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Old 09-02-2012, 03:03 PM   #41
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Hi all, I'm new to this site and I'm looking to buy an airstream soon. Want to know of others' experiences with using it in Oregon. I have heard that there is a lot of BLM land in Oregon that people are free to camp/trailer on but that there is a time limit for your stay. Something to check into. I want to research camping on someone's acreage, perhaps working 10 hours a week with their farming or other work in exchange for living on their property. I'm making initial plans, gathering information now. Would be open to living in the High Desert of Oregon too. As much as I love the W. Valley, the cloudy winters get me down. Also, are any of you females traveling alone and how is that?
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Welcome. We use ours all over the area and it has been wonderful. BLM does have some lands in Oregon but you must pay a fee to use them. The US Forest Service controls all the national forest land (which is in abundance in Oregon) and much of it you can camp on anywhere you like but each forest is different, so you need to check their website and use the MVUM maps to see which forest roads authorize dispersed camping. For instance, the Siuslaw National Forest does not have dispersed camping and you must use designated campgrounds. Great camping in Deschutes and Ochoco forest east of the valley and it is dispersed. Good luck with search and let me know if you have any questions.

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:24 AM   #42
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We dry camped on the Trask River a couple weeks ago. Weather, scenery and fishing was good. We are fortunate to have access to this private property that has almost 2 miles of river bank access and over 180 acres of forest. Great base camp for exploring Tillamook, Oceanside, Netarts, Garibaldi, etc.

Some pics too but sorry they are not that good looking - don't have the camera or the talent Kim does.

Next planned adventures are the Metolius and Lower Deschutes in October.

Hope everyone is having fun!

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It's Been Awhile

It has been very quiet in the thread lately. Life happens and you get busy. Not much to report except I did do a fishing trip on private land to Mecca Flats on the Deschutes River in the last days of October. Great camping location but the river was blown out making the fishing not very good. Here are some pics from that trip.

On another note, some new places I'm thinking of going soon are the BLM lands on the Crooked River, campsites on the South Fork of the McKenzie. Happy Camping to all of you!
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river was blown out

What does this phrase mean. I'm not a fisherman. I found this phrase used a lot when I googled it, but no definition.

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Blown Out = The river is muddy and high, not suitable for good fishing.

Air Chief, an old Marine here. How about the Blitzen system this year?
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My fiance and I are headed to Austin from Seattle area via 101/1 in about two weeks! ! Where are the best Oregon coast overnight spots (boondocking or pay)?

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Tex, there are many state parks along the beach in Oregon. I would get on the internet and see which are open, and there are usually a good number of parks open. There are also lots of RV Parks and County Parks along the way. Barview County Park at the mouth of Tillamook Bay is nice enough.
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We are at nehalem bay state park as I type this and it is wonderful!! We stayed at cape lookout two weeks ago and it was pretty spectacular too. Hook ups at both and good Verizon cell service!

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We are at nehalem bay state park as I type this and it is wonderful!! We stayed at cape lookout two weeks ago and it was pretty spectacular too. Hook ups at both and good Verizon cell service!

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Had a chance to catch up on your blog. We are so sorry to read about your diagnosis but are glad you tolerating treatment well and you are out there enjoying in the Airstream. We will keep you in prayer, especially during this Lenten season. God bless you and your family.
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Yep, blown out rivers are usually caused by heavy rains and the slide of sediment coming off hills and mountains into the watershed. Some systems clear quickly and some are slow to recover. When rivers blow out, fish will usually just go into a "hold" mode and literally wade out the storm and wait for things to return to normal before they start activity again.
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Tex, there are many state parks along the beach in Oregon. I would get on the internet and see which are open, and there are usually a good number of parks open. There are also lots of RV Parks and County Parks along the way. Barview County Park at the mouth of Tillamook Bay is nice enough.
We were just over in your neck of the woods and it is amazing how many state parks are closed.
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We were just over in your neck of the woods and it is amazing how many state parks are closed.
It's winter, what's amazing is how many are open. Here's a link that tells which are seasonal, and which are year round.

http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/Pages/camping.aspx
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Are there any boondocking sites in or near Seaside? Looking for one night for my 31' sovereign and f350. It wont be a weekend.

Pm me if they are secret

Abs if there aren't any, what's the best pay site for reasonable?

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Fantastic Place to spend the night.

Just want to inform those passing through Port Orford via 101 that there is a great place to spend the night only a couple of blocks from the highway @Harbor Drive and 5th street. You can park there and not have to unhook and walk to several restaurants and galleries within 4 to 5 blocks. We highly recommend Redfish restaurant and gallery at Battlerock State Park. The view from the parking space is great, with views of Humbug and and the fishing port below. The lot is owned by the Port of Port Orford and asks for a donation of $20.

