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Umatilla National Forest, OREGON

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Closed for season but convenient

Pulled in and the site looked great and was in a very convenient location, however is closed for the season. Facilities all looked neat and tidy. Maybe next year!

Clean and quiet

This campground is a nice well maintained place with clean facilities and well dispersed sites. It was a bad fire season when we were there so it’s pretty smoky in my picture.

Clean bathrooms scattered throughout, water available. Nice tree cover and a River right at the edge of where we were. There’s trails and the lake close by too. Picnic tables and nice fire pits.

It was a very quiet place and has several loops in the campground.

Busy Campground- Great Location for Visiting the Area

There is nothing too amazing about this campground except it's location.  It's large and busy and full of people. There aren't many trees, and you're pretty much next to your neighbors. If you don't mind this type of camping, you will love the area.

You can practically walk to the alpine tram, you're right on Wallowa lake, there's a great marina and lake access for your boat or SUP, and you're just a few minutes drive to Joseph. 

Also, the sunsets are incredible. 

This is a busy location. Sites fill up fast.

Quiet Campground on the Edge of the Eagle Cap

Moss Springs is a quiet campground on the edge of the Eagle Cap about 9 miles up the a forest service road from Cove, OR (which is about 14 miles past La Grande).

Most people use this campground for parking to hike into the Minam Lodge or to backpack into the Little Minam, or to park their trailer to ride their horses into the area, so there are plenty of people in and out, but not many people staying just for the campground. 

The facilities are basic, picnic tables and fire rings at each site. There is also an area for livestock unloading and places for tying up your horses.

There isn't much around, but the road back to cove, while not paved, isn't bad, and there is a great mini mart right on main street where you can buy anything you forgot (including gas).

Cool rock, but stereotypical over crowded campground.

Drove through here in Aug 2019, and it sure was crowded. Looked pretty standard with rv setups and people walking around everywhere. I think it was like $50/night which is crazy.

Very clean, nice campground

The location of the campground is off to the left-hand side of highway 82 (if coming from Elgin) and down a long gravel road. The sites are spaced enough to where you aren't crowded but there still isn't much privacy. Apple trees are everywhere, bringing tons of butterflies and bees to the campground. The bathrooms looked well maintained. The river is nice to swim in or for rafts/kayaks but as for fishing, we didn't have much luck aside from mountain whitefish. Overall a good campground for overnight.

Great location

Just off the road has a small pool a playground and great view of the blue mountains

Ultimate Oregon camping

Ranger Review: Midland Radios at Anthony Lakes Campground Review: 

This is my favorite place in Oregon. It’s vast and quaint- everything that you would imagine from a 7,000 elevation retreat! We arrived a couple of days prior to when the site was officially supposed to open (July 1- depending on snow) so, we ended up staying in the Anthony Lakes Ski Area parking lot. A combination of snow and mud prevented anyone from using the official campsites but that didn’t stop a handful of people from camping and fishing nearby. During our three-day stay, we had snow, rain, and sunshine. It was wonderful! 

Top reasons I love this campground: 

  • The Wallowa-Whitman stunning views; including Gunsight Mountian and the Elkhorn Range. 
  • Clean, clear lakes (Lilypad Lake is great for flyfishing) 
  • Secluded Amazing hiking

Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt, occasionally I get to test products. At this campground, I tested the Midland Radios X-Talker Extreme Dual Pack T77VP5. Being in a vast wooded area, I was thrilled to have radios that worked well and could be easily charged with a USB cord and a power block. Lightweight and easy to attach to a backpack or belt. 

