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Nestled By the Clackamas, Very Clean

This is a beautiful campground nestled down by the Clackamas River. You can hear it rushing by the campsites, which are right down by the water. Each campsite has a nice sturdy picnic table and a fire pit with built-in grill. The restrooms at some of the cleanest, nicest-smelling pit toilets I've ever seen at a campground, conveniently located within the campground.

Each site was generously roomy. Our camping trip was, in part, a chance to test drive the new Chevy Blazer SUV. It's a big car but there was no problem maneuvering it through the campground or parking it at our site. We might have even been able to fit another, smaller vehicle too if we had more than one party with us. We had no problem pitching two two-man tents and getting out two camp chairs, and would have had room for a third easily. And although the campground is in sight of one of Oregon's classic pretty bridges and there is some road noise, it's balanced out by the white noise of the Clackamas and wasn't a problem.

Nearby Fish Creek campground was much busier than Armstrong on a rainy Wednesday night, but we had Armstrong almost entirely to ourselves. A vanlifer left sometime that evening and a camper in a pickup truck with two kayaks appeared close to bed time. Other than that, everything was quiet, secluded and just right for relaxing. We even got to see a bald eagle the next morning!

My Go-To Spot on the Metolius

The Lower Canyon Creek Campground lacks in many common amenities, but it more than makes up for this with its seclusion and selection of quality sites.

Whether you're in the mood for fishing, hiking, exploring the back roads, or a relaxing get away, this is the place.

A few pro tips:

The dispersed camping spots you'll see along the Canyon Creek road are all free to stay. Spots on the main loop require payment at the information board.

There is no running water at this campground so plan ahead. The Camp Sherman store sells water at a premium down the road a few miles. Campers share a two-sided pit toilet. If you're staying in the dispersed sites, you'll have a decent walk each way.

There is a trail head at the far end of the campground. Don't miss this walk. Less than a mile down the path you'll find natural springs gushing from the side of a hill. Keep following this path to the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. If you have children, they'll love seeing the fish in all different stages of growth.

There is one dispersed site that is the absolute gem of the entire area. I won't give away this secret, but if you're looking, you'll probably find it. Please do everyone a favor and leave any site you stay in cleaner than you found it.

Tranquility by the River

We spent two nights at one of the river sites with easy access to the river. The campsite was scattered with smooth rocks perfect for tanning and nice sandy beaches along the river for your fur companions to cool off. The only reason we’re not giving this a five star is because of the lack of tent space and privacy between campsites.

P.s make sure to get there early, river sites go quick!

Detroit lake is very peaceful

There is so much to see and do in this area! The lake and it's tributaries are just amazing! The forest is lush, the water is nice. There is bathrooms, an ADA site, boat in, walk in and car camping. The fishing I'd plentiful, great waterfalls not too far away.

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Amazing!

Silver falls state is a gorgeous place. The campground is large and has a ton of room. Very shaded sites, large bathrooms with showers. They sell firewood on site, so don't bring any in. So many hiking trails. There are about 10 waterfalls with varrying degrees of difficulty.

Fun place to explore

Bbeautiful place that's great for even the smallest children.

Beautiful Place

Close to water, some places have drop of cliffs watch little ones

Next On My List

Checked out this campground while fishing and it looks amazing! Definitely worth a look and a stay!

Hiked

Hiked here and around and up Grizzly Mountain but looking forward to staying here this summer.

Quiet

Very nice and quiet! Close to the lake and far away from craziness. Sites are nice but close together.

Amazing!

Never stayed here overnight but come up for the day from ollallie! Beautiful and quiet.

Perfection

Very quiet! Cougars are often in and around campsites.

Favorite

This is absolutely our favorite place in Oregon!

Ranger Review: Wenzel Oversized Quad Chairs at Beacon Rock State Park

Campground Review: Beacon Rock State Park

Beacon Rock State Campground is a very nice, small, looped campground located across the freeway and about a mile or two away from the amazing hike up Beacon Rock. There's trees galore and there's also several very nice hikes of various lengths that leave right from the campground. Camp sites vary greatly, and every time I've gone it's first-come, first-served, so it helps to come early to grab a spot, though even in summer we've had luck on an off-night (like Sunday or Wednesday) grabbing a decent site. This most recent trip was early in the season, so even though the weather was lovely, we had practically the entire campground to ourselves.

