KOA Camping in Oregon

KOA Camping in Oregon
Situated in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is a state that offers outdoors enthusiasts a diverse range of environments. The coastline is made up of rugged, rocky sea cliffs and windswept beaches, and while much of the interior is densely forested, the southeastern corner of the state is a virtual desert. KOA, the national "kamping" chain, is present throughout Oregon. While all KOAs have some features in common--expect an RV-friendly campground format, bathhouses and coin laundries at all KOAs--each of Oregon's KOAs has its own set of characteristics and offers access to a different part of the state.

Astoria/Seaside KOA

Situated on the coast in northwest Oregon, the Astoria/Seaside KOA is roughly 3 miles from Astoria and adjacent to Ft. Stevens State Park, in an area wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River. Offering the typical KOA mixture of RV sites with full hook-ups, one- and two-room "kamping kabins" and multi-bunk lodges, and tent camping, the "kampground" is serviced by a public kitchen, a trampoline-like jumping pillow, sporting courts, two TV pavilions, fish cleaning station, outdoor pool, free WiFi access and Internet cafe. Some of the RV sites have cable TV access. Although the KOA is near both the sea and the Columbia River, it is not actually on either and has no direct access to the water. However, it is still a logical base for clamming, crabbing, beach combing and both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Astoria/Seaside KOA
1100 Northwest Ridge Road
Hammond, OR 97121
503-861-2606
koa.com/where/or/37182/

Cascade Locks/Portland East KOA

Cascade Locks is set about 40 miles east of Portland, near the banks of the Columbia River and in the vicinity of the Bridge of the Gods. The KOA has access to windsurfing rentals and lessons, whitewater rafting and fishing on the river. In addition to the "kamping kabins" and lodges, RV sites and tent-camping sites, Cascade Locks also has better furnished "kamping kottages." Among the amenities at the KOA are free WiFi access, bicycle rentals, hot tub and sauna, outdoor swimming pool and camp store with firewood sales.

Cascade Locks/Portland East KOA
841 Northwest Forest Lane
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
541-374-8668
koa.com/where/or/37105/

Oregon Dunes KOA

The Oregon Dunes KOA is set on the southern Oregon coast, and is the only private campground in that area with ATV access to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. In 2009, the KOA won both the Founder's Award and the President's Award from the KOA chain's headquarters. Accommodations at this particular KOA consist of tent sites, RV sites and one- and two-room cabins. The KOA comes equipped with free WiFi, a public kitchen and a game room. It maintains an extensive list of activities through from spring through autumn, such as hayrides, pancake breakfasts, Easter egg hunts and fireworks displays.

Oregon Dunes KOA
68632 Hwy 101 - Mile Marker 229
North Bend, OR 97459
541-756-4851
koa.com/where/or/37187

Pendleton KOA

The Pendleton KOA is the only KOA "kampground" located in northeastern Oregon, set just a few minutes from I-84 in the Blue Mountains, and thus a base for combining hiking in the mountains with exploring sights such as the Pendleton area's wool mills and Indian reservation. The accommodations are limited to only RV and tent campsites, but all sites feature full hook-ups and cable TV connections. Every campsite has its own shade tree, picnic table and lamp post. The KOA has Wi-Fi access, but for a fee.

Pendleton KOA
1375 SE 3rd St.
Pendleton, OR 97801
541-276-1041
koa.com/where/or/37193/

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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