I had such a great experience here. Went for 3 days and 2 nights arriving on a Thursday and leaving Saturday. We stayed at site 16. The only not great thing was that 4-5 families; each with 2-3 kids aged from 5-8~ were camped in the next 4 sites next to me. Kids were full of energy and loud as can be from the break of dawn to sunset. So -1 star :/. So chose your trip time & site wisely. Other than that it was fantastic. Sites were really nicely sized, though close together. Lots of short trails which kept my dog and I busy. Fishing was also great as there were quite a few spots to fish from. Was lucky enough to catch a few. Catch and release only; per the camp host! Lots of spots to swim aswell. Weather was amazing, water was cold, wildlife was active, and views were endless. Truly an awesome getaway. Camp host was friendly, helpful, very accommodating..RJ would frequently drive his golfcart around the grounds with his dogs running along side chatting up everyone and dropping off kindling and firewood. There were restrooms which were clean, water spigots to get water from and sink waste water disposal sites for cleaning your cooking stuff.
We had the group site B for shit 15 people and it was absolutely stunning. Plenty of room for all of our vehicles. Plenty of space for all of us to spread out with tents, long picnic tables to accommodate meals and cooking, and two fire pits. The rushing river is alongside and below the cliffside. Next door to bathrooms and a HUGE gorgeous meadow. Plenty of trails, a waterfall, and relaxation at its finest. Will definitely be returning.
Huge sites, ample tree coverage, near river and trails! All sites are walk up this season only - while transitioning to Linn County management. I’ll be back !
The campsites here are not as private as some of Oregon’s other campgrounds. That being said, it is a well maintained site that won’t disappoint!
Best for Tent/ Van/ Truck campers. No vehicles over 32 feet, because the sites are small, do have a few pull through sites, mostly design for tent camping. Has a hiking trail to see a waterfall, less than a mile walk. Also have two group site camping area that are close to the South Santiam river best for floating in July/august months. Can park at Cascadia and float a mile down to Short Cover Bridge (have a car there too). Also a day use area to run your dogs off leash. Has some history with the Soda Creek waters that help with your health. Camping open from May 1 to Sept 30, has a day use open year round. 1-800-551-6949 www.oregonstateparks.org. Park has a camp host.
Vary packed during peak summer time but it is Gorgeous! Lots of great paddles, hiking, and beautiful campsites.
By amenities, I mean all the fantastic natural amenities. This campground is just off HWY 20 and is first come, first serve. There’s plenty of shade, potable water, showers and toilets. don’t expect the sites to be vast…they’re quite quaint and most only have room for one car. However, if you pick a campsite for what the nature around it offers, you won’t be disappointed.
Two points if interest for me were the Soda Creek Falls trail that takes you up the mountain to the falls, and the South Santiam River you cross over to get into the campground and park.
The trail up to the falls is a short .75 miles but don’t think it’s necessarily an easy one. it’s a rocky, narrow trail that requires solid soles (not a well-worn pair of Toms like I mistakingly wore) and has a good elevation gain through old growth forest. The trail at the end is a bit of a scramble over the natural rock formations to get down to the base of the falls or even to the top of the trail to overlook the canyon below.
The South Santiam River provides a perfect swimming spot for hot summer days. The trees provide plenty of shade over the smooth rock beach and the river gives both shallow and deep options for wading or swimming. I found myself wishing I had my nephew with me for this trip because he would have LOVED jumping off the rocks into the river below. Future plans to return with him are in the works.
Pros: *Easy access via HWY 20 *Natural water features to explore *Fun history of the area to learn about
Cons: *First come, first serve and fills up quickly *Not ADA Accessible to get to the waterfall or the river