Drea M.
Forestville, CA
Joined September 2016
Secluded campground outside Glacier NP

The national park campgrounds fill fast and are crowded and noisy, but this gem is positioned just outside of the quietest park entrance and feels way out there. This isn't a big campground but all the sites are great! The water access is great for boaters, pit toilets only and tasty mountain drinking water is available. A two mile gravel road trip in is the reason why this campground is lesser known and often empty. Just take it slow and enjoy the drive. We stayed two nights and drove into Glacier NP twice easily to hike and dine at the lodge. The views are great and the serenity priceless!

Busy beach campground with a family party vibe

The sites were not at all private and the walks to the beach busy with kids on bikes and people shlepping stuff. The huckleberries were abundant and the restrooms clean. Lots of showers available and a serious family drinking party vibe with people renting multiple sites and making massive encampments. This place is crowded and full of all types of people. The rangers are mostly friendly and the firewood cheap. There's even a bike rental place but that just adds to the congestion. You kinda have to go there and just get into the flow of it….The beach was great but crowded also. It's a 1/2 mile walk to get to it--tsunami safety? I dunno why all the beaches of OR are setbacks, but this one's no different.

A draught affected paradise from the past...

There was a heyday here; people once brought their kids and little boats and caught fish and explored the lake. Now, sadly the campgrounds are half empty--so is the lake. You can see the watermark and the former robust levels amid the weeds and grasses. The winds kick up here fast so nail everything down and be ready for dust and a quiet scene. The campgrounds are neat and the facilities are clean. It's just a ghost campground….

Always great views, weather and sunsets

This is a great beach to spend time camping near. The campgrounds are pretty large and a lot of people take advantage of the near year round perfect weather. Facilities are clean and there's a trail nearby that leads to other areas along the cliffside part of the beach. There is offshore drilling that creates tar residue laden areas so it's best not to walk barefoot there. It's a weird thing but the lights from the offshore drilling are kinda cool looking. All sorts of people camp here so I would say there's a good mix of the populace and the vibe is entertaining and unpretentious. This is a heavy touristed area so the place is crowded year round and the day area busy, although we were still able to stay here and get great beachfront space around Christmas time when hords of folks come to enjoy 70 degree temps. It's a nice spot, and everyone knows about it…

The best place to camp in Joshua tree!

There's only a pit toilet and no water but it's the best place to camp--near climber friendly rock formations that iconically define the desert landscapes here. you are near the trails and places to view sunset and sunrises are everywhere. The weather changes are dramatic and crowds can suddenly descend, but this place is worth all the time and trouble for a true experience in this park. Get there early to grab a good spot--we got site #1 and loved it!

Anything in Big Sur is great

Honestly, camping in Big Sur is great no matter how you cut it. The hikes are amazing and the weather is moody and romantic. But really there is a special vibe here and that's something you just have to experience. The campground is well spread out along a creek and there is a lot of privacy and solitude to be had. That being said the campsites can be dark at times. I'm not sure they allow campfires at this time as there's a high fire danger in the area. This is a good home base for exploring all of Big Sur. You aren't on the coast and must drive or walk far to access it.

Another campground set back far from the sea

Maybe it's because of the Tsunami's or something but all the campgrounds in OR are set back far away from the beach. This one is a pretty good hike away from the campground proper-so much so that few actually head out to it so you have the beach basically to yourself. There's huckleberries on the way and horses around and the bathrooms are basically fine and clean. Not much privacy at the sites as the hedges have been murdered by folks or rangers or kids….The place is your typical OR coast campground--no campsite is near the beach.

Typical crowded beach campground

The campground is set off the beach some distance so you don't hear the waves or enjoy beach vibes from your site proper. The bathrooms and showers are heavily used and become a little dirty fast. Young able rangers come through and clean them although they don't dry before the next hoard comes through and dirties the place. The walk to the beach is down a long boardwalk and once you get there, there's a lot of folks and you must trudge very far for seclusion. There's not much privacy here and yet it's a merry atmosphere where people are hanging with the family and just happy to be out and about.

Cliffside campground with a SOCAL beach vibe and a taco shack!

