Chrissy T.

Albany, OR

Joined August 2019

Waterloo County Park

Campground with something for everyone! Right on the river for swimming or fishing. If you drive up the road, you can float down the river to your campground! This park even has a disc golf course to enjoy while you camp. There’s a park area with a playground for the kids to play. Spaces are large, and nicely spaced out.

Paulina Lake Campground

Great campground! Spaces are large, but kind of close together. Larger size campground on the lake, just across from the resort. Plenty of trees to hang hammocks! $18 per night for a tent site. Campground has a boat ramp and dock as well.

I took one star off due to the bathroom situation. For some reason their bathrooms are out of service at the moment. However they do provide porta potties.

East Lake Campground

This is one of the better campgrounds I’ve stayed in. It cost $18 per night for a tent site. The site we stayed in was next to the bathroom and wasn’t too close to other sites, but it would’ve been nice to have some more space between sites.

The bathroom had a flushing toilet and a sink with water. Toilet paper was stocked daily as well. Very well maintained and kept clean.

Tent site was decent sized. We had a large cabin tent. There was no problem finding a spot big enough to set it up. We were also able to find plenty of trees to hang up our hammock.

The site had a picnic table that was in excellent condition. The fire ring was about half full of ash, but nothing to complain about.

The only negative comment I have is that the camp host wasn’t able to give change for fees. However they were polite about waiting for us to leave to the nearest store to obtain change.

It’s own kind of special

This is a hidden gem for anyone that has an adventurous side. It’s an island, so obviously you can only access it by some type of boat. That just adds to the adventure in my book! It also means less people! This campground only has 22 camp sites, but wasn’t full even though all the others were. Another bonus is that the island isn’t far from the Detroit market. The cost to camp is only $10 per night making this the cheapest on the lake!

The negatives: there’s two bathrooms, neither of which are maintained. One is closed off because it is full to the top. Yup you heard right! The other isn’t far behind and has no toilet paper. The fire rings are almost completely full of ash. The pay station is hard to find and stuffed full of garbage. Finding a place to leave your vehicle is a nightmare and will cost you even if you have an annual forest service pass.

Simple, but peaceful

This little campground was a simple, but peaceful place to call home for a weekend. It was quiet and well kept. No on site camp host or potable water. It did have vault toilets though. Seemed to be a popular place for fisherman in a beautiful meadow with a small river running through it. The water was ice cold, so we didn’t swim. The camp spot we stayed in was HUGE! It was also a good distance from the others, which allowed plenty of privacy from other campers. We tent camped, so I’m unsure of hook ups, but I don’t believe there were any. Pretty basic campground.