14 Parks near Welches, Oregon
Sep 2016 - $1.00
This was our first experience with an Encore park. Stayed here 5 days using a free promotional offer. We were visiting Oregon and selected this park as a home base for the Mt Hood and Columbia River Gorge area. Easy to find from Hwy 26. Check in was efficient and staff was courteous. The facilities: pool, office, store, clubhouse and onsite restaurant are very nice. The park is extensive. No escort to site. We were in the VM loop. Interior road is paved but site is a mix of gravel/dirt. The site is overgrown with vegetation with an area just clear enough to fit our 43' motorhome. The drop off from the asphalt into the site is about 6" at our site. The site starts uphill then levels out with a slight lean left to right. Tricky backing in. Our power box was held on by electrical tape that was wrapped around it making it functional. Utilities worked fine. Cable was marginal and satellite was impossible due to canopy. Our site had a fire ring/grill with trash that needed cleaning. As we can drove in we noticed trash dumpsters along the side of the loop. In front of our site we had two dumpsters making it very unsightly. The CG sites/loops are neglected and need maintenance. Other sites have the same appearance. No doggy park. The location is great for visiting many local attractions: Timberline Lodge, Mirror Lake, the Gorge, waterfalls, many hiking trails and the town of Sandy, etc. If we had to pay for the site we would not stay here but the location is great. - RTM
Aug 2016 - $55.00
This camp has a restaurant, pool and is near the river if you like to kayak or fish. It is an short drive to Government Camp and Mt Hood, and a pleasantdrive to Columbia River Gorge. Lots and lots of families so the he pool is filled with kids. All sites are different, so we really cannot speak to levelness or location of utilities. We were in #1 which was a pull through. It was on a slope in the pines, and where it was level, the site was very, very damp. Still, the wooded ambience was great. - OH2SD
Aug 2016 - $53.00
This is an older park and has many camping sites from tents to RVs to yurts to tiny houses. It is "close" to the metropolitan Portland, OR area; it gets a lot of use. That said, it is a good place to stay as a central place to explore the Mt. Hood area, and it is open all year. There are many features for the campers of all levels, and a pool/hot tub/workout facility, and playgrounds and bike riding. The staff is OK, but often seem overcome by the stress of maintaining a place as big as this and with as many people who stay here. We would stay here again, largely because of its location. - btsweetbaby
Aug 2010 - $18.00
This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we've ever stayed in, and we've done a lot of camping. There's only one big problem, road noise from the highway which runs along the cliff above the campground. Although you can't see the cars or trucks, you can hear them, all day and all night. Our campsite was right on the creek running through the campground, and we could still hear the trucks' engine brakes, despite the splashing water in the creek. Other than that, it's great, the sites are widely spaced, the trees are large, there's lots of shade and the whole thing is well-managed by a representative of Thousand Trails. The bathrooms are "vaults," but they are clean. Unfortunately, almost all of the forest service campgrounds near Mt. Hood are right near the highway, next time, we would probably stay in a more out-of-the-way place and "commute" to Mt. Hood. - Prof Dan
Aug 2013 - $32.00
Very nice park directly across the street from marina at the lake 6 miles south of Estacada. Great Wi-Fi and level sites with lots of room. Didn't even know this park was here. We always parked our motorhome near Portland and drove to Estacada to visit family. We will stay here from now on. - 4Freeman
Apr 2014 - $1.00
We stayed in the free camping area. Clear Lake is a gorgeous lake that is riddled with trash, broken beer bottles, and human waste. Campers have managed to completely trash the grounds. The fishing has always been good when we've been there but after one night, I wasn't feeling safe and was ready to go. - Roadtrippinmama
Jul 2009 - $18.00
Peaceful, spacious, and private campsites near a beautiful mountain lake. Hard to imagine a better camping spot. - cosmos
Sep 2006 - $18.00
This is a Mount Hood National Forest Service campground and we really enjoyed our stay. It is located approximately 9 miles east of Government Camp on highway 26 and about a 2 miles off of the highway on a paved road. Stay on Forest Route 2630/220, don't turn right until you get to the campground. We were there after Labor Day and there were only a few people camping. The campsites next to the lake are $18.00 and the others are $16.00 a night. There is water but it's a hand pump. Vault toilets are provided and were clean. The elevation is 3600 ft. so it did get cold at night. Very busy on holidays and weekends but, you can make reservations through Reserveamerica. If the campground had pressure water so we could have filled our tank we would have stayed longer and I would have given it a 10. We will be returning next year for sure!! - jannie5
Aug 2016 - $24.00
This was a great find for us. The CRG is right there and we could drive to everything.
Asphalt pull-through/pull-around site that was not very level. We had power, sewer, and water. Very shady area, which we liked.
