Date of Stay: July, 2011
We have stayed here many times over the years. It is a large park, almost right on the beach. There are some beautifully wooded sites, quite a few have a fair amount of privacy. They clean out the bathrooms daily, they are a little old, but they maintain them. Some spots are all sand, especially down the first road by the giant sand hill (which kids of all ages climb to the top and roll down). Others are grassy with native bushes and trees. If you camp in the last row closest to the beach, along the tree lines, note that a lot of party people favor these spots. The staff there and hosts were very friendly, even helped my elderly parents when they realized they lost the ceiling vent hood on their camper on the way there (and it had started to rain!). They got them a ladder and someone in town fixed it for them (thank you so much!!!). The road is a mix of sand and gravel. There are some mosquitoes that come out at night, but they didn't bother us a whole lot. Almost all the sites but a handful are reserve-able online, so if you go expecting to get a first come, first served site, you may very well be out of luck. It's a very popular campground. The Cow Tales restaurant in Rockaway has a decent large sized, country breakfast. Or go clamming at low tide down by the dock in town, and make fresh clam chowder (take shovels, buckets, clam license, and a rake!). Rules are posted at the top of the stairs. There are fish cleaning stations in the campground It's probably best not to camp by one of these though, like we did. They can get really stinky!. You can also take a 90 minute train ride in Garibaldi to Rockaway, it goes right by the campground (currently $16 adults, $9 kids). If you like jerky, the Tillamook smoker is south of Garibaldi and has great prices and fresh, tasty jerky (get two foot long pepperoni sticks for $1!)
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Not a place that really cares about you, only about your money. PROS: close to town, lots of sites, flush toilets, close to horses, cabins available, and spots 14BB through 14G are the nicest shady spots with grass (TENTS only in those). They have an upscale store and massage room, doesn't seem to fit with the campground. Pool would of got more use, but I guess its all about the money. CONS: a lot of VERY small sites (i.e. spot 48 thru 52, etc), gravel road, most spots are just dusty with no grass, owner and the staff care only that you paid--don't expect anything besides a hassle if you ask for anything. They begrudgingly moved us to a spot that wasn't on the little creek, since we have a one year old and were afraid of her falling in water. I heard several other unhappy customers while we were there. We won't go again, as we like to support businesses that care about their customers.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
They accept Good Sam discounts here, which really helped on the fees. It was quite nice there, paved road and driveways, trees and bushes for some privacy (some spots more than others). It's great for kids, they have a nice indoor heated pool and a playground. There's a small store there and a little sitting area by the front desk. They were nice to us, and we enjoyed our stay there. Spots were pretty good sized for RV's.