Jill T.
Beaverton, OR
Joined July 2018
Making memories and taking NW happy snaps. Camp on!!!
Mobile Home Community

The Rose Grove RV Park is really a mobile home community. It’s a nice community but not a spot for camping.

First to Review
Mobile home park

The Pine Ridge Park in Beaverton, Oregon is a mobile home park. It has close to 175 spots only a half dozen are for RV’s; which are full time residents.

Coastal beauty

Ranger Review: Eclipse Sun Protection at Tillicum Beach Campground

Campground Review:

The Tillicum Beach Campground in Yachats, Oregon is a part of the Siuslaw National Forest. It has amazing spots overlooking the ocean and unbeatable beach access. Some of the spots closest to the ocean even have cool tree canopy covered picnic and tent areas with openings like windows (see photo). Rates are between $23-$30 per night. The campsites along the waterfront go quickly so, I recommend booking when spots are released (rolling 6mos).

None of the waterfront sites have hookups and only a handful of the inland sites have hookups. There are restrooms and water but no showers. Each site has a fire ring and most have picnic tables. The vast beach makes it perfect for walking/running, building sand castles, fishing, and whale watching.

Top reasons I love this campground:

  1. Awesome tree covered nooks overlooking the ocean.
  2. Easy access to the beach.
  3. Great for whale watching.
  4. Fishing.
  5. Nice size campground - not too large.

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Product Review:

As a Ranger for the Dyrt, I get to test products. At this campground, I tested the Eclipse Equinox Hoodie Cover Up. I love the idea of having a portable and compact piece of UPF 50+ clothing that I can put in my backpack or purse instead of a having to lather up with sunscreen. The sides open for ventilation and the front pocket becomes a self-storage pouch. It’s lightweight, quick drying, soft, and the special fabric doesn’t have chemicals!!  There’s even a hidden pocket designed for your phone or keys. It features a finger loop so even the top of your hands stay protected.

The stowage carry pouch is great for traveling! It's small, lightweight, and portable. The carabiner makes it easily attach it to anything! Clip it to your backpack or put it in your purse.

My 6-year-old daughter liked wearing the kids sun poncho and I enjoyed knowing that she was protected from the sun without having to slather her body in sunscreen!

Pros:

  • Unbeatable sun protection (blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays wet or dry).
  • Lightweight
  • No chemicals
  • Quick drying
  • Soft
  • Portable

Cons:

  • I found both the adult and youth hoods a bit short. The kids sun poncho (for kids 4-7) was too short for my 6-year-old.
  • Could be a bit more stylish.

Overall, I give the sun protective clothing 4 stars and think its a fabulous alternative to chemical filled sunscreen

Central Oregon Gem

Ranger Review: OOFOS Recovery Shoes at Crooked River Campground

Campground Review:

The Crooked River Campground is one of two campgrounds in the Cove Palisades State Park. Located in Culver, Oregon, this high desert gem is just above Lake Billy Chinook which lies at the confluence of the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius rivers. It is open, airy, and has amazing views of Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood, Mount Bachelor, Broken Top, Three-Fingered Jack, and the Three Sisters. Super clean restrooms and friendly camp hosts, this family-friendly spot is sure to please. There is a swing-set, a couple of nice horseshoe pits, an animal exercise area, and a volleyball pit.

Top reasons I love this campground:

  1. Views!! On a clear day, you can easily see the majestic mountains of Oregon.
  2. Open year-round! It’s sister campground, the Deschutes Campground, is only open from May - September.
  3. A short hike up the Crooked River Rim trail offers a spectacular view of the entire area.
  4. Tons of wildlife including, owls, deer, hawks, and lizards to name a few.
  5. Awesome fishing on Lake Billy Chinook. Brown trout, rainbow trout, bull trout, salmon and Kokanee.
  6. Cool geology such as rimrock basalt and lava flows.
  7. The Erickson Air museum is a quick trip into Madras.
  8. Thunderegg digging!!! Dig for your very own Thundereggs at the Richardson Ranch. If your lucky, you will see hundreds to sheep grazing on your way out to the claim.
  9. You can rent a houseboat, kayak, canoe, or fishing boat from the Cove Palisades Marina.
  10. National Natural Landmark - The Island.

Note: VERY busy in the summer. We prefer to go during the off-season when we have the campground, hiking trails, and lake all to ourselves.

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Product Review:

As a Ranger for the Dyrt, I get to test products. At this campground, I tested the OOFOS Recovery Shoes. I had previously heard of OOFOS from friends who run and spoke highly of how great they are. Well, after a long day of hiking, my tired feet fell in LOVE, love, love, with these shoes! They are insanely comfortable and like walking on two-inches of shock-absorbing heaven! Their revolutionary OOfoam technology absorbs 37% more impact than traditional footwear foam and it’s awesome for aiding achy feet and joints. And that’s not enough, these bad boys are machine washable and bacteria resistant!

I tried two different shoes; the Women’s OOahh Luxe Slide Sandal in Latte ($59.99), and the Women’s OOlala Luxe Sandal in Rose Gold ($64.95

The OOlala Luxe Sandal is my favorite for during the day. It is easy to slip on and off and look cute. I prefer the OOahh Luxe Slide Sandal for the evening when I get super Klassy and wear them with socks.

