In July 2015, we wanted a gold-panning adventure and chose Wolf Creek, Oregon. We booked two nights at Wolf Creek Campground in advance, via Reserve America.
When we first drove through the town of Wolf Creek, we immediately noticed the old Wolf Creek Inn. It’s closed this year for renovations so we couldn’t go inside, but we’d love to visit again just to see this place. Wolf Creek is a small town, barely a pit stop off I-5. But it has a convenience store with ice, wood, and basic amenities.
The campground is in town. This was our first time, in 15 years of camping, that we’ve stayed so near to any population. Usually we’re middle-of-nowhere campers. So it was kind of strange for us to have houses just a few hundred feet away. However, as we drove into the campground, we saw number posts for camping spots and knew we were in the right place.
We’d reserved #13, partly because it was closest to water on the map, and partly because other reviews said it was a good spot. As it turned out, we were the only campers in the whole campground that night, so we could have chosen anything. A quick walk around, though, and we were happy to stay at #13. It’s right on the creek, which was mostly dry in the middle of July (and a very dry year for Oregon). There was a water pump directly across the road, which my kids thought was amazing. I guess we’ve stayed in too many campgrounds without water lately!
|Space #13, nicely reserved for us.|
|Campsite 13 – Wolf Creek is beyond those bushes in the background.|
|Wolf Creek at Campsite 13. Pretty much dry, though there was running water at either end (near campsite 12 and the Group site)|
As we looked around, we thought campsite #12 was also a really nice choice. It has more privacy than most of the other campsites and is also right on the creek. It had water in that portion of the creek and our kids spent a lot of time down there throwing rocks, chasing tiny fish, and gold panning.
Best of all, for the kids, there was a small playground. We’ve never stayed anywhere with a playground. It had a swing, a slide, and a bouncy dinosaur. That was plenty for my kids, who are used to throwing rocks into circles scratched into the dirt. They were in heaven.
Our first night was very quiet, since it was just us and the friendly camp host. We could hear the highway, not I-5 but the Lower Wolf Creek Road which went up the hill above the campground. Our second night we had neighbors, but it was another quiet night.
Overall, our stay at Wolf Creek Campround in Josephine County was a good one. We wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again. If you’re in to such things, there’s disc golf, a picnic shelter, a swim hole, and an unused baseball diamond. Lots of poison oak, so be aware and don’t stray off the paths.
The bathrooms are pit toilets, nothing fancy whatsoever. But there’s electricity at many of the campsites, plus water hookups for RVs. There’s a dump station, too, for RVs. Trash service and a very friendly host to make sure everything is stocked and clean.
Cost per night: $15 via reserveamerica.com
Amenities: pit toilet, fire ring, picnic table, potable water, electrical hookups, disc golf, playground, RV dump station, picnic shelter, camp host
Our kids ages at the time of visit: 10, 5, and 2 years
Gear needed: pack n play, Ergo carrier, coolers, sleeping bags, portable sink, water container or bucket
Nearby amenities: convenience store just down the road with ice, wood, and gas