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Camp Rilea Hot
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$75 - $125
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Aug 12-15, 2015
I cannot say enough good things about this little gem of an RV Park. It is a tiny facility, as RV Parks go, BUT it is huge in every other way! Beautifully maintained training center and facilities. The only thing lacking is convenient WiFi access (I'll take the free laundry facility any day over WiFi, which is readily available at Taco Bell about 2 miles away).
July 3, 2015
Unfortunately I am unable to review the camp itself, this is commentary on the reservation system. I called twice and left messages previously requesting a reservation. I did not get a return call. I decided to show up and see if they had any "Space A" slots. The two civilians manning the gate were extremely nice, but unable to help me. Apparently billeting goes home after hours and leaves the duties to the gate guard. He checked to see if I had a reservation, which of course I didn't. He could not tell me if there were any open slots. Upon telling them of my attempt to make a reservation but not getting a return call, one of the guards remarked to the other "We hear that a lot don't we? If she were military she would have been fired by now." This contractor apparently has a track record of poor customer service. If you can get in to the facility it is located in a nice area with access to the ocean and small towns along the coast.
September 15, 2014
Stayed here 5 nights in September & really enjoyed it here. People really friendly & facilities were clean. Not much to do on base but its a great location. We were in a 39' 5th wheel & will stay here again.
August 28, 2014
Definitely glad we stayed here! We camped with a 40' fifth-wheel. Location put us close to national and state parks in NW Oregon and SW Washington as well as a lot of other stuff to do in Seaside and Astoria. We were actually able to make reservations about two weeks before Labor Day weekend into the 'dry' sites for the holiday weekend then moved to a full-hookup site. The 8 dry sites w/30 amp are on grass. Showers/restrooms were clean. Firing range wasn't a problem. Training was sporadic during the two weeks, otherwise the base mostly deserted. Very quiet and peaceful, at least at this time of year. The bonus was the free laundry. Good machines and no wait. FYI, the sites are RIGHT off a road with a drop-off on the other side of the road. Larger rigs may have to do some extra maneuvering to get into spots and #8 (FHU) is positioned slightly behind the shower/bathroom building. We're new at backing up, so this was a little challenging! We would never try #8. #1 (FHU) is the site we had and there wasn't any satellite from our roof dish; we used our tailgater and no problem. And lastly, when I asked about wi-fi, I was given info for the wi-fi that's in a building down the street from the RV sites, but they also let me use computers in the classroom next to the check-in office. Everyone was very pleasant and accommodating. Lots of geese and elk viewing right around the sites.
Sept. 2, 2014
Wonderful; bit challenging getting contact with Ms. Starr for reservations. Great MilFamCamp.
Just a parking lot with hookups. Was impressed with how well maintained the camp was. Troops train about 14 hours a day and seven days a week. The activity and even small arms noise was not a problem. However on Saturday morning we discovered that the live hand grenade range is right behind the rv park and do mean RIGHT BEHIND. I had forgotten how loud they are and after an hour or so we left for the day. Museums in the area and a short drive to the beach. We would stay again if in the area.
23 Oct 2013
J.H. left this review using the Directory software: - We'd stay there again in a heartbeat! Lots of firing on the weekend but really not a bother to us.
This campground is an unpolished gem! With a little spit and shine, it could be a wonderful FamCamp! I would LOVE the opportunity to be able to do something special with this place; if only...! It is close to Astoria (7 miles) and it's right on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, right off Hwy 101. It is well-marked and the gate guards are very friendly and helpful. RVer's may not be too happy with the parking lot-type accommodations, but for tent campers, this place gets an A+ (see pictures)! Now, the amenities and facilities are still a little spartan, so I had to mark down for those; there are two small bathrooms and three showers, WiFi is only available by getting a "Day-pass" to Koski Hall, and there are no laundry facilities. The restrooms get used by everyone, including the folks doing all the training at the range behind the campground, so they do tend to get a little dirty and could use a little extra attention. The PX/BX is small and does not carry charcoal and/or lighter fluid, nor any other camping supplies, so you need to have those before you get here. If you are an outdoorsman-type, there are plenty of things to see and do in the local area. There are lots of museums, state parks, beaches, fishing, and tours in nearby Warrenton and Astoria. Now for the not-so-good: this IS, primarily, a National Guard, State Police, Sheriff's training facility! So, expect lots of shooting and training operations during all hours of the day and night. Training usually, does not go past midnight, but they did conduct nighttime operations while we were there and it was a bit noisy. The following day, they were shooting at the range behind the campground all day long, but stopped at around 1630. All-in-all, this facility is a first-rate campground for the price and great value for tent campers ($5/night), BUT there are only three tenting spots, each with its own pavilion and two picnic tables under each pavilion; so, reserve, reserve, reserve!
