10 Favorite Campgrounds Near Portland

Summer is winding down so if you haven’t gone camping yet, consider these spots if you’re looking for unforgettable outdoor experiences and a chance to connect with nature. Whether you crave the serenade of flowing creeks or the tranquility of forests, this blog is your ultimate guide. From breathtaking scenery to meticulously maintained facilities, each campground offers unique highlights that set them apart. Let’s explore our top 10 favorite campgrounds near Portland.

#1 Columbia River RV Park

Located 10 miles north of downtown, Columbia River RV Park is a premier site for RV campers. All comforts of home are offered in this well-appointed park for a comfortable stay.

There are plenty of spacious sites with full hookups, on-site laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, a recreation room, showers, and clean restrooms. Moreover, over-35’ and pull-through sites are available, and extra-long RVs are welcome.

One main highlight of this RV park is its proximity to some of the top attractions in Portland, including Owens Sports Complex, Columbia Children’s Arboretum Park, and Portland International Raceway. Daily rates are $46 (economy, small, medium, and large sites) and $52 (pull-through and premium sites).

#2 Barton Park Campground

To those who want to take a break from the busy city and get reconnected with nature, Barton Park Campground which is located on Clackamas River is the ideal destination. The campground has 112 campsites, including 103 sites with electric and water hookups.

Aside from camping, this unique park features hiking, event amenities, multi-day use amenities, and various river recreation opportunities. A boat ramp, picnic tables, a playground, fire rings, flush toilets, a dump station, showers, restrooms, and drinking water are available within the campground.

Families with kids can enjoy a game of horseshoes. The park is also a favorite spot for hiking, boating, and fishing. Campsite rates range from $21 to $81 per night.

#3 Cascade Locks/Portland East KOA Holiday

Cascade Locks KOA, nestled in the heart of Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable camping experience. This campground, with its prime location and modern amenities, provides a relaxing atmosphere and easy access to countless exciting activities and natural wonders.

The campground boasts forested tent sites, cabins, deluxe cabins, and full hookup RV sites. Firewoods, bike rentals, a pool, propane, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a hot tub/sauna, laundry facilities, a gift shop, and a playground are available in the campground.

Campers can enjoy activities in the nearby canyon which includes fishing and hiking. Campsite rates start at $37 avg/night.

#4 Ainsworth State Park Campground

With 6 walk-in tent sites and 42 full hookups campsites for trailers, RVs, and tents, Ainsworth State Park Campground is a hiker’s paradise and tranquil retreat with breathtaking waterfalls. Open mid-March through October, the park is surrounded by mature trees, providing shade for a cozy and comfortable stay.

Campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. An RV dump station, hot showers, flush toilets, firewood, drinking water, and a playground are also available within the campground. Outdoor recreations include fishing, windsurfing, hiking, kayaking, and biking.

This campground serves as a convenient base when you’re looking to explore the Columbia River Gorge and the area’s historic sites. Campsite fees range from $17 to $26 per night.

#5 Champoeg State Heritage Area Campground

Featuring a distinct combination of recreation, history, and nature, Champoeg State Heritage Areaoffers a scenic landscape of a bygone era. The campground has 81 campsites, including 21 full hookup sites, 54 partial hookup sites, and 6 walk-in tent sites.

There are also 6 cabins, 6 yurts, 3 group tent sites, a bicyclist/hiker camp, and a group RV loop. Hot showers, flush toilets, a dump station, hiking trails, exhibit information, bike paths, disc golf, and an amphitheater can be found in the area. Aside from the hiking trails, there are several historic buildings you can explore.

Champoeg State Heritage Area’s ecologically rich surroundings house over 130 bird species making it an ideal location to appreciate wildlife. This is also the site where the first provisional government in Oregon was formed. Campsite fees range from $21 to $58 per night.

#6 Wyeth Campground

An hour away east of Portland, Wyeth Campground offers 3 group sites and 13 individual sites in a beautiful camping spot surrounded by towering trees. Due to its location, outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant, including scenic drives, hiking, fishing, and exploring historic sites.

