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.
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.
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!
I used to come here a lot about 5 years ago, then it was just a gravel parking lot with hookups. Since then they have paved the site and it has full hookups. They have a nice restroom and shower facility, although we didn't used it. Small PX, snack bar with wi-fi, although the wi-fi was broke while we were there. You can also rent cabins and motel rooms here if you have guests. I disagree with the previous poster, we go there for the tourist activities in the local area, there are tons of stuff to do and see, especially with grand kids. Fort Stevens State Park and Military Historical Area has a ton of activities, a museum, beach fishing/exploring, a freshwater lake for swimming/fishing, etc. Largest state park in the west. Fort Clatsop NP is a real treat, even if you aren't a history buff like me. Seaside and Canon Beach are nice beach towns, especially Canon Beach, its one of my favorite places.. and of course Astoria, lots to see there.
Sept 20, 2007
M.H. left this review using the Directory software: We stopped here yeterday,the campground is more like a parking lot, but there is picnic tables and grassy area next to the parking. There is also a eating place on the base, also a small exchange.Not bad f;r a very small reserve base.