Last week we had the fun of going to our grandson’s high school graduation in Portland, Oregon. We decided to take the trailer and camp in our favorite campground near Portland. We also wanted to explore some Forest Service Campgrounds between home and Portland. We decided to try the Riverside Campground in the Willamette National Forest. We had checked it out by car on previous trips and noted that there were several campsites right along the Santiam River.
We chose site 28 which is right along the Santiam River. It is a great site with a long, easy to get into, parking area for our trailer. This campground not for big rigs. The sites are rated for 24 feet and shorter, but probably a 35 foot rig could’ve gotten in site 28.
The campground is located along the Santiam River among mature Cedars and Douglas Fir trees. There are 2 sections. Upriver has more secluded sites on a bluff overlooking the river. Down river, the sites are more open with partial shade. It is located along the highway so you will hear road noise, but it is not bad.
Riverside Campground has 38 sites, is open May thru September and has spots for both tents and RVs. It lists the max RV length as 24 feet, but not many sites are that large. There are water spigots available throughout the campground and there are 3 vault toilets. There are waste gray water disposal sites available. Firewood is available for sale. There are firepits and picnic tables at each site, but no hookups. There is a campground host on site.
Overnight fees start at $16 per night and campsites can be reserved ahead of time on the recreation.gov website.
How to get to Riverside Campground
Riverside Campground is located 14.1 miles southeast of Detroit Oregon on State Highway 22. in the Willamette National Forest.