Jill T.

The Dyrt Pro

Beaverton, OR

Joined July 2018

Making memories and taking NW happy snaps. Camp on!!!

Great location and fun campground

Great location and campground with a lot of amenities like a playground, pool, dog run, store etc…

Like a big playground

Cow Hollow Park is like staying in a big school playground. There is playground equipment, a baseball field, a basketball court/tennis court. and a horseshoe pit. It's big and open with plenty of space for tents and a couple of dozen spots for RV's (no dumping or water, only electric). Restrooms and showers.

Day use only

Pulled in to find a sign that read “Now Day Use Only.” A large and long parking lot with grassy areas and beachfront. An active train runs on the highway side of the parking lot. Restrooms are closed.

There were a A LOT of dead fish along the beach.

A Winter Wonderland

We had so much fun at Chena Hot Springs. There is so much to do! Aurora viewing, cozy cabins, hot springs, pool, Ice Museum, dog sledding, dining, and so much more.

The resort could use a major refresh and there were busloads of tourists when we visited in November, but it is still worth checking out if you can.

The aurora is spectacular and I would love to go back for a trip in the summer.

A family favorite!

At first sight, LePage doesn’t seem that awesome, but the more we stay here, the more we love it!

It’s right off of the Columbia River highway, so you can hear a bit of traffic, but it’s not nearly as bad as other camp sights we’ve stayed along I84.

There is a huge grassy area for tents and pavement sites for RV’s. Personally, I like the separation because it allows for two different experiences and separates the unique noises that come with both types of camping; RV generators and group tent camping.

There is a really large beach and roped off swimming area, as well as a boat ramp, dock for fishing, and trails for hiking.

It gets dark enough for night photography and there are always plenty of eagles and hawks for bird watching.

COVID-19 kept this park closed for most of the summer but we were thrilled when it opened up in September.

Active trains

The first night we stayed at Viento State Park I was unprepared for the very active, incredibly loud trains that ran ALL NIGHT! I was ready to pack up immediately until my family told me that they hadn’t slept that GOOD in forever. They loved the trains. It wasn’t until we spent time walking along the beach, took a few good hikes and bike rides that I started to see the charm in Viento.

There are two campgrounds; one near the water and train tracks, and the other across the interstate that is for tents only.

Take your bikes for a great ride along the Historic Columbia River Highway, or your kiteboards to play in the gorge!

All in all, I think this a great camping spot. Just be prepared for the sound of trains!

Inexpensive option

The Malheur County Fairgrounds has about a dozen tight spots that can accommodate RV's in a grassy area in the back of the grounds. It is an inexpensive option ($15) for a passthrough overnight. It has power but no water.

Residential mobile home villiage

The Treasure Valley Mobile Villiage is a residential community in Ontario, Oregon. It is well maintained.

Excellent lake access

Cove Creek is a popular campground with excellent access to Detroit Lake. It has a long beach and is right across from Piety Island. I found the campground rather crowded and loud but loved the quick walk to the lake.

Several spots are on steep inclines, making it difficult to park an RV.

A family favorite

Whispering Falls is a family favorite! 

Beautiful scenery, river access, monarch butterflies, spacious spots, and great trails. Dark enough for stargazing; we were able to see Saturn and Jupiter.

Spot #22 will NOT fit an RV

We reserved spot #22, which the website lists as 50ft long, it's not long enough to even fit a long truck. The camp host was very nice and said that, to no avail, he has sent several messages to correct the error.

The upper campground overlooks the river and is fenced. The lower portion of the campground has very nice river access! There are HUGH tree stumps and wonderful old-growth trees.

Clean and quiet

The Umatilla Marina & RV Park is a small park on the edge of Oregon and Washington along the Columbia River. The park is clean, well maintained, and has water, electricity, and a dump station. 

The marina has a large parking lot and spots to clean fish. There is a nice park and swimming area for kids.

The McNary Dam and Fish window are a few miles down the road and well worth a visit (when open).

Great river access but not very clean

Blackberry has good river access, with warm water for tubing and swimming, but I couldn't get over the poor condition of the park and the general lack of respect from everyone at the site. The dumpsters were overflowing and smelled of dead fish. No one was practicing social distancing and there were so many kids on bikes and scooters that it felt like an unsupervised summer camp.

Great for train watching

Memaloose State Park is much bigger than I anticipated. There are several loops and the incline makes it interesting for biking and walks around the park. I like that the park is along the Columbia River Gorge but, it is difficult to access the park if you are driving east and there isn't access to the river. 

