Debra F.
Arlington , TX
Joined May 2018
Small pretty park, lots of trees

Some shelters with water access, #1&3 with tree protection, #5, 7 out in open. Cabins are smallish. Sites easily flooded in rain and park seems often wet. Nice fishing lake. Short trails. Great hosts and knowledgeable rangers. Swimming area in day use area.

Scenic hikes & kayaking

Very pretty state park with fairly private sites and standard facilities. Nice swimming area and cool little fishing areas. Large lake good for boating with a busy boat ramp; there is a marina within park boundaries that has a store & rents boats. Nice for kayaking and medium length hiking. Stayed at a shelter surrounded by anthills all around perimeter and have several bites to show for it. Owls and coyotes sounding off at night. Overall good experience and would return (with ant killer).

June weekend

nice sized no-wake lake for kayaking, they also rent kayaks/paddleboards. nice swim area. lots of dead trees everywhere though, have to be careful not to tip. easy trails of 1-2 miles, shady. campsites are pretty private, treed. the primitive sites are not far in, are also nicely private and have lake access, we were impressed. I did notice trash here and there on the grounds and on the trails which was a bummer. usually they patrol pretty well in the state parks but we were across a family of loud obnoxious people who had 7-9 cars parked between 2 sites and up making noise until 1 both nights. didnt see any park staff at all after about 7. site next door had a star shower rotating all night which was also annoying when trying to get to sleep. park staff very helpful at check in but for some reason only one lane open. I'd actually do a 3.5 star, prob a 4 during the week or off season. Sorry, no pics, forgot my charger at home!

Stay on the beach!

This campground is right on the beach, giving ready access to swimming, sunning etc. We stayed in a tent and it was very windy off the ocean. Hot and sand was everywhere! It was fun for the kids but tent camping here was not my cup of tea. Still, there are lots of things to do in the area if you have had your fill of the beach -Moody Gardens, the Strand, NASA is not far.

Last of the MN old growth forest

We were RV camping here, sites were nice sized, bathrooms and showers handy. There is a lot to do- ck out the Mississippi headwaters, the Douglas Lodge, with restaurant. The visitor center has a small historical/wildlife display and you can borrow binoculars to better see the wildlife that abounds. Nice biking trails, hiking. The lake is great for fishing and you can rent canoes/kayaks. There is also a boat tour of the lake with an excellent guide.

Wonderful getaway

We stayed in a cabin overlooking the beach. Build a fire at night, watch the stars and listen to the waves crashing in. The cabin was small, a little cramped with 4 adults but is was comfortable and had a little kichen and bath with shower. It is pretty private as well. You need to bring your own linens. Scenic hiking all along the area, Cape Meares is nearby as is Tillamook Cheese Factory, always fun to stop in. Cabins book months ahead and price was reasonable, but you have to plan for it.

Nice camping with small lake

This pretty park is beautifully treed with tall pines. The camp areas nearby the lake they are more open. Farther away, they have more trees. There are regular camp sites, shelters and cabins and great hiking trails of 1-5 miles or so, one built by the CCC. There is a small store where you can buy things you might have forgotten at home, plus they rent paddleboards, kayaks and peddle boats or you can bring your own. The swimming area is near the store, there are also a couple of docks to fish off of. The lake is small and no-wake.

Best for fishing

The campsites are fairly open, easy to see your neighbors and vice versa. Two short hiking trails each about a mile in length, both pretty flat. They are rebuilding the shelter area due to past flooding. In the shelter area, showers are not completely private. Again, the sites there too are pretty open. The lake is large and can get pretty choppy on windy days. Lits of fishing boats. Swim area with picnic tables near shelter area. Play area near rv sites. The newer large restroom area near the rv sites are private.