9 Parks near Skamokawa, Washington
Jul 2016 - $15.00
We spent five weeks at Vista Park; our rate reflects the monthly stay. We loved it and we will definitely stay there again. We especially enjoyed the spectacular mountain views across the river into Oregon and watching ocean-going vessels of all sorts sail by on the Columbia River.
In our experience, the pros are: (1) You can choose private, shaded full-hookup RV sites or rental yurts; Columbia River beachfront, water-and-electric-only sites; tent sites; or sunny, full-hookup sites in front of the mountain. All sites are are back-in. (2) Vista Park can accommodate big rigs. (3) There are two areas with playground equipment, and large open play areas. (4) There is river access and a beach area. However, it is not a guarded, swimming beach and the water is very cold. (5) Most sites have picnic tables and fire rings. (6) The Park Manager, Guest Host and staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful. They couldn't be nicer! (6) Free WiFi. Most of the time it worked pretty well. (7) During summer, there is a small coffee bar, Ship Channel Espresso, in the park. They serve delicious coffee, espresso drinks, ice cream and an assortment of other goodies. Even the locals stop by for coffee!
The cons--and these wouldn't be negatives for everyone--are: (1) No cable TV. We chose a narrower and less private, but sunny and open site so that we could use our satellite. Some of the shadier sites can get satellite, depending on the type of dish setup. (2) No pool. However, there is an indoor pool in Cathlamet where you can swim for a fee. (3) Skamokawa is somewhat remote. There is a very small general store within walking distance and two small markets about six miles away in Cathlamet. However, the nearest large supermarket is 30 miles away in Longview. There are a few restaurants in Skamokawa and Cathlamet. - Carolynp
May 2015 - $21.00
This is a diamond in the rough on the Columbia River. Sites are very private and mine [a no-hookup site] was right on the river with beach access. It was fun seeing all the huge ships go by and so very close! Some of the roads are very bumpy and the WiFi didn't work in my site but the Verizon signal was good enough to use my mobile WiFi and for voice with an antenna. Would definitely come here again. - mockturtle
Aug 2014 - $31.00
Months ago we reserved a full hookup site with TV satellite access, and upon arrival we were placed in a slot with only electric--no water or sewer, or TV. (Obviously a miscommunication between us somewhere along the line.) Nonetheless we enjoyed the CG. It is situated on the Columbia River and the shore line is very close to the shipping channel. This is a wonderful site for kayakers, and the Columbia River Kayaking shop is nearby--tours, rentals, etc. The nearby comfort station only has one shower (!) (there are two comfort stations,I believe) and only one "john" per gender. Adequate, but not plush. We will return soon (different camp slot). Great kayaking! - Zigi
Jul 2015 - $25.00
Great spot on the Lower Columbia River. Caters primarily to boaters and fishing. Upper spots are sloped but the lower ones are fine. Water and power only. Dump station at upper end of park. The only traffic you hear are the fishing boats going out early in the morning. - Retired & Loving It!
Jun 2015 - $25.00
Marina and RV Park, some pull through sites, partial River View. WiFi and Over the Air TV (Portland HD TV). OK for a couple of days. Water and Elect OK. - silverado
May 2009 - $25.00
Pulled in here on a short visit to the area. Nice little RV park: clean restrooms and laundry rooms, well maintained sites: there are electric and water, electric only, and dry sites. No sewer; you have to use the dump station. Staff were warm and welcoming. Nice views of the Columbia River; the dry camp sites have the best views as they are right on the river. Also nice ambiance with the proximity to the marina. Easy walk into town for shopping (groceries, etc.). Small town environment. Camped here in a truck camper this time, but I could easily have brought in my 45' Country Coach motor home as the pull through electric and water sites were deep and easily accessible. Electric / water sites are modern, newish with easy connections. The Wi-Fi worked GREAT! Nice little spot. I'd return. - masterreviewer
Jul 2015 - $10.00
Hidden Gem. Quiet, in city park, showers available at swimming pool, Wi-Fi available at pool. I sat in pavilion and got good Wi-Fi; ask at pool for password. Only thing -- you are parked in a gravel parking lot and cars will park next to you. Which can be a bit unnerving. We would stay here again. River across parking lot. Food and laundromat close by. Nice spot to camp while exploring the countryside. Only about 4 or 5 spaces. - Jim Lee
May 2015 - $10.00
One of the nicest "City Parks" I've ever stayed in, park host was very friendly & helpful. I used one of the four back in electrical & water sites next to the ball field. There were three full hook up sites all right next to each other & the park host for $15.00. Many of the sites were taken by mill workers on the plant shut down. They were working long hours & came back to the park to sleep.
