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Sandy River Spey Clave - Camping spots

Hi everyone,

This will be my first year going to the Sandy River Spey Clave. I'll be coming down with a few friends and tent trailer and was wondering if anyone can suggest some near by camping sites.

I was reading that last year there was a first come first serve camp site at Oxbow (I think that was the name of it). I don't imagine that we'll make it down before those fill up as we are leaving Vancouver BC on the Thursday night after work and probably not rolling in until midnight.

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.

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They haven't filled up the last two years, and I think they're going (have gone) to a reservation system now.
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They haven't filled up the last two years, and I think they're going (have gone) to a reservation system now.
Been that way for years. Only thing you need to know is the walk from the camping area to the 'Clave is a hike. The good news is the best fishing area (above the boat launch/take out) is the place to be, and steps away. Give me some/take some away.

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Oxbow camping

Last winter during high water some of the areas in Oxbow park were washed out making some areas unsafe, some of those areas included some of the campsites. The result of this is there are less campsites available and they fill up earlier, there are campsites available within 10 miles but staying outside the park can present some problems.

The Gate to Oxbow park closes at sunset and opens around 6am if you stay in the park and go into town and return after sunset you will have about a four mile walk to the campsite.

I don't know of any campsite in the area whose office is open after sunset so arriving at midnight means you will have to make prior arrangements.


Here is a link to Oxbow Regional Park

http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=150


Well worth the visit you will meet some wonderful people.



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look into edge field it is a mcminnmens place it is on the outskirts of Portland and you can drive to the clave from there in less then 15minutes,they have music there sometimes food and places to stay on site it really isnt a camp ground but not that expensive. Just something to look into and a place to get drinks and not have to drive
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you could also call the fly shop in welches and they maybe able to give you better suggestions
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Thanks everyone. The Mcminimens sounds like a good idea. We stayed at Kennedy School last year, great place. I'll have a look at all the places people have suggested for sure.
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The place is within the McMenamin "Empire", and called The Edgefield. Here is a link to their site: http://www.mcmenamins.com/Edgefield
A great place and a fun time, I worked there for years and would recommend it any time!

There is also a great RV park on the Sandy River in old historic Troutdale, close to I-84 that I have personally been to and found to be safe and secure:
http://sandyrv.com/

And then there's always the just show up and make friends when you get there trick...

Looking forward to having you attend! Thank you everyone, for the help!
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Last year I attended and was able to secure a camp site around 3:00 pm on Friday and there were a number of open sites at that time. If you arrive late at night you will need to find another place to camp for Thursday night however
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SS brings up a good point to remember. The park gate closes at sundown. If you're in, you stay in ..... out ... out.




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Ox Bow Bend County Park closes/locks their gate at 8 PM. At least that was the time given the last couple of years.
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Dodge Park on the Sandy river has a few camp sites. It's upstream from Oxbow. About a 15 minute drive.http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/47496
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Oxbow

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Oxbow Regional Park is now offering online camping reservations. Thanks to a new partnership between Metro and the State of Oregon, visitors can make a reservation in advance and head out to the scenic Sandy River Gorge, knowing a tent or RV site is waiting for them. You may reserve your favorite campsite up to nine months in advance. Reservations can be made by visiting www.oregonmetro.gov/oxbow, or call Reservations NW at 1-800-452-5687, using a MasterCard or Visa. Pets and alcohol are not allowed in Oxbow Regional Park.

Other changes for campers: the formerly coin-operated showers are now free, check-out time has been extended to noon, and two vehicles are now permitted per campsite. For 50 years, the 1,000-acre natural area park has been a recreational treasure, offering visitors an opportunity to walk in an old growth forest, view migrating salmon and sleep under the stars. For all the details on camping at Oxbow, including a campground map, visit http://www.oregonmetro.gov/oxbow .

Reserve now because this looks to be one of the biggest turnouts we have ever experienced. The price per night is now $22.00 + an $8 reservation fee. The Fly Fishing Shop & flyfishusa.com has no control over the fees associated with Oxbow park.
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Excellent info Mark (or whom-ever). Just a couple of quick reminders: the entrance gate gets locked at night (8PM?) You're either 'in or out' and from the gate its a hell of a long walk to the camping area.

Another reminder is 'no pets allowed.' I think the only exception to that are 'service dogs.'

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Long Belly spey casting lesson by Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson is planning to offer a long belly casting lesson on May 20th 2013, the next Monday after Sandy Spey Clave weekend. Travis is not only a great spey caster but also an excellent speycasting instructor. I've signed up for the class. Max students for the class is four. If anyone is interested, you may contact him by his email. thx
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