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Monday, August 30, 2010

Mora Campground

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Mora Campground
Location: Near La Push, Washington
Duration: Varies
Season: Year round
Distance: N/A
Difficulty: Easy


Mora Campground is located in a temperate rain forest, along the banks of the Quillayute River and within 1.5 miles of Rialto Beach, one of the most primitive natural coastlines in the 48 contiguous United States.

Surrounded by a rain forest with opportunities to fish the Quillayute and other local rivers, hike local trails and visit the ocean with it's tide pools, makes for an excellent camping spot.

Mora campground has 94 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, along with an amphitheater and RV dump station. The campground is divided into five loops (A, B, C, D, and E) with paved roads, registration/information boards, and restrooms with water fountains.

Camping is permitted in designated campsites on a first come-first serve basis. No more than 8 people to a site, along with 2 automobiles or 4 motorcycles, except for group campsites (12-25 person max.).

Pets are allowed on leash. No firearms, fireworks or explosives are allowed. And, there are handicap accessible campsites available.

Directions: From Port Angeles take 101 west, then south and 1 mile before the town of Forks take Highway 110 west towards the town of La Push. Follow 110 to Mora Road, Mora road goes to the Mora Ranger Station and Mora Campground (there are signs).

For a map, pictures and more info click on Mora Campground

See you around the campfire,
Greg

Monday, August 23, 2010

Why You Should Create a Camping Checklist for Yourself

Why You Should Create a Camping Checklist for Yourself

Are you interested in going on a camping adventure? Whether you would like to go camping alone, with a group of your friends, with your family, or with your spouse, you will need to bring multiple pieces of camping equipment with you, as well as other camping supplies.

Unfortunately, many campers realizes, often too late into their adventure, that they didn’t bring everything that they wanted to or needed to bring. To prevent yourself from becoming one of those campers, you may want to think about creating a camping checklist for yourself, as there are a number of benefits to doing so.

One of the many benefits of creating a camping checklist for yourself is that you are less likely to forget to bring important pieces of camping equipment or other needed camping supplies.

Unfortunately, when it comes to camping, many individuals, just like you, often wish to bring something, but when it comes down to remembering, well, that is a different story. To help you remember everything that you want and need to bring, you will want to make sure that you create a camping checklist for yourself. Remember to add anything that you can think of as more items cross your mind.

Another benefit to creating a camping checklist for yourself is that it makes it easy to go shopping for all of your camping supplies. In addition to forgetting to pack something important, many campers draw a blank once they get to the store.

To help ensure that you buy all of the camping supplies and equipment pieces that you need, you will want to create a camping checklist for yourself and make sure that you bring it with you when you go shopping.

Another one of the many benefits to creating a camping checklist for your next camping adventure is that it is easy to do. Many people can make their camping checklists in as little as ten or fifteen minutes.

What you will want to do is sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and start writing. You will want to think of everything that you will need to go camping. One of the best ways to create a camping checklist for yourself is to go through your daily activities.

For instance, you will need a camping tent and a sleeping bag to sleep. When it comes to your food, you may want to add a cooler, hamburger meat, ketchup, mustard, rolls and so forth to your camping checklist.

Although it is more than possible for you to create your own camping checklist, you should be able to find camping checklist templates or detailed camping checklists online. Many of these checklists are easy to find and print.

You should be able to find a number of printable camping checklists by performing a standard internet search. Despite the fact that most camping checklists are detailed, you may still want to review the checklist in question and add anything that you may feel is left out or remove something from the list that you don’t think is needed.

Of course, creating a camping checklist for yourself is something that is completely optional, but it may help to make your next camping adventure a memorable and a pleasant one. With camping checklists being easy to create, why wouldn’t you at least want to give making one a chance? You may actually be surprised just how much a simple checklist helps to improve your next camping adventure.

See you around the campfire,
Greg

Monday, August 16, 2010

Lake Como Recreation Area

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Lake Como Recreation Area
Location: Near Darby, Montana
Duration: Varies
Season: Spring - Fall
Distance: N/A
Difficulty: Easy


Lake Como is a naturally occurring lake that has been raised for irrigation purposes. They have now developed a wonderful recreation area in the surrounding land as well as the new reservoir. There is boating, hiking, biking, interpretive trails, swimming, fishing, horse packing and use as a base camp to explore the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

It's often used as a starting point for hunting over the divide into Idaho, as it is located only about 20 miles from the state border. Due to the extensive efforts of the backcountry horseman, the trails and campsites area exquisitely maintained. The equestrian campground is the only handicap accessible horse packing area west of the Mississippi. It was built in 1993.

