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April 27 2009

Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area, Lincoln City, OR

With downtown Lincoln City mere minutes away, you can glide quietly by canoe or kayak on the lake while you watch for coots, loons, ducks, cormorants, bald eagles, and grebes. As the only Oregon coast campground located in the midst of a city, the lake is a center of summertime activity. Boaters, skiers, swimmers, and personal watercraft users share the water. Kayak tours of the lake are scheduled in the summer (we provide the kayak).

The nearby outlet mall, one of the largest in Oregon, is a short drive away. You’ll find the campground on the west shore, and the East Devil’s Lake day-use area just down the road.

April 27 2009

Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, OR

Harris Beach was named after the Scottish pioneer George Harris who settled here in the late 1880s to raise sheep and cattle. The park boasts the largest island off the Oregon coast. Bird Island (also called Goat Island) is a National Wildlife Sanctuary and breeding site for such rare birds as the tufted puffin. The park offers sandy beaches interspersed with eroded sea stacks.

The park’s beauty changes with the seasons. Many people are drawn to watch the powerful and dramatic winter storms; others seek the green and fragrant spring. Summer brings warm days and sunlit beaches while the fall brings clear cool days and often the best sunsets of the year. Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant, with gray whales on their winter and spring migrations, Harbor seals, California sea lions, sea birds and the rich marine gardens make the park a fascinating stop.

October 4 2008

Yakima River RV, Ellensburg, WA

Yakima River RV, Ellensburg, WA – September 2008

Web site – Stayed here while fishing the Yakima River in late September. Ellensburg is a little thin on RV parks with hookups, but there are a lot of BLM campgrounds along the river.  This RV park is located on farmland close to the river.  Each site has a picnic table, grassy area to park and adequate room.  The roads are gravel but not dusty.  No public showere, they do have a couple of port-a-potties on site. Rates were $25-$35 a night, depending on number of people and with or without sewer. If your fishing the Yakima River, its a nice stay.

October 4 2008

Jim Creek Recreation Area, WA

Jim Creek is a military area and you must be a DOD card holder to use the facilities.

Jim Creek is located near Arlington, WA.  It is the site of radio transmitting station used by submarines and there is a lot of interesting information about this activity in the office. We stayed there 4 days in August 2008 and enjoyed it very much. Jim Creek is isolated and at the base of a mountain with lakes above it. You can fish the lake, but not Jim Creek, no wading in Jim Creek either. Below is the published information on Jim Creek. They have very limited sewer hookups, mostly for the Camp Hosts.  They do have a dump station, but charge $14 even for RV guests, due to the cost of pumping.  The WA DOT operates a dump station at the first rest top on I-5, so just wait and use that.

All of Jim Creek’s camping areas include a picnic table, fire ring and garbage can with the exception of the remote hike-in sites. Cub Camp consists of Cabins 1-4 situated in a small clearing. These cabins have electric lights and plug-ins, wood burning stoves and a porch swing and counter table on the porch. Coho Camp sits on the banks of Jim Creek and features sites 6-11 suitable for tent camping as well as Cabin 12, which is a small rustic cabin with Jim Creek on one side and little Jim Creek on the other. Coyote Camp also enjoys the sounds of Jim Creek with it’s 10 tents sites and 5 cabins. The cabins in Coyote Camp are numbered 21 – 25 and feature electric lights, porch tables and swings and a full-size bed along with 2 bunks and a wood burning stove inside. Both Bear and Coyote group camps are located in the valley at the base of Wheeler Mountain. Each has a large picnic pavilion, BBQ grill, fire pit and enough space for day use of up to 100 people and overnight tenting for 75 people at each site. They are also a short walk to a large playground, volleyball courts and softball field. The Grouse Camp is the newest addition to Jim Creek. Featuring 9 two room cabins, the Grouse Camp is perfect for families with it’s small playground, picnic pavilion and short trail to the shower house. Each cabin in this area has a full size bed, 2 bunks and a futon that folds down to an addition full size bed. They also feature wood stoves, electric lights and heat as well as a porch swing and counter top table. The Eagle’s Rest RV Park consists of 16 sites all of which have water and at least 30 Amp power (several have 50 Amp power and sewer hookups, please call for details.)

The RV park is divided by the road, on the north side there are no trees, no shade, and little privacy.  On the south side, the sites are in the trees and lots of privacy.  Site 7,8,9 are the best for privacy. Pictures are of bot sides of the road.

