Our Opinion: Recommend. A convenient and appealing spot to stay for a few days of sightseeing in the area. Private; you must be an Elk to stay here.
Date of Stay: August 2-3, 2009
Weather During Stay: Cool, a mix of sun and fog.
Sites: 18 level dry camping sites arranged in two rows on an open grassy field, surrounded by tall trees, down a hill from the main entrance. There are a couple of picnic tables here and there. Restrooms are up the hill, along with additional open space for boondocking (not marked as sites). No water or electric at sites, no dump station. There is an on-site host.
Rate: $8 per night for dry camping.
Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon phone and aircard signal. Sites in the row on the north have the best chance for unobstructed TV satellite. No TV stations using the TV antenna. Local NPR on 91.1.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Flat, level parking on grass surrounded by trees. This Elks Park is NOT located at the lodge (which is a few miles north in Tillamook). Elevation is sea level. Views are of other rigs, grass, and surrounding forest. Very appealing.
Lighting/Noise: Very quiet and dark at night.
Favorite Sites: There isn’t much difference. We picked a site in the north row for our roof-mounted satellite.
Hiking/Walking: Strolling around the park is pleasant, but short. Hikes and beach walks are located less than 10 miles away, on the Three Capes Scenic Loop drive.
Comments: This is a very attractive area for dry camping, though we might avoid it if the weather was rainy (the parking is on grass). The lodge has just started a year long project to add 25 sites with water, electric and possibly sewer, plus a dump station. That will be great! For now, dry camping in this quiet green spot works well for us for a few days of local sightseeing. Close to the Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook Cheese Factory, and hikes at Cape Mears and Cape Lookout.