This is a hidden gem for anyone that has an adventurous side. It’s an island, so obviously you can only access it by some type of boat. That just adds to the adventure in my book! It also means less people! This campground only has 22 camp sites, but wasn’t full even though all the others were. Another bonus is that the island isn’t far from the Detroit market. The cost to camp is only $10 per night making this the cheapest on the lake!
The negatives: there’s two bathrooms, neither of which are maintained. One is closed off because it is full to the top. Yup you heard right! The other isn’t far behind and has no toilet paper. The fire rings are almost completely full of ash. The pay station is hard to find and stuffed full of garbage. Finding a place to leave your vehicle is a nightmare and will cost you even if you have an annual forest service pass.
My least favorite campgrounds tend to be ones where tents have to be set up on rough rocks due to sprinklers turning on in the middle of the night to water the thick, lush, comfy grass a few feet away. These same campgrounds tend to have very little space in-between the spots, and be near busy roads (see my review of the campground at Silverwood, Idaho, for comparison).
Yes, this is a nice location more-or-less in Sisters, Oregon, which is a nice town. And it is a pretty good price (about $20), especially since it also includes flush toilets and hot showers (paid with quarters).
But if you do choose to stay here, do what another reviewer did below, and come with a nice enclosed Airstream trailer and bring your bikes so you can ride the couple of blocks to downtown Sisters. Otherwise, if you're in a tent, choose any of the other U.S. Forest campgrounds nearby instead.
To be fair, the rest of my family enjoyed this campground much more than I did. But for me, this is not a great spot for tent campers.
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)
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.
This midsized Campground was awesome for everything we needed! It was quiet (except the highway slightly in the distance) and very dark. Stars were amazing!
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.
Clean and quiet. Many sites along the beautiful Metolius River. A few incredible tent sites with lots of privacy. There’s no water, but campsites with water are nearby.
This was a great little lakeside campground with easy water access, and bathrooms (pit toilets) onsite.
It is really dusty, which was expected.
We also found it to be pretty loud as people played their loud music on boats late into the evening and the music carried over the water.
The view of Washington, however, cannot be beat.
Rv sites with hook ups next to the beautiful McKenzie River. Hike in cabins available. Two pools with water from the hot springs….clean and relaxing. Hike to the secret garden and enjoy the fountain and scenery. Great place for couples/families. Pit stop on a bike ride over the McKenzie Pass.
What a gem! We stayed in the Blue Bay campground and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Each campsite was well designed and organized. The campsites adjacent to the lake are particularly unique (with the views and lake access) but all the campsites were great.
The Boathouse and Lodge provide a nice treat and escape from camp food, etc.
Canoes, kayaks, and bikes can be rented. Plenty of fun activities.
Pine Rest is only tent camping- no driveways or space for RV’s. Campfires are out of the question too (usually), due to how strict local rules are about wildfire danger(even though there’s a fire pit in every site). You do have access to the Metolius River trail, which runs for at least 6 1/2 miles on both sides of the river. The river is great for fly-fishing and rafting, with logs placed in the river to benefit the former and endanger the latter. It’s a pretty small campground with only like 6 sites in the whole thing. Camp Sherman General Store is a little under two miles away down the road, and is worth a visit. The swarms of mosquitoes are bloodthirsty, and you’re gonna need a lot of bug spray. It’s also bear country, so watch out for bears. Or mosquitoes the size of bears. They’re out there.
The campground is right next to a fish hatchery, which is really interesting and worth a visit. However, most of the sites have pretty strict boundaries. There are logs fences around each campsite, which you are required to stay inside of. You can hear a river a ways back from the side of the campground, but is inaccessible because of the aforementioned fences. The driveways are pretty long, but there are usually rocks placed to block access for vehicles to the back half of it. There are fireplaces in each campsite, but there is almost always a fire ban so you most likely won’t get much of a chance to use them. You do need a National Park Recreation Pass to use the campground, but they aren’t very hard to get and and don’t cost too much money($12 for a single site, and$22 for a double site). In June or July, the mosquitoes will eat you alive if they get the chance, so don’t give it to them. Bring lots of bug repellent.
A lot of the campsites are right on the Metolius River, which is a great spot for fly-fishing. The views are amazing. There have been logs submerged in the river to assist with fish habitats, which can cause some nasty accidents if you’re rafting or canoeing down the river. There is also usually a fire ban due to a lot of past wildfires, so you can’t use the fire pit in your campsite. The Camp Sherman General Store is about 2 miles down the road from the front entrance. It’s worth paying a visit, because they have donuts. And other stuff. But mainly donuts. Around the beginning of summer, the mosquitoes start coming out, and thy are unbearable. Bring lots of bug spray, or maybe bathe in it. You’re gonna need it.