Donna Backus (734) 476-3788
Adrienne Leibowitz (805) 458-2206
Claudia Ward (530) 906-1234 and Vicki Rains (909) 528-4610
Visit Sacajawea State Park; visit the Franklin County Historical Museum or one of the several other museums; kayak the Columbia and Snake Rivers; attend a wine tasting at the Bartholomew Winery; and visit the Ice Harbor Lock and Dam Visitor Center. There is hiking, swimming, kayaking, and fishing at Hood Park, as well as the McNary National Wildlife Refuge that is adjacent to the park.
Hood Park Campground (COE), (509) 547-2048, 2339 Ice Harbor Road, Burbank, WA 99323
This campground is 100% reservable, so reservations are recommended, and can be made up to 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. Each site has a fire pit/grill and picnic table, sites 3-18 have 30 amp, and sites 2 & 19-69 have 50 amp. There are showers, trash dumpsters, potable water and a dump station. Alcohol is prohibited, and pets must be leashed. $24-$26/night, ½ price with senior pass.
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Visit the Yakima Valley Museum, buy fresh fruit from Johnson’s Orchards, taste the latest brew at the Bale Breaker Brewing Co., bicycle the Cowiche Canyon Trail, attend a wine tasting at the Bonair Winery, go swimming at Lions Park, visit the Ahtanum Pioneer Church built in 1873, and visit the Yakima Area Arboretum. There is also hiking, bird watching and fishing in the Yakima Sportsman State Park.
Legends Casino, 580 Fort Rd, Toppenish, WA 98948
Dry camping is free.
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Jane Mailloux (503) 703-1946
Ranger led hikes, talks and fireside programs
Lions Den Campground, 113 East Front St, Mineral, WA 98355.
Lions Den CG is $15/night or $60/week for dry camping. Water and dump on site. Be prepared for unlevel sites.
The host will be parked at Lions Den CG.
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Take on the Escape Room in Tacoma, visit the petting zoo at Old McDebbie’s Farm, ride the gondola at Gig Harbor, catch a performance at the Lakewood Playhouse, visit the Mandarin Stained Glass Gallery or wander through the Lakewold Gardens.
Puyallup Elks Lodge, 314 27th St NE, Puyallup, WA (253) 845-9515
Dry Camping, $10/night. Absolutely no early arrivals at this location on Saturday night, you will not be allowed to stay. May have to go into the hookup sites if you arrive early. Outdoor pool and showers for $3/day.
47.19441, -122.25911 – Click on link to see Google Map
Leda Coughlin (248) 895-3706
Explore Olympic National Park; visit the Lavender Gardens, Port Angeles, Salt Creek Recreation Area, tidal pools and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Take a day trip on ferry to Victoria, BC. There is dancing on Sunday at the 21st Grange. There is a lot to see and do in this area.
Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Rd., Sequim, WA 98382 (360) 683-2763
101 West to Sequim or 101 north then east into Sequim.
The host needs to contact the lodge two weeks in advance with numbers.
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Charlie Savior 562 221-2000
Take a day trip to Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the contiguous US, or the Hoh Rain Forest. The beaches near La Push are great for walking.
Elks Lodge#2524, Clyde Hampton Memorial RV Park, 941 Merchant Rd, Forks, WA 98331 (360) 374-2524
From the north on Hwy 101, turn left on Calawah Blvd. Turn left on Merchant Rd. Boondock in the large grassy field next to the Lodge. $10 dry camp, $20 with hookups. The host will need to contact Dean at the Elk’s Lodge a couple of weeks prior to our stay to let him know approximately how many RV’s there will be. The Clyde Hampton Memorial RV Park features 6 hook-ups that serve 12 “back-in” spaces. Each has water/power and there is a sewer dump on site. They do not take reservations; sites are “first-come first-serve” with self-registration near the front door.
47.961838, -124.372775 – Click on link to see Google Map
Jeannie Fox 610 360-4138
Rent scooters in town and ride on beach, wonderful walking paths and beaches, sunset supper and breakfast specials in Casino dining room, often music in Casino bar, dances and meals at local Elks in town (check schedule upon arrival)
Quinault Casino, 78 Washington 115, Ocean Shores, WA 98569.
Go south on US 101 to Hoqiam, then right onto WA-109 for 18 miles. Then turn left onto SR-115. The Casino entrance is on the right in approximately 1 mile. When you reach the Casino, go to the very back of the parking lot to the left side for the entrance to the RV area. Check in at the Casino office.
