I mean I guess if you are the power boating type this is your jam too, lots of people in the lake and marina - I found the lake to be dirty (but felt good as it was 106 degrees that day) and the swimming area just a tiny span of gravelly rocks and mud. 🤷🏼♀️ The campground itself is pretty poorly run, nobody checked me in or made sure I had a hang tag and had paid (I did not, so I could have been anybody, I didn’t preregister my vehicle) every staff member had a sour look on their face, did not seem to be enjoying the job and not one of them was wearing a mask. The bathrooms were disgusting, I’ve had cleaner experiences at dispersed campsites, a toilet was plugged literally the entire time I was there (3nights) and waste was filled to the brim. The lawn sprinklers were going all night and one kept hitting my tent and startling me. I would not stay here again. Pluses : for families, I bet this is a fun place. Huge dog park area, badminton set, playground. Sites are huge, people had half a dozen tents in one site. Nice shady spots easily found. (I was in D) showers go forever without having to push a button and have great pressure. And….the miles of biking and hiking trails are great! I walked halfway around the lake and it really was so beautiful and peaceful. Not a great home base for a solo wilderness adventure, but again, families with powerboats seemed to be having a good time.
My two boys ages 19 & 21 said this was the best place we’ve ever camped. 🥰 I have never done dispersed, BLM type camping before, we usually do state parks, and was surprised at how easy it was and safe I felt. Lots of potential sites and less people than I thought there would be - we did stay Mon-Thu instead of a weekend though. Easy access to lots of different river spots to play and swim in the warmest water ever. Beautiful views, really amazing and peaceful. We did see more than one big snake, one obviously a rattler cruising around right in our campsite. One of the nights we were swarmed by teeny tiny bugs and had to turn out our lanterns or inhale them. (no fires allowed) The pit toilet is right at the entrance and the site we chose was a good 20min walk to it in the morning but it was worth it to us - it amazingly had zero odor, crazy. The painted hills are six miles away. The road is very rough, we were driving an all wheel drive VW Atlas, for reference. I would stay here again and relive this adventure in a heartbeat. ☀️🏕💕
We were here July 4-7 and it was pretty busy at first - loud - however it cleared out Sunday and was a very nice stay. Not a lot of room between sites but large enough for our three tents plus a canopy over the picnic table so I think that’s the trade off. The Williamson river is so beautiful and a short walk from our site. Very cold, couldn’t swim but said to be excellent for fishing. There is a trail alongside it for an easy walk, (3 mi I think?) a pioneer exhibit that my parents really liked, and very clean bathrooms. Oh and the chipmunks are crazy.
I really liked this campground. My site was right by the entrance with a direct view of I-84 but I didn’t care, the road noise and the train felt peaceful to me. It was HOT, 100 degrees July 19-21 and many sites have no shade from sun or wind so do be aware of that, however, there was a nice breeze and a stillness that was lovely. No bugs. No water access either but I knew that prior to and drove very close by to Mayer State Park to cool off, also checked out Rowena Point. The staff here is friendly and watchful, and as I was alone I felt safe. Mostly older RVers, very quiet campground.
I stayed here with family in tent sites in early June. The only other KOA I’ve done is Waldport and this is so much more woodsy and private, we really had a nice time. Staff is very friendly and mellow, hot tub and pool were clean and open, and it was quiet despite plenty of other campers. There is a campground cat named Spike but he did pee on another families’ tent. Nothing really to explore outdoors right from the camp, but we did hike Blacklock Point and kayak Floras Lake, and both of those things are only a seven minute drive away. No complaints and I would come back. :)
I stayed here in two tent sites with my son and my parents early June. Because it was forecasted to be raining, we had chosen a drive in site. The sites are very close together, good for families, otherwise you better hope for compatible neighbors. The tent sites that require packing in your things may be different, I don’t know. Lots of RVers who literally never seemed to come outside. The population who seemed to be camping felt very safe to me as a female who typically adventures alone. Elders, families, no partiers. Quiet. Front desk staff is helpful. Couldn’t get a phone signal the whole time, so freeing and easy to be present! Pools were definitely relaxing and easy to reserve. My parents liked the main pool near the lodge because it’s bigger and more open, I preferred the smaller pool because it was quieter and more zen like. Right off the site loop is the McKenzie River Trail, spanning over 20miles, beautiful for exploring on foot or bike. I didn’t go over the bridge to the lodge gardens myself but my parents enjoyed them. The bridge itself though is right over the river, and the loud, fast, wild water was terrifyingly beautiful during the day and again at night in the complete darkness. Four stars instead of five because I do wish there was more secluded and private sites.