I was prepared for a spartan experience at Camp Rilea, and I wasn't disappointed, but I was surprised to find the restrooms so dirty. Turns out that in the last week of July (when I was there with my elderly parents) there's a wonderful bunch of people who host a camp for disadvantaged teens...like nearly 200 of them. Two of my friends, in fact, worked for this camp, and I think it's awesome. Unfortunately, and rather amusingly, the young campers begin their day with an o'dark thirty reveille of a sort you and I have never experienced: Tween music (think Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift pound, pound, pounding you into wakefulness) at MEGA DECIBELS! So, while it is indeed very, very cool to be able to visit the Seaside/northern Oregon coast area at a fraction of the cost, and it is indeed true that the staff there are very friendly and nice....I promise you...you don't want to be there in the last week of July. After a couple of requests, they did clean the restroom (thanks Sgt B), and it turns out the teens were mostly the reason it was such a mess, but just beware...this post is used by the community for all sorts of things. In fact, Camp Rilea, as the central location in the county, is also, believe it or not, the rallying place should a tsunami hit the area...unfortunately, it is also in the most vulnerable spot on the coast to be hit (so I was told) by tsunami waves. In any case, enjoy the area, the staff, the ocean and views....but unless you like 200 teenagers...(and I'm not saying I don't)...don't go during the last week of July!
Many time over the last 4 years
Very easy access. Right off Highway 101. Far enough off the highway that you cannot see or hear any traffic. The camp ground is a paved parking lot that is always clean. The restrooms are clean and warm. Very close to Warrenton, Seaside and Astoria. There is a restaurant on the post but the hours are limited. There is a large elk herd that hangs out here and they are nice to watch. Great hiking and bicycling.
1 - 2 March 2013
Right off Hwy 101. Extremely easy access. Nice paved sites. Wi-Fi no longer available at the snack bar as it is closed. Now available at Koski Hall bldg. 7300. Koski Hall is their answer to Gateway Inn or similar. There is no one on duty in the building, however. All it has are rooms so if you don't stay in one of the rooms your only recourse is access Wi-Fi from the parking lot. It works good though.
So, for those of you that don't know, Camp Rilea is a TRAINING POST, so if you have a problem being surrounded by Soldiers doing what they need to maintain their proficiency and preparedness to protect your freedom, perhaps you should go to the KOA where you can get eaten by bugs. As far as the scheduling goes, reservations are limited because this is a great place to stay! It's safe, clean, but in high demand. If you get moved a lot it's because you waited to the last minute to get a reservation and reservations get limited. They don't subscribe to "good ol' boys", it's first come, first serve, and leftover and last minute people get the scraps. If you don't like it, you could always go pay $180 in the local hotels. Sad, that our military people get bad raps towards those that serve because people think this is a resort. Stayed out there all the time and NEVER had a problem. This is a no frills, honest, little addendum to the coast that offers an opportunity to be reminded what military affiliation is all about.
2 Nov 2012
Very nice, great service, free laundry service, pick-up key card when you check-in.deer and elk on site. Every one was helpful as it always is with military personnel. Thanks again.
August 10, 2012
I can't believe that I was there for two days and moved THREE TIMES. Ridicules, that they can't even manage 10 RV spaces. It is a parking lot which is nice and clean. All the spaces are the same but some body seems to have to have their favorite spot and they moved me three times in two days. I guess it is a good ole boy thing and you have to have the perfect spot in all of the asphalt parking lot. They need a manager that can manage 10 spaces correctly. Who is in charge?????
