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Trailer camping in the PNW #12918912 06/13/18
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Mrs Walter inspired me to buy a trailer for camping with our little one in the Pacific NW.

I live in the TriCities, WA area.

Looking for recommendations on places to take this for weekends this summer.

It's a big trailer, so I'm looking for both remote locations and for paved campgrounds with swimming, etc. for our 12 year old daughter.

Thanks in advance.


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Re: Trailer camping in the PNW [Re: David_Walter] #12919098 06/13/18
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Do you just want to be away from things? For semi remote and primitive, take I-84 to exit 248 in Oregon. Go south about 1.5 miles to the Spring Creek FS campground. It's very primitive and small, only 4 spaces. It's free, too. You can also just pull off the road anywhere along there. It's very pretty and hardly anyone uses it. We travel from so. Idaho to Portland a couple times a year and we always camp there in warm weather. Usually we'll have it to ourselves. You can hear the freeway from there but it's not obnoxious.
The FS doesn't have it listed on their web site that I've found. We found it by accident 5 or 6 years ago.

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A bit of a drive I think for you but about 17 miles south of Baker City you will be at Phillips Reservoir. Nice campground, great fishing and you can check out Sumpter which is down the road a bit. Or any of the other lakes in the area, super trout fishing in many of them!!


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Palouse Falls State Park should be a good choice

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The various Olympic Park camping areas on the north side. I live about 3 miles from the north boundary of the park.

If the road is open, up the Elwa river road, there are two campgrounds near the Ranger station.

Klaloch out on the coast. Cool place for the kids, right on the beach.

Klahoya on 101 just west of Lake Crescent. Right on the Solduc river, a neat place.

Hoh river campground way up the Hoh river road, A neat place! Right on the river. Elk herds around.

Do a little googling!


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Originally Posted by Rock Chuck
Do you just want to be away from things? For semi remote and primitive, take I-84 to exit 248 in Oregon. Go south about 1.5 miles to the Spring Creek FS campground. It's very primitive and small, only 4 spaces. It's free, too. You can also just pull off the road anywhere along there. It's very pretty and hardly anyone uses it. We travel from so. Idaho to Portland a couple times a year and we always camp there in warm weather. Usually we'll have it to ourselves. You can hear the freeway from there but it's not obnoxious.
The FS doesn't have it listed on their web site that I've found. We found it by accident 5 or 6 years ago.

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That's perfect. We're looking for the road less traveled, and close enough to get there often.


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Originally Posted by Cabriolet
The various Olympic Park camping areas on the north side. I live about 3 miles from the north boundary of the park.

If the road is open, up the Elwa river road, there are two campgrounds near the Ranger station.

Klaloch out on the coast. Cool place for the kids, right on the beach.

Klahoya on 101 just west of Lake Crescent. Right on the Solduc river, a neat place.

Hoh river campground way up the Hoh river road, A neat place! Right on the river. Elk herds around.

Do a little googling!


Went backpacking there. That's a good idea!


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Originally Posted by Oregonmuley
A bit of a drive I think for you but about 17 miles south of Baker City you will be at Phillips Reservoir. Nice campground, great fishing and you can check out Sumpter which is down the road a bit. Or any of the other lakes in the area, super trout fishing in many of them!!


Found info here: https://www.go-oregon.com/Phillips-Reservoir/#

It looks like a great place to try!


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Re: Trailer camping in the PNW [Re: David_Walter] #12919431 06/13/18
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Originally Posted by David_Walter
Originally Posted by Oregonmuley
A bit of a drive I think for you but about 17 miles south of Baker City you will be at Phillips Reservoir. Nice campground, great fishing and you can check out Sumpter which is down the road a bit. Or any of the other lakes in the area, super trout fishing in many of them!!


Found info here: https://www.go-oregon.com/Phillips-Reservoir/#

It looks like a great place to try!


All the area in NE Oregon is God's Country. Joseph Oregon is beautiful and Wallowa lake is popular, so maybe too many people there. I used to drive along all the rural roads within 100 miles of that corner of the state and find little campgrounds all over the place that were almost empty. Most along creeks or rivers of one size or another. One of my favorite places was along Hwy 395 north of Mt. Vernon Oregon. Little "town" called Ritter Hot Springs. Not much there. Camped along the river east of there a few miles and had bear come in at night to fish for the salmon that ran in the creek. Like I said, you really can't go wrong just hooking onto the trailer and driving NE Oregon. It's beautiful everywhere there.

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There's several campgrounds on the drive from Joseph Oregon south to Baker City, plus the Oregon Trail interpretive center. Lots of creeks, fishing, views, game, quiet.

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Re: Trailer camping in the PNW [Re: David_Walter] #12920133 06/13/18
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spring creek is nice, lots of spur roads off that are good for exploring or camping as well. pm me for more ideas if you like

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Status pass has a nice state park. It tends to receive very little use. It's only about 90 minutes from Kennewick.


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Cape Blanco near Port Orford OR, just off hwy 101. Light house and beach are a walk away. Well cared for camp ground. Not an off the beaten path place just a nice area to spend a few nights.


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Based on your location and for short trips that don’t require hauling over the pass I’d look at Banks Lake Lake Chelan or Sun Lakes. Have fun making priceless memories. 👍


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A weekend at Unity Reservoir in Oregon might fit, State rec. area, nice campground, nice area.


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Re: Trailer camping in the PNW [Re: David_Walter] #12920503 06/14/18
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If you're going to drive as far as Baker, it's only 30 or 40 more miles to the big lakes in Idaho, Couer d'Alene and Pend Oreille.


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The Wallowas suggestion is good advice, if you don't mind some miles. (3 hours away).
It will be worth it. Maybe on a long weekend too, to gain another day.

Maybe go up the Tuccannon toward the Blues.
Or up the Touchet toward Bluewood.

(Trying to keep you somewhat close so the drive out and back isn't a killer.)

There are lots of paved campgrounds along the Columbia, Snake, etc.
but they are going to be just as hot and crowded (in my opinion) as camping in Tri-Cities.

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Originally Posted by Rock Chuck
If you're going to drive as far as Baker, it's only 30 or 40 more miles to the big lakes in Idaho, Couer d'Alene and Pend Oreille.

True, and good advice here also. It will be a lot cooler than Baker too.
(Although I love Baker/Sumptner in the spring.)


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If you are wanting to travel 6 hrs or less head east past Lewiston and from there you can go to Orofino to Dworshak dam, or travel up to Kooskia turn south onto highway 13 until you get to highway 14 and proceed to Elk City. Or you can leave Lewiston and turn south on 95 and go to Riggins or McCall. There are tons of camping opportunities in the central Idaho area and panhandle that put you in the mountains and can handle big trailers. Short hops outside of Dayton is the Tucannon area and outside of Pomeroy to the south you can access the rest of the blues. From your location there are tons of areas that you can camp at with your trailer. PM me if you want to know more. Just saw your post Wageslave, good job. The Wallowas are awesome and I get there often but camping if you have not made reservations by Jan. you don't get in unless you can find a RV spot in Joseph.

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