Tom N.
Woodburn , OR
Joined August 2018
two old folks, one Chiuaha and a teardrop trailer
Nice little spot

This campground is on the north Santiam river just outside the town of Lyons Oregon.

38 sites, some with water.

There are some sites right on the river but they lack any privacy.

There is also a few sites near a pond that has ducks and a river otter occupying it.

Decent restrooms with flush toilets and 3 shower stalls.

It is also close to town if you need food etc.

A little off the beaten path

If your traveling on Hwy. 30 also known as the Fruit Loop this campground is located on the northeast side of the base of Mt. Hood. It is a beautiful lake with views of Mt. Hood that make for a picturesque setting & there fishing too! Campground sites are large in loop A and I would recommend this end if pulling a trailer or driving a small RV, big RV’s could have issues accessing these sites…. Take a hike around the lake, it’s a little over 3 miles long…bring some snacks, water and your camera! Boat rentals are available at the resort. Pit toilets only in the CG.

So close but just far enough away

If your travels take you near Portland OR. and you need a nice spot to camp or horseback check out this park, it’s an easy 30 miles east of PDX and has over 900 acres to explore including a frisbee golf course. The park is located on the Clackamas river with some views of Mt. Hood to the east. There are many trails for horses and corrals.

beautiful rich passage

This CG is a hidden jewel located on the east side of Bainbridge island on beautiful rich passage. like many sites on the Puget Sound this was first used as a military base for the US Navy to guard the Bremerton ship yards during the Spanish American war and WW2. There are many remnants of the fort located in the park. Look for the cement form lines on the buildings, they are only 18” high at best, this is because when they were built Portland cement hadn’t been invented yet, it took quite a while for the cement to dry before adding the “next layer”. You can also see this type of construction at Fort Flagler, Fort Casey and Fort Worden, AKA “The iron triangle”. The campground was nice and clean with some spots dedicated for two camps as a shared site, this allowed us to park are little trailers next to each other and made for a quaint spot.

Overused

Rainbow falls CG is a little worn out not to mention the restrooms in the CG were under new construction so it was quite a walk to the park restrooms if you didnt want to use the porta potty…

Best place near Long Beach

This is a must for camping if your near Longbeach WA. / hint: go when there are minus tides so you can see the cave at Waikiki beach and the tide pools at Beards hollow.

Mosquitos the size of small birds

On our way to Walloa lake we stopped at Clyde Holliday for the night as we have plans to visit the Kam Wa Chung museum in John Day, nice spot and very well watered allowing for mosquitos the size of small birds…come prepared with a screen room and repellent if visiting in early summer!

Away from it all

What a great spot to get away from the [pollen in the Willamette valley and just a short drive over Hwy 20 from Salem.

The Juniper trees are amazing and the fish cleaning station was built using them.

Fascinating!

What a great part of NE Oregon and a must see if near Hell"s Canyon!

The campground had tight spots and little room between each spot. Kinda felt like we were on display and got a lot of comments on our little guy silver shadow teardrop trailer…one lady said our set up was "Fascinating!"

pleasant

nice KOA, got a free grocery bag to boot! Train tracks are below the site and noisy at night….pancake breakfast was a good deal!

Nice view of the tower

We arrived here on October 9th and the KOA was starting to shut down for the winter season, no laundry :(

The Tower is an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the prairie surrounding the Black Hills. It is considered sacred by Northern Plains Indians and indigenous people. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest crack climbing areas in North America. Devils Tower entices us to learn more, explore more and define our place in the natural and cultural world.

Windy

….The Campground and RV Park, located on Sprague Lake, just 36 miles west of Spokane, WA along I-90 and only 2 miles out of the town of Sprague, on a quiet paved road. (See our map) We are normally open from the 1st of April to the end of November.

….At Sprague Lake Resort, you can enjoy some of the best shore Fishing on the lake. The Resort is surrounded by springs that make this THE dock fishing spot for big (and tasty) Trout, Steelhead and even Bass. Sprague Lake is also known for it's big Channel Cats!

….If fishing isn't your thing, you can Camp or just picnic and relax under the big old Cottonwoods that shade our park. Bird watchers can enjoy sightings of White Pelicans, Meadowlarks, Cormorants, Loons, Wood Ducks and many other species.

….In our park under the trees, we have plenty of tent camping space and 31 full service hookups for your recreational vehicles. The endless shoreline offers a wonderful view from every RV or Camping site.

Beutiful

Washburne is located on the east side of Highway 101 with a buffer of native plants and trees between you and the highway. The campsites are spacious and are available on a first come first served basis except for the two yurts which are reservable. There are several trails of varying difficulty leading from the campsites to the beach, wildlife viewing areas, and second-growth forests.

A walking trail leads you under the highway to a five-mile sandy beach and a day-use area, where you'll find space to watch whales, hunt agates, beachcomb, and picnic. Another trail connects you to the Heceta Head trail, which you can use to reach the historic Heceta Head lighthouse.

In the campground at night, you can hear the pounding surf. There is a creek running through the campground, and elk have been known to wander through. Wild rhododendrons bloom in spring.

Campground info

  • 41 full-hookup sites (first come, first served)
  • 14 electrical sites with water (first come, first served)
  • Seven walk-in tent sites (closed seasonally)
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Two reservable yurts (one pet-friendly)
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • RV dump station in day-use area
  • Firewood for sale

Universal Access

Site 30 is accessible to campers with disabilities.

Primitive

Not far from Cederville on 299 towards Alturas you can find a DNR campground at Stough Reservoir. The road is 2+ miles of dirt - gravel to the CG.

The campground is sparse and lacks flushing toilets, pit toilet is available. Check the area sign for fire restrictions or warnings of large animals in the area. Keep your food locked up or hanging in a tree.

Best spot outside Ely

Cave Lake State Park offers outstanding recreational opportunities year-round. Stocked with rainbow trout and home to German brown trout, the 32-acre reservoir provides outstanding fishing and boating. Other summer activities include swimming, hiking, camping and mountain biking. Once winter arrives, guests of the park can enjoy ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The park is also home to abundant and diverse wildlife.

The campsites are very nice and offer views of the lake, be aware of mice….don't leave any food out!

Star gazing here is incredible as there is no light pollutin…sit back and watch the wheel in the sky turn - Milky way baby!

First to Review
Nice spot

We had the opportunity to visit this park while working our way home form the Oregon coast. Access is just south of Bay city and north of Tilamoock of Hwy 101. Kilches reserve is on the Tillamook bay but the park is east 12 miles.

This was a very quiet park located next to the Kilches river, there was access to the river, nice restrooms with showers and ADA compliant. The road is narrow, be carefull if pulling a large trailer or RV.

primitive

we had the opportunity recently to stay two nights at Hoover campground on lake Detroit, it’s a primitive CG with flush toilets, no soap in restrooms and lacking showers. The CG was occupied by some unruly teans with dogs they could not control. They also did not respect quiet times and made for sleepless nights. The north Santium river enters the lake here and one of the highlights was watching the Ospreys fish. This site does not have RV hookups, come prepared to do some “dirt camping”.