If you wanna go on a surfside southern california adventure and keep it fun and cheap then this place is great. People do yoga on the beach, buy tacos after surfing all morning and you can walk along the beach for miles and see so much for so little of those treasured SOCAL beach scenes. You are near a little bit of beach town so you can buy anything you crave from a nearby gourmet market and meander along a beautiful garden walk behind the campground across the highway. Bums and beach hobos sneak through the fences a lot so watch yourself after hours by the restrooms or toward the far corners of the place. Bathrooms are minimal, showers need tokens and seemed to be cleaned industrial prison-style by a large butchy crew with a big hose, scrubby instruments at the end of poles and a bottle of bleach. The sites aren't private but at the beach everyone is on display so you get used to it. Bring a cruiser and your dogs and kick back at this great albeit crowded and maybe even a little too loosely run joint-- I mean, campground. The taco shack adds to the paradise resort vibe here, except unlike a resort, the tacos are actually GOOD!

Bald Eagles galore but dirty restrooms and an odd layout and loud highway noise

It's hard to knock this place because while I was there I saw three Bald Eagles and one of them was literally twenty feet above my head at one point. At any rate, the place offers a rushing creek you could dip into and walk across and over to a marshy beach where the eagles are mostly spotted and some people supposedly dig for clams and oysters. The ranger was nice, but the restrooms were raunchy, old and I don't think they were cleaned in the two days we were there. There are other hiking trails up into the hills and you are bordering the Olympic NP so that's what it's worth. There's ice cream for sale in the ranger station and an afternoon later I had seen the whole place and was ready to move on. But those eagles!!!!

Incredible adventures, walks, sunsets, ruins, beaches and even a lighthouse!

This campground has it all and is clean, updated and offering hot private lengthy showers for when you are done exploring the old interesting ruins of fort activity post WWI, the gorgeous beach walks with amazing rocks and driftwood climbing sculptures, and the awesome village of charmingly decaying dated barracks nearby. There's even a lighthouse and the possibility of whales appearing off the coast to the north. If you are in an RV you get great cable for free from nearby Seattle--just saying!

Sea salt scented and gloriously perched on the cliffside

Wow, what a campsite we got. The place was filled and we were lucky to get the best site in the whole place. The views were amazing, the sound of the sea all around you and the possibility of whale viewing always looming.

The bathrooms were clean but the shower is one dark and dingy locked room where I'm sorry to admit this but I imagine young people stealing away to for secret meetings involving you know what private activity.

The camp host was an old dude who sold firewood and no other staff were present, so even through this place gets five stars, the truth is that there was loads of trash and even old burnt batteries in our camp fire pit. Someone had had a huge party and there was foil confetti everywhere….so sad.

Also, beware of absolutely crazy daytime raccoon bandits what will take anything at any time of the day and are not afraid of you. I saw a group of boys corner one and almost get attached themselves…doh!

The walks around the area are short but fun and the tide pooling is great--watch out through, as there were loads of people who took stair cases down to the pools and then lost access to their original entry points because of the tidal changes. There is also a beach you can get to if you want to do something other than rocky beach activities.

First to Review
Campground is typical tiny and the beach a cozy harbor

The truth is, you wouldn't know there was a beach near this campground at all unless you are willing to walk out to it. The beach campgrounds in Oregon are often set back from the beach proper and this one is no exception. it's a crowded place where many a fifth wheel gets stuck trying to maneuver into the lanes of campsites. They deliver firewood to your site for cheap and there's a dirty little creek running through the center of the place. Huckleberry bushes abound…

The campground was crowded and normally busy. The rangers were present and the restrooms attended to regularly because they had to be.

Getting to the beach is a neat walk through a little Rec area…There's a nice cove where the tide comes in and out and people use little boats and kayaks to enjoy the harbor's calm waters.

Indeed it's gray and the beach is full of trucks?!!?

I was really excited about our visit to this part of Washington and the coast but the sad part is that once again there's a lot of families and kids and the beach had people who like to drive trucks on the sand doing donuts nearby.

There were great huckleberry bushes, but beware of the people who don't pick up after their pets--there was huge piles of dog doo along the shoulder where you walk to the beach trail and by the restroom where people tie dogs up and use the facilities.

The campsites are often used by people who book several sites at once for huge family gatherings so the bordering bushes that supposedly create some sense of privacy have huge holes in them--so your neighbors can hang out with you whether you want that or not.

The rangers who man the place are very young and I don't think they excel at cleaning and keeping guests inline with park rules. They dump trash, check people in, check people out, clean fire pits, change the TP and not much more. Their ranger station is so nice, maybe they would rather just stay in there.

The campground is mostly set back from the beach although the sound of the sea is still heard and that's great if you don't have a noisy loop. The walk to the trail is on a paved road, then the actual walk to the beach is long long long long. Lots of dunes, lots of soft sand and long flat little waves to walk through. You can walk a long the beach for a long time, but once again, weirdos in trucks speed by randomly and this spoils the sense of vastness we came here for.