I give these shoes 5 stars and will be purchasing another pair to keep at work when I kick-off my heels.

Gorgeous!! Bring hiking shoes & a headlamp.

The only thing missing from this amazing camping spot is electricity and running water. Otherwise, it’s perfect! Absolutely gorgeous view of Mt. Hood, tons of hiking, a beautiful lake and camping spots for everyone. They have walk-in spots, yurts, a-frames, RV spots, a horse camp and even a few rooms at the lodge. Make sure to spend at least 3-4 days!

Ideal camping spot

This campground has a spot for everyone - large RV’s, yurts, tents, and even bikes. It’s close to the water and has a great Ranger program. Float the river, visit the volcanos, and hike to the top of Pilot Butte in nearby, Bend to see all of the gorgeous mountains.

Ranger Steve led a great orienteering class and a fun owl pellet dissection class.

Outside of Cottage Grove

This is a nice enough campground. Our camping spot had a direct path to the water but unfortunately, due to algae levels, we couldn’t go in. There is a small play structure for kids and tons of bats to watch at night. No alcohol as the campground is run by the Army Corp of Engineers.

Tiny, rustic, and absolutely beautiful!!!

Small and first come, first served. A popular site for visitors so, expect plenty during ALL hours. This is a fantastic spot for photography! Bring water and TP. This is the camping spot that has access to the Arch Rock Trail.

Very close quarters

My good friends loves Nehalem Bay State Park. I found it way too crowded and almost claustrophobic. I’m sure it’s great for group camping but but even the small roads throughout the campground were packed. On a brighter note, the beach is lovely and there are tons of things to do in the area.

Great for group camping

This is a great spot for group camping! The upper area encircles a large open are perfect for games and running around. There is a nice disk golf course and a lot of large paths for waking and biking. Tons of hiking trails and close to Vernonia. The restrooms are clean. There are several ADA sites, cabins, tent soots and even horse sites.

Pool AND Tipis!!!

We stayed in the Wildhorse Resort Casino RV Park & Tipi Village the day we purchased our trailer. The surroundings are sparse but what it lacks in scenery they make up for in amenities. There is a pool and a shuttle service to the casino. While we didn't go to the casino, we did spend a lot if time in the pool and envied those staying in the tipis. This is a great stop if you are traveling from Western Oregon to Eastern Oregon. The grounds and restrooms where clean and we enjoyed our stay!

A+ for educational activities

South Beach State Park is great for families. They have an excellent Junior Ranger program and 2-3 ranger lead activities per day each weekend throughout the summer. The Foghorn Amphitheater has a fire pit and screen for evening presentations. Big yurts and RV spots. Two play structures for big and little kids. Large paved paths to the beach make it great fir bikes, strollers, and wheechairs. The last bit of path to the accessible viewing area unfortunately was covered in sand and therefore not truly accessible. I recognize that it must be challenging to maintain however, it was really sad to see a once spectacular accessible viewing spot covered in four feet of sand. fair warning - lots of mosquitoes Otherwise this is a fantastic campground.

Great beach access

The Tillicum Beach Campground has great beach access and beautiful views of the ocean. Our spot had a private picnic area with a natural peephole looking over the beach. The spots overlooking the water great but if you have an RV, I highly recommend having reflective tape on your slide outs! The road is narrow and the corner spot we were on had a bit it’s blind spot.

Breathtaking

Located in the beautiful Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Anthony Lake Campground is not to be missed. The scenery is breathtaking and there is something for everyone to do. Kids will enjoy the lake and easy day hikes. I love the fishing and photo opps!!!

A Fishers Delight

Our family really enjoyed this campus my spot. It‘s right along the Deschutes River and is a fishers delight. Even the kids were pulling in fish both in the morning and evening.

It is near the interstate and train tracks are across the river so don’t be surprised by a bit of noise. Fortunately, the lovely campground and gorgeous river make up for the noise.

Additionally, they have a nice educational structure that talks about the Oregon Trail. This park was really close to the substation fire. Note how close it came to the ranger station - yikes!!!

Centrally located near Lincoln City and Newport

A nice spot centrally located near Lincoln City and Newport. The gift shop/info center is nice, small, and staffed with friendly volunteers. I highly recommend the Junior Ranger program for kids! A short distance to the beach and cool octopus trees!

An Oregon must

There is sooo much to do in this area! It’s rich with history and we could have easily spent another week touring around. The Martime Museum is up the road.

Enjoy all year!

This is an amazing spot year round. Our family has visited three times this year (Fall, Winter, and Summer). Perfect for daily adventures of hiking and waterfall viewing. During the summer and winter, they offer fun activities and events.

We actually prefer the off season because it isn’t as crowded and the waterfalls have more water than they do in the summer.

Great even in the off season

We love Detroit Lake just as much during the off season as we do during the summer. The spots are generous and the lake is really cool without water!

Great fishing near park

This campground has a ton of space for group camping and some gteat spots along the river. It’s close to several great fishing holes and beautiful covered bridges. During the summer, the Army Corp of Engineer Rangers give a tour of the Dorena Dam every Saturday. I highly recommend going if you can!