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Top Eugene-Area Campgrounds

Published: June 29, 2019

Camp close to Eugene and all its city amenities, yet still enjoy the serenity of nature. There are three popular campgrounds (and one great "glamping"destination) that make it possible to combine the urban and rural experiences. Go into town for exciting culinary events, epic street art, curated museums, a thriving nightlife and live entertainment. Stay at camp to fish, swim or hike in the woods among old growth trees, recharging your spirit and breathing deeper.

Here is a list of the best camping near Eugene. 

Richardson Park Campground

Fern Ridge Sunset by Colin Morton
Fern Ridge Reservoir by Colin Morton

 

Just 30 minutes from downtown Eugene is this family-friendly destination campground. On the shores of Fern Ridge Reservoir, Richardson Park is an eighty-eight site campground accommodating both RV and tent camping. One section of the campground is wooded and private, the other section offers open grassy greenbelts between the sites. Walk or cycle around the lake. This campground is great because of its proximity to the water, wine country and July's Oregon Country Fair

Armitage Park Campground

Armitage Park by Melanie Griffin
Armitage Park by Melanie Griffin
 

For proximity to Eugene, no other campground beats Armitage. Set beside the McKenzie River at the edge of town, Armitage is convenient and beautiful all at once. Recreation opportunities abound with volleyball courts, horsehoe pits, grassy lawns, a dog park and a boat ramp. Wander the nature trails down by the river. The open spaces and picnic shelters are ideal for group gatherings. Campers can easily bike or take the bus to Eugene to shop downtown, attend a Duck football game or enjoy a night on the town.

Baker Bay Campground

Baker Bay Campground Dorena by Melanie GriffinBaker Bay Campground Dorena by Melanie Griffin

 

For those who want their campground getaway to be a little further, Baker Bay offers quiet camping on Dorena Reservoir's waterfront. Just 30 minutes from Eugene in Cottage Grove, this lovely campground offers seasonal concession rentals. Get out on the water in a kayak or inflatable. Grassy lawns go down to the water and there is even a roped off swimming area. Baker Bay camping is ideal for nature and history lovers alike as it is situated between a large number of stunning waterfalls and a tour of historic covered bridges

Tipi Village Retreat

Tipi Village Retreat summer campout by Melanie Griffin
Tipi Village Retreat by Melanie Griffin

 

Sleeping under the stars doesn't have to mean battling tent poles and snoozing on hard ground. It can also mean dreaming in a large tipi with a variety of luxuries including a breakfast spread complete with smoked salmon, fresh fruit, hot coffee and more. This "glamping" retreat is located in the Mohawk Valley just 30 minutes from downtown Eugene.

Additional Eugene RV & Tent Campgrounds

If you are on wheels you can roll into two nearby RV campgrounds, Eugene Kamping World RV Park and Premier RV Resorts of Eugene. Both offer convenient access to Eugene just off Interstate 5 near Coburg. Family-owned and friendly Eugene Kamping World has a meeting hall, children's playground and outdoor recreation offerings. Premier RV Resorts is well-maintained and features a swimming pool, game room and catch-and-release fishing ponds - and they have tipis!

Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Tourism Marketing Coordinator for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia. 

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and buying too many house plants. Follow her Instagram for Lane County's best kept secrets.