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Collins Campground was AMAZING. The campsites are gorgeous, especially the ones right on the river. We had scoped it out ahead of time, and were hoping to get site #12 with the little pull-through for vehicles, but it was taken when we got there so we ended up with #13. Which was a blessing in disguise, because it was chilly in the mornings, and we noticed that our neighbors didn't get any sunlight through their trees; however, our site was a bit more open and so it warmed up nicely. Try to bring plenty of water, because even though there IS water available at the Interrorem cabin a mile and a half away, it's well water (and if you are not used to it, the color might turn you off a bit.)
Sites #1 & #2 are good for large family groups, or a set of families. They are separated by brush and a fallen tree, but are still very accessible to each other. There is a steep drop off behind the sites to a feeder stream. No direct river access.
Site #3 has no direct water access, but is fairly isolated from the rest of the campground. Shady, and easy to back into. Good for a small group or large family.
Site #4 is a shallow, and very open site. Good if you don't care if everyone can see you. No direct river access. Drop off behind the site to the feeder stream.
Sites #5 & #6 - Good sites with access to both the feeder stream and the river behind the sites. Close together so good for large families or party goers. If you have too many people for two sites -- then #4 is a good overflow site for this group area. Tent only as the parking is for both sites and not easily accessed.
Site #7 - if you show up late on a friday or weekend chances are this is the only site left. Very exposed on 3 sides and faces the ranger board and pay site. No water access. Pretty much tent only - there's not really any parking
Site #8 & #9 If you're bringing the whole block up for a party these are the sites for you. Lots of parking space (I've seen a camper truck, 2 SUV's and a sedan parked there at the same time). Huge open space and large access to the river behind the sites.
Site #10 - in throwing distance to #8 and #9, so risk of partygoers getting all up in your business. If you're good with that or the partiers are not up that weekend, then it's an excellent site. Good river access and parking. Nice flat areas for multiple tents.
Site #11 - Overall good site, decent trailer parking if a bit shallow. Good water access and reasonably private, especially in the spring.
Site #12 - Excellent site, parking can be very tough for pulled trailers, low overhead (loops around a tree). Very private, good almost private river access due to up and downriver obstructions. Can be shady in the morning.
Site #13 - My favorite, good for back-in trailers. A bit of a steep dip from the parking to the main camp area, but private with excellent access to the river.
Site #14 - Best back-in trailer/RV spot. fairly private. River access.
Site #15 - Best multiple RV spot. Huge parking, flat area. Visible from the road which can be a bummer, especially in the fall. Wading pond can be stagnant during the summer (mosquitoes!). Good river access.