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Best Spring Camping

Published: April 01, 2019


As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, we start daydreaming a little more about sleeping under the stars and sharing stories around a campfire. Luckily, you don't need to wait for summer to relish getting cozy in a sleeping bag and enjoying the Oregon outdoors. Start your season of camping in spring, when campgrounds are less crowded, the rivers and lakes are full and the wildlife begins to stretch and stir. Here is a list of some of our favorite places to camp in the spring so you can start planning now. Make sure you're prepared to make the most of your getaway by reviewing our Adventure Checklist, and don't forget to pack the marshmallows! 

Jessie Honeyman State Park

Yurt Camping at Jessie Honeyman by Melanie Griffin
Yurt camping at Jessie Honeyman by Melanie Griffin

Yurt camping is the perfect balance of outdoor adventure and modern amenities. Rent a yurt if you want to sleep on a bed with heat and a locking door as well as a dome view of the sky and the sounds of the coastal forest. If the yurts are booked, there are plenty of tent sites available as well. Jessie Honeyman State Park sits at the base of some of the area's largest sand dunes and beside the beautiful Cleawox Lake, making it a great destination for thrill-seekers and families alike. Rent a paddleboat on the lake or take a dune buggy ride

Belknap Hot Springs

Belknap Hot Springs by Melanie Griffin
Belknap Hot Springs by Melanie Griffin 

If you've been missing the joy of sleeping under the stars but still want to be just a little bit pampered, Belknap Hot Springs is a great compromise. Camping in one of the tent sites here comes with entrance to the private upper pool filled with hot mineral water from the natural spring. Unlike the lower pool which offers day-use to visitors, the upper pool is reserved for overnight guests only and is a serene place to relax. Near the lodge, wander the grounds in search of the hidden secret garden. 

Baker Bay Campground

Baker Bay Campground by Melanie Griffin
Baker Bay Campground by Melanie Griffin 

Baker Bay Campground offers lakeside campsites that can be busy in the summer – but in the spring, the lake is a quiet retreat with hiking trails and stunning views of Dorena Lake. Baker Bay Campground opens in mid-April, so plan ahead for a spring or early summer getaway. Boat rentals are also available on the boat docks for those who want to adventure further. 

Richardson Park Campground

Canoeing at Fern Ridge by Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Canoeing at Fern Ridge

Richardson Park is located on the shores of Fern Ridge near Eugene. This campground opens in mid-April and is a prime location for birdwatchers. More than 250 bird species visit Fern Ridge and the surrounding ponds throughout the year, but spring brings extra special birding opportunities: ducklings along the shore and raptors on the hunt after the long winter. 

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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 Art Director for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade and spends nearly every weekend searching for new favorite places in the county. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and learning new things.