RickB

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We have stayed here several times in the past and have been happy with the park and the staff. During this stay - which is admittedly early in the season - the park didn't seem to be ready. There was a tree down, a couple campsites were closed, porta-potties were set up while restrooms in the day-use area are supposedly undergoing maintenance and the dump station was closed. I would have given an even lower rating but the camp hosts were excellent. The nightly rate did not include the $10 reservation fee.

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This is Oregon's newest State Park and we couldn't be more impressed. There are 21 primitive campsites, a tent area with 7 sites and a group tent camp for up to 25 people, all first-come, first-served. The setting is the beautiful John Day River canyon. The sites are very well spaced. There is no real privacy except for wind breaks that are set up at each picnic table. The campground drive loop and parking pads are gravel. The pads are fairly level. The vault toilets were the cleanest I've seen. There are at least 4 water spigots available for filling your fresh water tank. The nearest dump stations are in Moro or Condon (each about 40 minutes away). Recreational opportunities abound. Before choosing this park, please visit the campground website. This is a wild and natural area with abundant wildlife viewing opportunities and some wildlife that are to be avoided. As for us, we can't wait to come back again.

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Many recent posters have hit the nail on the head. It's shady, in a rain forest, the roads and pads are uprooted by the trees making for a rough ride and difficulty leveling, etc. The thing is, this park is great! The park service is allowing nature to do its thing while we get to enjoy the park this has become. I have camped here for at least 50 years as a child and into senior citizenship and it has changed over that time. Embrace the rough edges of the campground and enjoy the beach!

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We dry camped here. The campground is fairly cramped and shares the restrooms with an adjacent rest area. The showers are for CG guests only. There are several green grass areas in the CG for dog exercise and an abundance of places outside the CG to walk including the beautiful small city of Sisters. If you are reserving ahead of time, make sure to compare the campsite map for the CG with a satellite or map image! Several of the dry camping parking pads have impossible angles for entry and exit and there are large rocks along roadsides that further impede site access. I had one of them. Lots of generators running! All of that said, this CG - in the city - beats the "resort" east of town as a camping experience.

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We have stayed a few nights at this campground each of the last three years for family reunions. There are two main loops, an RV group camping area, several group tent camping areas, yurts and cabins available. The two main loops are completely different from the other. "A" loop is very shaded, the sites are back-ins and it is quite compact. "B" loop has very little shade, has a mix of pull-thru and back-in sites and seems to be intended for RV's. There is a museum, lots of pioneer history and enough nature trails and bike paths to keep a person interested for a few days. The park is just a few miles from the Portland suburbs but you'd never guess except to see the mansions on the opposite side of the river.

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We have stayed at this well kept campground each of the last two years. There is also a day use area and a marina adjacent to the campground. The sites are level and a mix of pull-through and back-in. Staff is friendly and helped us stay an extra night. Would rate it higher but the men's restroom had plumbing problems during the entire four days of our stay. Water and electric are on a single pedestal near the rear of the sites. We will stay here again. The park is closer to Elmira (4 miles away) than Junction City (12 miles away).

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This is our third stay at this state park but our first in the winter. This is a good choice for winter camping since it is fairly well protected from the wind. Loops A & B are closed during the off season. If you choose to stay here with a trailer, you'll want a site on the outside of the loop. Clean park, friendly hosts and there is World Class golf less than 10 minutes away!

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I would like to echo the previous reviewer. The loop drives badly need tree trimming and many inner sites are difficult to park a larger trailer. I actually had to approach my site (C16) from the "wrong way" because the pad is angled improperly. Reserve America lists this site as 42' deep, but I paced off 32'. I had to back my 28' trailer to the curb and park my truck sideways on the pad. If you have a larger RV, try to choose a site on the outside of a loop. This is one of our "go to" parks and we stay here often. The volunteer staff are very friendly as well. Nightly rate includes Reserve America fee.

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We have stayed here at least once a year for the last ten years, usually just for a long weekend. The river is beautiful, the park is well kept and the staff is very friendly and guide you into your site. Several reviewers have stated that the sites are tight and that the picnic tables are located at the back of the sites. This is true of the riverfront sites, but the pull-thru sites and sites away from the river are spaced out more. The only reason I don't give the park a ten rating is that there are no showers. This would be a very welcome addition, especially for the tent campers.

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We highly recommend this small, meticulously kept RV Park as an overnight stay if you plan to visit the several nearby units of the John Day Fossil Beds. All sites are back-in and are generously spaced with nice sized lawns. The lawn for tent campers is huge and equally well cared for. Dayville is small, but fuel and groceries are available.

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Among the positives are very spacious sites, clean facilities, mature shade trees and the beautiful Rogue River. The negatives are that river access is very limited by brush and the campground is adjacent to the rest area, which gave me a less "secure" feeling than I typically experience from camping only facilities. We stayed a week and will stay here again.

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We stayed here for the first time this year. We loved it and we will be back! The majority of the campers were fishers - up early and also to bed early. We came to relax and this park is perfect for that. The park is 27 crooked miles from civilization and that is the only drawback, but I bet most of our fellow campers - many who've come every year for 20 or more years - come here for that very reason. Many of the river view sites have been converted to cabin sites so the map on their website may no longer be accurate. Overall, a great value, and we give this park a 10.

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This park is all about location. Wildlife viewers and scenery admirers know this area very well and this park is well situated. Unfortunately the park is all gravel and dust and the only shade you'll find is what you bring. The guests are what make this place nicer. In the evenings we all had our stories to tell of our days adventures. The park has a store, restaurant, bar and fuel to go along with what you would expect from an RV Park.

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First - and most important - this park is NOT closed! It has what you need and even had green, grassy sites. Even though the park is next to the highway it was fairly quiet at night except for the occasional coyote. There are a few long term residents, but the majority of the sites are for travelers. By far the best RV Park in the area.

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We have stayed here multiple times over the last four or five years and it is by far our favorite RV park. The owners and hosts are wonderful friendly, helpful people. The location is convenient (half way between I-5 and the coast) and very beautiful. The Umpqua River is beautiful and the park is right on the river. Immediately next to the RV park is a county park with a boat ramp for fishermen. Elkton is a cute town with all services available. We recommend that you visit at different times of the year to experience the ever-changing river.