Pacific NorthWet Tag a Camp Spot

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Got2Moto, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. Got2Moto

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    I was trying to find a map of tent camp spots that aren't
    on any of the googled or State camping links.
    Under $10 or free per night would the goal here.

    Have a Good Cheap Camp Spot you care to share?
    Cheap or free (relatively safe) being the key words here.

    Anyone can find a State Park on a map, But where are
    the good free or cheap places?

    Tired of paying more for a camp spot than you spend on gas?

    Let's play Tag A Map! Bonus points for adding a photo!
    Quiet spare acreage would be also be welcomed.

    Once I figure out how to embed a map here I'll do it.
    Until then,

    Click the needle locator in the upper tool bar, Zoom in and Tag the spot. Click on the tag to add a photo and remarks.

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  2. Ladybug0048

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    Great idea. :clap I'll keep my eyes open for those little gems to add to this.
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  3. doggitter

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    Do you want to limit these to "improved, organized" campsites, or are unimproved spots on backcountry travels and such included?
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  4. Mr Dual Sport

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    Cool idea, but sorry I'm not giving up spots. I've seen one of my favorite campsites (that was free) already get shut down to overuse. Was once a cool little spot only know by locals then the word about it got out in a book.

    Just give a second thought before you share your favorite secluded spot. It may not be as secluded the next time you visit.
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    The good ones are good for a reason :D
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  6. Got2Moto

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    I'd say any and all would be appreciated.
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  7. Got2Moto

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    Everybody probably has "Their spot" . Me too. I'd be the first to say Don't give'em up.
    I'm just suggesting a cheaper alternative to the $15-$30 & up Parks with the noisy generators and such.
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  8. Got2Moto

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    ^:nod Keep your jewels

    The end result is just trying to have a good trip in any direction without maxing out the plastic each time.

    Sounds a little on the "tent space "theme but much less formal. Just sharing a little information between riders. If that's a bad thing than this thread will just
    die a lonely death.
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  9. Mr Dual Sport

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    The spot I was referring to was an improved BLM site near Glide, OR. Not just some random spot in the woods. :deal
    It was published in a swimming hole book then got increasingly popular over the next decade.
    So popular they decided not to deal with it any more and just shut it down. There was talk of starting to charge to cover the additional use. I guess it was easier for them just to close it.
    It was a free spot with approx 15 camping sites, water, and toilets.
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  10. peterman

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    Shady Dell rest area and campgrounds,,closed for years due to abuse,dumping, and vandalism, and it's just outside of Oakridge on hwy 58.
    I've seen other places changed to 'day use only',,no camping!
    More remote or "secret" camp spots must remain confidential,,or suffer restrictions or closures.
    I know of a few,,but I'm not telling!:lol3
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  11. Mr Dual Sport

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    My advise for finding a great site is to stop and talk to locals. A smile and some good conversation goes a long ways. I don't think enough folks do that anymore.
    Many just seem to find someone else's GPS track and pass on through. I've never had a problem finding some awesome, free, sites wherever I go. Who knows, you might make a friend too! I've made quite a few over the years doing just that.:clap:freaky
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    ^^^what he said!
    Spent some time just hanging out at the Paisley gas station, talking with the owner (who also has the laundrymat,,and rents showers to gritty dirt campers),,camped at Martser's Springs,,nice place!,,killing time the next evening,went back into town & spent a few hours in the local tavern just BS'ing with ranchers and loggers.
    You time it so you are in the tav at the end of the work day, have a couple brews,,talk with the guys just getting "off work". Then go next door, have a supper at the cafe,burn an hour or so,then go kill some time at the gas station,give the owner a buck anna half and get a hot shower, then wander back to the tav for the "after dinner" crowd, and talk with another group of local hunters, loggers, and such,, ask about fishing spots!!(a great back-roads conversation starter!),,ask about viewpoints and lookouts.let them know you like camping away from humans and let THEM offer ideas about remote camping spots,,:deal
    what I have found is,,,

    The locals are more curious about you in your space ranger outfit, and why the hell you'd seek out dirty back roads to nowhere in particular! :huh
    They are sort of suspicious at a lot of questions from a stranger, and some don't get any stranger than ADV riders!:lol3
    Once it is established that you are harmlessly crazy, they have A TON OF RIDING INFO that you can't get elsewhere,,like which gates are okay to open and close, or which areas to avoid due to logging activities.
    Just drag out a map, lay it on a table and point at some obscure spot,,and buy a round for "old Billy and his wife", and watch what happens! ,,,,,,,,,,Instantly,, the whole tavern is full of suggestions!
    I have met some of the most wonderful and helpful people in all the PacWet region,, just give out that what you'd like to receive.:1drink
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    What he^^^^^^^^said. :thumb
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  18. Got2Moto

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    That's the ticket! I'll have to look at the Horse camps a bit closer. $1 or free per day! I find Horse people pretty considerate in picking up after themselves more than not.
    Good reminder of the "Washington State Discover Pass" tax stamp though.

    Score!

    ***Campers are allowed but without horses are encouraged to camp elsewhere per DNR site***
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  19. glassman64

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    I do agree with this statement ... Only thing is ya do have to be a lil careful about asking some ole folks about where they like to hunt,, or fish..they tend to be a lil protective. But asking locals is a great thing.

    Now when it comes to finding a camp spot... Does this have to be a hot and cold running water spot? Find a KOA,,, look on a map.
    I kinda prefer the more rustic..... Hey,, there is a wide spot back there in the trees... cover the bikes so just in case a passing car cant see the reflectors or lights on the bike...OBTW,, make sure it doesnt say,, NO TRESPASSING..
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  20. glassman64

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    Here on the Palouse,, and in the St.Joe area,,, there are plenty of "no charge" camping spots ,, if you dont mind just throwing a tent out and enjoying the surroundings.
    Laird Park,,, just north of Potlatch ID,,, has plenty of camping spots,, and not to mention some decent riding... Moose Creek reservoir just outside of Bovill ID,, nice camp spots.. minimal fee,, good fishing, close to some good riding and you can ride from Laird Park to there,,,
    Pretty much any spot along the St Joe River can be considered a camp spot if it is wide enough.
    If ya want anymore info for around the Palouse,,, let me know..
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