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Northern Star Pallette Ranch

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51 reviews
· Oregon
6 sites
6 Tent
Built in the 1940's by the late actor Eugene Pallette as a hideaway from Hollywood and a Refuge from looming world disaster after World War 2. There once was a cannery, a power plant a sawmill and a 5,000 sq' concrete warehouse built to withstand anything and house years of provisions. Many buildings are still standing and utilized.  The past guest list included Cark Gable (Gone with The Wind) Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan and Errol Flynn and many more. Located on the shores of the Imnaha river we have 2 miles of accessible, private spots. There is a lot of wildlife here and there is no better place to "unwind" and regroup. Pitch your tent in total privacy along the shores of the River and then kick back and take in all the sights and sounds of Nature. Surrounded by canyons on all sides tucked away in a private Valley is 300+ acres of room to roam along the river.   We have firewood and frozen bottles of water for coolers available for an extra charge And have added 3 outhouses. Potable water, picnic tables, and outhouses on site. Pets are welcome. Camp fires are permitted outside of a fire ban. Our guests love staying here: "Camping at the ranch was pure enjoyment. We did not see or hear anything but the rushing river and the surrounding woods. The stars at night we’re amazing and there was plenty to explore on the property and nearby."
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Oregon, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Michelle/Larry O.Joined in July 2017
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59 ratings · 51 reviews
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Amanda R.recommends
October 13, 2022
Serenity on the River
i loved my stay at palette ranch! i was worried about being able to find the site, however the coordinates provided in google maps were quite accurate! michelle and larry were so kind, welcoming us even though they were closed for the season and showing us around and telling us about the history. the place is super secluded and off the grid feeling, so make sure you come prepared with everything you need
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Verlin L.recommends
August 23, 2022
Serenity on the River
May the Forest Be With You
We loved camping on the Imhaha river Larry Was very Pleasant and accommodating. There is Awesome stories about the History of this working Ranch . We had a beautiful experience the valley was completely dark until the full Moon peaked Over the mountain The first thing to light up was all of the ripples on the Imhaha What a site . Ten minutes later we could see the whole canyon floor just like Daylight You Will be right on the water We Will definitely be back Thank you Larry
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Adam S.recommends
August 18, 2022
Serenity on the River
remote yet convenient riverside
We had a wonderful spot by the river. Larry was kind and welcoming, sharing the history of the land and driving us to our specific camp spot. We played in and explored the river for two days. Very remote, which we thought was a great thing. While a solid section of forest protected the campsite from most of its infrastructure, there is a large section of power lines that runs through the otherwise perfectly remote valley in gorgeous Northeastern Oregon.
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Lisa Mae O.
August 15, 2022
Serenity on the River
Trump signs make it feel unsafe
Overall we love this area, its one of our favorite places in Oregon to camp. Imnaha river is a magical gem, and its great to have a dedicated spot. That said, there are dispersed camp spots on the Imnaha river just as good as this, both free of charge & free of TRUMP / MAGA signs. It's hard to show up to those signs, making you feel unsafe if you are queer.
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John R.recommends
August 2, 2022
Serenity on the River
Amazing Location!
This location was fantastic, remote (yet very accessible). We were camped right on the river. The fishing was great and the stars were amazing. We will be back.
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Paula S.recommends
July 13, 2022
Serenity on the River
Beautiful! The crick was running and the sound was so peaceful. Larry took us to our campsite and told us the history of their valley. It was a perfect spot.
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Jeffrey C.recommends
July 11, 2022
Serenity on the River
Great adventure bike camping.
My son and I was exploring the area on adventure bikes and camped on river at Larry and Michelle's ranch. It was great. The camp site was right on the river and was quiet, just the sound of the water, just what we needed after a long day of riding. There is lots of great motorcycle roads nearby both paved and and unpaved. Loved not being packed into noisy campground. Will stay again in the future.
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Jenna J.recommends
July 7, 2022
Serenity on the River
Michelle and OB sure know how to do it right! Hospitable and provided us with water and ice. Very secluded camp spot right on the river. We came during a high water month so it was too swift to play in, but the fishing was fun and the sound was perfect to sleep to. Lots of accessible hiking around the Imnaha...we did a lot with our family of 5. Looking at coming back when the waters lower for even more fun! So many animals too!....wild turkeys, deer, cows, horses peacocks and chickens!
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Alex C.recommends
July 4, 2022
Serenity on the River
What a gorgeous, off the grid campsite! We enjoyed sitting by the river and going for a long walk. Note that there is no cell service and the only facility is an outhouse. A great place to unplug!
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Spencer J.recommends
July 4, 2022
Serenity on the River
Great experience! Michelle was very communicative about directions and checking in. The ranch has very interesting history and the camp site was nice and secluded. Would definitely recommend and stay again.
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Bretta Ballou R.recommends
June 30, 2022
Serenity on the River
Secluded Beautiful River Camping
What a special place. We are grateful that Michelle and Larry are willing to share their land with campers like us. It was a perfect secluded get away for 4 nights right on the rivers edge with lots of land to explore and walk. We are Eurovan campers and it was easy access for us. We look forward to visiting again in the future.
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Shelby S.recommends
June 18, 2022
Serenity on the River
Peaceful stay
Long way in but worth it for peace and quiet
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Dianne B.recommends
September 20, 2021
Serenity on the River
Beautiful place, so much space. Larry and Michelle are great hosts.
