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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.

Small, best access to Hurricane Creek Trail

This is a very small campground along Hurricane Creek. Private secluded sites, just a few miles from Hurricane Creek Trailhead in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The creek is very loud, so much so that I wore earplugs at night to sleep

Set up for OHV Riders

Frazier OHV campgrounds has three areas, entrance with covered picnic area and two campsites along with a ramp to unload OHV. Middle loop with #15 to #20 camp site. Then upper loop with #3 to #14 camp site, five of those sites are group sites. Take your garbage and bring your water. You are close to trails and drive up the 5226 forest road to see the site of Frazier guard station, and Fire Look out area. Off hwy 244 on forest road 5226 less than a mile from highway.

Great for hunting

Bear Wallow Creek is in the Umatilla Forest off HWY 244 about 11 miles east of Ukiah. There is no water or garbage, and has one group sites, there are picnic table and fire rings. At the group site is an area to hook up your kill. You are in the mist of the larges elk herd. The town of Ukiah has a dump station (located by the park in middle of town), and the Ranger Station. There is an interpretative trail, can get more information from Ranger Station in Ukiah.

Small but great for hunting

Lane Creek campground is in the Umatilla Forest off Hwy 244 (Between HWY 395 & I-84). Between milepost 10 & 12. It has 7 camp sites with vaulted toilet. No water or garabage, but have picnic table and fire ring, with level gravel site for trailers (can pitch a tent). One out of the 7 sites can hold a large RV of 35ft. Town of Ukiah is west about 8 miles and has a dump station for RV at a park in middle of town off HWY 244. Great Elk hunting area lots of forest road to drive around.

Good overnight spot

Quiet and clean. There are no hook ups but there are water spickets and restrooms

Private, shady, and quiet.

This is a small campground with limited amenities, but a nice amount of privacy for each site. The creek lives up to it's name and is very loud. The sites are not especially big, just enough space for two small tents.

Picturesque.

I wish we had more time at this spot. Beautiful scenery. Small but very clean pool. The campgrounds are very well taken care of. Pet friendly, family friendly.

Pretty and Clean

Standard fare for a national forest campground. Pit toilet was as clean as can be expected. Nice little river near the campsites for gathering water or cooling off.

Perfect for the fisherman

This place is amazing. Clean, convenient, and right on a productive stretch of the Minam River. Near the confluence of the Minam and Wallowa rivers, this is a perfect base camp for exploring the waters and towns of the Wallowa mountains. An outfitter/camp store sits a half mile upriver, and the towns of Lostine, Wallowa, Enterprise, Joseph, and Elgin are nearby. For $6 (!) you get a great spot literally just a few dozen feet from the water. Fan-freaking-tastic! Oregon parks are the best.

excellent fishing

briefly stayed here while on a road trip. being so close to the Columbia river there is excellent fishing in the area. be on the look out dor rattle snakes. RV accessible in some areas. many places to explore but also remember this is tick country!

Fascinating!

What a great part of NE Oregon and a must see if near Hell"s Canyon!

The campground had tight spots and little room between each spot. Kinda felt like we were on display and got a lot of comments on our little guy silver shadow teardrop trailer…one lady said our set up was "Fascinating!"

Private Campsites. Beautiful Views.

This may have been due to us camping in mid September but mosquitos were not an issue at all on our visit.

We had a small quiet campsite that despite not being far from the next site over was very private.

It was a very short walk from our campsite to a bathroom. But as I said earlier, due to the privacy from the trees you could easily pee in the forest without raising eyebrows.

In the morning it was a very short walk down to the lake. The lake is beautiful and clear. Perfect for fishing, kayaking, and even swimming if you felt so inclined.

I would definitely go back and recommend it to a friend.

Pool AND Tipis!!!

We stayed in the Wildhorse Resort Casino RV Park & Tipi Village the day we purchased our trailer. The surroundings are sparse but what it lacks in scenery they make up for in amenities. There is a pool and a shuttle service to the casino. While we didn't go to the casino, we did spend a lot if time in the pool and envied those staying in the tipis. This is a great stop if you are traveling from Western Oregon to Eastern Oregon. The grounds and restrooms where clean and we enjoyed our stay!

Breathtaking views!

This campground is pretty high up, it's quite a drive to get there, however every bump and curve of the road is worth it. There are fire pits, a bathroom and lots of sites. Eagle creek is right there and wildlife is abundant.

