Cascade Locks-Portland East KOA

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841 Northeast Forest Ln.
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
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GPS: 45.6791, -121.8686

Last Price Paid: $38
Number of Sites: 119
Pad Type: asphalt
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: March-Oct.
Max Length: 110 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Voyagers On Wheels
Jupiter, FL
33 Winnebago Voyage
2004 Honda CRV
53 reviews
Nightly rate: $38
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 45
“3 stars SOLELY because of the train noise”

Reviewed Aug 18, 2016

Overall Rating

This is the first time we have stayed at a KOA since being in our MoHo but when we tent camped with a preteen we stayed in several places. This KOA is actually more like "real" camping-as in more rustic, not a lot of people all over, and laid back. It's convenient to Portland AND Mt Hood and the Columbia Gorge and that, along with waiting too long to make reservations, is why we came here. In the end, although I have to say we would not return, it is only because of the train noise that we wouldn't. The staff is excellent and the other visitors that we met were very nice. But those TRAINS!!!

Access: Our Garmin had us heading a bit east of where the sign pointing to the campground was and as soon as we determined that it was kooky we turned around. The turn off Wa Na Pah St is onto Forest Rd NOT Hammond so it's only about 1.5 miles from the turn off from I-84. Very convenient! The sites, while not too private are large and there is plenty of room to sit without being right next to your neighbor. The sites are level and clean. A mixture of dirt and gravel they are watered down when yo leave so the dust was well controlled. The regs say no mats or rugs but virtually everyone had one and there was no problem. (I suspect this is in recognition that the area is somewhat dry. ) The sites, most of them, are nicely shaded and the day the temperature hit 98 we stayed relatively cool and comfortable until mid afternoon when we had the a/c on for a few hours. They have 30 A/water pull-thrus and back in as well as 50A (for $10 more) According to one neighbor they told her the noise from the trains was less in the more expensive sites but when I was in the showers, with 2 others running I not only heard but felt the train go by so unless you are running a/c with all windows closed I can't see it making that much of a difference.

Noise: This was the only really bad part of this experience. We understand that there is train noise next to the river whether in WA or OR but some of the trains literally shake the earth. In addition, they run all day and all night and some of the operators seem to lie on their horns coming through no matter what hour it is. The campground is quiet both day and night between trains unless your site is near the pool, in which case you hear people in the pool during the day but it's not bad.

Bathrooms and showers: are clean, the water in the showers stays hot all day but the shower heads are only about 5.5' off the ground so very hard for anyone with any height. The water pressure is OK but the stall is large with hooks and a bench and a nice floor that filters away the water.

Cell reception and WiFi: there is free WiFi but, as with most campgrounds that we have found, it fluctuates. Never fast, it is sufficient most of the time. We had both ATT and Verizon signals though-2 bars-so switched back and forth.

There is lots to do near here both east and west and the famous waterfalls, like Multnomah Falls, are all very nearby. Town is right down the road with several restaurants (we tried and liked the Ale House) and small grocery stores.

Pets are very welcome as long as on a leash and there is a dog run.

The garbage and recycling bins were full to overflowing when we arrived on Mon but everything was picked up on Wed.

Overall, I have to say that had we been in a 50A site where we could have run our A/C at night and kept the windows shut we might consider it again except for the $47/night price tag that would involve.

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
  • cable tv
  • wifi: free
  • bike rental
  • hot tub
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • rec hall
  • swimming pool: onsite
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • cabins
  • dump station
  • firewood
  • general store
  • hot tub
  • laundry
  • propane
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • swimming pool: onsite
  • trash
  • water available
Discount Clubs:
  • KOA
  • dog run
  • pets


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