I would not go back here again, although the folks who had sites right on the beach and in the yurts looked happy.

A dramatic lake full of wildlife, weather, solitude and romantic views

We stayed here for two days and it was just incredible. We experienced unbelievable midnight lightening storms and went on solitary wildflower walks populated by gorgeous trees and loads of deer and chipmunks (bring bug repellent).

Most of the campers are in giant luxury RV's and never seem to leave their rigs so the whole place is quiet and great for watching birds and stormy looking skies across the lake. I was on a two month trip and took some of the best pictures here.

If the Ranger named Richard is around he'll take you on a gorgeous wildflower hike and talk and tell you the secrets of the landscape.

You can't swim in the lake because of the leeches, but you could bring a boat or just park yourself by the side and quietly drink in the magnificence.

Everyone who works there is special--there's young ranger Richard and an older fellow from Georgia who comes out every summer as a volunteer and brings good stories and plenty of advice if you need or want it for local attractions.

This is not to be missed and very nearby big attention-getting Yellowstone so it's often overlooked.

All the facilities were clean and working and the place was very very very well stocked with volunteers who clean, patrol and love the place up big time.

I will definitely go back there again.

Prehistoric camping resort in a vast Star Trek landscape

First of all--this place is a very far out there but that's what makes it such an interesting gem in the middle of nowhere. I could have stayed here for days. We only stayed for three at the Indian Creek campground where our RV had both power and water and a view of this amazing body of deliciously cool water filled with little fish and sometimes obnoxious boater types.

After driving down a road for 25 minutes you need to drive another 45 to actually get to the campsites. There are BLM sites with pit toilets along the river to the lake but these are mostly used by the fly fisherman.

Once you get to the Lake itself--or rather the reservoir, you snake along the edges of the road and the lake to your site and it's amazing. It's like being at Capitol Reef in Utah and they added a lake you could swim in.

The sites on this farthest campsite are on a tiered hillside. There's no privacy but the landscape is about the openness and vastness of the space so you enjoy everything throughout the day….When the sun rises and sets there is a dramatic change.

The weather goes windy and cool quickly as the mysterious lake creates cool breezes or deadening heat. Because it's not easy to get here, there aren't tons of people and/or amenities. Stinky pit toilets are manned by a couple of camp hosts who seem to drink all day and tool about with their rig. That being said, they leave everyone alone and you are free to wander, swim, hike, find snakes and fully inhale the sage scented world that really does resemble an early Star Trek set.

There's water but it's not tasty and again, the bathrooms are fly-infested and difficult to stand even for me--a tough one.

Bring sun shades, sunscreen, loads of foods and methods of hydration and be prepared to get good and quiet in this landscape. A boat --inflatable or anything that floats, really, is a dream object here as I was practically the only one enjoying the water for the three days I was there.

I heard a rumor somewhere there are plans to turn this place into a National Park or Monument and I can totally see why--I hope you go and see it for yourself!

Crowded, Pine scented and maze like.

There were views of the Sawtooths on our walk to the bathroom but the campsites themselves were standard "parking spaces" where people crammed in as many amenities as they could.

The scent of pine was great. The privacy ok but other campers seemed to need to blare radios and constantly drive to the lake below rather than just walk down.

I'm not into this type of Disneyland camping environment so I took respite in the lake area where the views were gorgeous even if the water was cold.

There are long walks to be explored here but not without constantly dodging people, cars, bikes and humans in disharmony with nature.

I had one gorgeous moment alone with quiet and spectacular views of the mountains and that's the best that I remember.

Bathroom was fine. We didn't use the showers there as it was all so packed and we were there only for one night.

If you do go, bring an enormous empty jug to take away the yummiest drinking water ever. Also be prepared to wash dishes at your own site as you are only given a funny dump hole for dishwater. I drive an RV and didn't have to cope with that.

Tiny campground, huge views!

On our way to Canyonlands and everything was booked except for this less than 10 site campground perched on a few lovely curvy rocks.

Site 1 is big, private and has all the views….

We loved this location so much we stayed a couple of days and witnessed a thunderstorm over the Rockies and a meteor shower over the mesas!

There's no running water and a simple pit toilet is the only facility offered.

There's an interesting little trail that must have been a fire access road.

This is a quieter and simpler spot that's great for contemplative solitude.