Oregon west coast trip

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  1. 91Starcraft

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    My family and I are trying to plan a trip up the west coast and back this summer. I really want them to see Oregon and Washington.
    What are some good family friendly campgrounds?? We will be leaving from the Lake Tahoe area heading north..


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    Luckily Oregon has oodles of camping. I'm a boondocker typically, but the State of Oregon, I think, has a good park/campground system, especially the ones I have seen on the coast. Take a look:

    http://oregonstateparks.org

    As for family friendly, they all seem friendly to me. I'm not positive but I'm thinking all the state parks are hosted, at least during the core camping season.

    Of course like Nevada, Oregon is a big Public Lands state, so lots of USFS type campgrounds and dispersed dry camping is possible all over, especially east of the Cascades. Something not widely known is the BLM in Western Oregon have some nice highly developed campgrounds. They are worth a look.

    As for Washington I'm much less familiar with it other than the Wenatchee/Okanogan and Mt. Baker/Snoqualime National Forests. In this case the same USFS statement as above applies. Once you get your travel itinerary together post it up a maybe someone or myself can give you the scoop on someplace specific.

    Good luck....
     
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    We are planning our trip based on the best spots... I haven't been there since I was a kid. Where are your favorite places??


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    The more I look at all the nice parks in Oregon we may just skip
    Washington and spend more time in Oregon. Make it a loop leave Tahoe towards the coast then loop through Oregon back into NV at Elko and camp in the Ruby's, then back home.... we plan on taking 1 1/2 - 2 weeks.


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    Cape Disappointment State Campground is one of my favorites. It is right on the coast and next to the Where the Columbia river feeds into the Pacific Ocean. You can do a day trip to Astoria, which is a great town to walk around. Also, anything around Canon beach and Manzanita are awesome as well.
     
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    I liked Beverly Beach State Park. Short walk to the beach. Great place for kids.
     
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    don't forget "coos bay"
     
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    For family look at Fort Stevens and the surrounding area is a must see. There are many great places and things to do and see in Washington also. Mt Rainier is a must see both Cougar rock and Ohanapecosh are beautiful campgrounds and inside the park.
     
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    Crater Lake! Crater Lake! Crater Lake!
     
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    Make reservations in advance. We tent camped the Oregon coast and had a heck of a time finding campground with sites ( tent camping). We visited in august last year


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    Reservations fill up fast, so now's the time. There are great "camping in the Pacific Northwest" book which I'm sure you can find used on Amazon. Those books are how we chose all of our PNW campsites, avoiding the bigger rigged ones that can house over 200 campers. There are some true gems in OR and WA.
     
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    I've got to find that book! I'll check out Amazon like you suggested!


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    You guys have been awesome! So far we have decided to head up to Harris beach, they have gray whales there. Not as many as the winter but still about 15 a day!! Then over to silver falls then to Astoria. These are all pretty big parks.
    We are still trying to figure out our way back. We thought about Mt. Hood then Crater lake... but finding some smaller gems would be nice!!


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    What time of the year are you going? Some of the higher elevations aren't open or passable until August. Being from Ohio it really surprised us to find that the snow was just cleared enough to open Crater Lake the fourth of August and they were snowboarding on Mt Hood two days later.
     
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    Oh wow!!' We were thinking mid to late July. It really depend on if we can get reservations.


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    We just came back from a trip that included driving down 101 from Washington to California. The Oregon coast is beautiful in Winter. Only downside was that the numerous State Parks were closed, and the Forest Service parks, though open, had no shower facilities. We tried about a half dozen before giving up and looking for a commercial campsite.

    There we lucked out...

    At Coos Bay we stayed at a Casino RV Park: https://www.themillcasino.com/
    The price was reasonable and the shower/bathroom facilities were the nicest of any campground we'd been to. Really first class.

    We had dinner at the casino, then played the slot machines and recouped the cost of the dinner and campsite. What-a-deal! They even had a shuttle bus to take us from the campsite to the casino. Being winter we almost had the campground to ourselves.
     
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    Trillium lake is beautiful if your on the west side of hood.


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    THANK YOU!! I will check it out! We are still trying to figure out or return trip.


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