just have to exercise caution because you will be crossing a main road (cars and big logging trucks rumble along often enough during the week).
The swimming (sandy) beach is cosy (read: tiny). There are no lifeguards on duty but enough trees offering shade for parents/families to sit back and keep watch.
You would have to drive back 5 minutes down the road to visit the Lodge for supplies or ice. The Lodge also provides some light refreshments* (deli sandwiches and ice-cream).
Our site offered full hook-ups including cable (limited channels). WIFI* was a disappointment though - we had to create an account for a complimentary hour of WIFI usage every day. Together with the zero cell reception, it renders us completely off the grid. It's great really to totally relax your mind and body but it is worrisome for that what-if's scenarios.
*Ice-cream was very pricey for the single not-generous scoop in a plastic cup that we bought for each of us. Because of the steep prices and WIFI availability (you have to pay if you want to get connected), I could only give a rating of 3.5/5 stars.
Otherwise, we had a great time at the RV resort. The sites are appealing for huge family reunion (we witnessed such a reunion during our trip). We will be back! 😊
We are a family of 4 (2 young boys with no pets). We traveled with a travel trailer.
Elks Lodge 357 has asphalt parking with 30AMP and water only. No swear. No wifi.
From Elks Lodge 357 web site: State Association Edit VHP Elks Home> Local Lodges> OR SOUTH CENTRAL District No. 7480 Lodge Facilities Lodge Rv Spaces 5 Electrical and water RV spaces and up to 8 or more dry camping spaces. On Site Dump Station. Also Hi Speed Wireless Internet. FCFS Donation of$15.00 per day. We do not take reservations for RV spots but generally we have space available.
This KOA is pretty similar to any other KOA on the west coast. We stayed at one of the back-in / tent sites with our RTT and only had one neighbor beside us. Though we were close to the entrance of the KOA, we heard pretty much every vehicle that came in and out of the park. Washrooms and showers were clean, just wished for a little more shower water pressure. WiFi is pretty slow but enough to check email and the weather report. The campground staff are very organized and efficient.
Average campground. Closely spaced sites, next to a river which is nice but also close to the main road so you can hear traffic. Nice one night passing through stay. $24/night, seemed to be reserved through the weekend. Personally did not have cell service through Verizon
This was a beautiful place. The deluxe yurts made a really easy first camping trip for my husband and kids. The downside is there’s only 2 restroom locations and 1 shower location for the whole park and marina. There was a couple of portable potties, too, thankfully. The swim beach is small and the water is muddy, but the kids loved it. We rented a boat from the marina and spent most of one day on the water. Every single staff (office, marina, etc) here was so pleasant to interact with - that was awesome! Such a pretty, quiet and nice camp.
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.
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.
My husband and I spent one night here for a short get away. We were lucky enough to get spot number 4 which is right by the river. It was a super peaceful little site with a hot spring and hiking trails not too far away.
Plus side, the toilet was the cleanest one I have ever seen at a campsite!
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.
Camped at the second site just after the paved road ends. Plenty of space. Great view of the reservoir and a nice big fire pit made of rocks was waiting. Plenty of dead branches and twigs on the ground nearby made fire starting easy. Had a few cars pass by through the evening but otherwise, this site was nice and quiet. About 100 yards towards the paved road theres a nice little waterfall coming down the hillside with lots of frogs and salamanders hangin out in the runoff water. Overall, really enjoyed this camping spot.