Oregon RV Campsites

Oregon RV Campsites
Traveling by RV is one way to see the incredibly diverse scenery of Oregon. West to east, the state ranges from a spectacular Pacific coastline--nearly all of it owned by the public--to the staggering wilderness of Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. In between are ravishing vistas: mist-shrouded temperate rainforest, pastoral lowlands, desert and steppe, a startling variety of mountain ranges. For the RV traveler cruising these landscapes, there are several options for overnighting.

State Parks

Oregon's network of state parks is impressively maintained, and RV options within it are plentiful. Many of the parks, such as Fort Stevens on the northern coast, have a great density of sites; most of the electrically equipped ones cost between $20 and nearly $30 during the prime season of May through September and between $12 and $20 during the remainder of the year. For half of Oregon's state-park campgrounds, campers can reserve sites in advance (between two days to nine months) through ReserveAmerica for a non-refundable fee. The other half--the majority in eastern Oregon--are first-come, first-served.

Other Public Lands

About half of Oregon's acreage is in public ownership--and the state parks are only a portion of that trust. There are 11 national forests in the state, from the coastal cold jungles of Siuslaw National Forest (which includes the stunning Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area) to the ponderosa pine savannas of the Umatilla National Forest in northeastern Oregon (and a small portion of southeastern Washington). Many of these include developed campgrounds, some with reservable sites. Mazama Campground in Crater Lake National Park--the only national park in Oregon, protecting the collapsed caldera of Mount Mazama--features some 200 sites and developed amenities. There are millions of acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management; while some BLM sites feature developed campgrounds, many are primitive in nature.

Other Options

There are many private RV resorts and campgrounds in Oregon, many of them more developed--and usually more expensive--than the public-land options. For example, there are 13 KOA campgrounds in the state with RV accommodations. Exploring these other opportunities can be worthwhile, especially during peak camping periods in popular areas. For example, if state park campgrounds on the central Oregon Coast are all full, the RV traveler might check at Sunset Landing RV Park and Campground near Lincoln City, which has 35 RV and tent sites along the Siletz River.

Article Written By Ethan Schowalter-Hay

Ethan Schowalter-Hay is a writer and naturalist living in Oregon. He has written for the "Observer," the Bureau of Land Management and various online publishers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in wildlife ecology and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Wisconsin.

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