This is our third stay at this state park but our first in the winter. This is a good choice for winter camping since it is fairly well protected from the wind. Loops A & B are closed during the off season. If you choose to stay here with a trailer, you'll want a site on the outside of the loop. Clean park, friendly hosts and there is World Class golf less than 10 minutes away!
I would like to echo the previous reviewer. The loop drives badly need tree trimming and many inner sites are difficult to park a larger trailer. I actually had to approach my site (C16) from the "wrong way" because the pad is angled improperly. Reserve America lists this site as 42' deep, but I paced off 32'. I had to back my 28' trailer to the curb and park my truck sideways on the pad. If you have a larger RV, try to choose a site on the outside of a loop. This is one of our "go to" parks and we stay here often. The volunteer staff are very friendly as well. Nightly rate includes Reserve America fee.
We have stayed here at least once a year for the last ten years, usually just for a long weekend. The river is beautiful, the park is well kept and the staff is very friendly and guide you into your site. Several reviewers have stated that the sites are tight and that the picnic tables are located at the back of the sites. This is true of the riverfront sites, but the pull-thru sites and sites away from the river are spaced out more. The only reason I don't give the park a ten rating is that there are no showers. This would be a very welcome addition, especially for the tent campers.
We highly recommend this small, meticulously kept RV Park as an overnight stay if you plan to visit the several nearby units of the John Day Fossil Beds. All sites are back-in and are generously spaced with nice sized lawns. The lawn for tent campers is huge and equally well cared for. Dayville is small, but fuel and groceries are available.
Among the positives are very spacious sites, clean facilities, mature shade trees and the beautiful Rogue River. The negatives are that river access is very limited by brush and the campground is adjacent to the rest area, which gave me a less "secure" feeling than I typically experience from camping only facilities. We stayed a week and will stay here again.
We stayed here for the first time this year. We loved it and we will be back! The majority of the campers were fishers - up early and also to bed early. We came to relax and this park is perfect for that. The park is 27 crooked miles from civilization and that is the only drawback, but I bet most of our fellow campers - many who've come every year for 20 or more years - come here for that very reason. Many of the river view sites have been converted to cabin sites so the map on their website may no longer be accurate. Overall, a great value, and we give this park a 10.
This park is all about location. Wildlife viewers and scenery admirers know this area very well and this park is well situated. Unfortunately the park is all gravel and dust and the only shade you'll find is what you bring. The guests are what make this place nicer. In the evenings we all had our stories to tell of our days adventures. The park has a store, restaurant, bar and fuel to go along with what you would expect from an RV Park.
First - and most important - this park is NOT closed! It has what you need and even had green, grassy sites. Even though the park is next to the highway it was fairly quiet at night except for the occasional coyote. There are a few long term residents, but the majority of the sites are for travelers. By far the best RV Park in the area.
We have stayed here multiple times over the last four or five years and it is by far our favorite RV park. The owners and hosts are wonderful friendly, helpful people. The location is convenient (half way between I-5 and the coast) and very beautiful. The Umpqua River is beautiful and the park is right on the river. Immediately next to the RV park is a county park with a boat ramp for fishermen. Elkton is a cute town with all services available. We recommend that you visit at different times of the year to experience the ever-changing river.
This is a nice, uncrowded little RV park that is off the beaten path, in fact traffic is so light (mostly farm vehicles) we found that we'd watch "for fun." The park overlooks Willow Creek Lake and dam. Our only complaint is that the neighboring Corp of Engineers property has very bright flood lights that broadcast some of their light toward the campground. How wonderful it would have been to have a dark campground. Heppner is the county seat so check out the several museums, and the beautiful court house. The area residents are very friendly. They will wave, stop to visit, happily answer your questions and generally make you feel welcomed. If you want a peaceful, relaxing stay: this park definitely fits the bill.
This is a nice park with a very friendly staff. The park is shady, access to the Interstate is easy, they have a huge dog exercise area, space rent was very reasonable, WiFi and laundry were good, and their unleaded gas was the lowest in the area. We will stay here in the future.