The only positive might be its near the ocean beach, through the sand dunes. No ocean view, as name would have you believe. We were told when we arrive pick a site and then register at the office. Fine, no one said the office was up an incline and 3 blocks away at the Gold Beach Motel! Asked why the office at the campground was not opened and used, the answer was for convenience! Apparently theirs (the owner), not ours! Staff were not very friendly. The whole operation could use an upgrade and organization. Our site 12 had some garbage strung around the bushes in back. Paper plates, plastic, coffee can etc. The picnic table cement with wood top with broken wood benches! Cable TV reception very fuzzy,some HBO channels, box was broken to he-double hockey sticks, PBS, Fox, history fairly good. Shower were clean and acceptable.
This is a very old campground with limited sewer service and electric amp service varies at every other site and really need fixing here. The 2 campground bathrooms are kept relatively clean. They are large, have hand air dryers, not paper towels. The outlet I tried did not work, and they lack enough hot water for all the numbers of people using them. It is in a prime walking location to both Old Town Florence and to the marina for boating. There is a public fish cleaning station at the boat launch. Boat launching is free if you stay at the campground; otherwise there is a parking fee of $2. This could be called a sportsman's campground as there is lots of fishing and crabbing done here. However, there is no communal facility provided for cooking the crab catch, like other campgrounds in Charleston, so bring cooking supplies with you. It is impossible to get a waterfront site during fishing season. The boat moorage is limited and booked well advance. You might be able to find a site if you book and pay in full 2 years in advance. The booking fee is non refundable on a cancellation. The boat launch works well and is extremely busy during fishing season. Most boaters are courteous. DO NOT leave crab pots in the river unattended, however. They seem to be safe left at the gated campground marina. The online booking does not give you an assigned camp site number on completion of the booking. The online booking is not capable of showing available sites for previous weeks or following weeks dates, just for the date you enter in the beginning. You have to just keep starting over putting in different dates and hope to find something suitable.
We found this to be one of nicest State campgrounds we have stayed at. The lake is beautiful for water sports. The showers are individual private rooms with ample space and conveniences, although a spot to place your soap would make it more handy. Restrooms and campsites are well kept and very clean, staff was very friendly. We had our 21' boat with us and had reserved a slip, but found access to the marina very steep and we cancelled in favor of launching daily. For the disabled or elderly, climbing the stairs and up and down the hill in the heat of the day might be stressful. We stayed in site C20 with plenty of room for the boat and our truck and camper and a little shade. The water front sites are a bit smaller with less shade. The launch was nice and uncrowded except on weekends and the lake activities are mostly family oriented. We were able to get cellular service through US Celluar, but it was a bit spotty and limited.
We stayed one night and had a site with water, electric, Wi-Fi and cable TV right near the office: full hookup was $26. The road is gravel and the site a mix of pine needles, dirt and grass, with a picnic table, however was still quite pleasant. This campground is located in close proximity to the marina, which was very busy with the fall salmon run in full swing. It is also within a pleasant boardwalk to old town and very handy. Most shops in old town stay open until about 6 PM. Be sure to stop by the ice cream and taffy store for a special treat. The best taffy I have found on the coast.
I had a pleasant stay at this campground. Our site was paved and level and surrounded by trees. I found the trail to the beach a bit tiring as it was a steep climb over the soft sand dunes. There could be more trails created with easier beach access. The beach itself was not unique: plain with no tide pools or rock formations, except for a distant out cropping. I made an on-line reservation for this campground through the contracted Reserve America system. The system showed the campground was full, except for just two sites next to one another, for the whole month of September. I thought that unusual, so I telephoned the campground to check with the ranger on actual site availability. I was told yes the campground was full and if I had found an open site I should reserve it right away. The day I arrived at the campground I discovered that many sites were still open. The ranger said that 1/2 of the campsites were on a first come first serve bases for the entire month of September. Online rules indicated that the first come first serve practice did not begin until October. I questioned the ranger about why that information was not available on line. He did not seem to know about the reservation process. I told the ranger instead of raising the campsite rates as the state is going to do, it might be better to consider the reservation system display the correct site availability instead of indicating full when the campground is not. That would probably generate more revenue than raising the rates, and make us campers happier too. I could have saved the $6 reservation fee if I had known about the first come first serve policy for September. The ranger did not show any concern or indicate he would bring the matter to attention of his superiors.
The campground brochure did not mention anything nor did the map reveal anything regarding the proximity of the near by trains, airplanes, boat and highway noise that besets this other than that, seemly nicely maintained park. I was however alarmed by the approach late one evening, after 11:00PM, in our site by a disheveled and seeming drunk or high individual who identified himself only as Cowboy and asked for money and cigarettes or our Coach. I hoped he thought a joke. I do not know if there is any or if there is adequate security patrols or cameras provided by the park for their clients safety. In my web search for an RV Park nearest to Portland's City Center there were not many available and this one seemed to be the nicest and closest. There is a near by public bus service which will take you to the nearest Max Station which has a park and ride and a shopping mall is quite near by.
We enjoyed our stay at this campground inspite of the rain. We found the day use park and trails were very nice along the Deschutes River, and were impressed with the unusual rock formations we found here. We were in site #26. The camp ground map showes camp sites right along the river but we only saw one site, with no services, that actually had direct access to the river, the rest of the sites shown were a bit off the water with brush between them and the river. The camp is just a few short miles to the city of Bend.
I was surprised by the fact we did not have a sewer hook up available as I was told it was a full service camp site. Our site #84R is a nice location on the water with boat access. I was told that the site was shaded and it was, until the late afternoon when the sun is the hottest. It was 105 degrees the two days in mid August I stayed at this park. The second day we rented a patio boat for 4 hours. The boat broke down just after 1 hour out, when we stopped for a swim, the out board engine would not restart. There was no radio, or compass on board, but we got lucky and were able to get a weak cell signal, which we used to call the resort for help. We were towed back to a different marina and ferried by truck from there back to the resort. We were refunded the cost of the rental, but received nothing than more than an apology for the inconvience.
This campground is a pleasant retreat with small english type flower gardens, ornamental landscape displays, mature trees and nice sized lawn areas between sites. The only negative comment I can make is about the surroundings, as there is train track in close proximity. The trains are descending a hill and their brakes squeak and squeal loudly as they slow the train down. This is usually for just a short period.
Nice park good facilities. Located on a hill top with nice views of the surrounding valley and sunrise and sunsets outstanding. Laundry and shower facilities were good and clean, over all a well maintained park. Most sites however, are not even which will make it difficult to level your rig.