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Old 10-03-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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Maiden Voyage on Oregon Coast in 2 weeks...

I will be picking up my new-to-me 2013 Flying cloud in Eugene in 2 weeks, then travel the Oregon Coast for 4-5 nights, and a night along Hood River Gorge, before bringing her home to Park City.

The Oregon State parks look fantastic. I am looking at Nehalem, Cape Lookout, and a couple others. I am trying to decide between staying put for several nights and doing day trips, or picking up and moving once or twice--good practice in setting up and breaking down, I thought. But, still not sure we'll move more than once.

Can anyone recommend which parks they like the best, and also, in the 3rd week of October, Mon-Fri---is it advised to reserve somewhere, or is it quiet enough to just show up and pick our spot?

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Old 10-03-2015, 05:05 PM   #2
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Beverly Beach, Nehalem Bay, Cape Lookout and Ft Stevens are all great State Parks on the coast. They shouldn't be too crowded in late Oct but you might want to check availability online. I know a big section of Nehalem was going to close for maintenance, and last winter part of Cape Lookout was closed for the same.

Crabbing on Nehalem Bay can be great in Oct. You can rent a boat and crab pots at Wheeler Marina then feast away on your catch that night. Nothing better than same-day fresh Dungeness crab

Have a fun trip!

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Old 10-03-2015, 05:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip on crabbing...will be checking in to that for sure.

Sounds like we can't go wrong with any of the parks. I also just read some wonderful reviews on Cape Blanco, might start out down there and work our way north.
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:08 PM   #4
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Hi -- Congratulations! We are just back from 2 weeks on the southern Oregon Coast and can report that the state parks were full (or close to it) by late afternoon on weekdays. I don't know about late October, and I don't know how wild and free you want to be, but reservations can't hurt, especially on weekends.

Our northern stop was in Florence, directly west of Eugene. I highly recommend Jessie Honeyman SP -- it is terrific.
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:51 PM   #5
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Congratulations. Our favorite is Beachside SP. N of Florence between Yachats and Waldport. It's an easy drive from Eug. The best and least crowded beach on the coast! Great Mexican food restaurant at the pier in Waldport.
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:22 PM   #6
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Hey Pcskier, you won't go wrong with the Southern Oregon Coast. Just be aware that the distances and travel time on hwy 101 are longer than they appear on the map. You might want to choose one section of the coast and linger awhile.

If you're in luck you'll get a big Fall storm w huge surf and high tides. No kidding, that can be the best time to be there.

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Old 10-03-2015, 07:51 PM   #7
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Our favorite is South Beach State Park. Nice campsites, lots of room, fun brewery and restaurants near by. Newport Oregon is located on the central coast so access to north and south is possible.

Can't really go wrong on the Oregon Coast.
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:56 PM   #8
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Congrats on your "new" AS.

Be sure to stop in at Fred Meyer and pick up a fuel & save card. Its free and will get you 3 cents off per gallon at their pumps and other discounts in the store. Fred Meyer has locations all over the northwest.

Check out the Air Museum in Tillamook also the Cheese Factory.

If you like Trains just north of Tillamook is Garibaldi and the train starts there and go up to the next town and back.

If your heading as far north as Astoria be sure to check out the Coast Guard museum and take a ride on the Trolly that runs by it.

BTW there is a Costco if your a member, just south of Astoria on Hwy 101 that has fuel and a couple of weeks ago I fueled there and it was $2.02 / gal of regular . That was the lowest price I have paid in years.

In the Astoria Area we stayed at Lewis & Clark Golf And RV park. The lady who runs it is a hoot and playful ,but if your a stick in the mud you won't like her.

If you want to see the Spruce Goose its in McMinville in the Air and Space Museum . Next door is the Olde Stone Village RV Park.

If your want to explore the Portland Area I suggest you stay at Roamers Rest RV park in Tualatin its on Hwy 99 W.

Heading east of Portland on I-84 along the Columbia River be sure to check out the Falls .

Have fun on your trip.

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Old 10-03-2015, 08:03 PM   #9
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Definitely South Beach and Fort Stevens. From Fort Stevens head East to Deschutes River State Rec. Area. Plenty to do at all stops. You should do research on this website
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Old 10-04-2015, 11:00 AM   #10
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Ft Stevens is a great location. National Park where where Lewis and Clark wintered over nearby. Maritime Museum in Astoria is a must see. South of there we like to stay at Sea & Sand RV near Depoe Bay. Friend of mine stays regularly at Beverly Beach and loves it. Never stayed there myself. Saw that someone recommended the Mcminville Air Museum. Might want to check it out sooner rather than later. It appears they have some financial problems and are losing some of the planes.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:52 PM   #11
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Hi there pcskier!
Beaches out here are beautiful in the Fall if you beat the rains. Good luck at that.
Got online yesterday to make reservations for Fort Stevens for the weekend of the 16 thru 18 of Oct, and there seemed to be plenty of spaces available. However, I would get on ReserveAmerica and make sure anyway. As others have said, the parks can fill quickly.
Please come and have a great time!
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