In addition to the 28-site campground, there's also two day-use areas that you'll pass on the way to the campground which are very nice and include basic kitchen set-ups built back in the 1930s by the CCC, bathrooms, and picnic tables. The first day use area on the right as you enter also has a playground, while the second area on the left has great views of Beacon Rock.

Pros: Great spot for heading out on hikes. Showers and decently clean bathrooms. Trees.

Cons: Definitely some spots better than others.

Overall, a great spot as a base camp for hikes in the area, but not a ton to do at the actual campground.

Campground video: https://thedyrt.com/member/corinna-b/reviews/44685/media/141684

Ranger Review: Wenzel Oversized Quad Chair

Stats: 22x22x36 inches, about 7.5 pounds. Supports up to 350 lbs.

The Wenzel Oversized Quad Chair is a well made, sturdy chair that works equally well for car camping or outdoor events. As a Dyrt Ranger, I was given a gift certificate to Wenzel in order to choose an item to review. We used it two purchase two of these Quad chairs, and they've quickly become the chairs everyone fights to sit in anytime we're at a kids' soccer game or camping. While they'd definitely be too heavy for walk-in campsites or hiking (about 7.5 pounds on a bathroom scale), the built-in strap makes them perfect for carrying a couple blocks. After almost two months of weekly use, the construction is holding up very well, unlike other chairs we've purchased from other companies in the past.

Pros:

  • Well made, including arm rests and cup holder
  • Very easy to set up and put away
  • Good looking, with blue stripes and pattern
  • Good price

Cons/Improvements:

  • Somewhat heavy. Not made for carrying more than 5-10 blocks.
  • While everyone else in my family loves the comfort of the chair, for me when I'm sitting forward, my thighs hit the hard plastic squares on either side of the seat.

Overall, the Wenzel Oversized Quad Chair is a very solid option at a good price. I've been impressed with how well they've held up so far. These have become a must-have addition to our car camping trips.

Wenzel chair video: https://thedyrt.com/camping/washington/washington-beacon-rock-state-park/review/44685/media/141685

Perfect for kids

The campground is clean, and the hike is very beautiful

Nature Makes Its Comeback

A sprawling, dense menagerie of development, Indian Henry can be from whatever time frame you’d like and provide most forms of recreation. Some campsites are clear and secluded, others are half overgrown in a fishbowl of other sites. Finally, nature has almost completely reclaimed other areas, which gave me a little hope. Nature doesn’t need much from us, but gratitude’s always good. Trails galore, and the campground is near popular Mt. Hood destinations. On the other hand, stay here in the covered dark green to get away from it all. Come early or otherwise during the day to get a lay of the land. And his name is officially Henry, but he goes by something else. You can ask the open air and take whatever presents itself.

Nice spots with lots to do nearby

We went over there after we went Easter egg hunting with the grandkids because camping season came early this year. Beacon Rock was as pretty as it always is and lots of people at the day-use area, but there were only a couple of other people at the campground.

Spring flowers and everything is pretty and blooming and it was a nice stay. Also what’s fun about the campground is that it's the starting point of a bunch of hikes that are anywhere from a quarter mile to several miles. One particular hike we like is the one to small Beacon Rock where you hike up and have a great view of the larger Beacon Rock.

One thing is that later in the season as far as hiking goes you do have to watch out for poison oak. And about the campground, while it’s not large (about thirty spots) you can get to the restrooms easy but you do have a certain amount of privacy, depending on which spot you get.

This campground is a good place to go in that it’s a place you can get close enough to other things when you can camp there and do quite a bit of exploring in the Gorge. So I guess the bottom line is I would recommend this campground at at least 4 stars and probably 5. It would only get 4 because some other campgrounds have a little more privacy.

