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Old 08-26-2014, 11:08 PM   #1
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Talking Camping along the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is absolutely stunning... and has equally lovely campgrounds! However, the downside is during the summer months the travel can be slow going and campgrounds are crowded. There are usually commercial ones with high price tags, but the State Campgrounds are truly great! A few of our favorites.... in Southern Oregon try Brookings: Harris State Beach Campground and about an hour north is Cape Blanco State Park Campground. Many of the State Campgrounds will have full reservations in the summer, but Cape Blanco is first come first served! It is a lovely campground and has water and power, but does not have sewer and their dump station is out for the count (drain field failure)... but many fun things to do at Cape Blanco. A historic lighthouse tour, great hikes, a historic house with interesting tours, beautiful beaches... anyway, I'd like to know what your favorite places along the Oregon Coast are and why!
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:11 PM   #2
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Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon

To start off I will post a a photo or two of Cape Blanco State Park in Oregon along the coast! Great place to camp! Can be windy, and fog can roll in, or rain.... but hey, it is Oregon!
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:45 PM   #3
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I was on the Oregon Coast in June. Had a wonderful time. Cape Blanco is one of my favorite places. Was planning to stay over night and ended up staying 5 days! Love the beach there, and the lighthouse, and the old homestead. I stayed at Tillicum Beach campground and had a great site looking right over the beach. It's nice to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.

Also stayed at Beverly Beach campground where there is another great beach.

This is the Bambi at Cape Blanco with co-pilot Ollie in the doorway.

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Re: Cape Blanco State Park, Lighthouse & Campground

We stayed at Cape Blanco in April (2014). Beautiful campground with roads and hiking trails to the beach and lighthouse. It's quite a hike to the lighthouse from the campground, but well worth the effort (take water and snacks). We even saw wild strawberry plants along the trail!

The small building to the right of the lighthouse is the visitor center.

The heart of the lighthouse beacon used to be the wick of a lard-burning oil lamp; but this has since been replaced by a single 1,000-Watt halogen bulb, similar to (but much more powerful than) those used in living-room "torch lamps". The Fresnel lens array weighs several thousand pounds and rides on bearings, which allow the array to rotate freely. A relatively small electric motor and gearbox rotate the lens assembly to produce the sweeping beam. While the light operates 24/7, it is more easily seen at night, from a distance. The Fresnel lenses focus the light to a bright beam that is visible from over 20 miles at sea (in clear weather).

The last photo is of our rig leaving the parking lot, part of which used to be the foundation of a coastal defense headquarters building and military barracks used during WWII. Note the microwave antenna that I recently added to our Bambi to improve cell phone and mobile broadband service while boondocking! (Just kidding; this is actually a microwave tower on top of a communications building that's hidden by our Bambi.)

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Cape Blanco State Park
91814 Cape Blanco Road, Port Orford, OR
541-332-2973

Sites are on a 250 foot bluff overlooking the ocean. Windy and cool, but lots of privacy. Paved interior roads and parking pads. Most sites are level and have electricity and water. However, no sewer or dump station; as leaching field is permanently damaged. Limited TV (one channel, very poor reception), but strong cell and 4G broadband service. Flush toilets and free showers. Facilities are a little old, but very clean.

Rates: $18-22/night (depending on season), includes water & electric, but no sewer or dump station.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:23 PM   #5
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Nice photos! We certainly enjoyed the little hikes to the lighthouse and back as well!
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:39 PM   #6
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Great thread. My wife and I embark on a North to South two week tour of the incredible Oregon Coast on October 1. I'll report back here on the high-points. Our itinerary is:
  • Ft. Stevens SP - Astoria
  • Cape Lookout SP - Tillamook
  • South Beach SP - Newport
  • Tillicum Beach Campground - Yahacts
  • Umpqua Lighthouse SP - Reedsport
  • Cape Blanco SP - Port Orford
  • Harris Beach SP - Brookings

Two weeks to cover 360 miles - leisurely pace so I'm hoping to get a good look around. I'm really fond of lighthouses and the Oregon Coast has nine great ones. I especially like the Umpqua Lighthouse with its red lens.

I'm also hoping for good weather. You never know on the Oregon Coast, but the best weather of the year is the months of September and October.

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Regina and I are in Seaview WA.... for a couple of Missouri folks, this reminds us of Branson when it was still good. We are staying at "The Sou'wester" lodge, rv park adn tch! tch!.

we camped up north though Arizona, Utah and Idaho staying at BLM, Nat Park and Forest Service campgrounds.

Now, we are getting ready to head down HWY 101 to maybe Crescent City or Eureka to cut over to Nevada, Hoover Dam and tne North side of the Grand Canyon.

We are having a blast! Ain t Life Grand!
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Hello to the Tardis,
we were in Cape Blanco SP last weekend as well, in our Sovereign, I did notice your trailer as you were heading out. we had some beautiful weather Wednesday and Thursday, cold on Friday and Saturday, but Sunny again for the drive home on Sunday. it was interesting to see that part of the Oregon Coast, I'm more used to the northern Oregon coast. we tested out a switch to LED lighting inside, and found a cracked black tank valve.
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Great thread. My wife and I embark on a North to South two week tour of the incredible Oregon Coast on October 1. I'll report back here on the high-points. Our itinerary is:
  • Ft. Stevens SP - Astoria
  • Cape Lookout SP - Tillamook
  • South Beach SP - Newport
  • Tillicum Beach Campground - Yahacts
  • Umpqua Lighthouse SP - Reedsport
  • Cape Blanco SP - Port Orford
  • Harris Beach SP - Brookings

Two weeks to cover 360 miles - leisurely pace so I'm hoping to get a good look around. I'm really fond of lighthouses and the Oregon Coast has nine great ones. I especially like the Umpqua Lighthouse with its red lens.

I'm also hoping for good weather. You never know on the Oregon Coast, but the best weather of the year is the months of September and October.

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I'm kind of a lighthouse nut and we will be visiting all of the lighthouses that offer access:
  • Cape Meares
  • Yaquina Head
  • Yaquina Bay
  • Heceta Head - Queen of the Oregon Coast
  • Umpqua River - a favorite
  • Coquille River
  • Cape Blanco - another favorite

Tillamook Rock is a mile and a half off shore and not open to the public. Cape Arago is not open to the public.

We will be serving as Voluntary Lighthouse Hosts for a month or two next year. I'll post here when we know which one.

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This was our first trip to South Beach in Newport. Lots to do within a short distance.
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John -
While you're staying at Ft. Stevens you can cross the Columbia River on the Astoria Bridge. You will then be very close to both lighthouses at the mouth of the Columbia on the WA side of the river: Cape Disappointment and North Head. Both are easy walks from the parking lots.
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Thanks Mark. I'm particularly interested in North Head after reading about it.

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While you're staying at Ft. Stevens you can cross the Columbia River on the Astoria Bridge. You will then be very close to both lighthouses at the mouth of the Columbia on the WA side of the river: Cape Disappointment and North Head. Both are easy walks from the parking lots.
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