Love camping at Oxbow but can never get in? That's all changing

Love camping at Oxbow but can never get in? That's all changing
Photo courtesy cyrusbulsara on Flickr (Creative Commons).

PORTLAND, Ore. - One of the Portland area's most popular campgrounds is now offering reservations so folks can secure a spot during the busiest times of the year.

Up until now, it's been first-come, first-served at Oxbow Regional Park in East Multnomah County and the camp spots fill up fast in late summer and early fall.

"We are excited to offer this new service at Oxbow," said Paul Slyman, director of Metro's Parks and Environmental Services department. "We want to make it easy for people to visit our parks so they can focus on enjoying the experience of being at such unique, beautiful places."

The campground at Oxbow Park is open year-round and reservations can be made up to nine months in advance. The spots are $22 a night.

You can make a reservation online or call Reservations NW at 1-800-452-5687. Those who arrive at the park without a reservation will still be able to camp for one night if a space is available.

There are some other changes as well at Oxbow - the coin operated showers are now free, the check-out time has been extended to noon and two vehicles are not permitted per campsite.

Campground map courtesy of Metro.

Never been to Oxbow?

The park, which is located along the Sandy River, has 12 miles of trails through old growth forest. In addition to hiking, activities include swimming, fishing, rafting/kayaking and horseback riding on equestrian trails.

From July 4 through Labor Day, weekend campers are treated to live performances and nature presentations in the campground's amphitheater. The programs are held on Friday and Saturday nights and start at dusk.

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