All sites at Crooked River campground open July 1 (2012)


Massive upgrade at The Cove Palisades campground nearly done

The solar-powered trash compactor.

When you camp at  Crooked River campground this summer, you will see three new restrooms/shower buildings, a new RV dump station,  and a larger amphitheater. But much of the major work is hidden from sight. Renovations also include  new water and sewer systems and upgraded electrical sites.

“Even though much of the work is literally underground, the upgrades make a huge difference in the quality of the camping experience here,” says Park Manager Dave Slaght. “Water, power and sewer systems may not sound exciting, but believe me, they are the nuts and bolts of a campground.”

Major solar upgrades  powers a new trash compactor and the new restroom/shower buildings.  Funded by Portland General Electric, the solar additions could save as much as $1,500 per month in restroom heating and lighting costs.

The new electric service upgrades all campsites to 50/30/20 amperage, meaning that RVs large and small can make easy use of every site. Forty-two sites also were reconfigured for traffic flow, and four sites upgraded for ADA accessibility. The improvements are funded largely by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks by voters.

The Cove Palisades State Park

One of the four ADA sites in the campground. A new restroom/shower building is in the background.

The lectern in the new amphitheater is a hollow juniper stump. The electrical equipment is stashed inside. The seating will be installed soon.

Posted on June 20, 2012, in park improvements, state parks and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. crooked river campground didn’t come up with The cove Palisades what am I doing wrong?

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