Terrific campground. Good separation between nice pretty level sites. Host was very friendly and helpful. Not crowded at all at the end of October. Several sites had campers who brought in boats to go fishing. Host indicated that the campground had been redone about a year ago. Had the best two lane dump station I've ever seen. Slope was perfect for evacuating the holding tanks. Was very clean. Obviously the people who camp here really care about the grounds and facilities. Rangers were friendly and efficient. Has a large off-leash pet exercise area and pick-up bags are provided. We will come back again, but earlier in the year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed up top this time at Crooked River campground. Deschutes campground is down in the canyon. The hosts were very nice, campground full of children having fun on their trikes, very enjoyable. Only problem was one female ranger who wanted to hold us to the 4:00 pm check in time even though campsite was empty. I guess they wanted to vacuum (!) Highly recommend this campground, but you need reservations in advance. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a lovely campground. Friendly camp hosts and ranger. Beautiful view of Mt. Washington and 3 Sisters. Short drive to the reservoir where there is boating and beaches. We loved the huge play area for dogs; gated and with grass; big enough to throw a ball. This is a clean campground with activities for kids. Wi-fi is available for a fee. Phones don't work so well here, and we were not able to use the satellite for TV. But we loved it here and would love to return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This state park has two campgrounds, one down by the lake (Lake Billy Chinook) and one up high with views of the mountains. We prefer the one down in the canyon by the lake. (Although it is not on the lake and most will need to drive.) This campground is dry, dusty and in a desert canyon. It is beautiful desert, lots of deer, quiet: just a beautiful site. Beware, it is a 'zoo' in the summer and requires reservations between Memorial Day and Labor Day. there are pull throughs, sewer at every site, and sites for long rigs. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed in Deschutes campground where full hookups and 50 amp service is available. Most sites have plenty of space around them and the website tells you how long they are. Our Sat. worked well at our site but that wouldn't be the case at all sites, there are lots of trees here. No Wi-Fi, but our Sprint Mi-Fi and phone worked well. This is a beautiful area and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this campground. We will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here during "Stay Oregon State Park" day for (free). We were even given a free hot dog dinner for this event the first night we camped. This park is divided into 2 sections 5 miles apart. Deschutes is in the canyon down a long, winding road & across a narrow bridge. As previously mentioned it looked a little dusty and the spaces close together. Crooked River is at the top of the canyon surrounded by green fields and awesome views of the mountains with beautiful expanses of grass, large shade trees and very wide spaces. We had reservations at Deschutes but the very helpful ranger on duty cheerfully changed them to Crooked River for us when we arrived. This is one of the loveliest CG we have ever stayed in. Rangers and hosts keep a close watch on the park and go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one. Beware this CG is very popular with large groups of partying boaters especially on the weekends. Other than that it would be a wonderfully peaceful place to stay during the week. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is lovely. We stayed during the off-season and only a few other sites were occupied. We had quiet, privacy, and a great time. It is close to fishing access, and some absolutely wonderful photo opportunities. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in the crooked river campground and it was great! What a find. It is a ways off of the beaten path, but it is wonderful. No phone or TV other than satellite, but a very well kept park with wooded and grassy sites. All have full hookups and paved roads and pads. Nice showers and laundry room. I hope to return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is one of the nicest State Parks we have ever visited in the Northwest. If you are a tent camper, 5 star groomed sites await you. For RVer's full hookups to include 50 amp service. The facilites were clean, there is a playground for the kids and a fenced in dog run for your canine campers. The main attraction of course is the water recreation. If you don't own a water craft, you can rent one and still have fun. Designated swim areas with picnic tables near by. Bring lots of sunscreen - we'll be sure to come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our sixth and final stop on our recent family vacation was at Cove Palisades State Park near Madras, OR. Cove Palisades is located near th e deep river canyons with towering cliffs where the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius Rivers meet behind Round Butte Dam to form Lake Billy Chinook. There are two campgrounds in the park. Both have separate reservation systems although staff