All state park campgrounds open in May (2010)
Campsites ready in 52 state parks, if you have a boat–you need one to get to the camping spot on Government Island
The last seasonal campgrounds to open all have two things in common:
- All are great places to camp and fish; and
- All are exclusively open to first-come, first-served primitive camping.
What is primitive camping? Primitive campgrounds are designed for tents and have no utility hookups. Most can accommodate self-contained RVs. All have flush or vault restrooms, but none have showers. Several sites usually share one water faucet. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings. Some campsites you walk into.
Fall Creek State Recreation Area on Fall Creek Reservoir and the new campground at North Santiam State Recreation Area open May 1. Cascadia State Park campground on the South Santiam River will open mid-May.
The gates to four other seasonal campgrounds east of the Cascades opened this week:
- Catherine Creek State Park;
- Hilgard Junction State Recreation Area, on the Grande Ronde River;
- Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site, by the headwaters of the Wood River, and
- Red Bridge State Wayside, also on the Grande Ronde River.
Government Island State Recreation Area, in the Columbia River, is open year round.
Follow the links for more information and directions.
Posted on April 28, 2010, in state parks and tagged Cascadia State Park, Catherine Creek State Park, Fall Creek State Recreation Area, Government Island State Recreation Area, Hilgard Junction State Recreation Area, Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site, North Santiam State Recreation Area, Red Bridge State Wayside. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.