October 4 2008

Maupin City Park RV, OR

Maupin City Park, Maupin, Oregon

(541) 395-2599

This is a small RV park located on the Deschutes River in Maupin, OR. It has about 25 RV full hookup sites divided between two areas, with additional room for tents.  Clean restrooms and a nice setting.  The sites are relatively close together, no pads, except the pads you park on.  Parking is tight, I watched a couple of big rigs have trouble getting in, mostly becuse everyone had to park their tow vehicle or toad in the street.  Maupin is known for its fishing and rafting on the Deschutes River, so in the summer on weekends this park fills fast.  Also during August, September, and October, the fishing is good, so its full even on week days.  They do take reservations, sot an advanced call is recommended. Our rates in 2008 were $25-$30 for full hookups, they do have a senior discount.

There are a lot of BLM campgrounds in the area around Maupin, they have no hookups, but are all along the river.  Same warning as above, they fill fast on the weekends, but if your boondocking, worth the try.

August 3 2008

Champoeg State Park, Newberg, OR

Champoeg State Park,
Newberg, OR

We stayed here in July 2008.  I had passed through a couple of times when I had my 5th wheel, but they only had Loop A at that time and it looked rather close of maneuvering the 5er. In the past couple of years they have revised the park and added/upgraded the Loop B. Loop B is more open that Loop A and the sites are farther apart, the unfortunate thing is that Loop B has very little shade. This is a historic farming area, lots of fields  and interpretative sites. It borders the Willamette River, but there is not a place to swim.

We stayed in Loop A.  Its the older loop and has some good shady spots.  Most sites come with a table and fire ring, although not all have the fire ring. There are plenty of 40-45 feet long sites, but some shorter ones as well.  Visit their web site and make sure it you have a longer trailer. Loop A is where most of the tenters and multiple families seem to stay, therefore its a little noisier than Loop B. Most sites have water and electric.

Loop B is newer, more space between sites, and longer sites. It also contains the full hookup area. I does not have much shade, so on hot sunny days, it can be difficult to cool down. On our stay, Loop B was quieter at night, due to less crowding, fewer multiple campers in one site, and less children. But even in Loop A, things quieted down about 10:00 pm, as prescribed in the rules.

They have a couple of large group camping areas and a group RV area with a meeting hall. They also have a “club” camping area for RVs (6) with w&e hookups, as well as 9 full hookup sites. There are about 4 miles of bike trails, as well as many hiking trails that prohibit bikers. One ride takes you to the Butteville Historical Store for ice cream and milkshakes.  There is a dock on the river, but I did not see a boat launch anywhere.  There is a frisbee golf course and they sell discs in the visitor center.  Yurts and cabins, so you could bring your non-RV relatives or friends.

The park fills fast for the weekend, make your reservations a long way out.  We came on Sunday, otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get in.  In the summer, there is usually a historical re-enactment of some sort at the visitor center, plus they have a program on Tues, Sat, Sun evenings all summer long.

July 12 2008

Dosewallips State Park, Hood Canal, WA

The park is unique in that it offers both freshwater and saltwater activities. All camp areas are grassy and located in scenic, rustic settings.
The park does not have a formal swimming area, but park visitors may enjoy swimming in the river. Please note the river can be swift and not suitable for young children. There is a watercraft launch seven miles south of the park at Triton Cove State Park.

Formerly called “Dose Meadows,” the flat fields of this park were old homestead sites prior to their existence as a park. Old rail beds are still in place where logs were hauled from the mountains down to the water prior to being floated to their destinations (ships and mills around Puget Sound).

June 28 2008

Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco, WA

Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beachcombing and exploring the area’s rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall.

Popular Park Features

June 28 2008

Pacific Beach Resort and Conference Center, Copalis Beach, WA

Perched on a bluff overlooking the scenic coast of Washington State, Pacific Beach is the perfect location for combining business with pleasure. The resort offers full catering service for your overnight group conference, retreat or training.

Reasonably priced, fully furnished three and four bedroom houses with kitchens line the ocean bluff providing guests with panoramic ocean vistas. Whether you want to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book or explore the area around Pacific Beach your visit will help you relax. You don’t need a whole house? Check into our hotel and experience our clean, affordable suites. We have the right accommodations for every need.

Pacific Beach Resort’s Windjammer restaurant and lounge features great food and provides a cozy place to meet friends and family. Several conference areas within the resort and customized meal packages make this place perfect for your group’s retreat. The next time your group meets make it memorable by taking advantage of Pacific Beach’s Conference Center.

You won’t miss your workout routine because the resort has a fitness area with workout space, two outdoor tetherballs and a volley ball net, fitness equipment and showers. After your workout, relax in the sauna or hot tub. If bowling is your sport, then you’ll enjoy the 4-lane bowling alley a few steps behind the main building. There’s also a horseshoe pit and a game room with a pool, ping-pong and arcade games.

Adjacent to the resort is the Pacific Beach RV Park, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It provides power, cable, water, picnic tables, a cook shelter and showers for registered guests.