Dear Reader: We are updating these listings now (April-May, 2004). The listings on this page now are in many cases outdated. We except to have our updated directory posted by June, 2004.
OREGON FREE CAMPGROUNDS
Rest areas: Stays of 14 hours or less are permitted. A few even have sewer dumps and free coffee.
Wal-Mart stores. Unless posted, RVers may spend the night for free in any Wal-Mart parking lot. For a list of Wal-Mart stores that do not permit free overnight stays, click here.
The Seven Feathers Casino along I-5 has a regular pay campground, but also permits free camping in its parking lot. Many RVs were holed up for the night when I passed by in March '99. -- THE EDITOR
The Kla Moya Indian Casino permits free RV parking -- B. MACQUOID
Coos Bay/North Bend
The Mill Resort & Casino, located on Hwy. 101 between North Bend and Coos Bay offers free no-hookup parking in their casino lot. They require that you check in, and they will issue you a dash/window permit for each night. -- D. BALERIA
The Wal-mart here allows overnight stays in RVs. -- THE EDITOR (9-00)
Hagelstein Park, about 10 miles north of town right alongside U.S. 97, offers about a dozen sites in a well-maintained grassy park with clean restrooms. It's not free, but at $5 a night it's a good deal -- THE EDITOR
Lincoln City vicinity
Spirit Mountain Casino on Highway 18 east of Lincoln City and west of Salem offers free overnight parking. Info: 800-760-7977. (8-01)
(6-01) We stayed at the Wal-Mart in Medford OR. There must have been about twenty other RVers in one area of the parking lot. It appears we were all welcome. The parking lot is shared by several other businesses, ie; Costco and Safeway. It is also located on the highway to Crater Lake. --W. MARTIN
Plush is at the edge of the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge about 40 miles northeast of Lakeview. You can stay free in a lot behind the city park. -- B CRONIN
Edson Creek County Park is about 4 miles north of town on U.S. 101 and then another four miles (or so) east on Sixes River Road. Free camping is allowed, and there's fishing in the creek. -- W. BOWDEN
OTHER FREE CAMPING. Oregon has hundreds of other free campgrounds, most on National Forest or other public lands. Most require a bit of a drive, but often not too far offf the beaten path. Don Wright's Guide To Free Campgrounds lists more than 400 such free campgrounds. If you plan to spend any time camping in Oregon and are on a budget, this guide is essential.
NO WAL-MART CAMPING: Readers have reported (on the date indicated) that following Wal-Marts do not allow free overnight parking.
Hood River ( June, 00)
Newport (Sept., 00)
Roseburg (Sept., 00)
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