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Old 08-06-2015, 12:46 PM   #1
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Washington and Oregon Coast reservations

We're heading west for a trip from the Olympic Peninsula down to the southern end of the Oregon coast, planning to hug the coast most of the way. Trip will be from September 23 thru about October 8th. Do any of you fellow streamers know whether CG reservations will be required that late in the season? Thanks! Jetjocky

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Old 08-06-2015, 01:19 PM   #2
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We made a similar trip 2 years ago the exact time frame along the Oregon coast with no reservations. Weekends at state parks can be tough although not impossible. We stayed in wonderful coastal towns on and off the beach and had a glorious time exploring. The weather was amazing, but don't get seduced by the fall sunshine!

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Old 08-06-2015, 03:10 PM   #3
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You should be OK since people are back in school and the pressure is a little easier. As mentioned, weekends will be more of a challenge and you should be able to find a place to stay but if you want to stay in a popular park, like on the ocean, it might not hurt to call ahead.

I would highly suggest staying in the HOH rain forest. There is a federal (I think) campground there and it does get some traffic. I would try to reserve a spot there for sure.

September is a wonderful month to see the coast. Enjoy.
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Old 08-06-2015, 03:37 PM   #4
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We got caught near Stevens state park labor day and had a devil of a time finding a place. KOA let us park in a service road with no hookups finally at 9 pm. I would suggest reservations for labor day weekend at the very least. If you stop early you should be okay. If I am going to be late I make same day reservations just to be sure I have a spot.
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the more popular/scenic, the tougher it will be to get in. WA coast down to the Queets is scenic but from there to the Astoria/Mengler bridge, not so much. OR coast is beautiful, border to border but is plagued by strip towns. it never hurts to call ahead or do this from the comfort of home. you will be surprised at the number of travelers on the coast. the old rule of go after Labor Day just does not work any longer. that time frame is when the weather is most likely to be beautiful, although it is really, really nice right now as well. this was the only respite from the inland 100 degree temps with us being in the 70s, but don't tell anyone about this. you might want to check into Salt Creek CG on your way to the coast. is a Clallam county park and you will find it on their web site. on the beach at La Push is another spot to think about and then the state campground at Kalaloch, tough to get into. the Hoh forest is worth the trip in but i would park the trailer and drive in. road is in tough shape from last February floods and the campground is dry camping only. its about 20 miles from the jct with hwy 101 to the visitor center inside the NP. pay attention to the river bed all along the way as the Roosevelt elk like to hang out there.
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would love to get a report back after your trip, as also wondering same thing about need for reservations - as we love the wash/ore coast. We have only made 4 trips in our AS so far (but 3 of them on the Washington / Oregon coast). Found Grayland state park nice - since you can drive on the beach and good razor clam digging (we limited each day). Stayed in Beverly Beach State park in the Lincoln city / Newport area. My favorite area of Oregon, but I personally not crazy about the park -- somewhat cramped / sites to close together. At the far south end of Oregon coast (i.e. rogue river area) - there is a national park (Qusatana) that Is very nice - but 14 miles up the river (from the coast) and does not have water / power - can almost always get into this campsite.
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You've picked a great time to travel in the NW. We live on Puget Sound and are familiar with the OR & WA coast; we stay exclusively at state parks. You will not need to make reservations unless there is a popular local event taking place. With only 15 days, my recommendation would be to allocate more time to the Oregon coast. Not sure what your route will be from Olympic NP, but the Washington coast line is pretty slow-going. Many of the Oregon state parks are right on the beach (i.e.: Bullard's Beach SP, Harris Beach SP).
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Pretty nice journey... good timing. You may want to be double sure the places you are choosing to camp do not close after Labor Day. I think most will be open, but many might close for the season (or have reduced sites open) after Labor Day or Oct 1.
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Pretty nice journey... good timing. You may want to be double sure the places you are choosing to camp do not close after Labor Day. I think most will be open, but many might close for the season (or have reduced sites open) after Labor Day or Oct 1.
In OR, this is prime time for coastal camping because of sun and temps. All state parks are open (except those that are closed because of construction like Harris Beach SP). The former off-season rates (after Oct. 1) were discontinued last year
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A couple suggested stops based on our experience. On the Olympic Peninsula, if you look closely at a map you will see that Hwy 101 is actually a loop. The eastern leg takes you along the Hood Canal, beautiful. There is also a REALLY nice state campground immediately outside the Hoh Rainforest with hot showers and nice sites.

In Oregon, don't pass up Honeyman SP. Very large, many sites with full and/or partial hookups. If you get as far south as the CA border, don't pass up an opportunity to travel a bit farther south and see the Redwoods.

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101 south of Forks, Wa is a horrible road. It will knock the fillings out of your teeth. I just came from there.
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A couple of my favorites. Cape Overlook SP in Oregon and Cape Disappointment SP across the river from Astoria in Wa.


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