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Old 08-17-2008, 12:01 AM   #1
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I'm planning on driving north to Oregon and Washington over 3 days. I would like any recommendations on places to spend the night before getting to the Candian bordrer. I will be traveling along the 5 Fwy for my journey.
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We stayed at Birch Bay State Park the two times we went up or the west coast to and from Canada. It is ten miles south of Blaine, Wash., near the Canadian border in Whatcom County. A very nice, large and peaceful campground but now crowded to close together as I remember. First time in '86 exited Canada and stayed at Birch Bay, even went back into Canada to catch a ferry to Vancover Island. The second time was in '97. We stayed at Birch Bay and visited Vancover the city before taking the RV into Canada to Jasper, etc. Very beautiful area, very small town. My son and I spotted a Bald Eagle in a tree on the road up to Canadian border the first evening we got to Birch Bay in '97. A neat place.

http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selec...ark=Birch%20Bay

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Edit addition: We spend a night in Tacoma and Seattle area before moving up to Birch Bay at Saltwater State Park (more or less a city park on the Sound). Dry camping at both sites.
http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp...park=Saltwater
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On our trip between the Oregon Gathering and San Diego, we stayed overnight at a San Joaquin County Campground called Dos Reis Regional Park. (Scroll down to the 5th entry in the link) Just south of Stockton, CA, it was easy to get to from I-5, and we had full hook-ups for $20.

Another place I can recommend is Railroad Park & Campground just south of Dunsmuir, CA. It too is just off I-5, had full hook-ups AND cable TV in a wooded site for $30.

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Valley of the Rogue Rest Area and campground south of Grants Pass is great. Nice site, Wifi, right off the freeway.
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I'm planning on driving north to Oregon and Washington over 3 days. I would like any recommendations on places to spend the night before getting to the Candian bordrer. I will be traveling along the 5 Fwy for my journey.
We don't call it "the 5 fwy" up here. It's "I-5"

If you're just sleeping you can spend the night in most rest areas. I did that a couple weeks ago. Just looked for one that had a few trucks parked for the night and pulling in-between them.
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If you are picking rest areas, there is one north of Woodburn, that is better than most. When you pull off it looks the same but if you go like you were getting ready to leave, there is a road that goes behind and has two more parking lots. Sometimes the last set of rest rooms aren't open but you sure get a lot more quiet when you aren't parked between two refer trucks.

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The Wal-Mart at Woodburn allows overnight parking, but the lot is close to the freeway and might be noisy. We have stayed at RV Park of Portland which is just off I-5 at Nyberg Rd exit 289 with easy access. There is considerable freeway noise there too, but the park is clean and safe.
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If you are picking rest areas, there is one north of Woodburn, that is better than most. When you pull off it looks the same but if you go like you were getting ready to leave, there is a road that goes behind and has two more parking lots. Sometimes the last set of rest rooms aren't open but you sure get a lot more quiet when you aren't parked between two refer trucks.
I agree that both north and south rest stops are pretty good with back lots.
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The Wal-Mart at Woodburn allows overnight parking, but the lot is close to the freeway and might be noisy.
Wal-Mart fills up with trucks so it might be hard to find a spot to park. They've put up signs trying to keep the main parking lot open, but I see trailer and trucks parked there. You could ask inside about parking. The above mentioned rest stop might me a better alternative.
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I can only caution you about using some of the rest stops along I-5. As an Oregonian it saddens me the amount of crime these wonderful places for travelers are experiencing. The state is starting to post signs in some of the more crime-riddled ones where overnight camping is no longer allowed. Not by truckers, not by travelers only looking for a respite.
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I can only caution you about using some of the rest stops along I-5. As an Oregonian it saddens me the amount of crime these wonderful places for travelers are experiencing. The state is starting to post signs in some of the more crime-riddled ones where overnight camping is no longer allowed. Not by truckers, not by travelers only looking for a respite.
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Could you tell us which rest stops no longer allow staying overnight. I had not heard of any being closed in that manner in Oregon.

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Could you tell us which rest stops no longer allow staying overnight. I had not heard of any being closed in that manner in Oregon.

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They don't seem to making it a permanent closure. Baldoc (south of Portland) was closed to overnighters for about 90 days here in the past year or so. Just to the north of us... north of Vancouver. the Gee Creek rest area was closed to overnighters for about six months. A kidnapping and rape of a female (during daylight hours) prompted that closure. On I-205, across from the Oregon City Falls, they permanently closed (and removed) the entire rest area (southbound) due to crime. Thefts from vehicles are definitely up in all parking areas and rest stops. If I were to use a rest area as an overnighter, I'd would park with others (including big trucks), rather than looking for a secluded area.
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They don't seem to making it a permanent closure. Baldoc (south of Portland) was closed to overnighters for about 90 days here in the past year or so. Just to the north of us... north of Vancouver. the Gee Creek rest area was closed to overnighters for about six months. A kidnapping and rape of a female (during daylight hours) prompted that closure. On I-205, across from the Oregon City Falls, they permanently closed (and removed) the entire rest area (southbound) due to crime. Thefts from vehicles are definitely up in all parking areas and rest stops. If I were to use a rest area as an overnighter, I'd would park with others (including big trucks), rather than looking for a secluded area.
The south bound Baldoc rest area may have been closed for a short time for construction of an overpass that effected the exit lane to the rest area. I go by there quite often and wasn't aware of any closure, just difficult to get into for a few months.

The south bound by Oregon City Falls was closed several years ago because of activity that wasn't socially acceptable, not sure that is was criminal. This rest area was too close to large urban areas and on a bypass freeway therefore didn't get used by travelers.

According to Oregon State's web site you can stay up to 12 hours in any 24 period. There are no exceptions indicated. Washington's web site says 8 hours in any 24 hour period unless otherwise posted.

When we stayed in a rest area recently we by passed one because it appeared that nobody was spending the night there. I don't think that you're any safer in a group of people, but when nobody is staying overnight I wonder why. We figured there must be a reason so we didn't stay there. The next one down the road had a larger number of people sleeping there. Must have been 15 cars in the car lot and the truck/trailer lot was overflowing.

Bad things happening in rest areas is pretty uncommon and when something does happen the news media will make a big issue of it. Fear is then created and spread. Results in people driving sleepy and put themselves and others in greater risk of death or maiming rather than the lesser risk of sleeping in a rest area.
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Sorry Byron there's been a slight misunderstanding, when I said Baldoc had closed.... I only meant for overnight camping. The rest areas were left open for travelers just passing through 24-hours a day. I suppose if it were in daylight hours and a person was "resting" it was okay. Just not at night and that was only for about 90 days.

And you're right, the I-205 rest area has been completely closed for several years now (everything has been torn down). They closed it because of criminal activity occuring in the restrooms. And, it was a very big deal in the Portland area because it involved a certain segment of the population.

I only mentioned any of this because as an Oregonian, I feel I should tell people what I know. Criminal activity is on the rise everywhere. We've had thefts at the Oregon Gathering at Bullard's SP, out of locked tugs. Hard to believe when there were so many people around directly involved in that event. But, it happened more than once, and more than one year.

Anyone chosing to spend the night at a rest area in Oregon would do well to make certain nothing of value is left in a locked motorized vehicle. Not even in the trunk.
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