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Old 12-08-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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Red face Need Campground recommendation - OR,WA Pacific Coast Region

We are planning a long trip for September and October, 2013 camping along the Pacific Coast from Northern Oregon and finishing at Yosemite National Park.

I am looking for campground suggestions. We prefer national, state, and county parks with electric and water hookups. Our primary focus while camping is riding our on street motorcycles and touring the area.

We would appreciate your recommendations!

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Old 12-10-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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Can't anyone offer any suggestions?

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:16 PM   #3
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I didn't see the post b4 now. I know only Oregon.
Ft Stevens SP - historic world war fort sites, the spot where a foreign shell landed on our soil, the wreck of the Peter Iredale, Fort Clatsop (Lewis & Clark), the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Astor Column and the city of Astoria. It is a short, easy drive to Seaside where you'll find an aquarium, the promanade and salt water taffy.
Cape Lookout SP - near Tillamook and the famous cheese factory, the three capes scenic tour, the Octopus Tree, one of the most photographed spots in Oregon; Cape Kiwanda where you may see fishing dory's launched and landed on the beach sand, and an easy 2 mile hike out Cape Lookout to view whales and see raw ocean waves crashing into the end of the cape.
There are many state parks on the coast.
Honeyman is a good place too see large dunes and wildlife areas, Agate Beach is cool, Newport is a beautiful coastal town on a bay where there is a Coast Guard station and our pride and joy coastal aquarium. I think that there is a private RV park near Lincoln City and Harris Beach SP b4 you head into Cali.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:19 PM   #4
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one problem is that none of the Western National Parks have any hookups.
and less than 1% of Calif.'s State Park campgrounds have hookups of any kind.
so, if you really need hookups, you may have to stay at a private park.

but Oregon has lots of great state park campgrounds with many of the sites having at least W/E hookups.
we highly recommend any of Oregon's State Parks, especially Silver Falls and Harris Beach. Harris has some sites with cable tv.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:25 AM   #5
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In June, 2011, we stayed in William Tugman State Park, Coos Bay, OR, (listed under Lakeside, OR) and Humbug Mountain State Park, Port Orford, OR, which is about 60 miles south of Coos Bay.

It’s a short walk from Humbug underneath the coast highway to the beach. It has spectacular sunsets. Tugman is not as close to the beach. Nearby is the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, which is a huge sand dune area on the beach (some nearly 100 feet high) that is a very popular ATV/motorcycle/dune buggy recreation area. Although there was a large crowd in the dunes, the state park wasn’t crowded. The recreation area has space for hundreds of RV’s, all dry camping, of course.

We enjoyed both campgrounds, but neither had hookups, if that’s important to you.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:56 AM   #6
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The state campgrounds in Oregon are great. We have done the whole coast a couple of times and used them often. We started in Brookings, OR., and went exploring up the coast about 50 miles. We then went north about a hundred miles camped and explored south 50 miles one day and then 50 miles north the next. Then we moved up the coast using this same criteria each move. It was a great way to see the entire coast. We preferred the area south of Coos Bay. If you are there early enough in September the mail boat trip out of Gold Beach is a must do. They close down in September when the water level drops in the Rogue River.

The Oregon coast is beautiful and you will have a great time. Enjoy
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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Wa Coast NPS, there are two. Klaloch is on a Head just above the beach. There may be issues in trying to find a site that will accommodate your length. Mora is out the LaPush road north of Forks and a right turn at 3Rivers Resort. It is a few miles to the beach in a large forest setting. Watch your turns. There is also camping up the Hoh road in the rain forest. The State campground at Bogachiel a bit south of Forks has maybe 2 or three sites you would fit in. On the North Coast along the Strait the best place is Salt Creek County Park. It is off Hwy 112 west of Port Angeles. Going north on 101, you could take Hwy 113 north toward Sekieu, Clallam Bay and Neah Bay. If you want to see those places, I blieve there are some sites in Clallam Bay and do the rest on the bikes. If you like truly steep grades and sharp curves, take 112 East toward Port Angeles. It is right on the water in a few places, with room to pull off. If you prefer more traditional roads, take 101 east around Lake Crescent, and then go west on 112 after you cross the Elwah River and climb the hill. Salt Creek is north of Joyce on the water. All sites for your unit are back-in, with water and power and a central dump. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:55 PM   #8
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We took our borrowed Coleman pUp from Wa, to Newport, Ore.

We are looking forward to taking our Roo back to Beverly and Cape Lookout again.

Ainsworth State Park- The first night we stayed at an Oregon State Park near Multnomah Falls. The park was nice, very pretty and lots of tree's. Beware, the train goes by there a few times a night and woke me up, but it was a good place as there are lots of curvy roads for your bikes and lots of pretty views! Bathrooms nice. This is a first come first serve park (no reservations).

Beverly Beach State Park- A very large, park with full hookups, near Newport, OR. The beach is huge, the bathrooms were adequate. I highly recommend this park if you would like to see Newport. We saw whales everyday! Lots of people so beach combing was not very eventful.

Cape Lookout State Park- The nicest facility we stayed at. The bathrooms on C-Loop were very new, had really nice private showers. The campsites on the easterly side of C and D loop had a lot of really pretty shaded sites with amazing trees.

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:33 PM   #9
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We haave stayed at many parks along the Pacific coast. Most of them have been covered by others. I am posting an X2 on Salt Water Creek. Nice park with both back in and drive through spots. Most have a great view of the Straight of Juan de Fuca and Victoria.

The key is to reserve early to get a spot. Reservations and payment are made by mail and need to be in at least 2 weeks in advance. If you continue east on your return, take the ferry to Whidbey Island. Not cheap with a long rig, but we have a lot of history and some great camp areas (10 or 11 state parks) on the island.

Have fun.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:52 PM   #10
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Another really nice one in Oregon is Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon. Highly recommend

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