Making reservations at any of the Oregon state campgrounds and parks along the Oregon Coast is a straight-forward and easy process. Done right, you will know what to expect and end up having a terrific time under the stars.
Many people have written me and expressed troubles figuring out how to reserve a camp site for themselves. Well, that's why I decided it's time to get this page together.
About half of all the campgrounds throughout Oregon do not need a prior notice from you. The more popular ones, though, do encourage them to ensure that you get a spot where you want and when you want.
These campgrounds take them up to 9 months in advance. Don't push it though and try to make them too near the time you plan to go.
They cannot be made fewer than 2 days in advance. I'll let you know in the listings of campgrounds and state parks whether they will take advanced notice or not.
Who To Contact About Reservations
All of the Oregon state parks use a central system that is called Reservations Northwest (RNW). The service is available through the entire United States and Canada. To save yourself a place, call them toll-free at 1-800-452-5687. Their hours are Monday thru Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. If you're in the Portland, Oregon area, you can make that call a local one at 503-731-3411.
In addition, if you're looking for full-service camp sites that include electric and tent, you can do those online at http://www.oregonstateparks.org.
What You Can Expect To Pay
When you make your call to reserve your site, you'll be charged a non-refundable fee of $6 per site, plus your first night's rent. RNW accepts Visa and MasterCard or any debit cards with those logos on them. If you want to pay by check or money order, that's no problem as long as it reaches them at least 10 days before your time of arrival. I'd recommend the credit card just to make sure that the mail isn't to blame for blowing your special camping time.
What Do I Get?
Making Changes and Cancellations
If you find that you need to make a change to your time away, it will be subject to a $6 fee. Any changes cannot be made any fewer than 4 days before your are expected to arrive, so do the best you can to plan accordingly if something unexpected comes up.
Things happen that don't go exactly how we planned and the Oregon state parks and RNW wants to accommodate you the very best they can. If you do need to cancel at any of the campgrounds, call 1-800-452-5687 if the cancellation can be made two days before your scheduled arrival.
If you need an immediate cancellation, call the park you planned to stay at directly. I'll have the phones numbers for each park listed for you. You should be expecting to pay a fee for any cancellation.
If your decision to camp is a spur of the moment thing and you don't have a reservation at a park that takes them, you can always just show up and see if there is any spots available. You never know what you may find and possibly a cancellation from someone else may open up a wonderful time of camping at one of Oregon state's beautiful campgrounds.
Don't forget the bug spray and your fishing poles. Have a fantastic time!