Each site includes a fire grill and picnic table. Only small RVs and trailers (less than 30 feet in length) are allowed and there are no hookups available. The campground has flush toilets, hot and cold water, tent pads, potable water, and showers.

The campground is popular in the area so make sure to reserve early. The camping fee is $20/night for one vehicle and single unit and $30/night for a group site.

#7 Gone Creek Campground

Sitting on the edge of Timothy Lake, Gone Creek Campground is surrounded by green, lush forest. This campground has 49 campsites for trailers, RVs, and tents, including 18 pull-through sites.

Water activities like boating, fishing, and kayaking as well as hiking and horseback riding are popular activities in the campground. There are no hookups but each site has a fire ring with a grill and picnic table. Other facilities include a boat ramp, vault toilets, and drinking water.

With its proximity to the lake and other historic buildings in the area, the campground is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, so make sure to reserve a site ahead of time. Daily/nightly campsite rates range from $26 to $52.

#8 Bayport RV Park and Campground

Bayport RV Park and Campground, adjacent to Scappoose Bay Marine Park, is an idyllic spot that attracts campers with its myriad of activities and scenic surroundings. This campground has 23 RV sites and tents are allowed on paved/gravel areas only.

All sites are 25’ wide and have electricity and water hookups. Park amenities include showers, restrooms, Wi-Fi, and an automated RV dump station. The boat launch fee is included with your site rental but overnight moorage is $17 per night. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there’s a paved nature trail you can explore or you can just relax on the shore and enjoy the breathtaking sunset.

On the other hand, the campground is a paradise for water lovers. With its proximity to the bay, boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing is just a stone’s throw away. Rates are $30 per night.

#9 L.L. Stub Stewart State Park Campground

Just over 30 miles west of Portland, L.L. Stub Stewart State Park Campground offers the best backyard camping experience. With its numerous trails and variety of camping opportunities, this campground boasts 78 full hookups RV sites, 15 cabins, 12 walk-in tent sites, and universal access to several sites and cabins at Dairy Creek.

Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and table. The campground has flush and vault toilets, drinking water, a playground, hot showers, a visitor center, two reservable meeting halls, and an open picnic shelter. Some of the sites have good shade but all of them are paved.

Outdoor recreation activities include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and disc golf. Campsite rates start at $11 per night.

#10 Mt. Hood Village RV Resort

Known as Oregon’s premier RV resort, Mt. Hood Village offers a variety of rental accommodations and over 300 wooded RV sites. This particular spot is the ideal destination for all kinds of retreats, large family gatherings, or a simple weekend getaway in the mountains.

Each RV site is equipped with a fire pit, picnic table, and either full or partial hookups. Other rentals like yurts, cabins, tiny houses, and cottages have modern amenities like kitchen appliances, fully equipped baths, BBQ grills, and extended outdoor space. A store, clubhouse, library, game room, playground, fitness center, restaurant, spa/hot tub, WiFi, shower/restroom facilities, laundry facilities, biking trails, and hiking trails in the park.

Explore beyond the campground and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Mt. Hood National Forest. Popular activities include rock climbing and fishing. The site rates range from $70 to $209 per night.


So there you have it, our top 10 best spots for camping around Portland. We hope our guide has given you insightful ideas and inspiration for your upcoming holiday, whether you’re looking for picturesque lakeside views or family-friendly amenities.

The best thing, though? You are welcome to bring your four-legged companions along for the adventure at any of these campgrounds. Go forth and embrace the wonders that await in these boundaries. Happy camping!

Need to Sell During a Pandemic? Learn How We Did it With This Home.

Many people wonder if it is a good time to sell during this pandemic. Is it safe? Are houses still selling? How does it work?

The latest statistics show that although there are fewer homes listed for sale, Portland’s real estate market is still robust. The great news is, home inventory and interest rates are still quite low, and depending on motivation, people either desire or need to change their living situations.