We reserved online, arrived, pulled to our site. Never spoke to a single person. We came back after driving to a close attraction to a rear view mirror hanger on our picnic table. I've never been to a place like that. - daa10496
Oct 2014 - $20.00
Nice spacious sites in a nice wooded area. Great price for full hookup and so close to the Columbia River Gorge attractions. It is not very busy in October. - Super Symmetry
Aug 2014 - $24.00
We arrived early on a Sunday figuring that with no reservations accepted this would be the best course of action. That worked out well as people were just pulling out. We were able to get a pull through site with plenty of room to deploy the slides on both sides. There are a number of low branches to navigate around and walking the loop first would be a good idea to find the best vacant and most level site. Overall a great location to camp while visiting the many local sites. - Elf86
Aug 2016 - $10.00
Gone Creek is one of several campground on the shores of Timothy Lake. They are all pretty similar with narrow roads and sites that are challenging to back into and/or level the RV. Gone Creek has a very nice beach area, gorgeous views of Mt. Hood directly across the lake and great fishing. It is quiet and family-oriented, great for kids. There is absolutely no cell signal within at least 10 miles of the campground, so be warned. Some of the sites, including some pull-throughs, are right on the lake. - MrSunshine
Aug 2016 - $23.00
Water & electric site. Very helpful manager. She thought the site had 50 amp service but it was only 15 amp. Fortunately there was 30 amp service available near another site reachable with an extra power cord. Site required quite a bit of leveling. If using I-84 to reach the park use exit 18 rather than 22, since 22 requires climbing a 10% grade with many curves to reach the park. Park sign is very small and entry is directly east of the fire station and will require a wide turn into it. - Bob & Stephanie
Oct 2015 - $13.00
I stayed in a 20 amp site for 2 nights. Water available. #22 I paid $12.50/night at the Passport America rate. Host was very cordial. Did not use the laundry, showers, or the bathrooms. - Andrea1010
Aug 2015 - $30.00
This is our favorite RV park !!! according to an overall feel we were looking for in a park.
It's a small park, about 15 spots, some of the people are seasonal but everyone is super friendly. We immediately felt like we could stay here for a long time. It's the only park that you WON'T hear the train it is very quite, maybe some of the others may look nicer but this one feels welcoming and family like.
It's in the heart of Columbia Valley, on the hill. It is only 25min away from Portland but has the best location for hiking and more attractions around.
Wifi works GREAT!!!! Water pressure is very good.
Our dog loved it here and she's picky ;)
It doesn't look perfect but rather feels very homey, each spot has nice green grass on both sides and the spots has nice space between each other.
We've never given a park 10 stars, even not the "resort" really beautiful ones, but this one even though it's not prettiest, it's just made us feel like we belong. - MikeMayNaama
Oct 2016 - $28.00
This park was right up our alley. You are definitely in the woods. There are several trails that you can hike on within the park (access to one is right from your camp site). There are almost 1000 acres and access to the River. We hiked to the Bat Barn on the property, and really enjoyed that.
The parking pads are paved, but the sites are pretty much just dirt because you are in so much shade. The way we had to park we were unable to open our awning, but that was fine as it rained the whole time we were there. There is water and 30 amp electric at the sites, and a dump station. The park was very quite while we were here, but it was definitely slow. I hear it is busy during summer. - The Michellis
Oct 2015 - $25.00
Nicely wooded, spacious sites, very quiet even tho full.