Lots to do with beautiful views

A medium sized lake with plenty of access, camping, hiking and day use. Plenty of secluded spots with picnic tables next to the lake, kid and pet friendly. Only about 10 minutes from La Grande. In the spring, there are lots of black eyed Susan's (flowers).

Very accessible and family friendly

There is the Grande Ronde river right there, BBQ pits and plenty of space! Restrooms and fresh water are available.

More than camping.

The best part for us was the large grassy play area for the kids. It was just like back in the 80's where you played with all the kids there in one giant game of who knows. The grounds are maintained. It is busy busy there, so book 9 months in advance. There are go-carts with in walking distance, which was so much for for all ages.

It get chilly there, so be prepared. The lake is mountain run-off water. The town of Josef is a short drive to see some history and grab some food.

Again.. book early!

Peace & Quiet!

The campground is somewhat primitive. There are flushing toilets on the lower loop, vault toilets on the upper loop. no showers, but you can refresh in the lake. The nights get chilly, so be prepared with warm socks and a beenie, especially if you’re tent camping.

There are now power boats allowed on the lake, so it is raft, kayak paddle board friendly.

The path arIund the lake is sn easy walk, just don’t expect tI sIt on a bench and enjoy the vIew. Yhe yrees have grown up

Breathtaking

Located in the beautiful Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Anthony Lake Campground is not to be missed. The scenery is breathtaking and there is something for everyone to do. Kids will enjoy the lake and easy day hikes. I love the fishing and photo opps!!!

This place is great!!!

This place is great!!! They were so friendly! The tent sites are large and grassy with plenty of shade! You even get WiFi at them. They have a pool and hot tub that is heated by the hot springs! Fairly priced and fun! Bathrooms were nice and clean. There is a gravel road if you go in one way so take the next exit.

First to Review
Great views of the Blue Mountains, for an in-town KOA.

This KOA has many of the amenities associated with KOA campgrounds, including a camp store, flush toilets, showers, and a "rec room." It does not have a pool. It does have full hook-ups and caters to RVs and campers. It sits at the edge of the cowboy culture town of Pendleton, famous for its enormous rodeo, the Round Up, which takes place the full second week of September annually. You will NOT find a campsite here - or lodging anywhere else in town- during Round Up, as approximately 10,000 visitors crowd the town and typically book a year or more in advance. Also, while this KOA is clean and pleasant, it is quite crowded and many of the RVs and campers parked here are home to local folks "living on the cheap." It can be noisy, and there is little green space to enjoy, but the campground is situated on a bluff with beautiful views of the nearby Blue Mountains. Restaurants and gas stations as well as a couple of hotels are within walking dustance, just a block or two away.

Best Yurt Hot Tube Combo

On our way to Portland from SLC we decided to book a Yurt on AirBnb at Grande Hot Springs Resort. We arrived the evening of 14 April after a long day of driving from Burley. Checking in was a snap. The Yurt was clean and fresh with a private courtyard and soaking tub backing up to a pond looking up a hillside. Being early spring it was cold enough at night to keep the mosquitos at bay. From our Yurt we walked around the hot lake to the Historic Hot Lake Hotel. The glow of the setting sun against the hotel facade is best described as a scene from "The Shining." Creepy in a stepping back in time kind of way. I'm attracted to those old west neo-classical buildings that have survived and being revived. Back to the Yurt, the only downside was having to take a hike to use the toilet.

Horse camp

The camp has four spots for camping with picnic tables, fire pit, tie ups for horses and hay holders. There was some hay left over that attracted a deer very close to us as we camped here at night. We also heard what may have been a bear growling at night. The camp is about 11 miles down a gravel road and next to Two Pan trailhead, where there are a decent amount of cars parked for people who are backpacking in the eagle cap wilderness. Access to the trail is a short walk from the camp. We did a day hike along the trail, and it’s very pretty. Next to a creek, lots of wildflowers, many birds chirping. I love this place. It would be fantastic to visit again, stay for a bit longer, and go backpacking.

As Advertised

Crowded state park with decent facilities. beautiful lake access. take the time to visit chief Joseph.

my ♥️ is in Oregon

this campground was always my favorite growing up and it still is today! they have very spacious camp sites, lots of variety (ie tent sites and full hook up sites) that would fit anyone’s needs! There are very helpful hosts onsite campfire you can buy and a jr ranger program my kids love! They also have a playground for the kids in the heart of the park! Wallowa is well worth the trip!