Taking in the majestic views of the Painted Hills.
Baker City
Blue Mountains as seen from HWY 84 outside of Baker City. - Photo by Isaac Viel

You may know all about the “usual places to go” in Oregon—Multnomah Falls, Portland and Mount Hood. RV campers willing to take a closer look, however, can find pockets of adventure hidden in the beautiful Oregon countryside. Follow along on this journey through three ideas for Oregon RV camping adventures.

Baker City’s Natural and Historic Wonders

Baker City, tucked away in the northeast corner of Oregon, is surrounded by national forests, rugged canyons and the Snake River. Just off I-84 (also known as the Old Oregon Trail Highway) this city knows its pioneer roots and wants to share them with you.

Once you’ve found your family away from home at Mountain View RV Park in Baker City, there are three trains of vacation activity to climb aboard – historic, scenic or outdoor adventures.

  1. Learn the perils and triumphs of early Northwest pioneers at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Visit the historic downtown area by way of the whimsical Baker City Trolley system. History and architecture buffs will love the nationally-registered historic places there.
  2. Take a drive on the Hells Canyon All American Road for two hundred twenty five miles of staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas. Many scenic overlooks make this a day-long adventure.
  3. And when you’re ready for outdoor adventure, head for Hells Canyon National Recreation Area along the Oregon-Idaho border. Whitewater rafting and float boat trips are just the beginning of what awaits you there. Mule and horseback tours, backpacking, fishing on the Wild and Scenic Snake River—those are just three of the ways RV travelers have learned to love Hells Canyon.

Loon Lake RV Camping
The second Oregon RV camping idea worth investigating is a trip to Loon Lake. Near the Pacific Coast, southwest of Eugene, Loon Lake combines mountain lake beauty with easy access to the coast. Loon Lake Lodge and RV Campground is a wonderful example of the scenic RV camping available.

Waking to the sight of mist rising from an Oregon lake can erase even the most persistent case of burnout. Spend your entire vacation at the lake, if you like; there’s certainly more than enough to do! Kayaking, canoeing or fishing allows you time to slow down and enjoy the view. If you’re an adrenalin junkie, instead, roar around the lake on a jet ski or go tubing across the clean, clear water.

With a little extra time, you can explore nearby attractions such as Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area and the exciting Umpqua River, where salmon and sturgeon are easily found and a lighthouse guards the river.

RV Camping at Klamath Lake
Southern Oregon is home to one of the largest freshwater lakes in America. Klamath Lake (also known as Upper Klamath Lake), near the town of Klamath Falls, is easy to reach on US-97 (The Dalles/California Hwy). It’s sheer size—nearly eight miles across at its widest point and thirty miles long—creates abundant space for RV camping and other outdoor activities.

One example of prime Upper Klamath camping is Rocky Point Resort on the lake’s northwest shore. It is scenic, friendly and right in the heart of lake activities. One favorite way to spend time at Klamath Lake is fly fishing Pelican Bay. Well-known for its rainbow trout, the lake sees fly fishermen from around the world hoping to catch a trophy trout for themselves.

Another wonderful way to spend your vacation hours is by traversing the bays and marshes of Klamath Lake by kayak or canoe. Paddling trails twist and turn along the lake’s channels and waterways, revealing abundant wildlife. If you’re hoping for spectacular vacation photos, catch the view of Mount McLoughlin to the west across the lake; it’s unforgettable!

For those RV campers who enjoy the challenge of mountain hiking, consider taking the Mount McLoughlin Trail, climbing to amazing views of Fish Lake, Lake of the Woods and Klamath.

There are treasures waiting to be explored in the mountains, foothills and coastal beauty of Oregon. RV campers can heed the call often without running out of Oregon RV camping ideas. Start your own collection of Oregon camping memories; there’s no better place in America to get outdoors.

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty’s RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.

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  1. Jake Delaney says…

    Set on the beautiful and scenic Loon Lake, Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort has some very scenic waterfront campsites and a marina with jet ski and boat rentals.

    Written on June 24th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
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