We needed an overnight stop and most RV parks in the Portland area (very few to begin with) are full for the summer. Make reservations early, the locals love camping in RV's! This was fortunately one spot that seems to get overlooked if you need a last-minute place that is secure at night (gates are locked at 10pm). No reservations, it's first-come first-serve. Most sites are pull-thru and big-rig friendly. Check-in was a little confusing, no place to park without blocking the entrance. Might be best just to pick a spot you like and pull-in? That's what we did and the camp host met us at our site to take a credit card or exact cash only (no checks accepted). Sites right next to the river are extra, maybe $5 more? We arrived on a Wednesday evening and the campground was less than half-full in the middle of July. You will want to be self-contained to stay here, no showers and I can't remember any restroom either, except if you walk over to the park (not far). We were in the 3rd row from the river but could still see it. Sites are crammed next to each other though, so it's practically a gravel parking lot. At least no one pulled in next to us that night - we picked one between empty sites. No picnic tables for sites here. There is a dump available here. Lastly, we work online and make sure to say something about Verizon's coverage - surely no need to worry being in the middle of the city here, full bars LTE data and cell signal. We camped at Clackamette RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.
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The location and the river really is the best thing about this spot - in town close to everything. You can walk to McDonald's over the hill if you get hungry after they lock the gates. :)
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
The best sites are along the river. 2nd row is pretty good, too. All sites are a little close to the next. Good rate makes up for it, plus you're in the city. Road noise is moderate. Easy to access off the main road. I was able to pull in over 100 TV channels. I think the other review had issues with his TV. It's a great spot to drop in your kayak or do some river fishing. We camped at Clackamette RV Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $20.00
Best kept secret. No reservations. I was able to get a site last minute on weekends. The park has 2 great green parks, kids' activities and water access. Hosts are great people and keep all areas CLEAN. Great park centrally located. We camped at Clackamette RV Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $20.00
This is a bare bones park. There are no restrooms or showers. There is no TV reception. The camp hosts were friendly and helpful. The sites were narrow and ours was uneven. It costs $25 if you want to be in the front row by the river. We got a nice view in the 2nd row. Their gates close at 10:00 PM, which was a little inconvenient. It is the only park available other than state campgrounds in the Clackamas area. There is ample bank fishing areas if you like to fish. We camped at Clackamette RV Park in a Motorhome.
I gave this park a high rating mainly because it is there! Off river front sites are $20. On river front $25. Pretty quiet even though near I-205. Close to fast food and other shopping. Park gates locked at 10 pm to 6 am, so no drive through traffic during the night. There is a dump site for an additional $5. Friendly camp host. Would certainly stay again. We camped at Clackamette RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $20.00
Our daughter got married in Oregon City, and we were pleased to find this small river front RV Park. We stayed here one week. We had a river front site. They are pet friendly. There is a nice park right next door where you can walk dogs. The only problem we noticed is that the park had no trash cans for doggie-clean-up bags. The main gate closes at 10:00 P.M. and if you stay out later than that, you have to park outside the gate and walk in. Not too bad, unless of course, it is pouring outside. Overall a pleasant experience and we look forward to returning often We camped at Clackamette RV Park in a Motorhome.
This is the only park I know of on the Willamette River, the east side of Portland. It is easy access off the freeway. Relatively reasonable cost. There is water and electricity, with a dump station on site. There are no showers available in the restrooms. There is a boat ramp. The only problem is because of the geese, this park is not clean and there are droppings everywhere. Great view of the river. We camped at Clackamette RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $15.00
While not your most attractive park, it is a GREAT value. Trees are on the river side but rest of park is basically a gravel lot with hookups. Very convenient if you are passing through or need a short stay in the area. While no sewer at site, the park (city runs) has a dump as you leave. We arrived mid-day on a Friday and most of the slots were taken. River side spots are a bit more ($3) but still a great bargain. Entire park is gravel but level. Never did really find restrooms--appear to be the facilities in the city park nearby. No restrooms directly in RV area. We camped at Clackamette RV Park in a Motorhome.