Pros: 

  • Good value(price for product); two radios, soft-shell carrying case, earpieces, charging station, USB car charger, USB wall plug-in charger, rapid rechargeable batteries, 36-channels. 
  • Range of up to 38 miles! 
  • Sounds great and keeps a charge.
  • Cons: The charging station is plastic and feels inexpensive Overall, I give the Midland Radio X-Talker Extreme Dual Pack T77VP5 five stars. It delivers exactly what it says it does. It’s a great value and a product worth having to keep you in communication with others during your outdoor adventures!
Clean but noisy

The campsites were very well maintained and the facilities (bathrooms and showers) were kept up nicely as well. If you choose to stay here I would definitely go for a site away from the freeway. Ours was in B loop and you could hear all the vehicles cruising on by on I-84

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6 dispersed sites

Beautiful little pull off campground, single loop with 6 sites - pit toilets, fire pit, and picnic table. There is cell reception, $8/night for standard tent. Only issue is it’s close to the road so you can hear when truckers go by, otherwise perfect primitive camping spot

Rustic campground with a neat history

We tent camped for the weekend in mid-July. The plan was to camp at Jubilee Lake, but it was full when we arrived Friday evening. Target Meadows is just a short drive from the lake, but there were plenty of sites available. The campground is heavily wooded with beautiful evergreens. Sites are private and well spaced. This is a rustic campground, so there is no water or power. Amenities include (very clean!) pit toilets, picnic tables, and fire pits with cooking grates. There is a lot of dry timber on the ground, so it is easy to collect your own firewood. There is easy access to hiking, including Burnt Cabin trailhead. Most campsites are trailer friendly, including a few with drive-through access. We really enjoyed the area and will be back again!

Nice place for a weekend camp

This location is pretty nice with full hookups and a fair amount of space per site. I’m not sure what the policy’s are but during booking I was told there was only one side available and it was a full hook up RV site that was the most expensive rate. I didn’t need that being fully contained in my truck camper, but I though having electrical and water would be nice. When I arrived o found 95% of the campground empty and saw only 3 other campers over the course of the weekend all in spots right next to mine even thought nearly all spots were vacant.

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Full hook up

Clean showers and toilets,fireplace with full hookups

Majestic.
          We've stayed for two nights, very primitive but they do have vault toilets. The backyard of the campsites are filled with lush trees and the hiking trails are everywhere around the campground. Very majestic because of the views around, the campsites are not close to each other make it very private (which we like) and the nights are very spectacular because of the stars. Not too busy during the summer though. The only con of this campground is a lot of mosquitoes so better bring insect repellent or spray if you don't want to get annoyed by those bugs. 😄

          Highly recommended if you like nature. 
Groups Galore

This site as a primary function: OHV camping.

Which makes sense as it sits at the heart of a designated OHV area, with hundreds of miles of trails connecting campgrounds to the north, east, and west.

Three large group sites are the main draw for most people, with plenty of room for RVs, trailers, and extra vehicles. 1 or 2 other spots are secluded enough for tent camping, but even then you won’t avoid the presence of roaring engines and mini tours around the park.

All in all, a wonderful site in the heart of the Umitilla Forest, but beware the motored groups if it’s not your cup of tea.

Love this place!

Clean, quiet, and lots to do! Golf, museum, movies, walking trails, nature and special events! This week was the annual July Pow Wow! Clean pool and hot tub. Showers and bathrooms very clean and a laundry room, too!

Very convenient travel stop

This is my favorite place to stop while travelling through along I84. It is so convenient being right next to the freeway. Only negative is that it's right next to the freeway so it's a little noisy but doesn't bother me. Big day use area too for a nice picnic.

Favorite

We come back to this place every year! The most amazing views and so many things to do for people of all ages. It fills up quickly though so prepare.

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Awesome hideaway

We started a couple nights in 2018 in mid June and it was very secluded and quiet. Couple standing toilets and water and that’s all that’s needed. Right by the creek with a nice big swimming hole. Best thing is no one was there.

Very beautiful

Very beautiful campground with a lot of amenities. To get a good view of the mountains you have to be right on the lake or hiking through the back country but it would be a great group camping spot. Heard a whole lotta rattle snakes

Quiet, secluded, and close to hiking.

The campground has only has 5 sites, but we were the only campers. We camped the first week of June, so days were warm and it got cool enough at night to sit close the campfire. There are plenty of logging trails to hike within walking distance, and more a short drive away. The drive to Midway is beautiful, worth it even if you don't plan to stay overnight. There is one very clean vault toilet on site. No water, so bring your own.

