Oregon Boondocking

On Saturday, we went to check out the Lobster Creek Campground in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. It’s $10 a night and had one spot that could fit us.

The road through campground continues to a boat ramp. Past the boat ramp, it turns into a rocky cobble road where we saw a couple RV’s camping along the banks of the Rogue River.

We saw some “no camping” signs but figured we could at least pull over and have some lunch.


After we ate, we walked back up to the campground and asked the host if we could camp by the river.


The camp hosts didn’t seem very happy about it, but explained that we could camp past the sign for free. The lady said that if we got stuck we would be on our own and her husband added that we better listen for the tsunami horns (even though we were ten miles from the coast).

As we walked away, the camp host lady added “don’t tell anyone about it,” to which we smiled and thanked them for the information.


Lobster Creek Campground is east of Gold Beach Oregon on Jerry’s Flat Road. Here’s a link to the free boondocking area.

The cell service isn’t good enough for us to stay for the week. There wasn’t any AT&T, and we got 1 bar of Verizon 3G with the booster.

Dinner This Weekend:
Easy Vegan Creamy Pasta with Kale. We had this recipe over the weekend. Brian liked it so much he thought it should be on the list for company in the future.

2014 Cost of Camping:
$132.00 for the week thru Saturday 6/7
64 night paid camping
93 nights free camping
157 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1900
Daily average cost of camping: $12.10

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  • Reply Jack June 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I was amazed when I was following the Trask River inland in Oregon around Tillamook that there were tsunami sirens there, too. Had me guessing for a while.

  • Reply See June 2, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Having spent the last three winters on the central and southern coast of Oregon, I can tell you YES you won’t get net out east of the coast. :)
    Down the road (Agness Rd) there is what is called the Rogue River dirt area. I’ve never been turned away for night camping but never been given permission by any agency either. If you check it out you can see that RVs are there and most use it as a fishing spot. Road is a bit bumpy but 35′ class A’s make it just fine. On Agnes, heading out from town go to mile mark 4 (Old Mill site on right and brush on left). Take gravel road left after second yellow fire hydrant. Anywhere along there seems to be fine. Can’t say eventually someone will make you move, though. Never bothered me.

    There is Floras, which has free wifi and $16 a day. North of Cape Blanco.

    Also, just north of Cape is on the right, the BLM lands, just north of the Sixes river is the road on the right. Leads to their campground. um, think it was $5, don’t quote me.

    • Reply Leigh June 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks See! We checked out the Edson Creek BLM in Sixes, but still the cell service wasn’t good enough to work from. Not sure about Floras – is that Floras Lake in Langlois?

  • Reply LilNomad June 3, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Does the campground charge you to drive through..sounds like the access to this road is through their campground.

    • Reply Leigh June 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

      The access road is through the National Forest campground, and they don’t charge you to drive through.

  • Reply JIM PETERSON November 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    No charge to drive through *and* it’s the world’s smallest campground — maybe six spots? With a camp host? That has to be the easiest campground gig on the planet :o) If *I* were the host, I’d spend a little time wacking back the overhead jungle — just for something to do.
    I thought I posted a review — or a blog — about this place but not seeing either? A couple of squatters are drawing the attention of landowners in the area and enforcement of “no camping” has been stepped up. Apparently the land portion (above the high water line) is private property and it IS posted NO TRESPASSING. I wouldn’t venture out onto that rocky bar with a large trailer unless you have 4WD and — even then — I’d stay on the ‘roads’ which are more packed down. Nice place, though — very quiet and very dark :o) We did get some strong and cold morning winds coming down the valley headed towards the ocean but we walked around in it anyway.

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