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Old 09-13-2017, 11:28 PM   #1
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Campground on the Portland, OR, transit sytem?

Is there a campground, public or private, on Portland's transit system?

We stayed at Champoeg State Park a few years ago, but that required a drive to, I believe, Wilsonville to catch the LRT.

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Columbia River RV park is on the bus line which can take you to the rail system. It is clean, safe, but not cheap ($40/night $36 AAA & Good Sam). We stay there whenever we go to Portland to visit relatives. Cleanest bathrooms you will ever find. The West entrance has a bus stop just outside of it. Look at it on Google Earth.
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Columbia River RV park is on the bus line which can take you to the rail system. It is clean, safe, but not cheap ($40/night $36 AAA & Good Sam). We stay there whenever we go to Portland to visit relatives. Cleanest bathrooms you will ever find. The West entrance has a bus stop just outside of it. Look at it on Google Earth.
Here's a direct link: http://www.columbiariverrv.com/
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Columbia River RV park is on the bus line which can take you to the rail system. It is clean, safe, but not cheap ($40/night $36 AAA & Good Sam). We stay there whenever we go to Portland to visit relatives. Cleanest bathrooms you will ever find. The West entrance has a bus stop just outside of it. Look at it on Google Earth.
From their website: "RV's older than 15 years must be pre-approved for nightly/weekly stays, RV's older than 10 years are not allowed for monthly reservations.

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Roamers Rest RV park in Tigard might be a possibility. It is close to Portland and situated near a bus stop. It is not cheap, but does offer weekly and monthly rates. We haven't stayed there for a few years, but found it to be an OK urban camping experience. Restaurants and stores are nearby, also.
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Stub Stewart State Park actually has a bus stop at the Visitors Center, but it's almost an hour ride into Portland. The Park and Ride is free parking:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Port...47!2d45.737804
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There's also Jantzen Beach RV. Which is along the Columbia River too. The Max light rail runs out there: Jantzen Beach RV Park
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There's also Jantzen Beach RV. Which is along the Columbia River too. The Max light rail runs out there: Jantzen Beach RV Park
We stayed there last year. If you can't get into Columbia River RV Park then I would go there, but there seemed to be too many homeless people wandering through the park. Sneaking in the restrooms and the like. I would not leave a bike unlocked there (no fences). We didn't find any of that at Columbia RV. Better shopping at Jantzen, but that seem to be the only advantage.
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There is a 40 site public campground at the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers in Oregon City. $25 to $30 a night first come first served basis, utilities, and dump station. It's called Clackamette Park. I think it's a short bus ride or drive to the Max Orange Line light rail which goes to downtown Portland.
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Thanks for the suggestions!

The Columbia River RV Park has worked out very well for us, and Uber made it so we didn't have to unhitch and take the truck into downtown Portland and park it there.

An Uber trip to the Expo station at the north end of the Yellow Line of Portland's LRT costs just under $10 and had us there in less than 15 minutes. The other day we took Uber straight to the Japanese and Rose Gardens for about $20.

The washrooms are indeed spotless at the park, and the sites are typical for an urban campground. It's pretty quiet except for the jets taking off from nearby PDX early in the morning. It didn't bother us, but a light sleeper might find it bothersome.

I'm sure the other options suggested would have worked, too, but this one was very convenient. We'll also be able to get onto I-5 headed north in minutes in the morning. Thanks, everyone!

Note: we like to get some exercise after a day of towing, but there didn't seem to be many options for walking or biking around Columbia River RV Park. But we took off anyway along the river to the west and found some easy walking on pavement and trails past about a mile of marinas and houseboats all the way to the I-5 bridge. We had nice conversations with a few locals, most of whom were out walking their dogs. It would be a nice route for a short bike ride, too.
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