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Discussion in 'Past Rallies' started by ChocoChock01, Jan 14, 2016.
Call for campgrounds near line of Totality in OR!!
Need more ideas they are already booking for the eclipse!!
May have to look into boondocking it...
Ultimately that might be could be the way to go.
It might take someone local who knows the area, as to where might support a large number of campers.
The biggest problem w boondocking is the the uncertainty of having a CS, and the logistics.
If we look at some of the towns along the line of totality, who might be enthusiastic to have the influx of visitors, where they could make all the arrangements.
There are a number of fairgrounds, museums such as:
McEwen Depot and Museum
There are quite a number of small RV parks.
Sumpter Valley narrow gauge train
Will make some more phone calls next week.
Unless someone can go out and set up camp two weeks in advance (maximum length of stay on FS land is 14 days), there's no guarantee a particular boondocking site will be available. I suspect hard core eclipse fans will be out there as early as possible to get the good spots. Also, it's hard to find boondocking sites that can accommodate large groups. It might be better to choose several sites and be prepared to camp in small groups.
We spent some time on the Malheur NF last summer scouting north of John Day and Prairie City until the big fires got going around John Day. What we know so far....
Magone Lake CG is right on the center line. It's FCFS except for the group camp. Nice lake for swimming, drinking water, vault toilets, no garbage service. The campground is nicely shaded. Not a good spot to watch the eclipse. To blend in with the locals, pronounce the name MaGOON.
East of Magone Lake about 3 miles, Forest Road 18 intersects Forest Road 36 (called Four Corners). My Long Creek District map shows it as Road 36, but I see that Google shows it as Road 32. Anyway, just a bit north of the intersection off Rd 18 (Keeney Forks Rd) is a rock pit that is on the center line. It shows as a white patch on the center line map. It's not a pit as such, more a hill that has been mostly leveled. It would be like camping on a very unlevel parking lot with no shade. The FS would probably be OK with a large group camping here if they aren't mining rock at the time. Would they let us reserve it? That would have to be investigated. Large Boy Scout groups have used rock pits on the Deschutes NF as campsites so it might be a possibility. There would probably some requirements... like portable toilets.
We looked at some of the meadows around that area, but most are either filled in with lodgepole pine or access is blocked off to protect wet areas.
We'll go back to that area again once the snow melts.
That intel is invaluable!
Is this the spot?
I called 3 offices to determine whether it is Malheur or Umatilla Forest, and if it is not a designated CS and doing dispersed camping then it will be FCFS.
Google camera shows it as Malheur NF
Turn off:Keeney Forks Rd
I was down there in 2014 and my opinion is that boondocking on public land is probably not the answer. I agree with Zephyr that locals who know the area will have claimed all possible public boondocking sites far in advance. The state parks will probably be reserved the instant the window for that time period opens. As I concluded then, my thoughts are that if a large group wants to be together a deal for boondocking on private land will have to be negotiated (far in advance) with a local landowner.
I think Tom is right. Anyone from the portal in this area that can act as a contact/facilitator? That would be the way to go. An alphalfa field, cow pasture, whatever is accessible and available would do.......a hold harmless agreement would go a long way. Could even contract for insurance for the event. Could even do it for as a not for hire thing. Could just be invited and "tip" the property owner for hospitality......
looking into a couple of possible sites.
If these do come together, anyone wanting to secure a site need to be ready to commit w funds (deposit or full payment) 18 mos ahead!
The quarry site (4 corners) is FCFS in Malheur NF so would need someone to get in early.
If anyone else can also join the search, it should give us some options.
I voted for campground but could do boondock as well. Hookups would be my last choice (need).
I'm adding my post to this topic just so I'll be aware of updates. Still in for this.
Here is another option:
Less emphasis on type of camping and more on who and what equipment will be available for the
Greatest Duration is 2 minutes 40.2 event??
Such as is there a college hosting the event? that we can get close to.
Of course this area does have a historic past!
right through Baker, OR.
Re: 2017 West Coast Total Eclipse Rally
Who is ready to make 2017 reservations??
Have a RV park 16 miles from the line of totality that has Full Hook up, Partial Hook ups and w a total of 45 acres for Dry camping. They said the Dry camping can accommodate lots of pour over campers.
It is located on the Snake River off I-84.
Ok, I'm understanding catfish RV park is the place. So I made my reservation for this rally in full back in hook ups. In on 8/18/17 out on 8/22/17. Hope I can get the time off work............
Date: Aug 19-21, 2017
Potluck will be Sunday, Aug. 20th.
as suggested earlier, with the number of inquiries I have put out, we may have several suggested locations, including locations for boondocking as well as other campgrounds along the path.