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Amanda M.recommends
August 10, 2021
Serenity on the River
Camping at the ranch was pure enjoyment. We did not see or hear anything but the rushing river and the surrounding woods. The stars at night we’re amazing and there was plenty to explore on the property and nearby.
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Danny M.recommends
July 29, 2021
Serenity on the River
Gem of a spot
This place is so special. A beautiful river to dunk in, trails to explore, delightful Larry and Michelle give you space but are so helpful as well, clean outhouses, wild turkeys, and deer! We wanted to stay forever! (Pro tip- DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS)
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Megan L.recommends
July 26, 2021
Serenity on the River
Beautiful, quiet & very private
Pallette Ranch is a beautiful location and hosts are warm & welcoming. We greatly enjoyed our very private camp spot right on the river.
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Lisa Mae O.recommends
July 24, 2021
Serenity on the River
Magical private oasis
What a beautiful spot, extremely private and well-located directly on the Imnaha River, which was still high enough to sit/wade in to cool off at mid-July. We didn’t see a single other person on site unless we wanted to. There’s potable water and gallon jugs frozen for you to replenish your supply available at the ranch house, and you can pay for a shower if you like. Sites were clean and had a picnic table, River access and a pit outhouse, and everything was amazing. It’s about 40 mins to Halfway and about an hour or more to Joseph to resupply, so plan ahead in terms of food and ice if you’re gonna be there awhile (we were four women and stayed a week). If you’re into spicy local color type history, Larry will tell you lots of stories about the history of the ranch. We are 100% coming back, thanks for a perfectly great week of nature immersion!
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Erin D.recommends
July 16, 2021
Serenity on the River
Beautiful, secluded location. Camping next to the river was so peaceful. Hosts were very accommodating and friendly. A place with a lot of fascinating history. Close to great spots to view Hell’s Canyon
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David M.recommends
July 16, 2021
Serenity on the River
Beautiful campsite
We absolutely loved this spot. Aptly named! Middle of nowhere, which was just what we were looking for. And so many amazing outdoor possibilities nearby. It would be nice to have a water tank/spigot near the camp, but we brought a 5-gallon container and that got us through (plus a few liters of river water purified with a Steripen). Would love to come back here.
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Philomène K.recommends
July 6, 2021
Serenity on the River
Beautiful and private
Wonderful, private campsite right on the river. The hosts were very kind and helpful. Definitely recommend staying here!
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Paige C.recommends
June 21, 2021
Serenity on the River
Beautiful site on the river. Michelle and Larry were great! Will be back for sure.
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Maddy M.recommends
June 20, 2021
Serenity on the River
Very nice campground, very spacious, not crowded or super near other people.
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Barry W.recommends
June 18, 2021
Serenity on the River
The Imnaha River was beautiful. The directions to the camp spots were not very clear.
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Jeff G.recommends
October 19, 2020
Serenity on the River
Best Hipcamp ever!
Easily the best Hipcamp we have stayed at. Beautiful property and excellent hosts.
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Beth O.recommends
October 12, 2020
Serenity on the River
Serenity on the Imnaha River
The site was right on the Riverbank and we greatly enjoyed the privacy and open feel in this beautiful countryside . The Outhouse was clean and having a table to cook on helped a lot , in the evening we loved having a small fire to sit around and view the unbelievable clear night skies . Also enjoyed learning about the awesome history of the ranch , we are looking forward to come back .
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Stephen D.recommends
October 5, 2020
Serenity on the River
Privacy right on the Imnaha
We love this corner of Oregon and jumped at the chance to stay on some private land away from the crowds you would find at Wallowa Lake. Beautiful spots right on the Imnaha River, you couldn't ask for a more perfect location. Apparently we just missed the chinook salmon run. We didn't see another camper the whole time we were there even though there were 2-3 other groups somewhere on the property. Larry and Michelle were great hosts, giving us the tour of the historic homestead and free firewood. Now that I am home, I will have to watch some Eugene Pallette movies.
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Kristin F.recommends
October 4, 2020
Serenity on the River
Otherworldly
This place was incredible. Well worth my 2 hour detour. They were so welcoming and accommodating to me and my dog! I had no idea what to expect since it’s so far off the beaten path and they really made me feel at home. Michelle was just the sweetest soul with the kindest eyes and led me to my own private hideaway on the river. The whole experience was otherworldly.
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Colleen D.recommends
October 3, 2020
Serenity on the River
Hidden haven in Hell’s Canyon
Pallette Ranch is off the beaten path and so worth the journey. Our campsite was very private and on the banks of the Imnaha River. Larry offered some great history of the property and showed us some of the artifacts. A great spot.
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Armando B.recommends
September 15, 2020
Serenity on the River
The Ranch is a paradise I love it
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Trisha B.recommends
September 9, 2020
Serenity on the River
So wonderful! We were truly blown away by the campsite. No frills which is just how we like it - plenty of privacy, easy access to cool and clear water for cooling down on a hot day, lots of fun for the pups and even some new and very clean outhouses installed on the property. We wished we could have stayed all week long! Michelle was very warm and welcoming and made sure we had all we needed upon arrival. The hosts are really building something special out here and already looking forward to our next visit.
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