This is a quiet place even with plenty of visitors coming in to look at the lake and do a day trip. Bathrooms were something to be desired for. No host on site she was overseeing I believe 3 sites total but was very pleasant and helpful. Clean sites and area in general. No hook ups and vault toilets no recommended for Rvs or trailers over 17ft .
This is very close to I-84 and to a very active railroad, so it's pretty noise. The sites are small (we were cramped with 1 large tent and a small trailer). BUT, it's less than an hour prom Portland, and when other sites are booked, this one still had a few options. The camp hosts were very kind and helpful
Last minute find. Absolutely gorgeous! If you’ve never camped before or still learning this is a great place to get your feet wet both figuratively and literally. Nice little trails throughout and a nearby river. Not far from the city of Portland. Campsites are reservations, but if you like to wing it you can easily find an available site - just find a site# with a green card attached and bring it to the welcome center. Check in is at 2pm and check out by 12pm.
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.
Up at the base of Mt Hood, this large resort style campground (operates by Thousand Trails/Encore) offers various areas for camping. There are full RV hookup sites, tent sites, group tent sites, E/W RV hookups and cabins/yurts throughout. It seems most, of not all, RV sites have room for at least a small tent or more and they do allow that. There also is a few group tent sites that I saw.
As for amenities, the campground has a small store that sells the basics and some RV parts, a deli/restaurant, playground and pool.
There are trails to get to the Salmon River, not difficult by any means.
Being just a dozen miles or so from Government Camp, there are so many things to do when you want to get out of the campground.
It’s open year round, and many folks use Mt Hood Village RV Resort as a basecamp for activities for all seasons.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay, though the limited restroom and showers are oddly placed, with access only by walking the loop. There are no trails to get to them, so if you are at the other end, it’s a small hike. The plus is that the restrooms are clean and well stocked.
This park is just about a half hour drive from Portland so it’s an easy escape. The outer loop sites are quiet, spacious and wooded. They are also very close to a trailhead to nice hikes and the beach. The recent upgrades to playgrounds are awesome for the kids and the new welcome center makes check in a breeze. The one change that stinks is the firewood. The price went up from $5 to $7 for a smaller bundle that burns faster. In our most recent stay we burned through three bundles in one day/night.
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.
The campsites are all right next to the Metolius River, so most of them have great views and scenic sunsets only a few steps away. There’s quite a few campsites (35), but some of them on the far side from the river are right next to the road, which can account for a bit of noise. In various places around the campground there are 3 water spigots, but there are no black/gray water, electrical, or water hookups for RV’s in the sites. Camp Sherman General Store is a little under a mile and a half away(they have great donuts- just saying). There’s almost always a campfire ban, due to how dry the area can be, which can make the camping a little less enjoyable, but probably safer in perspective. Remember to bring lots of bug repellent, because around the beginning of summer the mosquitoes and gnats are unbearable.
The campground is right next to Metolius River, with a beautiful view and great fly-fishing. The front entrance is only about a mile from the Camp Sherman General Store. Allingham Bridge goes across the river in the middle of the campground, so there is a road running next some of the inner campsites. Fire danger seems to be a pretty big deal in this area, so any time I’ve been there it’s been no campfires allowed. A few of the campsites have water spigots nearby, but other than that it’s dry camping- no hookups for electrical or water. Around June, you pretty much need to bathe in bug repellent, or you’re going to be eaten alive by the mosquitoes. Bugs come out in massive swarms, especially just after the sun goes down. The ground is mainly flat around the area; no big hills in the campground.
There are 15 campsites, and they’re all easily within 100 feet of the Metolius River- which is a world renowned spot for fly-fishing. Metolius River Trails runs on either side of the river for at least 6 miles, which makes for some beautiful views. The Camp Sherman General Store is about a quarter-mile down the road. Fire rules in the area are pretty strict, so throughout most of the summer campfires are out of the question. Some of the campsites are pretty loud because they’re right next to the highway. Near the beginning of the summer, the mosquitoes are unbearable, especially right after the sun goes down. Remember to bring lots of bug spray. The campsites are big enough for RV’s, but it’s dry camping(there are no electrical or water hookups).
Camp Creek campground is a pretty sweet little spot not too far out of Mt. Hood/Government Camp. Spots are decent sized, including some doubles (to share with friends), and lots of trees and greenery between spots. The river-side spots are amazing, with several right on the water.