Sleep here and hike Salmon Creek

Green Canyon is a very easily accessible campground from Portland which can make it hard to get a site on the weekend! It's a great base for doing the Salmon Creek hike or just chilling out by the riverside. Some of the sites are right on the river so you can go to bed listening to the river run.

The campground location right off of HWY 26 on the way up to Mt Hood near Welches makes it convenient to get away for a quick trip, yet really feel like you've escaped the city. There's a subway right at the turn off in case you have a food emergency, and a grocery market not too far away. You're also not too far from Sandy if you need to pick anything up on your way in.

Sites are wooded and have standard fire rings and picnic tables and are decently sized.

Basecamp for Cooper Spur Hike

We used Tilly Jane as our base for hiking Cooper Spur (trail 600A to 600B) and it worked perfectly! The road getting here is not so great (you're driving up a mountain) but passable if you go slow. It's quite far up the mountain, so make sure you have everything you need. There isn't anything fancy about the campground, but it makes an adequate base for an early morning start.

Tilly Jane is also not far off the Timberline trail loop around the mountain, and the majority of people visiting the camping area were day hikers. The weather was very hot in the day, but got quite chilly at night.

In addition to the campground, the Tilly Jane A Frame is available as a rental- it was having some work done to it in August 18, so should be in good shape for the summer 19 and beyond camping seasons. There is also a small amphitheater in the campground.

Secluded areas

No reservations first come first serve. There's a beautiful lake a close store/ gas station.

Dry, not very private.

Good campground. The other campgrounds in this area are more forested and that's why this one gets 3 stars. I like trees. However, we were there for the eclipse and I got what I wanted. Nicer vault toilets, blackberry picking, wildlife viewing. Nice open beach area.

Great campground. Very smokey from the 2017 fires.

There are several Riverside sites at this campground. I had booked last minute and this was the only one available in the area. Nice vault toilets, lots of room for RVS the river is nice and back from the lake. Late checkout time at 1pm which is nice. Lots or restaurants and mini stores in the area. Black berry picking available All around the lake. Several hiking trails. I didn't explore much due to how bad the smoke was.

It was very smokey from fires, when I went

Im sure it is a very lovely campground. Unfortunately I didn't explore much due to massive amounts of smoke from surrounding fires. We went in August of 2017. There is tons of wildlife, we camped where the river meets the mouth of the lake. There was blackberry picking everywhere. The bathrooms were clean and the campsites provided plenty of room.

I've found my happy place!

There's an amazing walk around the water with spots to stop and spend the day fishing, picnicking, talking, picking up garbage, laughing and relaxing without a care on the world. This is my happy place!

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Great walk in spots!

Beautiful views of Mt Hood on the way to this campground. We got a walk in spot and it was forested and more private. There were some spots right on the lake. Being near water is always a plus for campground and this one was nice for kayaking. Campground host was super helpful and friendly.

Nice, Clean RV Park with Newer Models, Greenery and a Pool

I'll be honest. I wasn't expecting much from this RV Park. It's not in the most exciting area of Portland (the closet thing is a Walmart down the road). But it's actually quite lovely. Nice and clean. Plenty of green space, trees. Most spots were pull-though with decently wide streets to drive in. Even though it's just off a semi-major street, it's set back enough and surrounded by trees to be more quiet.

The park is set up in two areas, with the one closer to the entrance a bit higher up than the spots toward the back. Pool, clubhouse, etc. are toward the front. The front office was clean and the manager nice.

While there's definitely some long-term and month-to-month spots, most RVs aren't spilling over with "extras" (extensive decorations/sheds etc.) like some places.

To me, the price is a bit much: $57.67 for full hook-ups, and that's after a AAA discount. Otherwise, a decent place to stay with your RV on the edge of Portland.

Best camping trip ever!

We camped here about 2 years ago for Memorial Day weekend. It was the most magical experience. The weather was amazing and we had the most spectacular view from our campsite. We got there early(Wednesday night) and it seemed to fill up by Friday morning so get there as soon as you can!