First to Review
Good spot

Good spot, first come first serve right off the main road so you can get some traffic noise, good trees for hammocks

Awesome Place

Wish I’d stayed here for more than one night. Beautiful spot with cabins, tent and RV options. Cabins come with a private outdoor patio, fire pit and soaking tubs. Super comfy bed and a nice quiet space. There are full bathrooms with showers close by. Super friendly staff too! Good food, a brewery and drive in theater near by. And a nice hot springs fed pool! Great getaway!

Emphasis on RV camping

Good views of the mountains. Beautiful lake. Impressive marina for those who are trailing boats. Emphasis on RV camping rather than secluded tent camping and I prefer tent camping. Bathrooms clean.

Star Gazing Galore!

I'm not sure what the other reviewer is talking about regarding a lake, as this ridge is at 6000' above sea level and there's no lake there. Granted, it's been a few years since I've camped here, but there's no lake.

We camped here for a free a few times. The Forest Service added some improvements and tacked on an $8 per night fee - still a bargain. The campground is on a road, but the road gets very little use at night. 

We've hiked in the area, and it's a real treat. There are springs, and there is nothing better on a hot day than the cold water coming out of a spring. During one visit, The Hubs brought his telescope & spent a chilly night stargazing. The southern end of the camping area has an unobstructed 240(ish) degree view of the sky, facing south. The nearest town is too far & too small to create any loom, so on a moonless night it's incredibly dark here. 

Expect this campground to be very busy during hunting season.

Comfy, relaxing, clean

While this site is close to the two-lane highway, it feels tucked in and close to nature anyway. Individual sites are spacious and have running water, picnic tables, and fire pit. The restroom facilities are clean and accessible. Hosts are friendly and helpful. Best part is the access to the Grand Ronde river where kids can wade or explore along the banks. We’ve been twice and will return. Recommended.

Small with great river access

This is a small Forest Service campground right on the river. The sites are very simple, with picnic tables and fire rings. It can be a little noisy in the sites nearest the road, but the dense shrubbery helps. There is a decent amount of privacy between sites and the campground is well-maintained.

Peaceful with small spaces

I could hear the leaves falling as I walked the 20 yards past the campsite to a little clearing. This National Forest campground is easily accessible by a decent gravel road.

Sites are a little close together, but it was the shoulder season, so there were only a handful of other campers, all of whom were in RVs.

There was an additional larger section of campground that was closed off for the winter. That section looked like it had running water in the past, but a sign said there was some issue with it being undrinkable and that rangers were working on it.

Definite bear presence in this area. We saw a bunch of scat and turned around on the Burnt Cabin hike (trailhead about a half mile up the road) because we distinctly smelled bear.

Finally, this spot is at elevation and near a ski hill, so it seems safe to assume it can get dumped on with snow.

Wow, wow, wow!!!!!!

I had originally intended on staying at one of three closer campgrounds that I ultimately rejected and made the decision to drive on to Minam State Park. Was I ever happy I did. The only downside was the 2 mile, narrow, gravel road into the park. A little bit of a nail biter with a bigger rig. Once there it was a nice size, dry campground with lots of sites to choose from and right next to the gorgeous Minam River. Whitetail doe with 2 fawns frequented the campground. Lots of fishing, some small trails and wound up walking down the dirt road with dogs as there was literally no traffic and the views were so outstanding. Apple trees alongside the dirt road provided a wonderful, unexpected snack.

Something for Everyone

Located in the far northeast corner of Oregon, this state park has something for everyone. Wallowa Lake is known for it's natural beauty, fishing, and water sports. The surrounding mountains and wilderness area are spectacular. Ride the tram to the top of Mt Howard (not cheap, but worth it). Take advantage of the amusement spots. Stop by the lodge for a meal, a night's stay, or a beverage. Nearby Joseph is a fun spot with shopping, a brewery, galleries and eateries. If history is your thing, you can follow the trail of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce. The Snake River canyon is a quick day trip.

Now on to the campground. It's large with all the amenities you expect from a great state park. The sites on the outside if thre loops are large. There's a marina on one end. Deer are generally present. Several hosts and rangers are in-site.