This is a great place for an overnight stop, - close to the Trans Canada, close to shopping, quiet and picturesque. The river sites have no shade but nice to hear the rush of the water at night. There are lots of shaded sites further back from the water. The washrooms are clean but small. However, there are also two spacious and lockable washroom/showers that are ideal. I would make a point of stopping here on the way to or from the Maritimes.
The campground has a lovely wooded setting in the Loess Hills not far from Sioux City. There are a number of trails that originate in or are very close to the campground. There is one very old washroom and a new washroom with showers. The facilities are great in the new washroom but the rough concrete floor gives it a grubby look. Only 10 of the sites have electricity. There is only one site with a level gravel pad. The other sites are grassy and more or less level. Do not come here if you have a big rig. Most sites would be unsuitable for even an average sized trailer. We camped on a weekday in May so the campground was wonderfully quiet. However, the sites are close together with nothing to separate the sites so it would be very crowded if the campground was full.
We came to this park after visiting Nehalem Bay State Park. We would choose this one in a heart beat over Nehalem. The sites are so beautiful and private. You can walk to the beach along the trail by the stream or on the road. Because you don't have a long slog through a sandy path as at Nehalem, the time to get to the beach really doesn't seem that long. Make sure you spend some time at Devil's Punch Bowl State Park, an easy walk along the beach or a short drive.
We always stay here as a last stop as we travel home to Ontario from the west. Most of the sites are permanent and you get the feeling of being an outsider. But that's OK, the park is well supervised, the washrooms are old but clean, the sites are level and its quiet. We prefer the sites on the west side of the park overlooking the lake.
Don't miss this campground. It is first class in every way. So nice to have lush green grass in such a dry area. The free breakfast was delicious, - gracious friendly help. Our site did not have shade but there were lots of trees through the campground to give enough shade for relaxing on a hot day.
We have been spoiled by all the wonderful state parks in Oregon. Tumalo did not live up to our expectations. The sites were small and there was very little separation between sites. The sites were very dusty. The grass in the picnic area was watered but was not well tended. We had planned to stay for two days but decided to move on after one day.
We had planned to camp at Cape Blanco State Park but the temperature was in the 50's so we moved on to Humbug Mountain. When we arrived a couple of hours later, the temperature was in the 70's. The campground is beautifully sheltered in between Humbug Mountain and China Mountain and yet it is only a short walk to the beautiful beach from the largest camping area. Most of the sites are in a circle around an open grassy area, - adequate shade for most sites but not as much site separation as in many other Oregon campgrounds. There are good trails for hiking including the impressive climb to the top of Humbug Mountain.
We had great memories of walking from the park to the beach through wonderful dunes when we visited here 25 years ago. We were stunned when we looked across the dunes from the viewpoint at the lighthouse. The former dune area looked like a vast sand parking lot, flattened by all the ATV usage. However, at dusk, standing on the campground trail overlooking the dunes, with no ATV's in sight the softly rolling dunes still had a magic appeal. The small campground is cozily nestled between hills with a short walk to the very attractive lake. There are campsites at the top of the hill but we prefer the sites in the valley.
We came to this park after visiting Beverly Beach, Carl G Washburn and Sunset Bay state parks. Although it is an excellent state park, it does not measure up to the previous three. Its a long walk to the beach through soft sand for most of the way. Yes, the beach is glorious. The sites are attractive with good separation between most sites. Its a short walk to a lovely view across the Coquille River. The beach at nearby Bandon has some of the most spectacular scenery of the entire Oregon coast.
What a wonderful campground, - spacious, shaded sites. Its a 10 minute walk to the beach but what a beautiful trail and no soft sand to slow you down. The beach is beautiful, - deserted on a warm September day. We stayed one night here so did not get a chance to explore the many trails. Don't miss Heceta Lighthouse while you are there. Three is a three mile trail to the lighthouse or you can drive the short distance.
Perhaps we were expecting too much after a long day of driving but we did not feel that the campground lived up to our expectations based on previous reviews. Yes, the river is gorgeous. We never expected to be beside a rushing snow melt fed river. The sites were immaculately maintained, adequate size, no privacy but that is typical for private campgrounds. We felt the washrooms, although clean, were substandard. The shower was so tiny you barely had enough room to dry yourself. There was only one men's toilet to serve our half of the campground. In summary, you are paying a significant premium for a river view.
The campground is well designed and it is only a short walk to the beautiful beach. Although the campsites are spacious, there is very little in the way of shrubbery to separate the sites. With a full campground and many big rigs and extra vehicles, some areas seemed very crowded.
We always enjoy a stop here after a long day of driving. There are level gravel sites available but we prefer the grassy sites right by the lake even though they are somewhat uneven. Such an attractive and peaceful spot and so nice to be able to stroll through the nearby residential neighborhood or through the historic downtown area. We have always found the grounds to be well kept and the washrooms to be neat and clean.