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Fantastic Place to spend the night.

Just want to inform those passing through Port Orford via 101 that there is a great place to spend the night only a couple of blocks from the highway @Harbor Drive and 5th street. You can park there and not have to unhook and walk to several restaurants and galleries within 4 to 5 blocks. We highly recommend Redfish restaurant and gallery at Battlerock State Park. The view from the parking space is great, with views of Humbug and and the fishing port below. The lot is owned by the Port of Port Orford and asks for a donation of $20.
Great tip! I wanted to stay there but we pushed through.

Look where we are boondocked now


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I have to say, and I don't wan to step on any toes... but why would anyone buy an RV, drive 1-5 hours, then park in an RV park with 200 other people? All crammed in next to each other?

This is my 5th RV in 20yrs? And I've never done anything but boondocking. Isn't that the reason they're fully self contained?

Sorry for the commentary.

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Here's the GPS point: 43.79964,-120.99149 You can just plug that into Google Maps and export whatever format you want. If this spot is taken, there's 500 other spots down the road, just take your pick.

It's in the Millican Valley OHV. This is right on the edge of the OHV area, and you won't hear anything except every once in a while. We day trip to Paulina Lake, There's some ice caves to explore nearby, and also Oregon's largest Sitka Spruce?

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This is another cool spot near Morton, WA. This is where I got my advanced rating to Hang Glide, it's called Dog Mountain, but only by pilots. (there's another Dog Mt. for hikers) If the wind is West 15-25, you might see some cool flying. We just stopped there this time on our way to Seattle.
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I have to say, and I don't wan to step on any toes... but why would anyone buy an RV, drive 1-5 hours, then park in an RV park with 200 other people? All crammed in next to each other?

This is my 5th RV in 20yrs? And I've never done anything but boondocking. Isn't that the reason they're fully self contained?

Sorry for the commentary.

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Here's the GPS point: 43.79964,-120.99149 You can just plug that into Google Maps and export whatever format you want. If this spot is taken, there's 500 other spots down the road, just take your pick.

It's in the Millican Valley OHV. This is right on the edge of the OHV area, and you won't hear anything except every once in a while. We day trip to Paulina Lake, There's some ice caves to explore nearby, and also Oregon's largest Sitka Spruce?

Sweet spot! Thanks for sharing - I will definitely check out that area. Any water nearby? Like you, I got my trailer to go boondocking and get away from people and enjoy nature in some solitude but there are tons of people who use it as a mobile motel to enjoy their vacation destinations, etc. I did exactly that when we drove from Oregon to Monterey, CA to see my son - we stayed at RV sites because it dictated or purpose and what we needed to do. Whenever I pass by a stinky fully loaded campground of tenters and RVers, I always think to myself how that just doesn't look like a relaxing camping trip - but to each their own, everyone has their own idea of fun and relaxation.
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There's east lake and Paulina lake nearby. Very rustic and very cool. It's the middle of Newberry Volcano national park. Summer only. The lake is at 6200ft MSL. So the road is all snow until June.

If you are going, google "Paulina lake" and search for images. You'll see tons of cool stuff including a very rustic pub, with 5 rooms or cabins. It's a volcanic lake. Cold. Very cold water. It will be 90 at camp back at our spot, and I thought we'd day trip up to swim in the lake. Yea, I dipped my toes and that was enough. There's sweet boondocking all the way up to the edge of Prineville reservoir. Way bigger lake, much warmer water. Awesome pay sites all the way down the Crooked river.
I have to admit; most of the best spots I've found are from camping out near motorcycle races that I've done. One time a year races, or just fun riding spots. Getting out on an adventure bike exploring will show you 10,000 incredible hidden spots all over Oregon. I also got exposed to tons of unique spots from hang gliding all over OR and WA. I also built cell towers for a couple years and got exposed to some awesome remote areas with incredible vistas. In my mind, there's no reason to ever pack yourself into a RV destination.
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I have to say, and I don't wan to step on any toes... but why would anyone buy an RV, drive 1-5 hours, then park in an RV park with 200 other people? All crammed in next to each other?

This is my 5th RV in 20yrs? And I've never done anything but boondocking. Isn't that the reason they're fully self contained?
We've never stayed in anyplace I would describe as all crammed in, except when just making an overnight stop along the way. Mostly we stay at state parks or private parks with our friends. Nothing wrong with camping with 20 other trailers if they're all friends! And I've never been to a state park that felt crowded. I don't understand the appeal of those 'parking lot' type parks, but luckily there are a lot of different choices between the two extremes!

I am enjoying this boondocking thread. I hope we have a chance to get out more this summer and try some of these places. Please keep sharing, I'm making a list
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