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Old 09-29-2016, 09:52 PM   #1
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Oregon Camping Ideas Wanted

I am looking for a little input on camping either side of of the NOG, in Nehalem Bay State Park. We are there 5 nights from the Oct 5th-11th.

Firstly, I will be visting friends in Coeure d'Alene on Sunday the 2nd, and staying at a Spokane Walmart that night. From there we have 3 days, 2 nights to make it to Nehalem, which is less than an 8 hour direct drive. A friend we are stopping to see for lunch (most likely on Wednesday on the way to Nehalem), who lives in Sandy (a wee bit SE of Portland) suggested we might want to swing around the south side of Mount Hood. I do like this idea.

Our other thought is to maybe camp somewhere west of Portland for a couple nights, and still do a quick stop into Sandy on the Monday for a visit..

Which of these two scenarios do you all think best, and what camprounds that would be open would you recommend? I imagine we could find great stuff in either place. We have never camped in this part of Oregon before. As well, we can do a bunch of day trips from Nehalem during the 5 days we are there. Tillamook is a definite stop for cheese and ice cream. We did get as far north as Tillamook 7 years ago.

From there we plan to head a ways south, and on Saturday the 15th, we will be getting together with a group of friends near Newport. Was considering staying at Beverly Beach State park for that Friday-Saturday. A couple more days somewhere then heading home. We will have a few days before that, and a few after before heading home. We are likely headed to the Coos Bay area before heading back home.

So looking for input on where to stay and places to see. Not sure if some places close down at this time of year, or whether we need reservations too. We loved the numerous lighthouses we saw last trip to Oregon.
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We loved the numerous lighthouses we saw last trip to Oregon.
Oregon lighthouses are beautiful. On a side note, I have almost finished my 2016 Lighthouse Quest for Washington State. Depending on what list is used, I have seen all but one lighthouse (27 or 28 total). Now need to figure out a new goal for 2017.
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Glad you asked. Am camping @ beachside following the nog then heading eastward towards Idaho unless more beach time is needed.
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Our other thought is to maybe camp somewhere west of Portland for a couple nights, and still do a quick stop into Sandy on the Monday for a visit..
Honestly Jim, you don't want to do this. Sandy is far east of downtown Portland. The commute between west of Portland to far east of Portland would wear you out. You'd be better off staying east of Sandy, somewhere up on Mt. Hood. OR stay in Troutdale/Fairview. Here's a couple of options:
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If it was me Jim, I'd look at getting back to Electric City/Coulee Dam/Dry Falls info centre area. Soap Lake has a nice community campground (right on the lake, with services) for the first night.

Then to a National Forestry site near Mt Hood for the second night. Alternatively, Culver OR has a great state park (Cove Palisades/Crooked River Campground) if you don't mind a bit of back tracking. Dufur has a city park too, but I haven't been.
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Honestly Jim, you don't want to do this. Sandy is far east of downtown Portland. The commute between west of Portland to far east of Portland would wear you out. You'd be better off staying east of Sandy, somewhere up on Mt. Hood. OR stay in Troutdale/Fairview. Here's a couple of options:
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The thought was to go directly to Sandy from Spokane, then head west of Portland for the night. A relatively straight line.

But Lisa is keen to do the Mt Hood area. Me too.

My preference is to stay away from RV campsites if possible, though it seems some of the others are now closed, and tough to tell which ones in many cases.
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If it was me Jim, I'd look at getting back to Electric City/Coulee Dam/Dry Falls info centre area. Soap Lake has a nice community campground (right on the lake, with services) for the first night.

Then to a National Forestry site near Mt Hood for the second night. Alternatively, Culver OR has a great state park (Cove Palisades/Crooked River Campground) if you don't mind a bit of back tracking. Dufur has a city park too, but I haven't been.
That seems to incorporate more driving, but not too bad. What is the draw of the Electric City area?

I think we would like to stay both nights in the same spot too.


I am sure we could enjoy just about anywhere, as I have not camped anywhere near there.
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What is the draw of the Electric City area?
The Coulee Corridor (WA 17) is fascinating if you're interested in geology. Aside from that, there's Frenchman's Coulee with The Feathers, Moses Coulee, Yeager Rock, the White Bluffs of the Columbia, and farther down the state Wallula Gap if you're interested in Glacial Lake Missoula. The list goes on and on...
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Sunset Bay State Park, Coos Bay OR

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I stayed here for a week last year when I had a motorhome rental. A friend lives there and she took me on some great sightseeing trips in the area. We even saw some gray whales, at the tail end of their migration. You might be a bit early for their winter migration, but you might luck out.

I don't have a lot of experience with campgrounds, but I really liked this one. It was very nicely maintained, very quiet at night and there were 2 hosts on site. I was there before the season started so some of the loops were closed to camping.

You won't get any cell service there as you're right up against a big hill, but there is a working pay phone! First one I've used in years.

When you're in the area, be sure to visit Face Rock Creamery (just don't tell 'em you were at Tillamook - bit of a story there, according to my friend). OMG, the cranberry walnut cheddar is wonderful!

Face Rock Creamery Home of Premium Handmade Cheese in Bandon Oregon
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The thought was to go directly to Sandy from Spokane, then head west of Portland for the night. A relatively straight line.
That makes sense, I guess I read it that you wanted to back track to Sandy from west Portland... that would have been miserable.
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