I agree with the positive comments from previous posts. The following are additional comments that apply to the newest section of the park. The sites here are slightly larger, level crushed stone for vehicles and concrete pad for picnic table, no shade but but the entire area is surrounded by trees. The bathrooms are superb. The shower stall and change area has a lockable door and is the size of a small residential bathroom. This is a quiet well run park with a great location.
We agree with all the positive comments from previous reviews as well as the negative comment as to shower design. The Old Man Cave area was so beautiful, - like scenery from Lord of the Rings. Next time we come we are going to get up early and take the trails there before it gets busy. Don't miss the other natural areas, - Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, etc. We found the Conkles Hollow area was particularly beautiful. One final note: if you are travelling to the park from the south on highway 23, don't take highway 50 and then north at Allensville. It looks like the shortest way but there are no signs and the road north from Allensville is very winding, - easy to get lost.
We were disappointed with our stay here but, on reflection, perhaps the rave reviews made us expect too much. We camped here on a busy September weekend and had a lovely site. However, we felt crowded - almost claustrophobic - in a way that we had never experienced in other busy campgrounds. The park certainly is very beautiful with lots of trails easily accessed from the campground. The trail we enjoyed best was Box Canyon Trail which starts at the Cascade Cave parking lot.
This a beautiful and well maintained campground and will only get better as the trees grow to provide shade. However, don't come expecting to enjoy lake views. There are lots of trails but only one trail that actually takes you to a view over the water.
This is a park that has been overtaken by urban sprawl. There is a shrub barrier between the campground and the very busy 4 lane highway, but the sites at that side of the campground are within a stone's toss of the roadway. However, once you get used to the hum of traffic, it is a very lovely campground with lots of tall shade trees. The lake is very close to the campground, the museum and trails are within easy walking distance. The trails through old growth forest are very beautiful and so peaceful, - hard to believe you are so close to such a busy urban area.
What an attractive and peaceful campground and State Park, - immaculately kept. We camped mid-week in September and there were only 4 other sites occupied. The actual cave is rather tired, - graffiti etc, but the view across the river from the cliff top, above the cave, was wonderful and was only a few minutes walk from our campsite.
Yes, this is definitely a very popular campground. We camped here during the week in mid September and the campground was almost full. We were fortunate to get a site overlooking the water, - lots of birds, - herons, kingfishers, etc. However, motorized boats are allowed so some days it might be noisy. There are some walking trails right at the campground but none along the water and only one trail that takes you to a view out over the lake. However, just walking in the campground provides exercise and beauty.
Such a very peaceful relaxing place, - lots of trees, park like setting, spacious sites. We camped here on a lovely weekend in September and yet there were lots of spaces available. Easy walking distance to the river and the fort but no walking trails along the river, - some trails in the woods.
What a pleasant and well maintained campground. However, the thing we liked about the location was the easy access to the very attractive trails. The most scenic trails are within 15 minutes walking distance from campground. It's also an easy walk to the lake. The campground is at the top of the escarpment so you do have a steep but not backbreaking climb back to the campground.
The camping area is very pleasant, - lots of trees, park like setting. One disadvantage: you are not within walking distance of most of the attractions, - lake, etc. The old growth forest trails were spectacular.
We were very satisfied with our accommodation here. We found the washroom facilities were clean and adequate. The showers were pricey at $1 but lots of hot water. A beautiful sand beach with a great view towards Grand Island. The sites were relatively level and spacious with many shaded sites.
The main attraction of this campground is the ideal location right on the shore of Lake Superior, a few blocks from the center of the village and a short drive from the eastern entrance to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There are two stairways down to the excellent beach. You can walk for miles along the beach in either direction. The sites are relatively level with a mix of open and shaded sites. The view from the shoreline sites was partially obstructed by trees. We preferred the sites further back where there were lots of vacant sites and hence a more open and peaceful setting. There is a broad open section where you can go to watch the sunset. The washrooms facilities were good, - great showers.
What a beautiful spot for a campground! All of the sites are a few seconds walking distance from the Lake Superior shoreline. You can walk as far as you want in either direction along the shore, - a rocky shoreline at the campground. Yes, the sunsets are beautiful. The washrooms are plain but very clean. The three shower units are self contained with toilet, sink as well as shower. The sites are acceptably level, relatively spacious and there are lots of trees. I was surprised and pleased to have wireless internet available.
What a delightful campground, - park like grassy setting with lots of trees, located well back from the highway, only a few miles from I-75. The sites are spacious and level, - no gravel pads. Washrooms were immaculately clean with pictures and nicknacks on the walls that added to the warm friendly atmosphere of the campground. A few of the sites would accommodate large rigs but the owners seem to cater to those with more modest vehicles. For example, the electrical service is 20 amp only. There are short wooded trails on the campground property as well as trails that enter the adjacent state forest land. We stayed here overnight but we would gladly make it our base if we were going to spend several days in the area.