There are three camping areas Equestrian, RV, and Tent with varying fees. Although, fees are not charged out of season when the mountains that surround the area are filled with snow. There’s almost a dozen mountain biking and hiking trailheads in the park, varying from the Round the Lake Trail (10 miles) to short interpretative trails.

Don’t forget the long wilderness trails that are well over 100 miles long for horse packing. There are water sources everywhere in the form of spigots. But fill up prior to taking to a trail. Groups may rent the Wood’s Cabin per night. It’s spectacular, but call in advance as it fills early in the year.


There is a wonderful beach area for swimming and sun bathing. The view of the large mountains overhead is chilling and so is the water! Wildlife is abundant including bears, but things seem to be kept clean, so do the same and there should be no problem.

In season, the recreation area is a Recreation Fee Test project. All vehicles parked within the recreation area must display a valid Recreation Pass. Passes are on a day per vehicle or season pass basis. Day passes are available at Lake Como and day or season passes are available at the Darby Ranger District or with area merchants.

Below is a list of all the facilities at Lake Como:
  1. Rock Creek Trailhead.
  2. Little Rock Creek Trailhead.
  3. Lake Como National Recreation Trailhead.
  4. Beach Area – 40 vehicle parking area, toilets and dressing rooms, 14 picnic tables, garbage, swim area and beach.
  5. Boat Launch – 30 vehicle/boat and 7 passenger vehicle parking, toilets and boat launch.
  6. Picnic Area – 15 vehicle parking, toilets, tables, grills and fire rings.
  7. Rock Creek Horse Camp – 11 sites, 4 pull-through sites, hitch rails and feed troughs, accessible toilets, no water available, garbage facilities. One group site with large fire ring and benches and parking for 5 vehicles.
  8. Creekside dispersed area – group camping.
  9. Lake Como Campground – 10 RV sites with hookups and one group RV site.
  10. Upper Campground – 11 tent sites.
  11. Wood’s Cabin Environmental Education Center and rental – The cabin sleeps 15 and holds up to 50 for meetings with toilets, wood stoves, and propane cook stove.
There’s a 14-day limit on stays and all sites are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Reservations can be made.

Directions: From Hamilton, Montana drive 12 miles south on Highway 93. Or, from Darby, Montana drive 4 miles north on Highway 93. Go east on Lake Como Road (well marked with a forest service sign) for 3 miles. The road directly enters the Recreation Area.

For a map, pictures and more info click on Lake Como Recreation Area

See you around the campfire,
Greg

Monday, August 9, 2010

What to Consider When Choosing a Campsite

What to Consider When Choosing a Campsite

If you have yet to choose a campground park to camp at, you may want to think about doing so soon. In the summer months, camping is a popular activity; therefore, you will want to make sure that you are able to get a camping reservation at the campground park of your choice.

Another one of the many reasons why you may want to think about making your camping reservations in advance is because many campground parks allow their guests to handpick which camping spots they want. Of course, not all campground parks allow you to do this, but you will find that a large number of them do.

In terms of getting a good camping spot or a campsite, you will find that the earlier you make your reservations, the more campsites you have to choose from.

If you have you already decide where you would like to go camping, you may be wondering what you should look for in a campsite. In all honesty, the “perfect,” campsite is likely to vary from person to person. It actually depends on your wants and needs, as well as the wants and needs of those in your camping group.

Although there may be some variations of what you are looking for, you may want to take some of the factors mentioned below into consideration, when choosing the perfect campsite.

One of the first things that you will want to do is review who you are going camping with. If you are going camping with children, namely small children, you may want to think about making sure that your camping site is a good distance away from any bodies of water or any dangerous hiking trails.

You will also find that many campgrounds have onsite playgrounds and such. If you are camping with children, it may be a good idea to try and get a camping spot that is located near a playground or other locations that are designed for children.

In addition to the safety of those that you will be camping with, preferences are also something that should be taken into consideration, when choosing a camping spot or a campsite.

If you are a water lover and would regularly like to spend your time boating, fishing or swimming, you may want to think about getting a camping spot that is close to the water. On the other hand, if you would prefer to spend your time hiking, you may want to try and get a camping spot that is located near the campground’s hiking trail, and so forth.

Size is also another factor that you may want to take into consideration, when choosing a campsite. When reviewing campgrounds, you will find that different campground parks have different sizes campsites.

Often times, the larger campsites are designed for those with multiple tents or with motor homes. Before agreeing to rent a particular camping site, you will want to make sure that the site in question is large enough for all of your camping group members.

This is important as not having enough space could put a damper on your next camping adventure.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you may want to take into consideration, when choosing a camping spot for your next camping adventure.

As a reminder, not all campground parks allow you to choose your own camping sites, but a large number of them do.