So how is it different now? As real estate brokers we are seeing an increased need for comprehensive marketing strategies that include agent only video tour, 3-D video, and floor plans. We are all using a no touch policy, safe practices such as wearing masks and gloves, wiping down surfaces and physical distancing.

Here is a recap of my currently pending listing:

  • When it came time for these sellers to move, I walked through the home and made notes regarding what to do to prepare for sale. This was done while the seller was working outside in his oversized yard. 
  • I reached out to my team of contractors and coordinated, interior paint throughout, carpet to be installed, power washing, gutters to be cleaned, professional yard maintenance and a deep cleaning. Everyone did their jobs on different days. Then I wiped down high touch areas after interior work was done.
  • When the home was ready, I lightly staged the home, and last but not lease my cleaning team made the home safe for potential buyers to take a look.
  • The photographer used protective gear while taking photos and video.
  • Instead of an open house, I offered 3-D walk through tour (Matterport Tour) and the home’s very own website for easy online viewing.
  • When buyers wanted to see the home in person, appointments were booked with ample time between to allow everyone space.
  • When the right offer came along, all paperwork was filed electronically. This is a service we have been using for years and are quite familiar with.

All this work has been done during the “shelter in place” order! Real estate is considered essential, and people need to sell or purchase for many different reasons during Covid-19.

Are you looking to invest in a home? Whether you are a first- time home buyer or adding to your real estate portfolio, I will provide exceptional professionalism, well-informed service and guidance through your sale or purchase. 

The Importance of Being Extraordinary

In today’s fast-paced world, we can all be looking for ways to stand out and be extraordinary for our clients no matter what field we are in. “Extraordinary” comes from the Latin Extra Ordinem, meaning “outside of the ordinary.”

These four simple words “outside of the ordinary”, turns a switch in the brain. It’s freeing, kind of like coloring outside the lines. It’s an opportunity to explore the options of what’s possible and not feel hemmed in by preconceived limits or expectations. I remember my second-grade teacher telling me to color inside the lines; she had no idea what she was saying. Having the courage to be creative and go beyond what’s expected is the goal. How am I going to be unique or extraordinary today? What can I accomplish in my life and career if I actively seek what is outside of the ordinary?

Let’s face it, in today’s technology driven world, connecting immediately with someone new is easy. But how can we stand out? How can we be markedly distinctive in our career and relationships?

In the world of real estate, brokers have the opportunity to think outside the ordinary daily. Helping people buy and sell real estate is not cut and dry by any stretch. No two deals or clients are alike so having the ability to think outside the box is paramount in providing true value. Personally, I have found the best way to do this is to have an exceptionally organized plan, be proactive, have steadfast balance in your life, an immaculate and positive attitude, the ability to look for solutions when faced with obstacles and last, but not least, a client-centered approach.

If you are looking for an extraordinary advocate to help you navigate the world of real estate, please reach out. I will take the reins and guide you to your dream home!


Success with Elevate!

The Elevate Real Estate Program can transform your life and bank account. With my customized platform, I’ll show you how to use real estate to make smart financial decisions that will pay off and elevate your lifestyle for years to come. My mission is to help clients achieve financial freedom from their real estate investments while providing outstanding customer service throughout the process.

If you look at economists’ charts on real estate investments you’ll find that, when considering real estate as a long term investment, you can earn investment income for yourself to help prepare for other areas of your life such as retirement.

About 10 years ago Rebecca Ostrom reached out and was interested in learning more about the Elevate Real Estate Program to earn money for retirement. When we met initially we discussed her options and what she was comfortable with. Together we came up with a game plan to purchase a property that she could use to generate revenue. As her trusted real estate adviser I was by her side every step of the way and I’m beyond pleased with her outcome.

Opportunities for growth can often be the positive outcome of unanticipated changes in life. With equity in hand from the sale of a jointly owned property I purchased a home with long term residency in mind. After a few years and as the result of a robust housing market I began to reconsider my options. I discussed with Marika if it seemed feasible to purchase a condo as my primary residence and then retain my current home as a rental property. She encouraged me to explore and suggested I discuss financial strategy with a trusted lender. I did just that and went on to purchase the condo. I began to once again seek change and hoped I might benefit from the continuing boom in the housing market. I consulted with Marika and within a five-year period was able to profit from the sale of both properties and grow my assets with limited tax implication. This investment approach boosted my retirement savings and provided another resource in order to grow my nest egg further. I look forward to the next real estate adventure with Marika and the opportunity to once again benefit from her wisdom, encouragement, and stellar work ethic.”