Fort Clatsop National Park offers guided kayak trips on the river, call (503) 861-4425 to make reservations and for more information. There are also interpretative events at the Fort; movies; a guided river walk; visitors center; and, surrounding area to learn how The Corps of Discovery lived in 1805-6. Fort Stevens: wreck of the Peter Iredale, beach walks, wild life viewing, WWII military installation, views of the mouth of the Columbia. Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center has the only items from The Corps of Discovery in this area; view of the mouth of the Columbia from the Washington side; north of Cape Disappointment is North Head Lighthouse open to public for tours; ship wreck. Seaside and Return of the Salt Makers: first person reenactment of the production of salt for The Corps of Discovery return trip. Astoria: farmers market on Sunday; Astoria Column; Columbia River Maritime Museum; Liberty Theater; Flavel House.
Public parking lot, 298-282 36th St., Astoria, OR
Turn North at the intersection of 36th Street and Highway 30 (Leif Erickson Dr.), then turn left into the parking lot. The lot is located next to Sea Lions of Astoria. There is a public restroom, but no other services. This parking lot is on the Columbia River with the Astoria Riverwalk and a train depot nearby.
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Tillamook Cheese Factory, Blue Heron Cheese Factory, train ride to Bay City, scenic tour of lighthouses, Air Museum, kayak Nestucca River, farmers market in town, dancing and food at local bars, textile museum, Munsen Creek Water Falls, Forest Vendor.
Elks RV Park, 9105 Hwy. 101, Tillamook, OR
It is recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible. Call Park Hosts, Dixie & Harvey Reeves, for reservations at (503) 842-4200 or (503) 812-0354, after April 1 ask for Pat Burke. $10 dry, $25 full H/U. $10 dump. Showers and bathrooms available. Useable rec hall. Hwy 101, 5 miles South of Tillamook. 3/10 mile south of milepost 71 or 7/10 mile north of milepost 72, on east side of Hwy, Directional sign on west side of highway.
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This town provides easy access to the Willamette National Forest, the South Santiam River and a system of crystalline lakes. Hike lush trails to hidden waterfalls and drive along scenic byways past covered bridges and farms. Take in the cute little downtown of Sweet Home, catch a movie at the vintage cinema, and visit the living history museum. Take a day trip and a picnic lunch to Foster Lake; while you’re there do some hiking.
Elks Lodge #1972 Campground, 440 Osage St., Sweet Home, OR 97386, (541) 367-3559 (ask for Donna).
Be cautious upon arrival from the direction of West Hwy 20 to Osage St. The entrance on Osage is a very steep incline that could be hazardous with an overhang of over 2’. It’s best to take a right on First Ave. then turn right onto Nandina, then right onto Westwood St, then left back to Osage to avoid the steep incline. There are six sites with full hookups for $15/night, as well as ample space for dry camping at $10/night. This campground is only open to Elk members. The lodge is closed on Tuesdays. They offer an evening meal Wednesday through Saturday, as well as bar food. There is also an exercise room and sauna for our use. The host should contact the lodge a couple of weeks prior to arrival with an estimated number of campers.
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Hiking, kayaking, mountain road trips, four-wheeling, concerts, theater, farmers’ market, dancing, white water rafting. There are bazaars and bakeries and it’s a beautiful area to explore.
Wanoga Snow Play Area, Cascade Lake Highway, Bend, OR 97703
Cascade Lake Highway mile marker 14.6 on the south side. Vault toilets, large paved area, free.
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There is an 11-mile paved multi-use trail around Diamond Lake. There are many hiking trails, including a self-guided nature trail, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Mt. Thielsen Trail and Mt. Bailey Trail; and that doesn’t even take into consideration the Crater Lake National Park and all it has to offer. Go to the Steel Visitor Center and watch the park film, drive around the lake, attend a Ranger program, find the phantom ship, take lots of pictures, visit the Sinnott Overlook, swim, and fish or dangle your toes in some of the world’s purest water. There are several dog friendly trails in the park. Take the Ranger guided Trolley Tour around Crater Lake and the Ranger guided boat tour. Take a Ranger led hike.
Diamond Lake Campground, Idleyld Park, OR, (541) 498-2531
Drinking water, showers, garbage disposal, grey water waste sumps, dump station, picnic tables, fire rings. $16/night S/A ½ off; $22 for lakeshore sites; $21 for double site; $27 for double lakeshore.