People use this park all day long, lots of birds & ducks. The river runs along it also & great dog walking!
Short walk over the bridge to food & drink in downtown with lots of options. Once again very clean park & I felt quite safe, nothing on the antenna tv as your in a valley. - packardrob
Jul 2010 - $10.00
We wanted to camp at this $10 a night city park while in the Clatskanie area so called ahead of time to see if they had vacancies. They did, per camp host, but he told us the park couldn't accommodate 40 ft motor homes, so after setting up our rig at another CG in the area we drove into town and surveyed the city park. The only rig in site at that time was the camp host's 5th wheel and there were plenty of sites available in an asphalt parking area with nice grounds, we were so sorry we didn't survey the area prior to paying $30 a night at nearby private CG. Several times we drove by the city park and sure enough there were motor homes parked there. We would have gladly given our money to a city park rather than a private CG. We hope other big rig travelers will give them a night or two stay, it's a nice little town and has a nice laundromat and Safeway across the street so you can wash and shop. - glchism
Jul 2015 - $20.00
Arrived at the park in the evening. The park was easy to find and spaces are nicely sized and easy to access. Sites are gravel with grass and a picnic table. On the fourth day the camp hosts were drunk and became violent. The husband was throwing the f bomb around like it was the best word he ever heard of. I cannot recommend Perkins Creek RV park to anyone. The location is 2 miles outside of town so very quiet. Unfortunately the camp hosts at this place have ruined it. - campguy
May 2015 - $20.00
Quiet place a couple of miles off Hwy. 30 , used as a Christian retreat & was told as many as 500 people could be there. But there's a private upper campground I believe they use. But when I was there I was the only one in a water & power site #3. All the Trailers were at the other end of the park across the field in the full hook ups that were $25.00 a night.
Owner & Campground hosts were very friendly & helpful, even had a pallet of split alder delivered to my site for $10.00
Path to a beautiful creek with swimming hole with lots of places to let the dog run. PEACEFUL is this private hide away - I will be back! - packardrob
Apr 2013 - $20.00
The only thing keeping this place from getting a 10 is that at certain times of year they are home to a Christian retreat, and if you're not comfortable with a lot of religious Kumbaya, then you won't want to be there during those times. Otherwise, this is my favorite place to go. They make sure you know there cell reception is nil and there is no Internet or TV. This is a place to go to disconnect. It's all rustic. The bathrooms aren't fancy, but if you check the website, you'll realize what you're getting. There's a huge meadow that's great for dogs and kids and for watching the stars. Next time my husband has a week off work, we're going back. Since this place is remote, it's not one to stay at long-term, though I think you can. There are some small stores about a mile away, but that's it. It's nice and quiet and I can't wait to go back. - KendraM
Aug 2016 - $47.00
Interesting place within a very short drive across a nearby bridge to Astoria. Very clean and roomy shower but only one for the entire campground!!!! One other rest room (next to the shower, which also has full rest room within it) as well as a couple of port-a-potties scattered throughout the dry camp area.
Stayed two different times in an 8 day period, one night each and price reflects the first stay which was on the golf course side which was paved main roads, gravel approach and site with cement pads for patios; water, electric and dump at this site had no problems; laundry was as described in other reviews - key only and they want you to only use one washer and/or dryer at a time (?).
Second night they said they were full but had space on the grass which they described as dry camping which we didn't mind but they actually came out with an extension cord they ran from a post nearby and gave us 20 amp power; no water or dump but they did let us fill the tank and dump at one of the vacant golf course RV sites before the renters showed up; $37 for this site, on grass, backed up against a creek covered in a blackberry bramble. - pyrthkr
Jul 2016 - $47.00
An outstanding park, especially if you have one of the pull-in sites facing the golf course. Friendly, efficient staff made check-in simple, escort to site. Very nice laundry room, though you need to get the key and pay at the office (not always open early). Utilities worked well, WiFi was sometimes great, other times slow (and not always in the evenings). Sites are gravel and quite level. Plenty of room for the tow vehicle. Very convenient to shopping a few miles away in Warrenton, and easy access to downtown Astoria. Free rental golf clubs for guests, a 9-hole course.
