Corinna B.

The Dyrt Pro

Portland, OR

Joined September 2016

Artist and archivist exploring the U.S. during school breaks with my boys.

Amazing campground in an amazing location

We've been to this campground a couple times now and will hopefully be back again. Absolutely amazing campground with lots of trees, activities (ranger-type), typical state park bathrooms and nice sites.

If you're staying in a tent I recommend checking out the "G" loop since you won't have big RVs right next to you. There's also some of the best spots there (I think). We try to get on the back side when we can (32/29/22 etc.) since the middle section can be right on top of one-another. Definitely some sites better than others, so check it out online beforehand if you can.

Walking distance to a small store and restaurant, or driving distance to all that Crater Lake has to offer.

Clean and right in Portland

About as close-in Portland as you can get for an RV (not trailer) park, this place is on the North side of town right next to the river (with Vancouver, Washington not too far away). Not really much to do in this area or in the park iteself, but if you're passing through Portland and need a place to stay you could do much worse.

Basically a big, well organized parking lot with a few trees on the edge. Decently well maintained and even some bright flowers in planters. There's definitely some long-timers but not too run down and there's a separate area right at the entrance for more daily turn-over type spots.

Super kid friendly

This place is super kid friendly, as-in, there's kids running absolutely everywhere. Pool and playground were fine, too.

Bring your bike for riding around and you can also head into the nearby little town for plenty of good food and ice cream.

A decent amount of trees. Spots are a medium distance apart. Definitely not much privacy, but also not a parking lot on top of each other. Overall a decent place to stay for a night or two as a base camp.

Great location near Sugarpine Drive-in and Sandy River

The absolutely best part about this park is that it's across the street from Sugarpine Drive-in. Somewhat expensive (for a drive-in) but oh-so-delicious food. It's also right on the Sandy River where you can enjoy the beautiful views and swim (very carefully…bring life-vests to be safe) and next to Glenn Otto Park (just across the street).

The park itself is okay. Some weekly/monthly spots as well as overnighters. The grounds and spots are good enough and not gross/scary, but you really come here for the location. Downtown Troutdale is not too far away and that's worth a stroll as well, though the park is also close to the traintracks.

Fine. Totally fine. Nothing to see here.

I should  preface this review by saying I am NOT the target audience for this type of RV park. I mostly car or tent camp, and when we do vans/RVs we look for fun RV parks with pools, movie night, a beach, that sort of thing. This is not that kind of a park.

This RV park seems better fitted to full-time RV'ers. It's fine. Plenty of grass. Pull-ins weren't too bad/sharp. Streets were wide enough. Plenty of full-timers and a whole section that was more of a trailer park than an RV park. It's got a slight bit of a skeevy vibe with surveillance signs and cop cars roaming through.

It's also not in my favorite location. One of the closest exciting places is Walmart. Or the Stagecoach saloon. Again, just not my kind of a place.

First to Review
Nice RV park compared to others in the area

There are several RV parks in this general area, just off the Columbia River parkway. The other two we visited were the kind where the sheriff/police cars slowly drive through to make sure things aren't getting too crazy. This is not that kind of place.

Smaller (25 spots?) and about half the spots are long-term residents. Lots of grass and trees. Laundromat and showers. Nothing too fancy but also nothing too sketchy.

Good location as far as a jumping off point for the Columbia River Gorge while being not too far from Portland proper.

Family-Run Spot Trying Hard in Cute "Town"

There's a couple of things going on at the Bridge of the Gods Motel & RV Park. First, there's the little office where you check in. Cute/quaint and crammed full of things like DVDs you can borrow for free while you're there. The first little strip is where the hotel is. Very basic rooms with almost an old west feel (porch and cabin siding) but also has flowers hanging from baskets, etc.

Then you drive out and around the corner and you get to where the RVs and cabins are. It's mostly a long driveway/road with cabins and spots for RVs on each side. The cabins are more like a trailer-park cabin (long and narrow) but brand new. Not much landscaping and some of the RVs look like they've been there a while.

The "Town"/area is cute with some fun drive-in type restaurants and a really nice park on the river.

Overall, seems like a place where the owners are trying really hard to fix it up but nothing super fun to bring me back yet.

