One of the nice perks about Sisters Creekside Campground is the hot showers. In the past, showers were free and the facilities were OK, but they've recently been renovated and they're much nicer. The downside is that they now charge $1 for a two minute shower. Showers are only open from 7:00am to 10:00pm, which is understandable for the camp host's schedule, but after a late night at the Folk Festival, a midnight shower would have been lovely.
The camp host said that most people spend $3-$4 to get an adequate shower. I take quick showers and have easy-to-wash hair and I spent $1 to get fully showered and shampooed. I thought it was fair, but heard some grumbling from friends who like longer showers.
The new design doesn't solve the problem that there is no dry place to put pants on without getting the cuffs wet, because the whole room has a wet floor. Bring a minimum of stuff - there are two hooks and a spot on top of the small coin box, as well as a tiny cubby in the wall that a bar of soap will fit into.
The camp host has change available until 6:00pm, and there is no change machine, so get change in town or from the host before dinner.
Bathrooms are well lit and maintained, although they are quite noisy, 24/7.
There is a new dish washing area just outside the bathrooms that has two deep sinks and a nice counter. It seemed to get a lot of use throughout the weekend, and I'm sure it cuts down on the number of yellow jackets and other pests.
Yellow jackets were present in the campsite, although not in as many numbers as in western Oregon this year. Due to changes in weather, Oregon has had a record year for yellow jackets and wasps. (In Eugene, for example, one hardware store that normally sells 75 yellow jacket traps a year was out of stock after selling more than 750 traps - it's that bad.) Don't leave protein or sweet stuff out in the open, and be careful when picking things up off the ground.
One of our campers left her cooler outside and it had a lift-off lid. She returned to find it opened and her food mostly eaten, with wrappers and trash strewn about. We suspect raccoons. I had a cooler in my tent though, and had no visitors.
Camp Hosts expect you to check in with them before you setup, even if you've prepaid for your site.
Another new addition is free wi-fi. The host gave us the code when we checked in. We had no trouble getting a strong, consistent signal at a good speed.
This year when we went, the RV's were confined to a separate, but connecting area. No loud generator noise!
The sprinklers come on between 11pm and 1am, and they cover one of the bike trails into the campground, as well as the main path to and from the bathrooms. There is a way around, but you have to look for it.
The campground is a perfect distance for biking or walking to downtown. There is level dirt surface for tenting, with a pine canopy, open enough to see stars if it's no too smoky.
Note that the last few years there have been multiple fires in Oregon and it can get quite smoky as a result. In 2017 smoke from the fires was so bad that the campground was closed and the Folk festival was canceled. This year the smoke was not as bad as last year but definitely in the air. If you're sensitive to smoke, check the air quality before you camp anywhere in Oregon now.
The upgrades to the campground have improved the camping experience and I think the free wi-fi makes up for the cost of the showers. For a city campground, this one is comfy and close. It's near the highway, so it's not real quiet, but if you're visiting Sisters, it's a good option with some upgraded amenities.
Waldo is a beautiful lake, and as long as you go later in the summer - like August and September - the less likely the mosquitoes will drive you back home. It can get quite cold at night, but the cold keeps the mosquitoes down. Tent camping is delightful, especially because generator and motorboat use is quite limited at Waldo. It's a very popular campground, but there's always someplace close by where you can find a secluded spot. When it's really hot, the swimming is lovely - unless the mosquitoes are out. It's a nice place for kids, dogs, and families.
We aren't big hikers, so our reasons for coming had little to do with the trailheads to the mountain. When my brothers and I were little, we went to Whitney Portal every summer to camp and fish. My father used to get us all set up with hooks and poles early in the morning, just at the perfect time to meet the stock truck. The back of the truck would open and a river of hungry trout would come rushing out, and three little nippers pulling fish out as fast as dad could get the hooks out of them. Camping at Whitney Portal has become much more regulated now, but it's even more beautiful than I remember. The altitude still makes me tired at first, but after a day or so, it wears off and it's easier to enjoy fishing and watching the chipmunks and seeing the stars twinkle in the crisp night air.
It's a bit more primitive than my favorite places to camp, but the beauty makes up for it. Not a fan of vault toilets, but that's how it goes.
Beachside is great. The yurts are the perfect thing for winter or fall camping. We like to go in the winter and watch whales, and staying in a yurt is the perfect thing for the rainy season. Because the weatehr changes by the minute, you can walk on the beach, head back to the yurt during a downpour, and back out when it stops. If you get really cold, you can take a hot shower! Not a crowded feel, even when full. Lovely views.
This campground is one of our all-time favorites. Tent sites are far enough from the RV sites that they are quiet and peaceful. The river is lovely and cool. It's a super popular campground and yet the tent sites are situated such that it feels more spacious than crowded.
Honeyman is a BIG campground. Sites are very close together and there are RVs and ATVs and road whales and dogs and kids everywhere. It's more like a change of scene than a place to get away from it all. It's not on the beach, but the beach is a short drive away. There are lots of sand dunes and a couple lakes. It's not quiet. If you don't mind the sound of dune buggies and barking dogs and generators and kids while you camp, you'll be fine. The nature activities offered for kids by the park rangers are the best part, in my opinion. You and your kids can learn a lot about the flora and fauna and the local area. It's kind of like scout camp, but with a bunch of people you don't know. The yurts are nice, and they fill up fast. I like that there are ADA accessible facilities and clean bathrooms.
I'm a tent camper. That said, I love a cute little trailer or even an 18 foot motor home, as long as it's QUIET. Generators are really not appropriate next to tent campers. Last time we stayed there some guy in a road whale started his generator at 8:00am, after having it on and off all night because they were cold. If you're camping, bring extra blankets. That's what I did in the tiny tent next to you. There is also some road noise, but that's part of being a city campground. I love that this place has showers and bathrooms that are clean. I love that you can walk or bike to town for the festival. I love that you can get a reservation online. The campsite itself is not terribly pretty, but the perimeter is nice and there's a creek.
Horse Creek group camp is one of my favorite campsites ever. Besides being gorgeous, the sites are large enough that you can have more than one tent in each, and the campground is all yours, so everyone camping is your pal! The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that the biffies aren't always pumped out often enough, and the water in the pump has a lot of rust in it. There is a big gravel area where you can gather for group campfire at night, and the sound of the creek is wonderful to sleep to. If you want even more privacy, you can lock the gate.