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Oregon campsites offer something for everyone

Few states offer camping locations more diverse than those in Oregon, whether in the mountains, the forests or near the water.

Personally, I prefer to be surrounded by four walls and electrical appliances. Even so, a visit to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Web site was enough to make me consider an outdoor excursion. The site allows campers to find and investigate campsites that cater to specific needs.

“There are camping and RV parks throughout Oregon, it all depends on what your interests are. A night in a campground is inexpensive. We can stay four nights at a campground for what it costs to stay a night at a motel,” seasoned camper Linda Horton observed.

“The average night stay is around $15-20, even less if you rent a tent spot.”

Horton also said that many of the friendly people they met from across America said Oregon has one of the nicest park systems they’ve seen.

Campers who are really interested in roughing it can head to Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach, where there is “a primitive campground for hikers traveling the Oregon Coast Trail.” The ocean view is beautiful and the site is especially popular with surfers. There is just a $3 daily-use fee.

Prineville Reservoir State Park is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts or people who just appreciate peaceful scenery. The reservoir reputedly contains plentiful numbers of rainbow and cutthroat trout, bass, crayfish and catfish. Five cabins and 25 tent sites are available to rent.

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area, located in the Cascade Mountains, has long been a favorite of water-sport loving campers. This area was hit hard last year by the drought when the lake dried up to practically nothing. This summer, the water and tourists are back. Boat moorage and tent sites are available.

Hikers can find 25 miles of trails at Silver Falls State Park, also located in the Cascade Mountains. The famous “Trail of Ten Falls” will lead you, obviously, to a series of 10 waterfalls, four of which you can walk directly behind. The Hemlock, Cedar and Douglas fir trees found in the surrounding forest provide plenty of shade. Tent and cabin rentals are available at reasonable rates.

Those interested in a more historical experience should check out the Champoeg State Heritage Area, found along the south bank of the Willamette River near Newberg. Champoeg was the site where Oregon’s first provisional government was formed in 1843. Perhaps more importantly to some people, this campground also offers “yurt” rentals for $27 per night. Yurts are circular buildings equipped with heat, electricity, skylights and futons. They look like a cross between a cabin and a teepee and are really popular with people who are not entirely comfortable giving up all of the comforts of home.

For more information about these and other Oregon campsites call 1-800-551-6949 or visit the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Web site at