Hipcamp host James T.,
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Welcome to Molalla Ripple!   

Enjoy the sound of the Molalla River rolling over the rocks.  Wake up to birds chirping and tall trees swaying in the breeze.  The campsites are sixty feet apart for privacy and one path leads to the river with two private beach areas to relax.  The river flow does change after heavy rains so it may not be suitable to swim in the early spr


Welcome to Molalla Ripple!   

Enjoy the sound of the Molalla River rolling over the rocks.  Wake up to birds chirping and tall trees swaying in the breeze.  The campsites are sixty feet apart for privacy and one path leads to the river with two private beach areas to relax.  The river flow does change after heavy rains so it may not be suitable to swim in the early spring but fishing is great!  The river flows at its lowest level in July and August which helps our learning swimmers enjoy the water.  Walk out to the swimming hole from the river path to cool down on a hot summer day.   

We work with our local Oregon Department of Forestry to insure that we comply with all campfire regulations along the river.  When needed they may or may not issue permits to allow burning.  Please respect the neighbors to the north by staying on the same side of the sign reading "END OF HIP CAMP."  

On our 25 acre farm known as JSM Ranch you'll see black angus beef cattle grazing on grass pastures along with free range goats, sheep, ducks and chickens.  Our beef cattle are 100% grass fed with no hormones, antibiotics or grain finish added. We practice rotational grazing on our farm. Some times the cattle will not be in the fields next to the camp sites. But your welcome to walk our fields to find them. You're only minutes away from the town of Molalla to grab a bite, groceries or other camp items.  You won't be disappointed for a great breakfast at Tammy D's (Mulino, OR), sandwiches at Humble Pig or pizza at Bear Creek Pizza & Pub.  Please review the rules to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment as we have electric fences and moving water.  Check out our Group site River Rock for bigger families. We change our rates with the seasons.

Thank you,

James Toops

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
3 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No kitchen
No showers
Pack it out
Have a question? Send James a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

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EV Charging

We have Stage one charging for Molalla Ripple and River Rock.

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Firewood bundle

Start your trip off right with a bundle of firewood, fire starter and matches...Read more

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Five minutes and you will be on back country roads with rolling hills and flat runs.


We have fall and spring runs with many types of fish including salmon, coho salmon and trout. A few years ago, Clackamas Soil ...Read more


You are ten minutes from the Molalla River Corridor which has many hiking and horse trails to enjoy.

Horseback riding

Molalla River Corridor has many horse trails only ten minutes away.


Bring you own canoe, tube or paddle board. We have a four person paddle boat by the entrance to the river available first come ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Pacific NW Live Streamers at 31803 S Shady Dell Rd in Molalla operates every Sunday starting May until the last Sunday in Octo...Read more


Private swimming hole ranging from ankle to 8 feet deep. No diving area or lifeguard on duty.

Wildlife watching

We planted 200 trees and 100 shrubs to build a riparian buffer at Woodcock creek located on the southeast corner of our propert...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Molalla Ripple in Oregon.


The campsites are hidden from the highway behind tall fir trees and along the Molalla River.

River, stream, or creek

The campsites are along the Molalla River where you can listen to the water flowing across the rocks at night. Take a stroll t...Read more

Swimming hole

We have a private swim hole that most people don't know of.


Walk around to enjoy the sounds of nature like trees swaying in the breeze and birds chirping. You may see our free range duck...Read more


JSM Ranch LLC raises 100% grass fed black angus beef with no hormones, antibiotics or grain finish added. We practice rotation...Read more


We have a graveled, single lane down through two cattle gates which leads to a dirt path single lane to your campsite. The cat...Read more

The vibe at Molalla Ripple

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Hipcamper Hiromi
Hiromi H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 9th, 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The spot is beautiful and the hosts were great! Would definitely return.

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Hipcamper Alexandria
Alexandria K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 17th, 2020

We loved spending the weekend at Molalla Ripple. James was a wonderful host and had everything prepared. The bathroom and hand washing station were clean and in close proximity to our site. We also enjoyed the views and sounds of the river! I would highly recommend choosing this site for your next weekend getaway!

Molalla RippleBeautiful view from site #2
Hipcamper Mikaela

Exceeding our first hipcamp experie

Mikaela E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 24th, 2020

This exceeding our expectations! This was our first hipcamp experience. Jim and Mary were so welcoming and their space is gorgeous. The sites are very private, the outhouse is sparkling and there’s a hand washing station right outside it. The sites are right on the water which is great to fall asleep to. We ordered firewood to get started and purchased more from Jim during our stay. Beautiful trails to walk and explore. The boys did some fishing but the water was high so we’ll be back once it’s drops a bit to get in some fishing and see the swimming hole. We stayed in site #3.

Friendly livestock welcoming committee Beautiful river stones on a path to the left of the river access point. River access point Camping right on the river (site #3)
Hipcamper Jessie
Jessie W.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2020

I stayed two nights at Molalla Ripple camp site #3 with my pup! And it was pure joy! Quite, peaceful, clean & safe. The swimming hole was also private and easy to lounge in and around. The sounds of the birds compete with the sound of the water some hours of the day, couldn’t ask for better music for a get away soundtrack. Thank you for opening up your land for others to enjoy! I’d love to come back!

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Hipcamper Brenda

Exceptional spot!!!!

Brenda B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 29th, 2020

James was a exceptional host and the camp site was stunning. Highly recommended.

beautiful swimming spot
Hipcamper Alice

Serene family-friendly river camp

Alice P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 1st, 2020

Serene riverside camping, just what we needed! With fresh water and clean toilets we enjoyed a dreamy weekend, with cute cows checking in on us as we played by the river. Can't wait to come back when it's swimming season.

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Hipcamper amie
Amie B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 8th, 2020

Great spot right on the river! Good spacing between sites allows for privacy. We had a great time!

Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 16th, 2020

Nice location along the river. Site was bit small and not very level (site 1). Access was toght for a full size van. James and his daughter, Sam, were great hosts and are actively making improvements.

Hipcamper Kristal
Kristal B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 17th, 2020

We had a wonderful two nights at Molalla Ripple. We switched over to Site 2 and were the only campers so we had space to relax and play with our dogs. Loves the cows grazing, the sound of the river all day and night, and watching the bats come out at sunset over the river. Site 2 has the best view of the river, but the other sites have a little more privacy. The fire pit was awesome as it has an attached grill. Pottapotty and hand washing station next to camp and pretty clean! Thanks for a great time, James!


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