The coolest part about the park is that there is a trail leading to an active railroad which is great for train spotting and photos. Not so great for noise.

River access & Rough Skinned Newts

Humbug Campground is in the Willamette National Forest and on the beautiful Breinbush river. It's small and great for fishing. There are easy, but not ADA accessible, trails with tons of rhododendron flowers and orange rough-skinned newts along the way.

The vaulted toilets were REALLY smelly, and there was dog poop in our spot upon arrival. Otherwise, a nice enough spot.

Nice campground on the Santiam

Trout Creek is a nice campground along the Santiam River. There is a small waterfall that runs into the river and a great spot for fishing. There are several trails for hiking; one that leads to the Walton Ranch Interpretive Trail.

We stayed in early June and it was still pretty rainy, so there were a lot of slugs and mushrooms.

Island camping

Top reasons I love this campground: 

- It’s an ISLAND! How cool is it to camp on an island! 
- Beautiful views from the middle of the northern end of Detroit Lake. 
- Great for swimming, boating, exploring, hiking, and fishing. 
- I bet it’s amazing to stay there over the 4th of July. 
- The firework display from the other side of the lake should be spectacular! 
- Cheap-$10. 
- Only 22 sites. 
- I had cell service with AT&T. 

Things to note: 

- This should be obvious but, you’ll need a boat to get to and from the island. It’s a quick canoe from either side. 

- The vault toilets are maxed out. Hopefully, they will be serviced SOON! 

- No drinking water, no shower, and no guarantee for the serviced toilets. 

- Bring water and TP. 

- Fires are allowed and there are several picnic tables.

An Oregon MUST VISIT!

No matter the time of year, Silver Falls State Park is an Oregon must visit! 

Top reasons I love this campground: 

  • SOOOO much to see and do! 
  • Amazing waterfalls (keep in mind they won't be rushing in the heat of the summer).
  • Great programming 
  • Beautiful lodge 
  • Vast parks and play areas 
  • Swimming
Ranger Review: Liquid I.V. at L.L. “Stubb” Stewart

Campground Review: Something for everyone! 

Top reasons I love this campground:

  • So easy to get to from anywhere in northwestern Oregon; especially the Portland area 
  • Open year-round 
  • 18-hole disc golf course 
  • Great hiking and biking trails 
  • Full hook-ups, cabins, equestrian sites, and walk-in tent sites

Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt, occasionally I get to test products. At this campground, I tested Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier and the Liquid I.V. Sleep night time drink mix. I really liked both products. They are portable, have natural ingredients, taste good and I found them to be effective! Additionally, Liquid I.V. has an incredible social justice cause donating millions of their products to people around the world who are in need of proper hydration. I love that this is a company AND products I feel good about! 

Pros: 

  • Portable 
  • Natural ingredients (vitamins, electrolytes, potassium, sodium, glucose) 
  • Rapid absorption 
  • IT WORKS!! 
  • Amazing cause 

Cons: 

  • It’s pricey 
  • I wish the Sleep night time drink mix came in another flavor without lavender
  • Contains more sugar than I would like 

Overall, I give the product 4.5 stars

Ranger Review: Banner & Oak at Whispering Falls

Campground Review: Spacious spots! 

Top reasons I love this campground: 

  • The incredible sound of the river 

  • Spacious spots Crystal clear water 

We really enjoyed this campground. The spaces are really big and there the greenery in between the spots makes it feel secluded. Aside from the amazing sound of the rushing river, it was extremely quiet and peaceful. The restrooms were clean and the park hosts were friendly. There is a nice little trail along the river and a few spots to fish. There is a great swimming hole beyond camp spot number 11. For those people with trailers, many spots have large and flat pull-throughs.

Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt, occasionally I get to test products. At this campground, I tested Banner & Oak outdoor apparel. From super soft and creative t-shirts and hats to awesome firebiner and locking carabiners - these products ROCK! The firebiner is a camping must-have and the locking carabiners are the best carabiners I’ve owned. My husband loves his hat and t-shirt. I was really sad that the women’s t-shirts run very small and fitted; not great for larger ladies but, smaller women will love the fit. The steel mug is lightweight and cute but take note that It’s small- great for backpacking. Pros: Super soft t-shirts Great designs and lots of options Awesome firebiner and locking carabiners- hiking/camping must-haves! Great prices Cons: Women’s shirts run small Steel mug is smaller than I imagined Overall, I give the product 4.5 stars