Several nice little hikes around the area, or just wander through the river down by the small bridge. We also saw several people fishing, though no actual fish. Just the right depth to splash around in and cool off. A few deeper holes (four feet?) that may require a life jacket for little ones just to be extra safe.
The only down side is the lack of facilities (ie, only pit toilets and no showers). This is pretty typical for forest campgrounds in the area, though this is also one of the nicer forest campgrounds we've come across. Price around $20-$22, depending on which sites you pick.
Campground Review: Super Cozy Vintage Airstream Near Portland
The first thing that Danielle, the campground host, told us after we'd checked in: "I think you're going to have a super cozy night." And she was right. If there's one word to describe the vintage 1959 airstream, it's cozy. Every little corner, window, and decoration was incredibly beautiful, sweet, and stylish. At check-in, we found a custom piece of artwork that welcomed us, as well as fresh flowers, s'more fixings, oatmeal toppings, board games, and a guidebook with trailer instructions and local attractions. The pillows and linens were beautiful, and the woodwork (including the folding table) was amazing. Here's a video online I found of the airstream that's very similar to how it looks now:
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, we were able to stay at the campground at a great discount to be among the first to try it out and create an honest review, so here's my video of the campground:
Outside there was not only a fire pit and "unlimited" firewood, but also kindling, paper, and a lighter (which I had completely forgotten to bring). There's also a hammock, strings of lights, and a second vintage trailer (called the tater tot) that had just arrived and was being set up for smaller groups. While there's a toilet and sinks in the trailer, there is also another clean, brand new bathroom set up for use only by the campground as well.
Domke Farms is a large family farm equidistant from Boring and Sandy Oregon. Caretakers Danielle and Hy manage a small campground at the farm that stands under an incredible stand of evergreen trees. In addition to the "Cozy Roller" airstream and the smaller vintage teardrop, there are also several tent sites and Danielle and Hy's small home in the same camp circle. Farm dogs wander, and you're near fields of crops and soaring hawks and other birds. This is the second "intentional community" that Danielle and Hy have created (the first is in the mid-west), and you can definitely tell that they've done this before in how thoughtful everything is and in their vision for such a welcoming spot. They also gave us the perfect amount of privacy, with just enough help at check-in and check-out to make our stay pleasant.
The airstream itself was my favorite part of the trip. I absolutely adored all the little details and it is a very happy space.
Good to Know
Other than the fire pit, hammock, and a bit of land, there's not a whole lot to do at the campsite, especially for kids who may be used to playgrounds or junior ranger programs. We ended up heading into Sandy and Boring for parks and biking, of which there are plenty.
As mentioned before, there are several super sweet farm dogs who may wander by, including the hosts' huge great dane/lab mix puppy, who can get pretty excited. This can be good or bad, depending on your comfort level with dogs, but also very flexible since any time the hosts left they made sure "Charlie" was in their home and happy.
All-in-all, we had a lovely time with lovely hosts. I could definitely see this being perfect for a writing or art retreat, or just a relaxing break away from the city.
Product Review of The Grub Stick Intro Kit
Our family won a Grub Stick Intro Kit from the Dyrt and decided to try it out on our recent camping trip to Domke Farms.
One of the best indicators of how we feel about it is that ever since our trial, the Grub Stick has become a standard part of our camping gear. We've even changed the food we bring since cooking over the fire has become so much easier.
Strong handle doesn't feel like it will fall into the fire when extended
Love the bag the kit comes in
Good to Know
S'mores and other items in the square cage get hot, so can be difficult to remove, especially when sticky like chocolate and marshmallows
With only one base, everyone is fighting over who gets to use it, so next time we'd probably get at least two
The base with the forks has been my favorite addition. The forks are especially solid and useful for larger items such as oversized hot dogs and corn, which would fall off or bend our other cookers. I'm less excited about using the cage for things such as s'mores since they're difficult to remove, but definitely up for trying it out with different items such as Portobello mushrooms in the future, which could work better. Overall, we've been very happy with the Kit and plan to get other accessories and try them out. It's been a fun addition to our camping cook-outs.
As of July 2019, the creek is running really low. Maybe ankle high deep.
Sites 8, 9 ,10 are ideal as they are tucked away and sit in front of the creek. Sites 13 & 14 are better as they sit in a corner and have creek access right next to them but they have the toilet rooms right across from them. 13 & 14 would be great for someone with kids!
The whole place is extremely shaded by all the trees.