The large boulders, forested edges, and cascading 100-foot waterfalls of Dougan Creek are a treat for picnickers and campers who visit Yacolt Burn State Forest. Campground has seven campsites, five picnic tables, and a vault toilet. Day use area has picnic tables and a vault toilet.
First things first, the hosts, Ed and Wanda really are super sweet. When we arrived, they were full but Wanda let me park my conversion van in what would be considered their yard. It had a fire pit, picnic table and a sandlot for kids to play in. Probably technically a campsite, but it had their personal items scattered about.
We stayed the first night, met some kids, made some pie iron treats and had a good evening. In the morning we walked to the semi private beach spot, a tired swimming hole that is great for kids. It is beautiful, but people who are coming up for the day park above and hike down to it, so before we knew it, we were surrounded by tens of people blasting music and not "socially distancing" themselves during the pandemic so we packed up and moved to a more private spot through another trail in the campground. We had that place to ourselves for a bit, then boom, all of the sudden people were coming out of the woodwork, literally and not socially distancing themselves.
We got back to camp and found that the hosts had allowed a family of six to park right next to us to share that space. Needless to say, this has become a very popular campsite where people were obviously scouting sites and leaving dummy tents during the week so they would have a place on the weekend. It is beautiful, but it is crowded. And during a pandemic, not necessarily the place I wanted to be, so we threw everything in the van and high tailed it out of there!
Only 7 spots. First come first serve. Clean and the ones w access to creek are great! I really like this spot.
We headed up hoping to score a campsite at dougan creek on an early sunday afternoon. We got lucky and scooped a very secluded camp spot close to the bathrooms. The firepit was scooped free of ashes and well kept. The site was pretty much completely debris free. The hosts, Ed and Wanda, were so incredibly warm and welcoming, that we highly recommend stopping by and chatting with them for a while. Dogs! They are welcomed with open and loving arms. Our lab had the best time roaming her site and playing in the water. Oh, there is a great swimming hole, easily within walking distance from any of the sights, so easy that we took a nice night stroll down to the water. We are excited for our next visit to this amazing spot.
I almost dont want to review it because I dont want to share this place with anyone. Awesome campground with only a few first come first serve spots. A creek runs along the campground and a beautiful waterfall 1/4 a mile away.
Thick tall trees and raging water mark this free-of-charge, open-all-year spot. You just need a Discover Pass. Near two broad, vociferous waterfalls and a healthy, cascading creek, the friendly hosts welcome you and recommend good nearby hikes, like Three-Cornered Rock. The sites are decent, each one in the open with another couple of sites, or next to the creek but also the road. The creek sites look to be the best as the water sounds at least give some aural privacy.
Who doesn't love a beautiful swimming hole? This campground is near the Dougan Creek swimming holes/water falls and is a great place to cool off in summer. It is a little downstream from the most popular swimming area and had semi-private campgrounds and creek access. Close to Portland, it's a nice summer escape. Crowds do gather on the weekends, and there used to be more secluded creek spots that are now off-limits, but as far as swimming holes go, this campground is still close to one of the top.