July 18-20 2012
We could only stay for two nights because BIG summer camp program for disadvantaged kids....however we drove thru a few days later and there were spaces available-so what can you say. As the picture shows a plain, no frills rv park except there is cable. Beautiful views and mostly quiet EXCEPT if you have a dog that is afraid of gunshot/fireworks sounds this is not the place for you. Firing range is right behind the berm behind RV's !! The shower rooms are separate from restroom and not that clean-wear shower shoes!! Tent spaces with covered picnic area and space to walk and enjoy scenery. Didn't see elk but saw much other wildlife! Right between Seaside and Astoria/Warrenton with shopping in both places(exchange is barely a mini-mart). The gate guards are VERY personable and helpful! Would go back and if no space as we had to leave go to Kampers West Kampground in Warrenton and ask for the military discount!!!
Dec 23, 2010 to Jan 3, 2011
R.J. left this review using the Directory software: - It was a wonderful holiday week. Friendly, helpful staff. Woke one morning to a herd of elk grazing around our camp. What a gift that was. It is a well kept secret. A great place
8 to 12 Sept 2011
The previous comments are accurate. Just a couple of things to add. First, this is very convenient to Astoria and surrounding area. Second, this is primarily an installation supporting the Oregon National Guard. We happened to be here on their drill week-end. The firing range is right behind us so, during the day, we heard occasional weapons fire. Not a problem for us - no worse, in fact better, than being under the end of a runway. Finally, because it was a drill week-end, the RV spots were full. We were offered, and accepted, a spot in "dry camping." The "dry camping" spots were next to the full hook-up spots, but we were parked on dirt instead of asphalt. The showers and other facilities were still available to us. Since we dry camp a lot this was not a problem. Much to our surprise, however, their definition of "dry camping" also included a 30 amp electric hook-up so we were very happy. Cost to dry camp: $5 per day. When the firing range isn't active you can drive out to the beach. We loved this place. But if you are one of those who needs a pool, hot tub, activities center, playground for the kids and so forth - don't come here. There is a KOA just up the street for you.
4-16 to 4-20, 2011
As stated before, it is a parking lot with hookups. The bathrooms and showers are extremely clean. The staff does a great job. The laundry room was very clean as well. As stated, 10 each washers and dryers. You do have to go to billeting to get a key card to use the laundry. The shopette on base does havea few things. A little ride gets you to a Coast Guard Exchange that does stock some food items. They also have gas pumps and the price was 10 cents a gallon cheaper than anywhere in town. The coordinates for your GPS for the exchange (taken from my GPS) are 46.17222,-123.841667. It is easy to get to thought. Head north on 101. At the rotary, take the first exit which will head you south on Bus. 101. The exchange is about one mile from the rotary. No diesel. The gas pumps are open every day from 0900-1800 and on Sunday 1000-1600. Overall, nice place to base for touring the area. Some museums nearby in Astoria. A trip to Tillamook and the cheese factory is a nice ride along the coast. Quite a few places to pull off and just enjoy or take pics of the ocean. Will definitely stay here again if I am in the area even though I feel the $20 is a little high.
8 October 2010
Yes, it is a parking lot. A very clean, hospitable, quiet and convenient parking lot with full hookups (including cable tv), a great place to walk the dogs or yourself, watch the elk herd in the evenings and just enjoy the peace and quiet that you will not get at any of the commercial parks in the area. It is a lovely facility and the people are very friendly and helpful. The location makes it perfect for the Northern Oregon, Southern Washington coast and all of its attractions. The PX is a shopette. Fred Meyers is about 3 miles toward town if you need groceries. Costco is about 4 miles. This is a great camp!
Aug 1 to Aug 6, 2010
It may be a parking lot, but it is a nice parking lot. Convenient to Astoria, Lewis and Clark National/State Parks and Seaside, OR. The post exchange is very small but adequate for emergency items. Took a trip to Tillamook for the cheese factory. This is a good spot to camp and see the area.