works both campgrounds. We stayed in the Crooked River campground which is in a nice shady lawn area on a bench overlooking the lake. All sites are hookups with grey water disposal in the sites. You will have to drive down the hill to reach the water. Our site had great views of the top of the canyon walls and a beautiful view of Mt. Jefferson. Crooked River was packed with kids and families. Reservations are hard to come by here. I believe that campers with a boat reserve spots year after year. Each morning they all pull out of camp with their boats to spend the day on the water. Crooked River camp has nice big lawns, horseshoes, a beach volleyball court, and a basketball hoop if you are so inclined. Our kids loved the family atmosphere, but the main reason we came was to swim and play in the water. There are three nice day use areas at Cove Palisades--we spent the whole day at the Crooked River one at the bottom of the hill next to the marina. Great swimming in a protected area from boats. Next time we will probably rent a boat from the marina and explore the canyons more. The other campground is the Deschutes CG. It is down in the canyon between the Crooked and Deschutes. It is five miles from the top to the campground so it is not as convenient for exploring outside the park. We drove through and it looked nice, but a little on the dusty side. Sites are in a little valley and so views are of the canyon walls rather than the water. The other two day use areas are down near this campground. On balance I think Crooked River is a better place to stay, but others may disagree. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Cove Palisades. If you boat, fish, or want a good place to swim in a desert climate I would highly recommend it. The amazing Smith Rock SP is an easy day trip from here. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We workamped here for July and August and I have to say it's one of the prettiest campgrounds I've ever stayed in. The upper campground, where we stayed, is Crooked River Campground and has huge sites with gorgeous trees. The campgrounds at the bottom of the canyon, Deschutes, are very near the water. Heavily used by boaters. Family campground. Watched over carefully by the Rangers and just all round wonderful place in the High Desert of Central Oregon. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because the campsites don't have sewer hookups but there is a dump station. Cell phones connections (Verizon) are spotty. Oregon parks are wonderful and I heartily recommend the Crooked River Campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wonderful Oregon State Park that has many many activities for families especially on and in the lake. it is a huge lake, with lots of waterskiing, boarding, etc. It can get very crowded at the boat ramps so bring you patience. summer reservations are a must. Shoulder season is more flexible and quieter. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
State park in Oregon high desert on reservoir Lake Billy Chinook. Lots of families and fisher people. Not much else. If you want to fish and drag a boat it would be good for you. Road winds down to lake and CG. Several around lake with poor signage. If you like dry sand with a green tinge lake with nothing else to do but fish, this place is for you. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very friendly staff. Services were in good working order. Good working Wi-Fi. Aerial TV provided a good selection of channels once we correctly pointed our antenna. Our site was not that level side to side but managed to level with extra blocking. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nearly empty in late Oct. Sites pretty level and very big rig friendly, Everything seemed to work well. We had 30 amp as they didn't have anymore 50 amp. A bit strange since the park was empty. Many TV channels over the batwing so lack of cable no big deal. Wi-Fi worked fine. Nice dog area. Didn't visit the restrooms/laundry room and the pool was closed. Pretty nice view actually looking over the nearby fields. Good overnight place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Granted it was a holiday weekend and the camp was packed, but there seemed to be plenty of staff around. However, they cleaned the baths and showers ONCE a day and no more. With that many tent campers, children using the pool, and people camped in tents, once a day was not enough and the bathrooms were constantly packed, out of supplies, and the floors were slippery with water. This camp is not worth the money. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Noisy!! Yes, it was around the fourth of July, but still!! Tent campers yelling across the campground, kids screaming, dogs barking and barking... Campfire smoke filling neighboring campsite's rigs all night long, and it was eighty degrees! These items are not the fault of the campground, just a herd of rude campers. But, it was not just this year... The staff are very friendly and helpful and work hard to keep the place clean and do updating under new ownership. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very good park. The check in staff was very pleasant and the young man who escorted us to our space was very friendly and very knowledgeable of local activities. The roads and pads are all gravel but these were the most level spaces I have seen anywhere!! This park has lots of lawn with fire rings and picnic tables at every space. It is very pet friendly with several on leash areas as well as an off leash "Kamp K-9" area. We also had access to a very nice walking trail along a levy behind the park. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Place shows pride of ownership, Wi-Fi works great but it was very full and hot so the power tripped a couple of times with all the big rigs running their duel air conditioners. Couldn't get the satellite to work because of the trees. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wonderful setting, incredibly helpful staff, impeccably maintained. This would have been a 10 except that 50 amp, full hookup sites are limited, and the electrical service is old and weak. We had to change to a different site when the voltage dropped so low that our rig kept shutting itself off. The staff moved mountains to accommodate us though. Also tent sites surround the rv sites on all sides. Would have been better to have rv's in one area, tents in another. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want to go to a beautifully landscaped, yet natural setting and feel your every need will be addressed by the camp hosts - this is the place for you! We stayed here for 3 nights in a 36 foot motorhome with 2 dogs and kids. First they get you settled into your site even assisting in hookups if you need it. Then if you need firewood, they are right on it and bring it to your site! The store has many eye-catching souvenirs and you couldn't find a better group of folks to make you feel welcome. The security was top notch, you knew they were there, but not in the least intrusive. I felt like we were at a 5 star resort! For those of you who like to eat, they have a nightly ice cream social for $1 and a pancake and sausage breakfast for $3.50! Would love to have seen inside the log cabins available - there were families everywhere having fun - swimming, playing foosball, or renting one of the bikes - they have it all. Thanks for a great vacation! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great KOA. Most of the sites are shaded by large trees. Big rig friendly with long pull throughs. It is 4th of July weekend, and the place is packed and the wi-fi is still going strong. They cook all-you-can-eat breakfast on the weekend for just $3.50. Not all sites have sewer, but there is a dump station on the way out. It is out in the country, so no traffic noise. The staff is hard working and very friendly. The grounds are clean and well maintained. I plan on bringing the grandchildren here next year. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stay at many KOA's for over nighters when traveling. Most KOA's are adequate at best. This is one of the nicest KOA's that we have ever stayed at. Nice wide sites with grass and shady. Pool was very nice. Highly recommend this KOA. The laundry room was one of the cleanest that I have ever used. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This CG is actually called the Central-Oregon KOA. Decent Wi-Fi, very clean, beautiful location with a view of Mt. Adams, lots of space, very nice hosts. We thought the price was a bit expensive for the middle of Oregon. We stayed here 2 nights. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful location, nice people, good facilities, and an excellent value. My son enjoyed the pool while my dog and I enjoyed wandering the property and listening to the trees rustle. Big roomy sites. Good Wi-Fi. This is definitely a park we will camp in again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed 5 nights and were very pleased. The quiet rual setting was great. The park is an oases in the middle of farm country. There is easy access to many scenic byways and parks. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice smaller KOA that is very clean and quiet. It does not have all of the activities that larger KOA have for children. We stayed here one night as we passed through the area. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice older park. Very friendly and helpful staff. Sites were gravel but quite level. A bit pricey but there was a major local event going on so that might have had something to do with the price. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had an excellent, multi-day stay here. Our kids enjoyed the art classes every morning (just for our kids on some days) and the pool, and we enjoyed the bucolic landscape with cows grazing and hay being baled. Bathrooms/showers were very clean. I could still hear the road from about .5 miles away. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent park, very quiet and relaxing. Great store, lots of souveniers and trinkets, friendly staff, even has a cappuchino machine. Great view of Mount Hood. Facilities were exceptional, Kids loved the pool. Probably one of the best KOA's We've been to. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A very nice KOA, and pretty typical of a KOA. Nice pool (small), well-equipped but small store, clean restrooms/showers. Far enough away from the highway and railroad tracks that the noise was hardly noticeable when outside. Only thing I found odd was the hump you had to go up and over for the dump station. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.