English: Clackamas River at Milo McIver State ...

English: Clackamas River at Milo McIver State Park in the US state of Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Along Oregon’s northern coast, camping is abundant at a variety of state parks, national parks, and private campgrounds. Enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, or fishing while camping among the beautiful wildlife of Nehalem Bay State Park. Primitive camping for small aircraft is available near an airstrip, as well as sites for hikers, bicyclists, and horse camping. This Oregon camping facility also features 265 electrical sites that accommodate RVs up to 60 feet long and 18 yurts, small, furnished, circular huts that sleep 5 people.

If you’re thinking of combining a weekend of Oregon coast camping with some off road fun on the beach, Sandbeach Campground is the ideal location. Pack up your ATVs and your favorite Coleman family camping tent and get your campsite early because these are on a first come, first serve basis. Choose from one of the three developed campgrounds and camp on the beach if you like.

The central Oregon coast offers plenty of camping activities as well. Two hour kayaking tours along Beaver Creek make South Beach State Park a popular Oregon coast camping destination. From fishing, windsurfing, or just enjoying the beauty of the Pacific coast, camping at South Beach State Park is a great getaway. Camp in one of the 27 yurts or enjoy an electrical campsite with wi-fi access.

Bullards Beach State Park, along the southern Oregon coast, is a terrific family camping destination. Visit the Coquille Lighthouse, hike or bike through the beautiful coastal dunes full of wildlife, or enjoy a day of boating on the peaceful Coquille River. There are plenty of family activities nearby and you can choose from one of the shaded campsites with full hookups, a comfortable yurt, or even a horse camping site with beach access.

Camping in central Oregon isn’t quite as abundant as the coast, but it is just as much fun. The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is a favorite campground for kayakers, hikers, and equestrians. The 34 electric campsites, 25 primitive sites, and restrooms are perfect for a weekend of horseback riding or enjoying the rapids of the scenic Deschutes River, whether in a kayak, inner tube, or jet ski.

The only state park in the Portland area that offers camping, Milo McIver State Park, is a beautiful outdoor retreat that provides plenty of fun for the entire family. The Milo McIver campground is small and secluded with 9 designated tent camping sites and 44 electric sites and there is a wide array of programs and exhibits available through the park. Visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, or playing disc golf. The scenic Clackamas River is perfect for canoeing and rafting, and there are several picnic areas with gorgeous views.

From Oregon’s most scenic waterways to the tranquil Oregon coast, camping in Oregon is always fun for everyone. Relax by the shore, hike a scenic trail, or kayak Oregon’s whitewater. Whatever your favorite camping activities, Oregon’s state parks have something for you!

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Oregon Trail South of Three Island Crossing

Oregon Trail South of Three Island Crossing (Photo credit: gharness)

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I was putting together some food for an eight day canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park and thought I might as well take ten minutes to put it on tape and toss it up on good ‘ol YouTube. Hopefully it will give some ideas for other canoe trippers or hikers out there as well as inspire some fellow trippers to fire some off their own favorite recipes for me to try out on the trail. As I mention in this video, this is more food than required but makes for a comfortable trip. When I do solo tripping I tend to bring much less but when going with friends I’d rather be 100% positive we’ll have enough. I don’t mind being a little hungry if I packed on the light side for food but I don’t like others to suffer for having less food than they’re comfortable with. Btw, due to the amount of gear and food and having a 16′ boat, my dog Maddy (aka The Goose) sat this trip out. She was sadly missed and will be joining me on future outings for certain. Cheers, Troy
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