Old-School Cabin fun

With a general store, boat launch, beach and restaurant, this quaint little "resort" is a small collection of 1960s cabins along a simple gravel parking lot/road and most either on or with a view of the lake. If you want to swim, fish, boat and hang out with family and let the kiddos run all over and get sunburned and tired, this is a pretty fun, rustic place to do so.

Rates run from the low $100s for a studio up to the high $200s for a cabin that will sleep 8 or larger. It's also a popular place for people to swing by and eat/meet up so plenty of traffic coming and going.

No TVs/wifi etc. for those who care. There's also an RV area across the street run by the same resort that is relatively new. We saw a few tent sites as well but didn't inquire about them.

End of the road with a nice little beach

At the end of the road, after passing several other campgrounds, RV parks and cabins, you'll come to Cinder Hill campground. Quite a few spots, so if you've tried to get something at East Lake campground or another nearby and it's booked up, this may be your best bet.

In general, a nice campground with lake access and a beach and bathrooms. The main thing to know about this one in particular is that there are some really nice spots and some that are way less nice. As you're approaching the campground, for example, there's quite a few very tiny spots that are right on the road with no privacy at all. Others closer to the lake are huge with semi-direct access to the beach. Some are super deep with lots of room but no easy access to water, others are on weird slopes but with great views.

Overall, if you can, take your time and you may find a really nice spot. Or at a minimum, a place to lay your head if others are booked.

Great spot. Nice beach.

There are several campgrounds in the immediate area (near the twin lakes of East Lake and Paulina Lake) and this is one of the most popular both because of the nice beach, but also because it's fairly small (and thus fills up fast).

It's basically one squished oval loop on the lake. Several spots are right up against the beach, others have peek-a-boo views, and they're all within walking distance.

There's a boat ramp as well as bathrooms. No showers.

There's also not a ton of privacy since the trees are fairly thin and all the spots are semi-crammed in, but not too bad considering you'll want to be down by the lake most of the time anyway.

Nice campground, but I like the North side better

Summit Lake is a small, swimmable lake with one campground on the north, and the other on the south. Technically I believe they are the same campground (with A and B loops in the North and C, D, and E in the south), but they're separate enough with different facilities and names that they really are two different experiences.

South side: Nice trees, nice camping spots. There's a whole loop (E I think) that is only for tents. South is $2 cheaper than the North side, most likely because the North has the flush toilets vs the pit toilets on the South. Which brings me to the two reasons I like the "other" (North) campground better:

First, the North side has flush toilets. Totally worth spending the extra $2 to go to the other spot if there's openings.

Secondly, the North side has a nice little beach/swimming area, whereas from the South side you run into a lot more swampy water weeds trying to get down to the swimmable parts of the water.

That said, if the North side is booked up or if you want something with perhaps a bit more room (depending on which site you find), the South side is nice, too. There's even a couple of very nice spots right on the lake. Either way, you'll do fine at either campground.

Lovely campground on a nice mellow lake

I like this campground a lot. Just the right size, maybe 40-50 camp sites total in two separate loops and it’s all very walkable. There’s a couple of pull-though spots for RVs and trailers and a decent mixture of small and medium RVs and tents.

Camp sites aren’t huge, but enough room not to be completely on top of each other and lots and lots of trees. Some have more room behind them depending on whether they are facing in or out on the loop. Each spot has a fire grate and picnic table. Nice camp host when we were there and an amphitheater nearby.

Totally awesome lake that’s safely swimmable for kiddos that’s also available for day-use. Flush toilets(always a plus). Enough to do either at the campground or nearby to keep kiddos busy for several days. And Lassen in general is a lovely park.

Pros: Best part is the awesome lake. Fairly shallow overall but plenty of fun.

Cons: Not many“extras” (like a store or playground), but I liked it just the way it is. Some spots better than others as far as privacy/space goes.

Totally fine. Nothing special. Good jumping-off place nearish to the beach

Overall I’d rate this park a“meh.” It’s an okay location, across the highway and a short walk from a “beach” (more like a little beachy play area), though it’s also right up against the train tracks. Oceanside as a town is pretty cute, depending on which part you're in. You’re also a very close drive to Lego Land and not too far from San Diego and such. Since campgrounds in Southern California tend to be very, very expensive, this one falls about in the middle.

The spots were okay. Not too tight, but not cute. There's some fences and scrub-trees in-between the spots, so that helps a bit. There’s also a dog area, which is helpful. Bathrooms okay. Nothing special. Like I said, mostly a “meh.”

