The McGovern Residence is a magical little world we've created at the base of the Blue Mountains. We're about an hour South of Palouse Falls, an hour East of Walla Walla wine country, and about an hour West of Lewiston. Our property consists of 28 acres on the Tucannon River with mature Ponderosa Pines, wildflowers, curated gardens, hiking trails, incredible valley views, an


The McGovern Residence is a magical little world we've created at the base of the Blue Mountains. We're about an hour South of Palouse Falls, an hour East of Walla Walla wine country, and about an hour West of Lewiston. Our property consists of 28 acres on the Tucannon River with mature Ponderosa Pines, wildflowers, curated gardens, hiking trails, incredible valley views, and direct access to 1.4 million acres of public land.  Multiple stocked lakes are accessible for fishing just a few miles up the road. 

Close to the river, The Flat can accommodate up to 2 tents and 4 people. The main campsite includes a hammock, picnic table, fire ring with benches, and parking for up to 2 cars. Immediately off the parking area is a secondary site with another picnic table and fire ring for those camping directly out of their vehicle. Campers have a faucet for fresh potable water and an outhouse for 24/7 bathroom needs.  A short path from either campsite leads to a small river clearing for cooling off and lazy afternoons by the water. The Flat is the only site that we offer and we keep the group size low to ensure a peaceful and relaxing experience for everyone. We allow tents, cars, and smaller camper vans, but unfortunately cannot accommodate trailers or RV's.

The main property is a pocket of green with mature cottonwood, ponderosa pines, choke cherry and elder scrub. Our property borders the Wooten Wildlife area which leads into the Umatilla National Forest - so that's 1.4 million acres of public lands directly to our South. Just down the road are some really great hiking trails and access points to the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, or if you prefer to stay close, our property gains 1000' from river to property line. An afternoon trek to the top is challenging but provides a spectacular panoramic view of the Tucannon River valley. Pack some beer and some snacks and hang out for a wicked sunset. We're working hard on our hiking trail - currently it's 1/2 mile (1 mile round trip), and growing in length by the week. 

During your stay you'll probably see some wild turkey, quail, and some white tailed or mule deer. The area is known to have cougars (we run into them occasionally) bighorn sheep, rattlesnake, black bears, bobcats, and even the occasional moose! There's no shortage of wildlife in the area, and we enjoy when they visit us. Be on the lookout at dusk for the nightly bat show! We also have a flock of chickens that free-range during the day, so don't be surprised to get a visitor or two poking around for scraps. 

Our property is rural, but not isolated. Depending on where you stake your tent you might see some neighbors, but we can direct you to the right spot if you want to avoid it. The towns of Dayton and Pomeroy are both about 20 minutes away. Both have their own charm and offer a grocery store, a couple bars, gas, and supplies. There's an RV park and general store about a mile up the road if you need some quick essentials or a few gallons of gas.

At the center of the property is a log cabin we're slowly renovating. We live here full time so when we're home we're out and about working on projects or clearing brush. You'll see us wandering, so interact with us as much as you want or just do your thing.  This is our home and we like to host, but it's not necessary. On that note, this is not a 'campground'. We have a beautiful property with a campsite and want to share it! We hope you enjoy yourself while also respecting our home :)

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No kitchen
No showers
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 18ft
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Tucannon River and 8 stocked lakes within 10 miles. Lots of trout.


Adjacent to the Wooten Wildlife Area and close to multiple trailheads within the Umatilla National Forest. 20 miles to the Wena...Read more

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More like splashing! The river is great for cooling off, but is not deep enough for actual swimming.

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Hipcamper Madeline
Madeline H.
recommends this listing.
September 14th, 2021

Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Christina
Christina C.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2021

Our family enjoyed a relaxing and wonderful evening here. The property is beautiful and remote and the hosts were lovely! Wish we lived closer so we could visit more often!

Hipcamper Leandra

Pine forest oasis on a pretty river

Leandra D.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2021

Lovely, quiet site. It's like a little oasis. Derrick was wonderful, and they did a great job with instructions, check-in. They have created a lovely site, and I'd be happy to stay again.

Hipcamper Miranda
Miranda B.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2021

We LOVED the campsite! It was clean, secluded, and quiet. The site we had is right by Tucannon River. We all slept like babies. Steven and Derrick are fantastic hosts. We are definitely going back in the future!

Hipcamper Cat

We love mcgovern!!

Cat A.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2021

We stayed two nights at McGovern and Steven & Derrick are just the sweetest and most kind hosts! Their property is lush and so relaxing. They’ve thought of everything to make the experience of staying with them absolutely seem less and are always open to sharing their deep well of knowledge about the area and their home. The river is a wonderful way to cool off in the high summer and we were glad to have such easy access from our campsite as well. Excellent hosts and just a gorgeous space to retreat to!

Hipcamper Jim

Beautiful getaway on the tucannon r

Jim F.
recommends this listing.
June 15th, 2021

This was our second visit in nearly a year. I can't emphasize enough what a magical getaway space this it. The property is pristine, and the ability to pitch a tent near the river is wonderful. The stars at night are stunning. It's an easy jaunt to Palouse Falls as well.
Steven and Derrick are kind welcoming hosts. It was wonderful to see them again.

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Hipcamper Susan D

Relaxing secluded getaway!

Susan D L.
recommends this listing.
June 15th, 2021

My husband and I were totally satisfied with our campsite at 'The Flat'. Steven and Derrick described the camping area extremely well. The Flat is unique in that it is secluded, private, and by a low but fast-moving river. Most of all we enjoyed our hike up the hill via switchbacks to enjoy the view of the surrounding hills/valleys. The road in is rough in spots but we made it in with our 4-wheel drive just fine.

Steven and Derrick are extremely gracious and friendly. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area, etc.
We would stay there again for sure if we are out that way again!

Hipcamper Hurlburt

So close, and yet so far

Hurlburt S.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2021

Lovely spot close to Walla Walla and yet very far. No cell service is one of the perks. Campsite is ideal, clean, no rocks under the tent site, hammock, deep rock-ringed fire pit, roaring water. Take a hike up the (steep) hillside trail -- the slope burned about 6 years ago, and the variety of native plant life growing back is marvelous. If you're someone who needs to use hiking poles, DON'T FORGET THEM.

Hipcamper Dee

Happy campers

Dee F.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2021

Steven and Derrick are such fabulous hosts! They are as invested in your enjoyment and comfort on their property as you are. They are truly caring people who have put a lot of thought and pride into their space and yours.
And then there's the river, the hiking trail, the chickens, dog, and cats... Just a great stay all around!

Feeding the chickensHere's your bushel!View from the trailDid I mention the river?


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