Oregon is spoiled with great outdoor camping spots, but where’s the best place to take your dog? Check out our list of places to enjoy nature with your canine companion for no additional pet fees on top of any parking or site permits.
Mt. Hood National Forest offers a huge variety of world-class recreational activities, including eight unique Wilderness areas as well as multiple barrier free accessible sites to explore. There are 71 campgrounds in the national forest, and no additional pet fee required, but most camp sites require a leash no longer than six feet. Be sure to check with the National Forest Website to confirm availability.
Part of the Mt. Hood National Forest, Clear Lake was the feature of Oregon Forests Forever’s most popular blog post. Go see the location in person and bring your pup too! Clear Lake Campground is a shady outdoor paradise on Clear Lake in the mountains of northern Oregon. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and sailing on the lake, and hiking and exploring the nearby hills and terraces. Winter recreation opportunities are available in the area when it snows.
Siltcoos Sand Camping sites are located directly on the sand, dispersed along the coast and the Siltcoos River. These year-round campsites are off the beaten path, and can only be accessed by 4X4 vehicles. This is a truly outdoor campaign experience, with no water, restrooms or campfire rings. If you’re an off-road enthusiast, this is the campsite for you and your furry friend, though you may have to contend with some sandy paws.
Located in the Crater Lake National Park, Mazama Village Campground offers a great experience to camp in the forest. A quarter of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but there are plenty that can be reserved. The best part? You’re only seven miles from the rim of Crater Lake.
Cape Lookout State Park can be reached by traveling an hour and a half west of Portland through the scenic Wilson River pass. Along the way stop and enjoy waterfalls, scenic views and some great fishing. Beachcombing is popular here, and the park is reputedly a good place to find glass floats. More than eight miles of hiking and walking trails wind through a lush old-growth forest. If you want to see the outdoors but enjoy the comforts of a cabin, pet friendly options are available here.
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