There are so many different landscapes and natural treasures in Oregon that planning a trip can be daunting. This article explores 5 top destinations for RV camping, each in a different part of this large and sprawling state:
- Whalers Rest RV & Camping Resort: Newport, OR
- Mazama Village Campground: Crater Lake, OR
- Mallard Creek Golf Course and RV Resort: Lebanon, OR
- Cold Water Cove Campground: Willamette, OR
- Trillium Lake Campground: Mt. Hood, OR
Whether you are looking for a luxury golf resort, relaxing coastal paradise, or crisp alpine beauty, this list has something to float your boat. Be sure to plan well ahead of time as most of these popular destinations fill up fast.
Whalers Rest RV & Camping Resort: Newport, OR
Situated in the coastal town of Newport, Oregon, along the Pacific Coast Highway, this RV park is a top-rated destination for RV camping. A fantastic staff, clean facilities, and all of the amenities you could hope for make Whalers Rest a must stop destination.
The beach is nearby if a lazy day sunning by the water is on your itinerary. Enjoy scuba diving, fishing, surfing and even whale watching at the shore.
There is also an indoor pool and spa on site for swimming and relaxing on rainy days. If social activities and entertainment for the whole family is what you are looking for, you will find mini-golf, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, and billiards, all right on the resort for convenience.
This resort also has hiking and biking trails for the nature inclined vacationer. Pets? No problem. Bring your dogs and enjoy the outdoors together. Nearby attractions include the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, and The Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Mazama Village Campground: Crater Lake, OR
Crater Lake National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations that Oregon has to offer. Located in the beautiful natural splendor of Southwest Oregon, this destination is one for your bucket list.
If you are traveling to Crater Lake by RV, I recommend the Mazama Village Campground. It is a mere seven miles from the rim of this great volcanic lake. RV sites are well spaced for privacy and onsite filling and dumping (when available, check in advance) adds convenience. Not all of the sites have hook up amenities, so book well in advance if you choose this RV campground.
Managed by the National Park Service, there are lots of reasonably priced activities nearby to keep everyone busy. Hike any of over 90 miles of trails, all with stunning views of the alpine majesty of this part of the American landscape.
Fishing, bicycling, and volcano boat cruises will make this a summer adventure your family won’t soon forget. Not far offsite you can find private ventures offering river rafting, golf, horseback riding and more. If you plan to visit during the winter you will find many cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing and nearby snowmobiling.
Nearby attractions include Lava Beds National Monument, Baldwin Hotel Museum, Klamath Museum and the Russ Raglan Theater.
Mallard Creek Golf Course and RV Resort: Lebanon, OR
Located in central Oregon, the Mallard Creek Golf Course and RV Resort is a perfect place to stay if you enjoy golf, great food, and family fun. You will find this resort in Lebanon, Oregon a region known for a growing local wine scene as well as stunning alpine nature adventures.
The complete 18-hole golf course is stunning. It travels 7000 yards along the foothills and across Hamilton Creek, offering a challenge for seasoned golfers. Friendly staff are at your service while you spend an afternoon enjoying the sun followed by cocktails in the lounge. You can even book a lesson or opt for a game of “foot golf.”
If you want to go for a day trip to nearby attractions, check out McDowell Creek Falls for a beautiful walk in the woods with lovely rocky waterfalls. Or, take a railroad tour on the Tennessee Thunder Railroad. Look for local entertainment and events at nearby Ralston Park, a popular destination if you brought the family dog along on vacation.
Cold Water Cove Campground: Willamette, OR
Just south of Portland you will find the town of Willamette, surrounded by natural beauty and outdoor adventure. The Cold Water Cove Campground offers a great balance between private, woodsy sites and moderate amenities for a comfortable stay.
Nearby Clear Lake is a popular destination for travelers and locals alike. You will find plenty of mountain bike trails, roomy fishing spots, and stunning views of Three Sister Mountains and Mt. Washington.
Each of the 34 sites include a fire ring and table for camping. Although there are no hookups, you will find potable water and vault toilets for convenience.
Nearby horseback riding, rafting and even quaint shopping in town are also activities to enjoy. Be sure to book your stay well in advance since spots are limited. Only two sites are ADA accessible, so plan well in advance for special needs.
Trillium Lake Campground: Mt. Hood, OR
I have saved the best for last in terms of the sheer splendor and location of this National Park Service RV campground. It is my top pick for RV camping in Oregon, and I am not alone so book well in advance if you expect to stay here.
Trillium Lake Campground offers all you could want from a vacation in the mountains. Swimming, boating and fishing are very popular activities on the 63-acre Trillium Lake. Hiking and biking trails abound, and the views from the 3,600 feet are spectacular.
The National Park Service offers educational programming on weekends. Picnic shelters and an amphitheater offer great spots for gathering with friends and family. You won’t have to leave the campground to find plenty of fun.
However, if you are planning a longer stay you are quite close to nearby Mt. Hood, quite possibly the most majestic natural feature in Oregon. The opportunities for outdoor found are practically without limit. Be sure to consider a NPS America the Beautiful Pass if you plan on enjoying the park system as it will quickly pay for itself.
Resources for planning your trip:
If you are planning an RV trip, you will want to book reservations at the various stops along the way before you hit the road. Here are some resources to help you with your planning:
- Reserve America: If you plan on camping at a National Park in the U.S., then this is the go to site for finding out your options and making reservations.
- RV Dumps Oregon: Organized alphabetically by city, this handy list includes helpful directions to the dump stations in Oregon to help with your itinerary.
- National Parks Oregon: This is the index page covering the complete list of National Parks in Oregon.