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Kayaking, hiking, living memorial sculpture garden, Mount Shasta
Ski Park Highway (NF), boondocking area.
No facilities. Free. 4 mi west of town on SR-89, turn north on Ski Park Hwy (paved rd for winter access to ski area. 1.5 mi ahead is a large parking area for the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. This spot is level, and there is room for 6+ rigs. There is also a large level gravel storage area 2 miles in on the left. Good sun, open sky. Excellent Verizon. Frequent bear encounters. Great views of Mt. Shasta and the rolling blue hills in the other direction. Very quiet. Elev 5000′.
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Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park for hiking, Ranger-led programs, kayaking, swimming.
Old Station: Bogard Trailhead Sno-Park (NF).
There are 22 paved level 70′ spaces with a pit toilet. There are facilities at the adjacent Recreation Area only a 100′ walk. The campground is located approximately 23 miles East of Old Station on SR-44 and approximately 29 miles West of Susanville. Head South at the turnoff to Bogard Recreation Area at MM 15, and proceed a short distance. The first right goes into the recreation area, the second right goes into the Sno-Park.
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Hike Biz Johnson Trail, visit Susanville Ranch Park, visit the Lassen Historical Museum, and catch a movie at the Sierra Theater.
Merrill Campground (Eagle Lake)
From Susanville head west out of town on Hwy 36, 4 miles out turn right onto County Road A1 (Eagle Lake Rd.),
From Old Station head east on Hwy 44 approximately 63 miles turn right on County Road A1 (Eagle Lake Rd.), follow this road for 12 miles and follow the signs to the campground. Sites 57-90 are designated dry camping, $10/night w/senior pass; sites 27-56 have water and electric for $20/night w/senior pass. Water is available free; dump $5.
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Visit Lake Tahoe for hiking, kayaking and sightseeing. Go swimming at Sand Harbor. Visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Nevada State Museum. Visit the Nevada State Capitol Building, the Bowers Mansion Museum and the Governor’s Museum. Take a tour of the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory. Side trips to Reno, Virginia City and Comstock
Gold Dust West Carson City Casino and RV Park, (877) 519-5567, 2171 East William Street.
At the south end of new US-395 (US 580) take US-50 west. Turn at the first left behind the casino follow road around the casino, a very large free lot on the east side. Follow semi signs for free pkg. Also a nice RV Park $23 full Hookups. Water, electric (50 amp), sewer, Wi-Fi, cable, laundry and showers.
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Visit Mono Lake State Park, Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, June Lake Loop, and Lundy Lake.
Free lot north of town
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Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441
Little Lakes Valley hike, Devil’s Postpile, Mammoth Lake, lots of natural hot springs, Convict Lake
Crowley Lake Campground, $4 with senior pass
37.57142, -118.76931 – Click on link to see Google Map
Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441
South Lake, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, petroglyphs, Bristlecone Pines, and no visit to Bishop is complete without a visit to Schat’s Bakery
Horton Creek Campground, $4 with senior pass
BLM, 8.5 miles NW of Bishop on US 395, west on Sawmill Road; and then 3 miles west on Round Valley Road. 49 sites with pull throughs, tables, pit toilets, campfires, no drinking water. Elev. 4975’
37.39403, -118.57437 – Click on link to see Google Map
Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441
Mount Whitney, Movie Museum, hikes to arches in Alabama Hills, Manzanar Internment Camp
Tuttle Creek Campground , $4 with senior pass
3 miles west of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road; 1.5 miles south on Horseshoe Meadow Road; west on winding dirt road. Tables, toilets, campfires, no drinking water, dump $5. Elev 5120’
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No hosts are necessary for this location.
Visit the local museums, and stock up on groceries before heading to Niland for the WINS Dance Rally. This is the last stop on the West/Northwest Circuit. We hope you have enjoyed your time on this circuit. Please address any comments or questions regarding this circuit to Lu Anne Frost (928) 205-0006, firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at the Dance Rally.Apple Valley Moose Lodge or Victorville Elks Lodge, or the Adelante City Park Campground; and there is also parking on the dirt road next to the Moose Lodge.
Apple Valley Moose Lodge or Victorville Elks Lodge (see directions & other information for GPS coordinates)
Apple Valley Moose Lodge: 34.499372, -117.184380
Victorville Elks Lodge: 34.506670, -117.296022
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