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Old 06-16-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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Suggestions for Oregon and N. California along I-5.

Hi all,

My wife, baby, dog (golden retriever) and I are going to a wedding in the Bay Area (Fremont) in a few weeks and will be camping in our 13' Trillium both ways. On the way down, we have already decided to stay near Mt. St. Helens in WA on the 1st night and Crater Lake in OR on the 3rd night.

I'm looking for suggestions for places to stay on the 2nd night between Mt. St. Helens/Crater Lake and the 4th night between Crater Lake and the Fremont. We'd like to find something at least half-way to our next day's stop but are also interested in going further should our little one decide it's a good day for driving. We were able to cover 600 km's a day last Aug. but the little guy slept a lot more back then.

I'd love to hear if you have any favourites to suggest. Thx,

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Part of this depends on how you're planning on heading south from Mt.St. Helens. My suggestion is I-5 to I-205 to I-84. The trip through the Gorge is great. At Hood Rive take State 35 to 26 then 26 to Bend south on 97. From there it's a pretty short drive to Crater Lake. Along this route you have lots of options.
Along the Columbia River Gorge, Viento State Park, Memalouse State Park, Wyeth National Forest campground. Highway 35 Sherwood National Forest Campground(NFS), Nottingham NFS campground, Robin Hood NFS campground. On 26 is Trillium Lake NFS campground (this fills up on the week-ends). Highway 97, Newberry Crater (4 campgrounds), LaPine State Park, Collier State Park (this one is probably a bit of stretch.
After Crater Lake NP, you might want to consider Mt Lassen NP.
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If I can add to the question - which campground around Crater Lake is the best option? We'll be there in July.
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I'm looking for suggestions for places to stay ... the 4th night between Crater Lake and the Fremont. We'd like to find something at least half-way to our next day's stop...

I'd love to hear if you have any favourites to suggest.
Robert and I drive up I-5 every year to go to the Oregon Gathering.
Half-way between Crater Lake, Oregon and Fremont, California is the Junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 505, which is smack-dab in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Nothing but wheat fields to the horizon, as far as the eye can see in any direction.

The closest anything will be The Camper's Inn RV and Golf Resort near Dunnigan, California. We haven't stopped there.
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Robert and I drive up I-5 every year to go to the Oregon Gathering.
I generally like to drive no farther than 450 miles (about 725 kilometers) in a day. Since California's Central Valley along I-5 is pretty desolate, we repeatedly stay at Dos Reis Regional Parks | San Joaquin County Parks & Recreation which is darn near half-way between San Diego, CA and Bandon, OR. This will be too close to Fremont, and out of your way to be useful to you.

Another favorite is Rail Road Park Resort in Dunsmuir, California. This will be too close to Crater Lake to be useful to you also...
Sorry I'm not much help.
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You might look at this one Waterloo County Park
This would put you about halfway between Mt St. Helens and Crater Lake.
We've had a few fiberglass trailer gatherings at this park.
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If I can add to the question - which campground around Crater Lake is the best option? We'll be there in July.
Mazama is full when we're there so we're staying at the next closest place: Diamond Lake RV Park (Welcome).

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If I can add to the question - which campground around Crater Lake is the best option? We'll be there in July.
For your trailer there is only one campground inside the park, Mazama. If you know the date you plan on being there it is recommend that you get reservations. I have been there in July and managed to get a site. But I wouldn't count on it.
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Chris you havent said what your return plan is I am assuming you are still looking at that. My two most fav parks in Oregon are Champoeg State park - between Portland and Salem and not far off the I5. The other one is on the coast - Nehalem Bay State park.
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Chris you havent said what your return plan is I am assuming you are still looking at that. My two most fav parks in Oregon are Champoeg State park - between Portland and Salem and not far off the I5. The other one is on the coast - Nehalem Bay State park.
We're going to come back via the coast at least until we're back to Washington. My wife has never done that drive before and I've only done part of the N. California coast. I'll have a look into Nehalem Bay SP. Thx!
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We're going to come back via the coast at least until we're back to Washington. My wife has never done that drive before and I've only done part of the N. California coast. I'll have a look into Nehalem Bay SP. Thx!
You might check Barview Jetty Campground on the north side of Tillamook Bay. http://www.co.tillamook.or.us/gov/parks/Campgrounds.htm
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If you want to stay overnight some place fun and usual, just outside of Roseburg off I-5: Hi-Way Haven RV Park Home I've thought about just going down for a couple of days myself!
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You might check Barview Jetty Campground on the north side of Tillamook Bay. http://www.co.tillamook.or.us/gov/parks/Campgrounds.htm
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If you want to stay overnight some place fun and usual, just outside of Roseburg off I-5: Hi-Way Haven RV Park Home I've thought about just going down for a couple of days myself!
Ok, that place could be the biggest pit toilet in the world and I would still say that is cool! Turning and old drive in movie theater into a campground? Rock on!
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