Mt Hood National Forestwrite a review NF-70 Clackamas, OR 503-630-6861 503-668-1700 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website
GPS: 44.9772, -122.0925
|Last Price Paid:||$20|
|Number of Sites:||23|
Chris&David would stay here again
“A hidden gem on the Collawash River.”
Reviewed Apr 11, 2015
Kingfisher Campground is in the Mt. Hood National Forest about 35 miles from Estacada, Oregon. While it's primitive, I mean that as a compliment. I'm not sure much has changed in the past 50 years, and that's kind of nice! Restrooms are definitely of the old-school outhouse variety but they are kept clean. There are 23 sites, most are suitable for smaller RVs, campers, trailers and pop-up tent campers like ours. Fresh water is available from spigots. At least half the spots were unclaimed during a late June 2014 weekend. We arrived without reservations on a Friday afternoon and a number of river side spots were still available.
Kids (and adults) will have a great time safely exploring the river, wading up and down in the knee deep shallows of the Collawash, especially on a hot summer day. Cap off the day with s'more's at night by the campfire, and you've got the perfect old-school low-cost family vacay, in my opinion.
The more adventurous of us might enjoy a soak in the nearby Bagby Hot Springs, 5 miles up the road. After dinner, we walked in that general direction from the campground for 3 or 4 miles for a nice stretch of the legs. Only two cars drove by! On the down side, we had no cell phone reception at all (AT&T).
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