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Valby, Oregon

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55 Reviews of 11 Valby, Oregon Campgrounds

GThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2021

Nice location right on the Columbia river

We pulled in around 7:30pm and got the last of ~6 spots right on the river, however there is a large lot that can handle another dozen rigs easily. The whole area is gravel and well maintained. There is clean vault toilet. We woke to a beautiful view across the river and got a nice sunrise.

Took 2…

Month of VisitOctober
Ansgar D.
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2021

Quaint despite being on the road

Simple but very cute CG. Good sized sites, clean bathrooms right on little river currently damned by a local beaver and therefore good for a dip. Beautiful area with lots of options. The sites by the road are actually best IMHO because they are biggest and offer the best shade. Current cosmetic…

Month of VisitAugust
Ansgar D.
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2021

3600 ft up, cool & shady

We stayed on a Tuesday night at the end of July. At other campgrounds in the area the temperature was in the high 80s. At Bear Hollow, it was a wonderful 72°. The toilets were immaculate with hand disinfectant and air fresheners provided and plenty of toilet paper. US tons of space. No reservations…

  • we grabbed the ADA site to dry out our stuf
  • cute wildlife, no mosquitoes
Month of VisitAugust
Rich J.
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2021


Free camping on the edge of the Columbia River. Basically pull-outs or a large dispersed area on the west side. Pit toilets on the west end and trash bins scattered throughout. We were at one of the pull-outs closer to the dam. Nothing special but a good, easy place to spend the night. …

  • John Day Dam
Month of VisitJuly
Rich J.
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2021


Basically free camping in pull-outs or a large open space on the west end. No services except some trash bins throughout and pit toilets on the west end. We prefer the pull-outs closer to the dam as you can be semi-private and right next to the river. Third time we have been here..either passing…

  • John Day Dam
  • Pull out
Month of VisitAugust
Bobby B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2021

Convenient & Easy access

The campground is right off the freeway so very easy access. plenty of sites available. The signs, however, point to Day Use and Campground. Tent sites are in the Day Use area. We didn’t know this til after we had our site all set up. Winds kicked up before midnight and stayed strong all night.…

  • The view
Month of VisitAugust
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2021

Excellent camping location!

This tucked away lake and campground in the Umatilla National Forest is amazing. As you drive there you think what the heck. It’s dry and straw looking as far as the eye can see. Then you get closer and it starts turning green. Then you get to the area and it’s like an oasis in the midst of agri…

Month of VisitJuly
Jacob B.
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2021

Nice, but very small park.

The park is generally great. The drive way is maybe a bit sketchy but we were able to get our 40ft motorhome in with no issues.

Month of VisitAugust
Ashton B.
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2021

Okay, but not great

I was very disappointed with this camp site. The one positive note is that there are a few campsites further away from the water so you're not so crowded. The campsites near the lake are tent sites with a parking area. Unfortunately, there were rvs parked in the parking area which took up most of…

  • Entering the site near the lake
  • Path that is right an the entrance of the site by the lake. No tent camping here.
  • The toilets were very unclean and flies were awful.
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Month of VisitAugust
Kristina  C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2021

Beautiful Campground

July 2020 - We stayed one night on our way to another campground. We were pleasantly surprised. All the campsites with drive up parking were taken so we stayed in the hiker's/backpacking area. There is a parking lot with wagons to haul your stuff to and from the campsite. There was also a small…

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SiteCottonwood Canyon
Month of VisitAugust
Reviewed May. 11, 2021

Great family spot

Very nice place to camp with the family. Exceptionally clean facilities for bathrooms and showers. Great bike trails too.

Month of VisitJune
Primetime V.
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2021

Great area!

You can do pretty much anything here from kayaking to fishing to swimming and overnight camping. Has a vault toilet.

Month of VisitMay
PThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2021

Great over night stop

We have stayed here over night 3 times in the past few years. We travel with our self contained travel trailer, so have no data on the facilities. Yes, if you like trains in thenight... and through out the day, you will love this stop. We will stay again on our next time through the area.

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2021

Great Views, Few Amenities, Good Fishing

Giles French Park  (GFP) is one of two adjacent free camping / bookdocking sites owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) along the Columbia River near the town of Rufus, Oregon.  I was there on opening day, 2021.  I didn't see any tents.  I also didn't see any signs saying tents aren't…

Katy L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2021

simple but beautiful

this spot was pretty nice for a night or two, but can be kinda spooky if you are camping alone. very windy and in the middle of nowhere. there was a bathroom that was well maintained. the sheriff came and checked me and another camp out and left. technically camping season started march 31 but i…

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