Date of Stay: September 28-30, 2009
Weather During Stay: Cool, some heavy rain one night. Partly cloudy most of the time.
Sites: Windy Cove is a Douglas County campground tucked under the bluff on the south edge of the Salmon Harbor camping area. Two camping loops hold 40 FHU sites and 29 no hookup sites. We stayed in a FHU site and didn’t explore the no hookup sites. 22 of the FHU sites are reservable (541/957-7001); $10 additional fee to reserve. The remaining sites are first-come, first-served.
Full hookup sites (30 amps) are arranged in three rows on a narrow strip of land nestled between Salmon Harbor Drive and a high, forested hillside. Sites are reasonably spacious with campfire pits and picnic tables. Restrooms with showers. On-site office. Roads and sites are paved.
Rate: $20 per night for 30 amp FHU. Add $3 for extensive cable TV if desired.
Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon phones and aircard signal (broadband). Satellite TV will not work in most sites (hence the cable TV for $3 more per night). Didn’t try TV antenna. NPR available on 89.1 and others.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Flat, level parking at sea level. We were in the front row, closest to the road, with expansive views of the water and marina. The two rows behind had less spectacular views, with the center row facing away from the water towards the steep hillside.
Favorite Sites: Sites 29 through 40 are in the front row, with the best views. We had site 29, on the east end of the row, one of the few where a TV satellite will get a signal.
Hiking/Walking: Great walking around the huge area of the Salmon Harbor Marina and the small town of Winchester Bay. Dunes and a lighthouse nearby.
Comments: Windy Cove Campground has one drawback for me: it is nestled at the base of a steep hillside which effective blocks sunshine much of the day. This area is cool or cold WAY more often than it is hot, so sunshine is an amenity - and much of it is lost in this campground. Winchester Bay has a GREAT Thai restaurant, Pah Tong’s Thai Cuisine. Call 541/271-1750 for reservations or take out. Closed Tuesday. Highly recommended by us for lunch or dinner!