When we were there, there was also a bit of construction and such going on. In reading other reviews online it looks like there’s a new owner as of some time in 2019, so it may end up nicer in the future. But as it was, I’d try somewhere else first if you can find other options more to your liking.

Super Close to Portland, Basic Sites Near Road on Top of Each Other

I really, really expected to love this campground. It's one of (perhaps the) closest Oregon State Campground to Portland and I'd heard great things about it. It's also in the Columbia River Gorge, which is green, great, and beautiful. But the campground itself is just so-so. Okay sites terraced on top of each other right next to the road.

Pros: Great location, plenty of trees, and good prices ($17 tents and $26 for full hookup). Also flush toilets.

Cons: Right next to the road and sites are crammed in. Nothing really to do in the campground.

Tips: The walk-in tent sites look nice. Also, book well in advance. Very popular in the summer.

Basic Nice Smaller Campground at Cascade Locks

Smallish campground (15 or so spots) on a small "cliff" overlooking Cascade Locks. Spots are close together, surrounded by grass, with a small bathroom in the center of the lot. Tents are $25 per night, with several sites also available for a bit more for RVs with power and water. Reservations ($10 fee) are only accepted during the summer.

There's not much to do at all in the small campground, but there's a decent amount of places to explore right in the same area. Across a small street there's a playground, the Locks themselves, views of the Columbia River and even a museum.

Nice enough campground if you want to stay in the area for other activities, though no privacy at all between sites.

Full of fun things for kiddos

This is the kind of RV park that I like. Nice spots surrounded by grass, decent space between sites (not much, but enough), and most importantly, lots and lots of things for kiddos to explore. There's random trails, a playground, big green fields, volleyball court, etc. Plenty to keep them busy and felt completely comfortable letting them run around.

Everything is clean and well maintained. I like the central area better (closer to facilities). The camp is right off the freeway, but if you're back off the road there's not as much noise, though there's also a train that runs through on the far side. Overall, would definitely come back.

Clean, Basic, Cheap, Right on Freeway

Not really our style, since we travel with kids and are looking for things to do (trees, playgrounds, pools, etc.), but for what it is, this is a decently priced, clean, basic RV Park. I didn't get the same creepy feeling of long-timers staring at us when pulling up that I get at other parks, but rather it's nice people (mostly full-time RV retirees) who are here to stay for a week or a month and then move on to the next place.

Location is literally right on the freeway (back wall shares a wall with I-5). Plenty of noise, but not as bad as it could have been.

Compared to other places nearby, the price is great (about$35), and you're right in Vancouver and near Portland. I don't think we'd go back again since it's not our thing, but could be fine if cheap, convenient, and clean is what you're looking for.

Convenient Location. Clean, Basic, Nice

Flew in to the Bellingham airport, picked up a vehicle and arrived at Bellingham RV Park at about dusk (if you can't tell from the photos). Registration process was super-easy. Park felt safe and restrooms, area around the RVs were all very clean and homey.

Nothing amazing, but the location for what we needed at the time(close to the airport, close to El Monte RV) and a place to safely lay our heads was perfect. About$50/night, which, again, was what we needed at the time.

Also has a good amount of basic services nearby, including a gas station and 24-hour food. If we were in a similar situation and needed a place to safely sleep, we'd come

Nope nope nope

Too many full-timers for our vacationing/camping lifestyle. Lots of run-down RVs and cars that looked like they haven't moved in years. Satellite dishes, plastic toys, and other evidence of permanent living.

There's a store on-site, which is nice, and a small playground and dog area, but overall, this is not the kind of place I'd like to go to on a vacation. Feels much more like a sad trailer park.

Absolutely Beautiful

I used to go to Lassen as a child, but have re-fallen in love with it as an adult, heading back with my children. About a million times less crowded than Yosemite and just as beautiful, Lassen does not disappoint.

Similarly, the campground at Manzanita Lake is miles above any similar campground in the centrally located parts of Yosemite (though outer campgrounds in Yosemite can be nice).

Plenty of space, good prices, beautiful trees and most of all an absolutely beautiful lake all make this campground a winner. Pretty much all of the campgrounds in Lassen are great, but this one has the benefit of being one of the larger ones, so it's (when we were there) easier to find a good spot without reservations. Can't wait to head back.