Hipcamp host Scot B.,
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     Your camp site is under tall fir trees on fairly level ground. The site is next to a county road (see pictures), but traffic is very light. Next to your camp site is a large deck by a clear pond with beautiful trout and a running creek. A large picnic table is provided. It is a semi private location as the owners (us) also enjoy the pond and creek, and use the drive


     Your camp site is under tall fir trees on fairly level ground. The site is next to a county road (see pictures), but traffic is very light. Next to your camp site is a large deck by a clear pond with beautiful trout and a running creek. A large picnic table is provided. It is a semi private location as the owners (us) also enjoy the pond and creek, and use the driveway. You can see the main house from the campsite but it's very quite.  There is absolutely NO fishing allowed in the pond!  The large trout in the pond are for your viewing enjoyment.

     There is a clean privy; it's not fancy but it works and we use it when we're working outdoors.   We think you'll find it quite acceptable.  It's only a few yards from your camp site.

     There is a fresh water spigot outside near the privy to fill water bottles or for cooking water.  Please use creek water for dishes.

     Children:  This is a wonderful and fun place for children, but the waterwheel and ponds deserve your attention.  Keep children safely away from the waterwheel, and be next to them when viewing it.  You must be diligent if your children don't have experience with open water.  Please do not allow them to throw our landscaping rocks into the ponds as I have to dig them all out later.  For some reason kids love to throw rocks into ponds!  Just down the road only 100 yards, is a school playground with swings, basketball courts, tennis courts and a huge field to play on!  So bring your frisbee, soccer ball or any other field toys.

     Your pets are very welcome here, but they must be under control.  Wild deer and turkeys wander through the yard daily and they are NOT to be chased.  Please clean up after your pets.   

     Don't leave food out at night!  That could attract unwanted furry visitors.  There is a healthy population of bear and cougar in this area.  These animals generally stay away from humans, but you should carry a horn or bear spray when hiking in the woods of the Columbia Gorge.  

     Go right to your camp site.  We may come greet you when you arrive if we're home, but then leave you alone to your own peace and quiet.   If you are musicians, please let us know as we play professionally and love jamming with new people!   Guitars around the campfire is so much fun.  

     There is parking at the campsite for two vehicles side by side, or a car and trailer.   We may accommodate a third vehicle with prearrangement.

     Camper Trailers:   The driveway is circular, so you can pull in at either entrance, get out  and take a look at how best to back your trailer into its spot.

     Live music at your campsite is an experience we offer.  Great for kids!

     We have Sit-on-top whitewater kayaks for rent at $25/day including paddles and life vests.  There are local rivers and lakes for beginners to experts.  Guided trips are available by host with prearrangement. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 30ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Scot a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Hipcamper Beth

Great stay!

Beth C.
recommends this listing.
April 19th, 2021

We go down to the Gorge a few times a year and normally stay in a state park. We decided at the last minute to head down and all the campsites were taken. I have heard of hipcamp - but never used it...so we decided to give it a try. Oh my gosh we were so fortunate! The site was perfect. It was level (we have a rooftop tent) and there was a picnic table that was clean (no pitch- yay) and 2 chairs for us to lounge :). The best part was probably the bathroom, it was clean and felt like using a normal toilet (except for the flushing). The pond was also full of huge trout that were fun to watch. When we arrived - Barb gave us our space but made sure we didn't need anything and were comfortable. Barb/Scott were right about the traffic too - the road was rarely used and I think we saw maybe 3 cars use it during our stay (one was a sheriff). All in all a great experience.

Hipcamper Phil
Phil B.
recommends this listing.
April 19th, 2021

Camp spot was great. Scot was helpful and there to greet me on arrival. The bathroom was close, and clean. The camping area is not very private from the road or the house, but that was expected based on the description.

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Hipcamper Ashley
Ashley L.
recommends this listing.
May 3rd, 2021

The campsite was easy to find and very spacious! It had wonderful water features to sit by and relax. Scot was very accommodating and friendly. I could only stay one night but will be back for sure for a longer stay.

Hipcamper scott

Very nice, we will go again.

Scott S.
recommends this listing.
May 8th, 2021

Only an hour from Portland and in the gorge. Really interesting place, we fit a tent and our teardrop no problem. Scot is a great host and even showed us around the homestead. In our one night stay we saw wild turkeys, trout in the pond and a blue heron who was also interested in the trout in the pond. Some light traffic but nothing that bothered us. We will go again.

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Hipcamper David
David P.
recommends this listing.
May 9th, 2021

It was perfect for our needs. It was quiet, with very little traffic on the nearby road. Unique water features on the property, and a nice little composting toilet. Having a school with a field for our dog and a playground for our little one next door was a bonus too!

Hipcamper Skully

Great spot for the night

Skully K.
recommends this listing.
May 24th, 2021

It was a beautiful drive up to the spot from Hood River. It was easy to find and we pulled right in. Not too much exploring because it was raining but being under the canopy of the Douglas firs was awesome. Bathroom and water were just steps away. Great setting on the farm.

Hipcamper kristin

Thanks -- great stay!

Kristin T.
recommends this listing.
May 25th, 2021

Great little site -- its next to the road, but there's no traffic. Small pond and deck, campfire and picnic table. Best of all - its 8 minutes from Aniche Cellars!

Hipcamper Abbey

New favorite camp spot

Abbey N.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2021

Scots property is absolutely gorgeous. Clear view of the house and the road like other reviews say, but the space was so quiet and secluded from any other neighbors. Scot came out for a quick hello as we started to unpack, but we kept to ourselves otherwise. About 20 minutes away from downtown Hood River if you happen to end up bringing the wrong air pump like I did.

Had a family emergency, so we had to leave a night early. But we will absolutely be back for another stay at our new favorite spot.

Hipcamper Alex

Highly recommended - great site.

Alex M.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2021

Absolutely lovely little camping spot - lovely people managing it, convenient for the area, and highly recommended.

Waterwheel Park
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