– Rebecca Ostrom

The Elevate Program has shown a consistent success rate with my clients and it can help you too! Rebecca’s story is just one. Helping her secure a nest egg for the future was very rewarding for me. Knowing that there’s money set aside if something should come up is comforting. If you’re interested in learning how to navigate this system please call or email me today! I would love to discuss some options with you and see how we can get the ball rolling on your financial goals.

-Marika Feibel

It’s Time to Elevate Your Life!

My name is Marika Feibel and I’m a Broker with Inhabit Real Estate. I have developed a niche in the housing market for those who want to purchase a property with the intention of investing. Whether you are a first time home buyer, purchasing an investment property, or buying a vacation home, I can help you create a real estate portfolio that will engender revenue for years to come. My mission is to help clients achieve financial freedom through real estate while providing top-notch customer service. Real Estate is a fun, exciting adventure and I want you to feel comfortable every step of the way. Let me tell you a little more about this process.

What to expect as a seller:

Selling your home is all about timing and strategy. Elevate, a comprehensive plan I’ve created, uses proven systems for selling your home and getting the right price. Timing the sale of your home is super important. From our first meeting to signing the sales contract, it is critical that everything is done on the right timeline. 

Step One: Preparing Your Home  

I’ll visit you in your home so that we can discuss what’s necessary to get your home ready for market. This list could include: new interior paint, new carpet, fixing a leaky kitchen faucet, weekly yard maintenance while your home is on the market, etc. In getting your home ready to sell, the focus is on curb appeal and tidiness inside and out. These two things will peak potential buyer interest, getting them to your front door, and will allow them to imagine their belongings and their lives in your home. 

Step Two: Marketing

We’ll discuss Elevate’s sales and marketing plan for your home, as well as all the steps that I’ll take to get the listing date. 

Another important element is flexibility for showings. We’ll discuss your schedule to come up with the best strategy, allowing agents to bring potential buyers to your home with two hours notice. 

Step Three: Pricing

Pricing your home is very important. I’ll take time to look at your neighborhood recent home sales. Also, I’ll look online and go to a few of the homes in your neighborhood that are currently on the market to scope out your competition. 

Portland and the surrounding areas currently have a low inventory of homes, which means that if your home is priced spot on, you could create an influx of buyers. There are many buyers watching and waiting for their dream home to be listed. 

Step Four: Final Details

Once in contract, I offer an exceptional ability to close the deal. My experience and tenacity will shine through, which can mean the difference between having a transaction fall out of contract and closing the deal. 


“I have had the pleasure to work with Marika on both the sale and purchase of a home. I fully credit her diligent marketing skills, knowledge of industry trends, and the strategy during negotiation for the successful sale of my home. Marika has wonderful intuitive skills and worked tirelessly with me to find and purchase the property I envisioned as my next home. In addition, she continues to be a great resource and eagerly responds to my requests to view potential investment properties. I enthusiastically refer her out to others, and look forward to working with her again on future real estate transactions.”

-Rebecca Ostrom, Lake Oswego

“Marika is one of the most personal and attentive real estate agents in Portland. Not only is she a lifelong Oregonian, but her knowledge of the area, her understanding of the market and its inventory and real estate values positions her as one of the best. From  day one she was always representing our interests – whether it was a little thing in a home we were interested in that we might have overlooked, to keen insights on how to position our home for sale. Her ability to read the overall market contributes to her impressive fluency as a listing or buying agent. Overall, Marika is someone who excelled at her  job as being a steward and helping people through a very important journey without compromising the necessary  logic and analytical skills necessary to craft a winning offer.”

– Ruby gates, SE, tabor area