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Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Wasco, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

As of this writing, this is Oregon's newest state park. At 8,000 acres, it is also Oregon's second-largest state park. The campground has 21 sites, all first-come, first-served, but the park allows "overflow camping" in the day-use area if the campground is full. The campground is located in a canyon, alongside the John Day River. The scenery is magnificent. Abundant trails will keep you busy. Or just sit and enjoy the landscape. The campground is "primitive," with no W/E/S hook-ups but, at 75 feet, the spaces will easily accommodate the largest of rigs. The campground roads and sites are all gravel and quite level. The sites also are very spacious, each containing a picnic table (with wind break) and fire ring. No cell service of any kind here, but getting a satellite signal was no problem as the few trees in the campground are quite small. Most spaces are back-in, but there are a few pull-throughs. We camped at Cottonwood Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Hells Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent campground and park! Miles and miles of hiking/walking/biking trails ranging from easy to difficult. Sites are huge, with lots of greenspace and trees. Fire ring and picnic table at each site. Day-use area has large beach area. Our site was slightly sloped toward the river, requiring us to use two leveling blocks under our front wheels to prevent them from dangling. No big deal. Sites are a mix of back-in and pull-through, with only a handful W/E/S sites. "Riverfront" sites are, in fact, closer to the river, but the views are largely blocked by foliage. No satellite coverage at our site, or most others, due to mature trees. All roads easy to navigate in a big rig. Jet boat tours of Hells Canyon leave directly from the adjoining marina - very convenient. An added bonus is the availability of free wifi and the neat little visitor center/museum. We would absolutely, positively return here. Beautiful park. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
A19
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Jet boat ride through Hells Canyon leaves directly from the marina nearby. A definite must-do activity.

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