Whalen Island Campground

County Park

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Whalen Island Rd. Cloverdale, OR 97112 503-965-6085 503-322-3477 Official Website

GPS: 45.2733, -123.9486

Last Price Paid: $37
Number of Sites: 34
Pad Type: grass
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 3 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Ratings Summary

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Thumb chris david
Redmond, OR 23' Oliver Oliver Legacy Elite II Ford F150
98 reviews
Nightly rate: $37
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 17

Chris&David would stay here again

“Unexpectedly quirkily cool!”

Reviewed Aug 18, 2016

Overall Rating

We pushed off from Portland a bit later than we'd planned and found ourselves out of luck when we got to Cape Lookout SP at 2 pm on a Monday afternoon. So we continued south and pulled into Whalen Island, a Tillamook County park situated at the throat of a lovely little island estuary opposite the Sand Lake ORV campgrounds.

Its laid out very informally... Which turns out to be part of this campgrounds charm. There are no definable boundaries for each site on the grassy rise just above the high tide mark. You can park any which way you want in proximity to your site's picnic table and fire ring. We had a front row seat to the rising and ebbing tide under an almost full moon in mid August.

Restrooms are very basic but the toilets are flush and there's foamy hand soap which is always a welcome touch. Park hosts are sweet and helpful and take their job seriously. They'll help you find just the right spot for your rig or tent... There were a couple of 32' RVs here which fit just fine.

The dump station is right at the rest room. Those needing handicapped facilities can go to the adjacent Clay Myers State Natura island just a hundred feet away.

There's a neat 2 mile round trip hike through the woods or along the estuary at low tide, all the way out to the ocean a mile away. My hiking map even claims that you can walk all the way across the Sand Lake at low tide along the Oregon coast trail.

Kids will have a swell time walking in the mud and digging up clams. And birders will be in heaven!

Cost seems very high for a park with few amenities but I know that Tillamook County is not well off so I am sure the money is highly appreciated. Campground will close for a while starting October 1 as they are putting a new bridge in out to the island.

Pets are welcome but there's an extra $5.59 charge for each visit per pet. Those who stay more than one night are not charged the $11 registration fee which is part of the $37 nightly fee. So additional nights are $26.

Needed the booster to get a couple of bars of 3g on our Verizon phones.

Site Quality

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Thumb chris david
Oregon Coast - Beyond

Journal With temperatures forecast to be over 100 degrees in Portland, we decided to escape to the Oregon coast for a week. We had no specific destination in mind, other than to camp at Cape...

  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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