This is the kind of experience you wish you could have all the time. We would definitely return again if in the area. - SW Rick
Jul 2016 - $42.00
This is a very nice quiet park that sits up against a golf course. There's a large grass area the size of a football field in the center of the park, great place for the pets. Sites are gravel, with grass on the sides. Hosts are very friendly. Wifi worked well. Clear views for Sat reception. - supercub
Aug 2016 - $10.00
This is a fishing camp, and if that is what you want, then it is Great. Since it is Columbia Shores resort we were expecting better. Has water and 50 amp. Really tight spaces. If you need to dump, they only allow black water dumping even though their brochure says gray. Internet is $1 per day per device. (We have 7 devices.) Cable TV is $1 per day, but you are better off using your antenna as cable does not have ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox. Dusty, dirty streets. Club house is clean and welcoming. - DigMyPast
Sep 2014 - $3.00
Nice location if fishing out of Ilwaco, and close to Long Beach if you want to utilize your KM park access. Office staff was helpful and professional. Tight spots that were mostly back-in, but deep enough to accommodate big rigs. Wi-Fi and cable worked well. Right on HWY 101 so the road noise during the day was always in the background and as mentioned in previous reviews, no sewer dump at campsites. Plane Jane park with no KM amenities that you would expect with the price of membership and yearly dues. With that said, location is great for playing on the WA and OR coast. KM nightly price for minimal for cable and Internet. - 737geek
Sep 2012 - $1.00
The K/M web-site calls this a "fish camp" and it really is. If you are a fisherman, great. Not so good otherwise. At the time of our visit both the TV and Internet were down due to the bankruptcy of the provider. Large sites, quiet. - wetterwashington
Nov 2015 - $35.00
This older park was recently updated. Paved road. Gravel back-in site with a picnic table. Updated restroom building. Office is being modeled. Close to the Columbia River boat dock. - bradydane2009
Jul 2016 - $30.00
We can't say enough about this campground, the bathrooms are so clean you could eat off the floors. Grounds are immaculate, the owners very helpful and friendly. This is the nicest campground in the area and there is also a great view! We stayed 5 nights. - lwabend
Sep 2015 - $30.00
Park is in the trees right on the bay. You can watch the ocean going ships entering the Columbia River.
Sites are all grass, a combination of pull thrus and back ins.
Camp hosts are super - they offered to help set up our rig, even helped me back into chosen site. Park is open for another 2-3 weeks so we got in just in time.
Washrooms (2 showers) and laundry (2 washers, 2 dryers) were clean. Our only comment would be that there are no locks on any of the washroom cubicles. I don't know why this is.
We would definitely stay here again - park was lovely and quiet for a weekend stay. - DCM/JMB
Sep 2015 - $30.00
This is an older park that is a gem. Very nice, large spaces among the trees. We had electrical and water and a grey water drain. There is a dump site to use. Located across the bay from Cape Disappointment. We would return. - Thirdtime
Jul 2015 - $34.00
We are full time travelers and have stayed at too many parks to count. We were worried as a result of the negative reviews online, but were happily surprised. The sites have lush green grass between them which was a welcome coolness to bare feet. We had an end site by the tents so it was more spacious than most sites. The site location makes a big difference. The only trees are on the outside perimeter on 2 sides. WiFi was usually good and had a recent upgrade. The restrooms were immaculate and had a large ante-room in the shower stalls and they have spotless laundry facilities and which even included a laundry basket for use! We do not have a TV but understand they do not have cable. Office closes early (4pm). - Patron
Jul 2015 - $35.00
This an older park but in good condition. Wi-Fi worked but slow at times. All back-in sites, some gravel and some asphalt. Only 30 amp service and no cable but there about 5 channels with a portable antenna. - Windshift
Apr 2014 - $35.00
We spent 2 days here. This is an older park that is showing signs of wear. Some spots have picnic tables, some do not. Hookups are shared with other site; only 30 amp service. Tried to take a shower but big sign said no hot water, when I asked about it the guy in the office thought I was out of line for asking about it. He said the other building has a shower; the water went out last week. Wi-Fi was not working; very low signal. For what they charge everything should work not worth the money they charge. Good for overnight but not long term. Only back-in sites, gravel but covered with moss. The grass needs to be mowed, too. Might stay overnight again just to see if things are fixed. - Terry Buholm