Beautiful tall evergreen trees were everywhere, there’s a large open grassy area for games and play, a pet area, and a playground set for smaller kids. We were in space 4 with a close view of the river. There’s rafting and canoeing for those who bring their boats, and lots of fire rings and tables. The park was almost empty on the Monday that we got here, and only about 1/4 full on Thursday when we left. They seem to be full mostly on weekends. The camp hosts were a typical older couple that you would find as camp hosts at any park, nothing strange. There were some really long motorhomes here and they didn’t seem to have any problem. Ours is a B+ that is 23 ft long and fit perfectly along with our HHR. The town of Vernonia is nearby, but not walking distance. There is a market there, hardware store, bars, and not a whole lot else. We are definitely coming back here soon.
We arrived on a hot, muggy July Saturday and found a beautiful lake, clean bathrooms and about 3 times the number of people and vehicles that there should be for such a small place. The long term people who park there and use their campers as vacations homes have all of the good spots with shade, trees, grass, landscaping, best views, etc. The casual, short term campers get the crowded graveled spots out in the unfiltered sun. This is very uncomfortable after a few summer hours of baking. We left earlier than planned. This is also a day-use spot because of the lake and water sports. This adds to the crowding, vehicles, noise, etc. They are definitely squeezing every dime out of the place that they can to the discomfort of some of the campers. They have a cute little store that sells ice cream cones as well as other food and general items. If you have a smaller camper and water toys or like to fish, this may be your place.
We stayed here in May and again in June. May was wonderful. The place was only about 1/2 full and it was like camping in a forest that has real bathrooms. I was rainy, but this is the NW Oregon coast and it rains a lot here. June's trip found the place warmer and filled with lots of people on bikes, kids all over and dogs having fun. There were also billions of huge hungry mosquitoes everywhere. They really put a damper on things. We had lots of bug spray but weren’t terribly enthused about having to live covered in chemicals. The Ft Stevens area is filled with history and many interesting things to visit and there are small towns near by and the Oregon coast is just a “stone’s throw” from the park. We really like it there and will be going back in the cooler, mosquito-free times of the year.