Blaine B.


Portland, OR

Joined June 2020

I love exploring the great outdoors with my wife and son in our 2002 VW Eurovan Weekender! We love Oregon!

Glamping Perfection! Great Family Stay!

Wonderful stay! Gracious, welcoming hosts! Privacy! Turn key camping! Farm Animals! Clean! Proximity to Portland! This place is great!

The Details: This was our first glamping trip and we booked via Tentrr. Our site had a large canvas tent with all the comforts of home: queen bed, heater, water, seating, a desk, WiFi, and even a front porch with two Adirondack chairs. We also added a second tent (large dome tent) for our friends and their two kids to stay in.

There is an awesome, covered kitchen area with three burner propane stove, kitchen sink, prep station, picnic table, food storage bin, soap and hand sanitizer, and more. We brought our camping supplies for cooking, and didn’t need most of them.

The fire area was one of our favorite areas. Lots of seating, bev holders, firewood and tools (Hatcher, fire starter etc), and even a citronella plant. We didn’t see a single mosquito while we were there.

The Loo is amazing! SUPER clean and creative. It has a clean and non-smelly compostable toilet, hand washing area, and very creative/useful shower. The shower worked so well and was unexpected!

For kids: you’re basically camping next to a pet zoo! We had a farm tour by our wonderful hosts (Lisa and Bonnie). The kids got to feed alpacas, goats, ducks, and even Jack-Jack the donkey! This was the highlight for the kids! The kids also loved the playground on site too.

We got some great hiking in on the Lewis River too. About 15 minutes for our site are Moultain, Lucia, and Yacolt Creek Falls.

This was truly “turn key” camping. We appreciated the less time setting up and more time enjoying the outdoors that this place offers.

Definitely stay here! You’ll love it!

A Gem on the Beautiful McKenzie River

Belknap is a special place. It straddles the beautiful McKenzie River and natural hot springs. The hot springs are pumped into two commercial sized in-ground pools which are perfect for soaking. This is our favorite thing about this place. Belknap is also close to great hiking and mountain biking - the McKenzie River trail goes right by and Blue Pool, and Koosah and Sahalie Falls are a short drive away.

Belknap is much more of a rustic resort than a campground, but it does offer walk-in camping. With cabins and many RV spots it definitely caters to these folks, but offers something for everyone. The grounds our well manicured and don’t forget to check out the secret garden by crossing the foot bridge by the lodge to meander into a wonderful garden area.

Oysters! Hiking! Creek Side Sites

We loved this spot! A quick walk from camp and your picking oysters from Hood Canal. Amazing! The swimming was great too. We also hiked the trail out of camp which was a pretty, wooded trail. The sites at this campground are great too. Lots of space and many butt up to the creek.

Busy Campground - Scenic Area

I’m in between a 3 and 4 at star review for Potlatch. It’s a nice, wooded campground, but nothing too special. The park staff were super nice and helpful. The bathrooms and showers couldn’t have been cleaner. This campground felt crowded and busy. On Saturday night some sites had a dozen people or more. We lucked out and got site 92, which is way in the back and the most private in the campground. We enjoyed our two nights here, but won’t likely stay here again. We will definitely be back to Hood Canal, which we fell in love with.

Close to Hurricane Ridge

This campground is large, forested, and had private sites. We were able to get a site on a Friday by arriving before noon. Note: this is inside the ONP, and you’ll need to pay to enter the national park. The draw for this campground is the proximity to Port Angeles and more importantly Hurricane Ridge. We stayed one night here and got an early start on Hurricane Ridge the following morning. It worked out great for us.

Beautiful Lake - Average Campground

Fairholme sits above Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. The lake is a clear, deep blue lake. So pretty. The campground sits on the side of a hill, so if you’re in an RV, van, or tent trailer, bring your levelers. The sites for camping are awesome…some are right on the lake. All the other sites are up on the hill, forested, with no views of the lake. All sites are a short walk to the lake though, which was nice. We stayed one night here. We stayed on Thursday and were able to get a spot by arriving at 11:30 am.

Quintessential ONP!

Right in the middle of the rain forest and near hot springs and a water fall. This campground was another in Olympic National Park that is so special! It’s one of 3 campgrounds in ONP that you can get a reservation, so be sure to get one unless you’re arriving on a weekday.

