Jennifer R.

Pro

Portland, OR

Joined August 2020

Beautiful area

We stayed here at the group site and it was great—huge field, winding paths through heavy forest to arrive at a beautiful, sunny lake. We’ve been visiting Honeyman for years in all seasons and it is almost always sunny, even when it’s rainy or gloomy everywhere else in the surrounding parts of Oregon. It’s our little secret banana belt.

Typical KOA, very organized, beautiful area

Friendly staff, sites that are close together as is typical of KOA. Would opt for the nearby Fort Stevens if available, but this would be good for families with small kids.

Simple RV park, great views

Convenient to Astoria, Seaside, Fort Stevens State Park. No hookups, but the campground is mostly RVs. Good last minute option when everything else is filled.

Charming little campground, close to the water

Steep and curving roads to get there, but a great little campground near the water. Only open mid May to mid September.

Sleepy little RV campground above Crooked River

We arrived on a Monday afternoon of a long holiday weekend in October and the campground was about 1/4 full with half the sites closed for the season. Lots of trees, level paved pads, and electric and water hookup at all sites. $33 per night as of October 2020. Everything was clean and well maintained including a nice, roomy trash/recycling station and dual dump stations with lots of room for lines. Good distance between sites and the campground was very quiet. There was a separate grassy fenced dog area as nice as some of the dog parks in our neighborhood in Portland. We usually go for a more rustic/dispersed setup because we don’t want to be right on top of our neighbors when we camp, and we were pleasantly surprised by how idyllic this site was. Would stay again!

Convenient, gorgeous dispersed site

Close to Bend, easy to get to and find, quiet, views for miles. The dogs loved romping around here. The only drawback was the dust and wind. I was sure equipment was being ripped off the top of our RV roof much of the night, and there were periods of intense dust storms while we were there. Not sure if it is always like that or we just got lucky, but It would have sucked to be in a tent during all of that. Still, really gorgeous panoramic views made it worth all the shaking.

Dramatic views, cozy campground and dispersed sites.

Variety of camping options available, both in the organized campground and the dispersed sites beyond the campground. This listing says dispersed camping is no longer allowed, but there were many designated options when we were there as of mid October 2020. Mostly simple pulloffs, but also some larger areas for tent camping.

The campground was a little tight and the sites felt a bit on top of each other. They had several double sites available that were twice the cost ($20 rather than $10), but in our small RV, it seemed worth the cost and we had the benefit of a roomy site plus the other double site next to us never got claimed so we had a pretty private experience with some pine trees in between the sites.

Closed as of 9/26/20

Looking forward to camping here, but the whole road is closed for the foreseeable future due to the fires.

Easy dispersed camping near Gov’t Camp

Cozy little pull off sites along a two mile road right off 26. Quiet and scenic, easy for our small RV to find several good spots late in the day on a Saturday in late September. Mostly seemed to be used for day use hiking or as a place to park for backcountry campers. Convenient and easy to find. Would use again!

Small private RV park on the Columbia

Super private, great views, sites close together.

Nice campground on the WA side of the Columbia

Well maintained, sites very close together, pretty views, full hookups. If you don’t need the hookups, would opt for one of the many free options in the area.

Convenient pulloff RV camp right off I-84

A big dirt lot, right on the Columbia, plenty of RV space. A step up from rest area parking, but there are many better options within miles with more privacy, services, and ambiance.

Convenient free campground right on the Columbia

Lots of paved pullouts with trees, garbage and vault toilets at the western end. Only about 1/3 full on an early Sunday morning in September so I imagine it’s usually possible to snag a spot. About a mile off I-84. Great for an easy pull off on an interstate trip.

Convenient little campground right off the highway.

Pretty little park with good amenities. Dump station, potable water fill area. Beautiful views of the Columbia, and the highway noise is not bad at all.

What a wonderful little hidden gem of a campsite

Only a mile off I-84 down an easy dirt road, this little site sees some day use for kite surfers, kayakers and fishermen, but also has plenty of space for a number of RVs to set up camp, just feet above the Columbia. We arrived right at sunset, which was gorgeous over the mountain tops and river. There ended being 3 or 4 RVs set up overnight, plus 2 tent campers on a Saturday night. Peaceful and quiet, easy on and off the highway, perfect little overnight stop while driving back to Portland. Didn’t hear highway noise, even though we were that close to the interstate. Would definitely use again.

Had 2 of 4 bars on AT&T. This site is also known as Threemile Canyon Park according to the signs from the highway.

Great little free campground with a handful of sites, right on the water

One of the most gorgeous sunsets we’ve ever seen. Fairly quiet, even on a Friday night. Limited services, but all we needed, and decent privacy between sites. A little gem.

Private, small campground off the beaten path

Free NFS campground with 12 well distanced sites along a tiny creek.

The good: Privacy, quiet, free!, babbling brook to fall asleep to, mostly flat sites.

The not so good/things to be aware of: The 9 miles of gravel road to get there are extremely bumpy with washboard surfaces for most of the way. In a small RV, things were bouncing around, shifting in cupboards, and at one point the hood of our engine popped open because of all of the jostling. We ended up needing to go about 10-15 miles per hour most of the way. The pickup trucks whipping around us seemed to have no trouble going a normal speed, even the ones hauling campers and ATVs so this may just be a challenge for RVs and probably regular cars.

The site we ended up at in mid September had two big negatives: 1) cow patties everywhere, and 2) millions of small flying white bugs (not exaggerating) that seemed to be particularly drawn to the cow patties. It actually made it impossible to enjoy spending any time outdoors. There were several sites where they weren’t as bad, but they didn’t work for us due to size or needing to cross a small creek to get to the site. Not sure if its like this all the time, but it was the worst bug situation I’ve ever encountered and I have been camping for more than 40 years. They mostly disappeared after dark and didn’t come back until after 8 am the next morning.

One other thing to be aware of—it is extremely difficult to turn around at the end of the road in an RV or larger vehicle unless you are able to go through a creek that’s above ankle deep. In our jeep, I would not have thought twice, but I wasn’t comfortable in our RV and we had to back out down a windy, narrow road with many encroaching tree branches, making for a very frustrating experience.

All in all, I’m rating the site better than our experience because I think in a tent or in a more heavy duty pickup/trailer combo, this would be a fantastic site. Once we finally got settled and were enjoying dinner, listening to the creek, and drinking a bottle of wine, it was very relaxing and peaceful. Still, if I’d had a crystal ball, I probably would have skipped, given our equipment.

Pretty area, very near to Eugene and Coburg

Small, convenient campground near Eugene. Large dog park adjacent, which is very convenient when traveling with your four legged friends.

Dispersed camping not allowed.

Camping may have been possible once, but signs and gates clearly indicated this to be a no camping area. There was a day use boat launch and restrooms at the end, but that was about it. Rough, washboard road. Easy enough driving but unpleasant. Other options are the formal campground down the road or Clyde Creek dispersed camping.

Meh. Fine for large groups, wasn’t impressed with individual options.

Numerous options for dispersed camping most in large open fields that would fit a number of RVs or trailers. Biggest drawback for us was that the fields were mostly a steep incline (requiring a delicate balance of additional materials to get level). Also, even on a quiet Wednesday late in the season, the area was packed with off road vehicles, which is not really our scene. If it is your scene, this would be a great place for staging with 30 of your closest friends (which seemed to be how this is used!).