Dig out the tent or pack up the RV — spring camping starts now (2010)


Nine seasonal campgrounds reopen in time for Spring Break 

Tent camping at Ainsworth State Park.

Tent camping at Ainsworth State Park.

You can tell when spring is almost here at some state parks, and it has nothing to do with groundhogs.

Park rangers are busy turning the water back on, repairing waterlines and faucets, plugging in hot water heaters and generally cleaning up after winter. Rangers are geared up for their first weekends of camping at two of them—Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area in southwest Oregon and Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site in eastern Oregon. The gates opened March 1.

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area also opened for primitive tent camping March 1. The camping area is near the Saddle Mountain trailhead, eight miles off Highway 26, between Portland and the coast.

Four campgrounds open March 12. Hikers and windsurfers will especially welcome the three in the Columbia River Gorge: Ainsworth, 18 miles east of Troutdale; Memaloose, overlooking the Columbia River 11 miles west of The Dalles, and Viento, eight miles west of Hood River.

If you live in the Portland area, break out your camping gear closer to home at Milo McIver State Park.  The campground gates also open March 12.

Beachside State Recreation Site, just south of Waldport, and Detroit Lake State Recreation Area, 50 miles east of Salem, open March 15.

Another 12 seasonal campgrounds, most of them parks east of the Cascades, will open from April 1-May 1.

Follow the links below to the park web pages and directions.

Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area
Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site
Saddle Mountain State Natural Area
Ainsworth State Park
Memaloose State Park
Viento State Park
Milo McIver State Park
Detroit Lake State Recreation Area
Beachside State Recreation Site

Posted on March 1, 2010, in state parks and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Being a resident of Southern Oregon, some local campers think of the Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area as a city sliker campground. If you want a more natural campground, the ones between Prospect and Union Creek are great. Our family’s favorite is the Abbot Creek Campground. However, Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area has Lost Creek Lake for fun activities associated with the water.

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