Water and electric, dump station available. - sismo
Sep 2015 - $24.00
Sites are all shaded, large, paved level back-ins, electric/water - no sewer (one dump nearby). The park is quiet with good hiking/horse trails. Picnic tables are extra large. Clackamus River runs through the park. Only 30 amp service and low voltage in the early mornings - trips our surge protector between 8-9am. Great, helpful camp hosts. Views are limited because of all the trees, but lots of green. Mount Hood is nearby. Definitely stay here again. - Livermorered
Oct 2016 - $25.00
Not a lot has changed from previous reviews. An older park, some RVs are obviously long term (not well kept around them) while others are well kept. The short term sites all seem to be pull through w/ water and electric only. I think the sites are very narrow but do have wild shrubs, trees, etc separating the sites for privacy; however, we had trouble putting slide out without hitting a tree and it is very difficult to put chairs, grill , etc out. However, it had been raining when we arrived and we had lots of water on our site. The roads have recent new gravel, but we joked that our door mat might float away. Managers now seem to have regular hours and were friendly and helpful. - BandD
Aug 2011 - $20.00
This is more a trailer park than RV park. Sewer is for long term, monthly, only. There is never anyone in the office. Fill out the envelope and drop it in the slot. I was told when I called that the shower was free, it is not. I was also told you could get satellite reception from a rooftop mount dish, also not true. The stream is a rockbed, bone dry. Sites are not being maintained. Many firepits have beer cans and trash in them. Rule says dogs must be leashed, dogs are loose in park. 5mph speed limit is not enforced. Lots of dust. We enjoy trains, but this is ridiculous. It feels like the freight trains are coming right through the living room. - paxton
Jul 2008 - $20.00
The address is listed as mile post 37, Highway 14, North Bonneville, Washington 98639. It is located on a small side road, just past a concrete yard item factory. (Where they make birdbaths, concrete yard ornaments, etc.) The RV park is about 3 or 4 miles west of the Bonneville dam visitor entrance on highway 14. It’s a right turn for west bound travelers. The place is an older park, but very nice. Campsites are separated with trees and greenery. (No crammed in, side by side RV’s here) There’s lots of shade with old growth pines and firs. It’s very quiet, with few permanent residents at the upper end. There are a lot of antiques in the clubhouse. You can ask for a tour as the clubhouse is for rent by RV groups. There’s also a lot of antiques hanging on the outside of the main building too, and other things to see such as an early 1900’s ‘’oil engine’’ (early diesel) that has 5 foot flywheels. (And rated a measly 25 HP) Access is good. We have a 40 foot diesel coach, and getting parked and set up is not hard with most of the sites in the middle row. The lead in roads are wide. There is 30 amp electrical with water and sewer at most sites. The price is $20 a night. This park makes a great base for touring the dam, walking the Corps. of Engineers nature trail, (by the dam) climbing Beacon Rock, or hiking the Pacific Crest trail. There’s lots of things to see and do in this area. - Adondo
Sep 2016 - $26.00
Site 71 in the East Campground. Nice park, good power and water, no sewer. Many spacious, long back in sites. None are shaded. Several shaded pull throughs but most looked tight for big rigs. Adequate showers with button you had to push every 30 seconds for water, lack of safety hand rails a significant issue. OK dog walking. All sites are paved, with fire pits and tables. West Campground has shorter grass and gravel sites. Smaller rigs might find it prettier there, but big rigs would have tree problems; doable but not easy. The park is in the Portland airport flight path depending on wind direction. - bobcovey
Aug 2015 - $26.00
Quiet county park outside the city, but close enough to drive in to visit. We stayed here 10 days since I needed to fly out of PDX to return home for a wedding while DH watched over the unit and Bengal cat. I was able to get a weekend reservation here within one-week notice for August so that was pretty impressive. You'll need over a month's advance notice for weekends at the state parks. They keep the grass green and trimmed here. Picnic tables are located at the back-side of the parking pad, a little odd to me, but I suppose they figured you'd want to enjoy the grassy area more than next to your RV door. Sites are pretty close together too, so maybe too tight for picnic tables, plus it would be tough to maintain the narrow strip of grass. They are planting young trees between sites, so in 10 years I can expect there to be a little privacy and eventually shade? If I could have reserved much sooner, I'd have chosen one of the pull-thru sites in the trees. If you have a smaller unit without tow vehicle, you should check out the other camping section, it's set in the trees more with back-in sites for more privacy. I never got to check out the bath house. We work online so Verizon LTE data coverage is important for us, and this area had solid LTE service. - Sara C.
Jun 2015 - $26.00
We stayed in the RV section (Barton East) for a week. The campground in general is quite nice, with newly paved roads and sites, decently sized sites, and a huge green field in the center of the main loop. Most sites are back-in with full sun and plenty of space. There are about 8 crescent pull-throughs that have more shade and privacy, but are right up against the trees with very little camping space. We chose the back-in. The park is mainly used by locals for weekend camping and activities along the river, and as a camper you can walk down to the river to swim, tube, etc. There are a few trails around the park which are good for walking dogs, and the campground itself is large enough for most dog walks. The main downside is that because of the several small lakes that surround the campground, the grass and roads were covered in goose droppings so you continuously need to watch your step. The lakes are overgrown/swampy so not good for getting the dogs wet. The showers were clean but water was lukewarm and the shower head created a fine spray making the water feel even cooler. The camp host was very friendly and helpful. We had only 2 bars of AT&T and Verizon 4G but both worked pretty well. Note: the park apparently locks their gates at 10pm nightly, although we were never out late so didn't confirm this. We used Barton Park as a home base to visit Portland and the Columbia Gorge. Unfortunately it's about 60 minutes to Portland due to traffic and 45 minutes to Columbia Gorge due to lack of main roads nearby. We'd definitely consider staying here again (it's a great park with a great price), but we might try to stay closer to Portland for a few nights to visit without all the driving/traffic. - LifeRebooted