Spring campground opening haiku (2011)

The gates fling open

Eager campers flock to parks

Don’t be left behind!

It doesn’t feel much like spring, but campground gates swung open March 1 at Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area in southwest Oregon and Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site in eastern Oregon. Until the threat of freezing weather passes, individual campsite water faucets remain off at both parks. Drinking water is available at frost-free faucets throughout the campgrounds. Saddle Mountain State Natural Area  in the north coast range opened March 1. But, you have to dig through at least a foot of snow to find the 10 tent campsites. The restroom won’t open until it warms up later this month.

March 11 campground openings herald springtime in the Columbia River Gorge:

If you like waterfalls, don’t miss them while they’re gushing  full flow.  Ainsworth is within two miles of three Gorge falls—Oneonta, Horsetail and Elowah—and less than four miles east of Multnomah Falls. Trails from the park lead to each. A paved, one-mile ADA accessible trail leads from Viento State Park along a  non-motorized segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway to a waterfall at Starvation Creek State Park.

Closer to Portland,  Milo McIver State Park  also opens March 11. Perched above the Clackamas River, this park has seven miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. A 27-hole, championship caliber course makes it a premier destination for disc golfing in the early spring.

Beachside State Recreation Site on the central coast opens March 15.

Snow camping at Stub Stewart State Park

Someone really wanted to tent camp in Dairy Creek Camp West at Stub Stewart State Park. This photo was taken March 1. Dairy Creek Camp East opens March 12.

Posted on March 2, 2011, in event, state parks and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sounds like a great adventure for the kids. Is it safe even though it’s snowing?

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