The McGovern Residence is a place for friends, old and new.  28 acres on the Tucannon River with mature Ponderosa Pines, wildflowers, curated gardens, hiking trails, hillside views, and direct access to 1.4 million acres of public land. 

There are currently two designated campsites you can choose from - THE QUARRY, and THE FLAT - each with their own feel and environmen

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The McGovern Residence is a place for friends, old and new.  28 acres on the Tucannon River with mature Ponderosa Pines, wildflowers, curated gardens, hiking trails, hillside views, and direct access to 1.4 million acres of public land. 

There are currently two designated campsites you can choose from - THE QUARRY, and THE FLAT - each with their own feel and environment and both within earshot of the river.  This listing is for - THE QUARRY -

Situated in a maple and choke cherry thicket a short walk behind the main house, The Quarry offers campers a little more privacy and backcountry feel. Its great for seasoned campers used to backpacking and who enjoy a simpler camping experience. The secluded spot has a picnic table, room for two smaller tents, and access to a private river island via a short scramble trail. The island is a perfect place to explore, be alone, and spend a lazy afternoon wading the river. 

At the center of the property is a log cabin where we live and are slowly renovating. We open it up on weekends for showers and bathroom use (you'll definitely want to check out the shower). When we're home we'll be out and about working on projects or clearing brush. Interact with us as much as you want or just do your thing.  This is our home and we like to host, but not necessary. 

The main property is a pocket of green with mature cottonwood, ponderosa pines, and 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.

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 find scat on our property occasionally) bighorn sheep, 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!

The 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. We're about 20 miles from the towns of Dayton and Pomeroy. 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.

We have two cats that roam the property during the day, and they're both called in at night. The cabin is their domain, so no dogs inside. We love dogs and they're welcome on the property so long as they're on-leash and don't bother the cats. A dog that likes to chase, is prone to barking, or doesn't follow commands is not for our place unfortunately. 

While no fires are allowed at this spot, campers are more than welcome to use one of the the communal fire-rings. Most years we're on county burn ban from late July through September, so fires might be off limits depending on when you camp. 

There's an outhouse for campers to use 24/7 by the main parking area.

The Flat and The Quarry are separated by some distance, and not to be booked together for larger groups. When The Flat is booked with at least 4 campers, we take take the Quarry listing down to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. If you have a larger group you'd like to accommodate, please message us and we'll see what we can do! :) 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

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    Fishing

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

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    Memorial day weekend stay

    Jill N.
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    May 29th, 2019

    The Quarry was an amazing camp spot for 3 nights. We camped with 2 tents. The hosts were incredibly gracious, and we were able to use their beautiful indoor shower. The space is so welcoming as you walk through the garden and listen to all the wonderful bird sounds. We would absolutely love to come back again. We even took a nice day trip into Walla Walla for some wine tasting.

    Hipcamper Steven and Derrick
    Response from Steven and Derrick, the Host, on May 30th, 2019

    Was such a pleasure! We thoroughly enjoyed your visit and welcome your campfire company any time. Thanks again to you, Josh, and Paul. See you again soon

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    McGovern Residence
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    $30/night
    1 Site
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