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Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Aerial view of Winchester Bay (foreground) and the Salmon Harbor Marina Our Opinion: Rave, if you are willing to pay to dry camp.  Salmon Harbor a great place to know if you find yourself traveling the Oregon coast without a reservation on a holiday weekend.
Date of Stay: September 24-27, 2009; again for a few days in mid-August, 2011 
Weather During Stay:  Cool.  Calm mornings, cold, windy afternoons.  Frequent fog.
Sites: 166 reasonably level dry camping sites on asphalt.  Pull-through sites are arranged in a long, long row down the center of a long parking lot. More spacious back-in or pull-in sites lines the edges of 2 asphalt-topped piers that extend into the water of the the marina.  Sites on the piers have picnic tables, a bit of grass, and are most spacious.
Drycamping at Salmon Harbor, pullthrough sites. Clean restrooms with showers.  No water or electric at sites.  Dump station available. Recycling. There is an on-site host.
The dry-camp area is just one of several camping options here, ranging from $11 dry-camping to $36 FHU sites in a lovely resort.  Lots of camping and fishing activity goes on all day long - great people- and activity-watching, but don’t come here for seclusion.
Rate: $11 per night for basic pull-through sites; $14 per night for larger sites on the piers; $18 for the few sites at the very end of the piers. 
Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon phones and aircard signal (broadband).  No obstructions for TV satellite.  Didn’t try TV antenna.  NPR available on 88.5, 89.1 and others.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Flat, level parking at sea level on asphalt.  Views are very appealing: other rigs, boats in the marina, seabirds, blue water, and forested hillsides.  
Lighting/Noise: Very quiet and dark at night if you avoid the strategically places security lights. 
Site C 27Favorite Sites: We try to get a pier site, and pull in front to the water for the best view.  On this stay, we lucked out and got a huge site on the end of a row on Pier C.  Sites are first-come, first-served except for group reservations.
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: This busy area is a fun slice of life for RV’ers and fisherfolk.  The setting is beautiful, with lots to do in the area.  If you find yourself caught without a site on the Oregon coast, this is a good spot - we have never seen it full in four visits.  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!

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