See you around the campfire,
Greg

Monday, August 2, 2010

Deception Pass Campground

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Deception Pass Campground
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington
Duration: Varies
Season: Year round
Distance: N/A
Difficulty: Easy


Deception Pass is one of Washington's favorite spots with visitors flocking to see the spectacular bridge and Pass, making it one of the most visited parks in the nation.

Because of Whidbey Island's temperate climate, many birds and waterfowl winter here, including an abundance of bald eagles. Fishing is popular in the area and tent and RV camping are available year round.

This area boasts giant old growth forests, 30 miles of hiking trails, 19 miles of saltwater shoreline, and 3 freshwater lakes. Deception Pass campground has 246 campsites with picnic tables and fire pits, along with an RV dump station.

The campground has paved roads, restrooms with water fountains and power hookups for RV's. Camping is permitted in designated campsites on a reservation basis. No more than 8 people to a site, along with 2 automobiles or 4 motorcycles, except for group campsites.

Pets are allowed on leash. No firearms, fireworks or explosives are allowed. And, there are bicycle and handicap accessible campsites available.

Directions: From Seattle, drive 64 miles north on Interstate 5 to exit 230 (Anacortes/Burlington). Turn west on State Highway 20 and drive about 12 miles to the Whidbey Island junction. Proceed about six miles south on State Highway 20 to the Deception Pass Bridge. Cross the bridge onto Whidbey Island and drive south down the hill and at the bottom take a right into the campground.

For a map, pictures and more info click on Deception Pass Campground

See you around the campfire,
Greg

Monday, July 26, 2010

Finding Campgrounds

Finding Campgrounds

Although it is nice to know what you should look for in a campground, it is also important that you know how to find them.

If you are interested in camping locally, you may already know of a number of local campgrounds. If not, you should be able to use your local phone book or ask those that you know for recommendations.

As for campgrounds that are located a ways away from your home, you may want to think about using the Internet. A large number of popular campgrounds have online websites and a standard Internet search should help you find those websites, which could be used to learn more about the campground in question.

Another way to search is by looking at National Forest websites. They usually list all campgrounds under their jurisdiction. Along with State websites, who list them under their activites sections.

Also, don't forget this site. We document lots of campgrounds and we're always adding new ones, along with links to other great sites on our side bar.

Fianlly, as a reminder, you may want to think about taking the time to research a number of different campgrounds. It is important that you remember that no two campgrounds are the same.

To ensure that your next camping adventure is as memorable as possible, you may want to make sure that your intended destination is perfect for you and the rest of your camping party.


See you around the campfire,
Greg

Monday, July 19, 2010

What to Consider When Choosing a Campground

What to Consider When Choosing a Campground

Are you interested in taking a camping trip? Whether you are interested in going camping alone, with your family, or with a group of your friends, you will need to find a campground to camp at.

While many individuals just choose to go camping at the nearest campground, you may want to think about not doing the same. In the United States and probably even close to your home, you should have a number of different campgrounds to choose from. So, why not just take the time to make sure that you choose the best one for you and your needs.

If you are interested in taking the time to find the “perfect,” campground you may be wondering exactly how you can go about doing so. In all honesty, it will depend on your own wants and needs, as well as the wants and needs of the rest of your camping party.

Although not everyone wants to get the same thing out of their camping trips, there are a number of important factors that you may want to think about taking into consideration, when looking for a campground to camp at.

One of the many things that you will want to take into consideration, when looking for a campground to camp at, is the cost of doing so. In the United States, you will find that most campgrounds require the payment of an admission fee or a camping fee, although some are free.

The cost of the admission fee or camping fee will all depend on the campground in question. For instance, many smaller campgrounds charge smaller fees. Also, you will likely find larger fees for campgrounds that have more onsite activities.

Speaking of onsite activities, activities are something else that you may want to think about taking into consideration, when choosing a campground to camp at. When it comes to the onsite activities of a campground, you may want to take a look at the scenery.

If a campground has on onsite lake or pond then there is a good chance that swimming, boating, and fishing are activities that you may be able to enjoy. Campgrounds are also often home to hiking trails, biking trails, playgrounds for children, and much more.

How reservations are taken is another factor that you may want to think about taking into consideration, when choosing a campground to camp at.

For instance, there are some campgrounds in the United States that randomly assign you a camping spot. On the other hand, there are campgrounds that allow you to handpick your camping spot out of all available locations.

Many campers prefer choosing their own camping spots, as it tends to give them some freedom over their camping trip and how much fun they have. If you are picky about where you would like to camp, you may want to find a campground that allows you to choose your own camping spot.

See you around the campfire,
Greg