Can’t Ask for More

We were lucky to get a spot without having a reservation (on a Tuesday). We checked in at the front desk by 11:00 am and got on the wait list. This campground has so many amazing campsites…especially those on the bluff, overlooking the ocean. Some of the best camping I’ve ever seen. Our site (A51) was in the forested area of the campground, so it was super private, and also close to the beach. This stretch of beach is awesome and fairly close to Ruby Beach, which we checked out one day. We loved our two days here

Million Dollar Views - Close to your Neighbors

We loved the view of the ocean and proximity to the beach, but we’ve not stay at many campgrounds where we were so close to our neighbors. At times it felt difficult to socially distance…spots are that close. The views and beach make up for it though. We spent all our time on the beach so it was great.

Amazing Beach! Basic Campground. Great stopping point before ONP

We had a reservation to stay here, which was strategic to get us close to Olympic National Park, which is mostly first come first serve. We were pleasantly surprised that this campground was overlooking an awesome stretch of beach. Very basic campsites, geared more for RV camping …nothing too special which is the reason for 4 stars, instead of 5. We would stay here again.

One of the best!

Lowers Falls blew us away! We stayed two nights on the upper loop (site #34). This place has it all. It’s very close to hiking trails, the Lewis River, and the Lower Falls. The falls are stunning - pictures really don’t do it justice. We were also pleasantly surprised there were zero bugs or animals scavenging for food. The bathrooms are vault toilets, but weren’t bad at all (for vault toilets). We brought our own water, but learned from the Ranger that the water here is potable.

We spent days on the river in the sun. It was truly amazing. The water is cold, clear, and so refreshing. We will be back again!

Awesome swimming hole!

Well maintained campground. Spaces are spread out with lots of privacy. Few spots with views of the creek though. Spot #3 looks the best by the creek. There aren’t many camp sites, so plan ahead and reserve a spot.

You camp here for access to the swimming hole. There is an awesome pool below the falls. We loved swimming in it!

Beautiful Bullards

On the beautiful southern Oregon coast, just north of Bandon is home to 4.5 miles of beach access, the Coquille river and lighthouse, over 100 campsites. A large campground with lots of variety. It’s been a few years since I camped here, but I enjoyed it very much. Close to abandon Dunes (the amazing golf resort). One year I camped and played golf!

Oasis Outside of Portland

This is a huge park (like 1,000 acres) with several camping options. Plenty of hiking, swimming, and fishing through the park. It’s truly a great oasis just outside of Portland. I hope to visit again soon!

By Far the BEST National Park I’ve Visited

Staying at the lodge is a bucket list item for sure! Located right on the rim of Crater Lake, there is no better place to stay to take in the views. We stayed in a very basic room in the lodge, that was fairly expensive, but worth every penny due to the amazing location. I woke up early to catch the sunrises each morning. The lodge has a great deck out front. In the evenings we would sip cocktails from the deck and take in the beauty! The interior of the lodge had tons of history too. We also enjoyed the Junior Ranger program - my son loved seeing the real life Ranger and the parents enjoyed all the knowledge sharing. We had several meals at the restaurant as well. A bit overpriced, but very good food and drink. Highly recommend staying here!

First to Review
Legendary Spot on the North Umpqua

I have never camped here, as I don’t believe they tent or RV sites. However they do have a variety of lodging options from rustic cabins to more upscale suites. I’ve eaten at the restaurant many times. It’s truly a world class gem hidden in rural Oregon on the beautiful North Umpqua. You could write a book about this majestical stretch of the North Umpqua from Glide, Or on the way to Crater Lake. So worth the drive, or staying a few nights at the many campgrounds along the way. If you’re in the area, definitely make a stop at Steamboat Inn!

Childhood Favorite!

I have fond memories tent camping at Elk Lake as a kid. It’s where I learned to fish, swim, and love of hiking. It’s a great mountain lake with awesome views of the mountains. Highly recommend.

Amazing Views of Mount Hood

Can be tough to get reservations as they are limited, but if you plan ahead or are lucky, this place is great. Nice lake with awesome views of Mount Hood. We tried fishing here with no luck. Just spent one night and would like to spend more time exploring.

Oregon Dunes at Your Doorstep

Special and unique landscape right in the center of Oregon Dunes. We love it here. Located close to the quant town of Florence. Lots of nearby hikes, beach access, and of course the dunes. Enjoy!

Secluded Beauty

So much beauty is on the North Umpqua River. It’s been a while since I stayed at Whitehorse, but I recall it being gorgeous and very private. It’s a small campground, with just five sites. If you’re lucky to get one, you’ll love it. It is also really close to Clearwater and Toketee falls, and the hot springs. Definitely plan a trip up Highway 138. Hit all the falls and then Crater Lake.