Kristine S.

Beaverton , OR

Joined November 2017

Great site. poorly maintained

We stayed for a week in Crappie Cove. We have relatives in the area and have always heard folks rave about weekends at Hillsdale lake. We are spending 3 months this summer in our RV traveling the country and this was one of the stops along our way.

Pros:

  • spacious site
  • lots of trees/shade
  • Mostly quiet location
  • great playground for kids (though not shaded)
  • each site had a table and fire pit
  • far enough away from the city to see stars at night. :)
  • Lots of different camping loops - from primitive to full hookups.

Cons:

  • NEVER saw the camp host.
  • not sure the showers/toilets were cleaned in the 7 days we were there. There were always puddles everywhere in the bathroom, so much that the heat made them smell very bad. One toilet would never seem to hold water. Most of the time it was empty/clogged.
  • many many cars on some sites
  • standing pond of water covered in moss/algae and caused lots of bugs/mosquitoes to be around
  • Shower curtains had black mold all over them

This campground has great potential and we found some other bathrooms that were actually decent on another loop, so walked there daily instead of the one in our loop.

No one at the front booth when we checked in (middle of the afternoon on a Sunday) but we had already paid, so we just proceeded to our site, which was already marked with our name and dates. We went in and out of the park every day with no issue. On the 7th day of our stay, my husband is stopped and asked where his parking permit is. No one came by our site after we checked in. No one ever asked in 7 days, not even the camp host who should monitor that stuff. We had ONE vehicle on our site and everywhere we have ever camped, one vehicle is included in your camping fee. We were told we had to pay an additional fee per day for the vehicle we used to pull our camper to the site. AFTER we had been parking there a week already and it was the day we were leaving. None of the other cars in our loop had permits in their windows or windshields.

We have stayed at many state parks across the country and this is one of the worst, in my opinion. Camp hosts were non-existent until the last minute and then they were rude. Facilities are not well maintained (on the Crappie Cove loop).

spacious sites and good hiking

We stayed here for about 5 days while we tested out our new trailer prior to a longer cross country trip. We are from Portland and this is a short drive from home.

Sites here are spacious and have picnic tables and firepits. We had room for our 28 foot trailer plus 2 pickups (extra charge for extra vehicle though).

Shower facilities were ok - typical campground facilities in my opinion, but at least it was an actual toilet and hot water in the showers.

Not a ton of privacy at each site, but got some shade during each day and plenty of space to stretch out and cook/eat outside or just sit and chill.

There are miles of hiking trails that are family friendly and the dog park has one of the best views I've ever seen from a dog park.

The camp host we met was super friendly and very helpful. They sell firewood and ice every evening.

Lots of amenities but not much shade

We just stopped for a night on a longer trip from Oregon to the midwest. This was a typical KOA in my opinion - pool, playground, showers, shop, full hookups, pull through sites, etc.

Tent camping area was pretty small, but close to the bathrooms and pool for kiddos.

We were only here for the night but it was VERY hot that afternoon (90 degrees) and without shade, it's hard to stay cool.

Showers and bathrooms were clean and staff was very nice. 10% discount at the restaurant next door if you mention you are staying here. Bonus for us as we did NOT want to try to make anything when it was 98 degrees out!

Campground is off the highway but we didn't hear any noise that night at all.

Only here for a night

Our truck broke down just a mile or so from this campground and boy, were we glad they were there! We were leaking diesel fuel and smoke was coming from our engine by the time we found this spot to pull in. The staff was extremely nice, even though there was not much they could do to help. They were full for the night but said we could stay in the overflow area (no electricity or water hookups). It was definitely lucky we made it here!

The campground itself is fairly small, with RV sites with full hookups, cabins, and tent spots. For the high desert, the scenery is beautiful. It was great to relax in the hot springs after a stressful few hours of getting the truck towed to the shop and our trailer towed to the overflow site.

I can't speak for the rest of the camp spots, but the overflow sites were very bumpy and difficult to level your trailer. The staff and amenities make up for what we lacked in the overflow spot though. Common room with games and TV and coffee, along with a full kitchen to cook/clean/eat. Showers and restrooms were ok, but not superb.

While I'm very grateful we were able to camp here for the night (as it's in the middle of nowhere!), I think the price we paid for a dry camping site was a bit much. The other prices seemed a bit steep as well.

Staff was super accommodating and let us stay way past the check out time while we had to wait for roadside assistance to tow us into town the next day.

This would be a great place to stay for a night or two, if you want some relaxation and solitude. There is really not much else to do out here (hiking, etc.) and the closest town is a good 25 minutes away.

First to Review
Small but friendly

Our truck broke down just outside of Burns and we ended up having our travel trailer towed to this RV park, as it was the only place we could stay for the week while waiting to get our truck repaired. We had a full hookup spot, which was super nice, but the spot itself was pretty small. This is typical of many RV parks I have been too - good amenities but small spot.

There were some other spots in the park that were slightly larger and had picnic tables, but ours did not. We had only a tiny plastic table with 2 chairs, but we were so close to the RV next to us that we were basically either looking in their window or we would have to be right next to the "road'. Not ideal so we didn't spend much time outside.

There was room here for all sizes of campers - from tents (I saw I guy on a bicycle who tent camped for the night) to giant motorhomes with cars towed behind. The park hosts were all extremely nice and helpful, given our circumstances. They also gave us a military discount since my husband is a veteran.

Restrooms and showers were fairly small (only 2 toilets and 2 showers in each bathroom) but I think most folks used the facilities in their RVs. The shop/office sells propane and ice, so we were able to restock on both (plus they have wine and ice cream if you need a little splurge).

The park is right off of the highway so you may get some truck/traffic noise but it didn't seem to bother us city folks too much. :)

Wifi was fairly decent and you can get some local channels in the TV, if those things are important to you.

Dog and kid friendly, but there is really not much for either to do here.

Overall, this suited our purpose, in that we had a nice safe place to stay while our truck was repaired, but I'm not sure I would stay here just for kicks. Close to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and a great stopover if you need a night to rest while driving through the high desert of Oregon.