Stan Wigg

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This is a great place for an overnight stop, - close to the Trans Canada, close to shopping, quiet and picturesque. The river sites have no shade but nice to hear the rush of the water at night. There are lots of shaded sites further back from the water. The washrooms are clean but small. However, there are also two spacious and lockable washroom/showers that are ideal. I would make a point of stopping here on the way to or from the Maritimes.

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The campground has a lovely wooded setting in the Loess Hills not far from Sioux City. There are a number of trails that originate in or are very close to the campground. There is one very old washroom and a new washroom with showers. The facilities are great in the new washroom but the rough concrete floor gives it a grubby look. Only 10 of the sites have electricity. There is only one site with a level gravel pad. The other sites are grassy and more or less level. Do not come here if you have a big rig. Most sites would be unsuitable for even an average sized trailer. We camped on a weekday in May so the campground was wonderfully quiet. However, the sites are close together with nothing to separate the sites so it would be very crowded if the campground was full.

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We always stay here as a last stop as we travel home to Ontario from the west. Most of the sites are permanent and you get the feeling of being an outsider. But that's OK, the park is well supervised, the washrooms are old but clean, the sites are level and its quiet. We prefer the sites on the west side of the park overlooking the lake.

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Don't miss this campground. It is first class in every way. So nice to have lush green grass in such a dry area. The free breakfast was delicious, - gracious friendly help. Our site did not have shade but there were lots of trees through the campground to give enough shade for relaxing on a hot day.

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We have been spoiled by all the wonderful state parks in Oregon. Tumalo did not live up to our expectations. The sites were small and there was very little separation between sites. The sites were very dusty. The grass in the picnic area was watered but was not well tended. We had planned to stay for two days but decided to move on after one day.

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We had planned to camp at Cape Blanco State Park but the temperature was in the 50's so we moved on to Humbug Mountain. When we arrived a couple of hours later, the temperature was in the 70's. The campground is beautifully sheltered in between Humbug Mountain and China Mountain and yet it is only a short walk to the beautiful beach from the largest camping area. Most of the sites are in a circle around an open grassy area, - adequate shade for most sites but not as much site separation as in many other Oregon campgrounds. There are good trails for hiking including the impressive climb to the top of Humbug Mountain.

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We had great memories of walking from the park to the beach through wonderful dunes when we visited here 25 years ago. We were stunned when we looked across the dunes from the viewpoint at the lighthouse. The former dune area looked like a vast sand parking lot, flattened by all the ATV usage. However, at dusk, standing on the campground trail overlooking the dunes, with no ATV's in sight the softly rolling dunes still had a magic appeal. The small campground is cozily nestled between hills with a short walk to the very attractive lake. There are campsites at the top of the hill but we prefer the sites in the valley.

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We came to this park after visiting Beverly Beach, Carl G Washburn and Sunset Bay state parks. Although it is an excellent state park, it does not measure up to the previous three. Its a long walk to the beach through soft sand for most of the way. Yes, the beach is glorious. The sites are attractive with good separation between most sites. Its a short walk to a lovely view across the Coquille River. The beach at nearby Bandon has some of the most spectacular scenery of the entire Oregon coast.

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What a wonderful campground, - spacious, shaded sites. Its a 10 minute walk to the beach but what a beautiful trail and no soft sand to slow you down. The beach is beautiful, - deserted on a warm September day. We stayed one night here so did not get a chance to explore the many trails. Don't miss Heceta Lighthouse while you are there. Three is a three mile trail to the lighthouse or you can drive the short distance.

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We came to this park after visiting Nehalem Bay State Park. We would choose this one in a heart beat over Nehalem. The sites are so beautiful and private. You can walk to the beach along the trail by the stream or on the road. Because you don't have a long slog through a sandy path as at Nehalem, the time to get to the beach really doesn't seem that long. Make sure you spend some time at Devil's Punch Bowl State Park, an easy walk along the beach or a short drive.

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Perhaps we were expecting too much after a long day of driving but we did not feel that the campground lived up to our expectations based on previous reviews. Yes, the river is gorgeous. We never expected to be beside a rushing snow melt fed river. The sites were immaculately maintained, adequate size, no privacy but that is typical for private campgrounds. We felt the washrooms, although clean, were substandard. The shower was so tiny you barely had enough room to dry yourself. There was only one men's toilet to serve our half of the campground. In summary, you are paying a significant premium for a river view.

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The campground is well designed and it is only a short walk to the beautiful beach. Although the campsites are spacious, there is very little in the way of shrubbery to separate the sites. With a full campground and many big rigs and extra vehicles, some areas seemed very crowded.

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We always enjoy a stop here after a long day of driving. There are level gravel sites available but we prefer the grassy sites right by the lake even though they are somewhat uneven. Such an attractive and peaceful spot and so nice to be able to stroll through the nearby residential neighborhood or through the historic downtown area. We have always found the grounds to be well kept and the washrooms to be neat and clean.

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I agree with the positive comments from previous posts. The following are additional comments that apply to the newest section of the park. The sites here are slightly larger, level crushed stone for vehicles and concrete pad for picnic table, no shade but but the entire area is surrounded by trees. The bathrooms are superb. The shower stall and change area has a lockable door and is the size of a small residential bathroom. This is a quiet well run park with a great location.

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We agree with all the positive comments from previous reviews as well as the negative comment as to shower design. The Old Man Cave area was so beautiful, - like scenery from Lord of the Rings. Next time we come we are going to get up early and take the trails there before it gets busy. Don't miss the other natural areas, - Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, etc. We found the Conkles Hollow area was particularly beautiful. One final note: if you are travelling to the park from the south on highway 23, don't take highway 50 and then north at Allensville. It looks like the shortest way but there are no signs and the road north from Allensville is very winding, - easy to get lost.