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info on camping in Eastern Oregon

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by theside00, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. theside00

    theside00

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    Planning on going camping this weekend in eastern oregon near the wallowas and the grand ronde river. I dont know were to go though. Hoping that somebody knows a sweet spot near the river or some kind of water away from everybody. Anything in that area would be great.

    Thanks Adam
     
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    Lived in Umatilla & Hermiston way back when, but not familiar with any camping area's. Sorry.
     
  3. theside00

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    Its all right there has to be somebody from bend or near there that has some camping spots they know of.
     
  4. White Shark

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    Stay on the main trails. A lot of pot growing goes on in out of the way places and the only people that are common in out of the way Eastern Oregon are white or Native American. If I were African American, East Indian, Portuguese, or any other dark skin toned person, I would not go further south than Hermiston, Umatilla, or Pendleton if I were headed into the bush or out of the way places. There are too many Aryan Nations spillovers around there.

    I lived in that area for just under a year and there are some very close minded people in the outback. My friend Kavila from Kenya almost got himself killed in Ukiah, Oregon when he had the misfortune of walking on a guy's sidewalk in front of his house. Kavila was so dark that you could only see his teeth and the white's of his eyes. You would be hard pressed to ever find a nicer guy, but this roughneck tough guy was about to kill Kavila for walking in front of his house and went to get his gun to carry it out. Kavila made himself scarce and everything was cool.

    They also hate guys from out of the area. They are mighty suspicious of outsiders around there.

    Other than that, I would recommend visiting the public campgrounds in the Blue Mountains (they are called that because they are covered in blue spruce and actually have a blue tone to them). Eastern Oregon is very beautiful in some areas, yet desolate in others. Pendleton is the largest town in Eastern Oregon and it's only around 20k people.

    It can be a nice area, but just like parts of Northern Idaho, you need to watch your back.

    If you go to Umatilla, check out the fish ladders inside McNary Dam. You can watch the salmon swim up the ladders inside the dam (through the pexiglass windows built into the dam), while they make their upstream swim.

    Wallowa is a pretty area, but I don't have any specifics. I'd go further east, up past Pendelton and camp between Pendleton and La Grande. That's the pretty area and not too much further. Good luck and have fun.
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

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    You're going to be near or in the Umatilla National Forest http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/uma/ and the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w/ . These links are the official USFS sites and have a lot of information. Especially some closure info due to the fires.

    The Grande Ronde River travels through a lot of BLM land. Here is an NPS link that may be of use. http://www.nps.gov/rivers/wsr-grande-ronde.html

    The BLM has a lot of info. Here is their search link:
    http://www.blm.gov/or/search/index.php?query=grande+ronde&pr=or&dropXSL=yes
     
  6. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon

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    Oh, I almost forgot to add the Sumpter Valley Railroad http://www.svry.com/ . This is a steam powered tourist railroad operating out of Sumpter, Oregon.
     
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