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Camp Rilea Featured
Oregon 146688
September 2013
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This campground is an unpolished gem! With a little spit and shine, it could be a wonderful FamCamp! I would LOVE the opportunity to be able to do something special with this place; if only...! It is close to Astoria (7 miles) and it's right on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, right off Hwy 101. It is well-marked and the gate guards are very friendly and helpful. RVer's may not be too happy with the parking lot-type accommodations, but for tent campers, this place gets an A+ (see pictures)! Now, the amenities and facilities are still a little spartan, so I had to mark down for those; there are two small bathrooms and three showers, WiFi is only available by getting a "Day-pass" to Koski Hall, and there are no laundry facilities. The restrooms get used by everyone, including the folks doing all the training at the range behind the campground, so they do tend to get a little dirty and could use a little extra attention. The PX/BX is small and does not carry charcoal and/or lighter fluid, nor any other camping supplies, so you need to have those before you get here. If you are an outdoorsman-type, there are plenty of things to see and do in the local area. There are lots of museums, state parks, beaches, fishing, and tours in nearby Warrenton and Astoria. Now for the not-so-good: this IS, primarily, a National Guard, State Police, Sheriff's training facility! So, expect lots of shooting and training operations during all hours of the day and night. Training usually, does not go past midnight, but they did conduct nighttime operations while we were there and it was a bit noisy. The following day, they were shooting at the range behind the campground all day long, but stopped at around 1630. All-in-all, this facility is a first-rate campground for the price and great value for tent campers ($5/night), BUT there are only three tenting spots, each with its own pavilion and two picnic tables under each pavilion; so, reserve, reserve, reserve!
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