We knew going into it that the park is on I-5. We were in space 19 which was an end site that was nice, but the sound of the jake brakes on the trucks was day and night. Have to say that the dump site was extremely challenging to navigate. We ended up having to back into it due to low hanging tree branches the other way in. The camp host was very nice and the park was clean.
Camping at Stub Stewart will bias you toward the older Oregon state parks. The spots are all spacious and private. The park is clean and quiet. We got good cell phone service but no TV stations, and no Wi-Fi. In the busy season I could see parking as a problem, since there is no designated overflow parking.
Very clean and quiet, except for the road noise from the highway. Spaces are a bit too close together in comparison to state park sites. The owners are on site and do a great job of escorting guests in and monitoring visitors. Very well maintained with lots of grassy areas. We were here for a fly fishing trip with family and also took in the Saturday market in Twisp. We agree with prior posts in regard to the internet. Very slow but we're on vacation.
We were notified a few months after making our reservation that our site would not accommodate tents. What we were not told, however, was that site C57 had a huge tree stump on one site, and another very large tree on the other side. Site description was not accurate as our fifth wheel has four slides and an awning that we couldn't fully open, due to the stump placement. It was challenging at best, and a nightmare backing in as this was perhaps the most narrow spot in the park. The park itself was well maintained; beach access was okay.
This is a beautiful park. Quiet, trees everywhere, beautiful waterfront, 50 amp service, great camp host in a golf cart that just verified you are the camper with the reservations. This park is a gem. Great boat launch, beach, kayaking, etc.
What a gem of a park. I understand Chief Timothy was a state park, but is now privately run. The park has an interesting space arrangement, all of the full hook up spots are put throughs, with trees, on opposite sides of the road through the park. Riverfront spots are a premium, but have to deal with the walk-through traffic heading to the docks throughout the park. The swimming beach was very nice for families. Park staff was friendly and informative, and basically invisible, except coming through to check on garbage dumpsters. The river was gorgeous, and Clarkston is nearby with a Costco and Wal-Mart. The boat launch looked convenient. A relaxing getaway.
We have stayed at least a week every summer for the past four summers. The first three years we were in a trailer, and this past year a 5th wheel. This is my most favorite park ever. The sites are spacious and the park is breathtaking. Park staff is wonderful, restrooms are clean, the beach is easy access from everywhere. The park has a summer concert series at Waikiki Beach, and this year had the addition of the pizza concession trailer (which will deliver to your site) and the burger/clam chowder trailer. We enjoyed it all. Also, new bike paths through the park. We rode all the way to Bolstad Beach in Long Beach from Beards Hollow. It was gorgeous and an easy ride for our group of 4 (we are all over 50). If the camp store doesn't have what you need (and they stock a lot- Washington wines and even green chillis) there is a store in Ilwaco, and even a better store in Seaview (Sids) with great produce and prices. Also, you don't want to miss the ranger shows.
At $12 a night this park was a bargain. We stayed in the A-loop. There is construction going on, it looked like a new restroom unit is going in. Several sites were closed. This is a small park, and yes, you can hear the trains, much like at Maryhill State Park across the Columbia. But we found our off-season stay to be relaxing nonetheless. We did have to go to Maryhill to dump our holding tanks.
We stayed in the West Loop. East Loop was not open. The East Loop has more view sites, but they have less trees. That's where the playground is. We had plenty of trees in the West Loop. Beautiful, private sites, but it was off season. This is a gorgeous park with spacious sites. On a clear day it would be breathtaking from all angles.
I knew going into it that this wouldn't compare with a state park. We found it difficult to maneuver into our pull through site, plus the way the utilities are our electric cord wouldn't reach. Owner/Managers are very picky about how you park your tow rig. Spots are really packed in. Mostly permanent residents, clean, but not conducive to kids as they couldn't ride bikes or play ball. Was cheaper and more comfortable than a hotel.
I wrote a somewhat critical review in July. I also complained to the Port of Benton, who is presently managing the park. I received a 2 night complimentary visit, which I used in October. I am very pleased to report that the grounds were impeccable. The park was patrolled on a regular basis by management, and we were greeted by the caretaker. A wonderful improvement, and I am happy to see such a gorgeous park being restored. Great job Port of Benton.
This is a beautiful park. The trees are lush and for the first time in 25 trips we were not awakened when the sun came up because the trees blocked out the bright light. The park was quiet, and wild blackberries were all along the shoreline. We noticed that park personnel came through the park on a regular basis, but did nothing about campers adjacent to us who had extra vehicles obstructing the drive through the campground. This surprised us as rangers are generally really mindful in regard to vehicles not parked properly. We drove into Mossyrock to get fuel, where there was a small grocery store. We could not pick up any tv stations, but had great cell phone service, which surprised us.
This was a last minute trip for us over the Labor Day weekend. We were amazed to find a spot available. This campground is within walking distance from the town of Winthrop, and due to the traffic/parking problems in Winthrop, I consider it a real plus. We ran out of things to do in the town but could have gone rafting or mountain biking. There some shops with interesting items, small restaurants with mostly bar food, and a great bakery called the Rocking Horse Bakery. This campground is all grassy, with just a utility pole to designate spots. They have a huge laundry area and also some permanent mobile homes that they rent out. The park appeared to be a favorite of BMW motorcycle riders. The park itself was very quiet.
This park was s big disappointment. I had asked to reserve a pull through site, and apparently they don't know what a pull through site is. Also, the spot they put us in was barely long enough and so close to neighbors. There are a number of full-time manufactured units nearly, and vehicles that are parked there are a serious hindrance to safely backing into one's campsite. Really the only positive comment I have is that the restaurant is nice but the service was very slow.
A very well-kept park with a ranger on site who won't put up with any nonsense. My only complaint is that reservations are not accepted. We arrived early on a Friday and had virtually one site to choose from.
This is an older park. The sites are a bit close together. The restrooms were old style. Nice , free showers. The beach is about a 1/4 mile walk from the A loop. We noted that because there are not sewer hookups in sites, the line at the dump station was usually long at check out time. Nice staff.
This is a lovely park with some management problems. Management has shifted from the state to a private group, and the park is now handled by the Port of Benton, who appear to be doing their best to get things right. We noted that a caretaker, camp host, etc., appeared to be non-existent. There was no one to check us in, no one to make sure that our spot was vacated by check-out time, no one to deal with a dog that barked all night etc. But despite all that, this is a lovely park. I've lived within 50 miles of it for 20 years and never visited. Now that I know that the Port of Benton has taken over and plans to make positive changes, I will plan to visit more often. There are beautiful sites right on the water (32-30-28-26). Also interesting groups of three sites together, but you'd only want to be in one of those if you were camping in a group--I would hate to be in one of those next to a stranger. Also, no grocery stores, gas stations, etc. nearby. There is Columbia Crest Winery about 15 miles away, and they do sell snacks but mostly wine.