RV Park Review – Columbia River RV Park, Portland, OR
A well-kept, clean park by the Columbia River with convenient access to Portland and the airport at a very decent price.
- Site quality = 4/5
Sites are very decent for a private park. They are long, spacious flat concrete pull-throughs and back-ins with a small slice of green between each site. Sites in central loops also have a nifty side concrete parking pad. Mostly open layout with no shade and no real privacy, but everything is clean and nicely kept. Full hookups (20/30/50 Amp, water, sewer) with cable TV (including HBO) included. Biggest ding is that sites are packed in rather tight, but that’s somewhat to be expected in the middle of a big city. Also the majority of sites are leased to longer-term residents (monthly/yearly leases) so there’s limited site choice for shorter-term stays (site 103-112 tend to be the most-used for short-term, with other sites used as/when they open up). If coming in high season, definitely book ahead!
Note/ If your RV is over 10 years old it needs to be pre-approved. We’ve had plenty of friends stay here in older rigs (incl. classic buses), but they did need to send a pic ahead of time to the park to get approved.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Decent set of facilities. Bathrooms are just a tad on the older side, but kept nicely clean. Showers were spacious with a separate bench and good pressure, but with slightly older touches (shower curtains & shower-head).
- Amenities = 2.5/5
Very basic set of facilities here. Big, clean on-site laundry (incl. industrial-size machines), small book-swap and recreation room. Also free WiFi, but it has deteriorated over the years and is (sadly) no longer really usable except to check e-mail. NO swimming pool or playground.
- Location = 4/5
This is a very central location to explore Portland as well as being only ~6 miles from the airport. Nearby shopping and access to the Columbia River right from the park, plus you’re on the south side of Hwy 5 bridge which means you don’t need to battle bridge traffic to see town (a real bonus!). As an added bonus you are right next to the lovely Marina bike trail. The only real ding is that proximity to the airport means you DO get regular plane noise from take-offs and landings, including the occasion fighter jet (which can definitely be loud). Outside of airplane noise however, the park is actually pretty quiet. Very few holiday revelers here.
- Pet friendliness = 4.5/5
This is a great park for doggie. There are TWO on-site fenced-in off-leash doggie areas -> a small, shaded spot directly opposite the park, plus a second, sunny area in the back of the park by site #174. You are also ~5 mins walking distance to a huge “unofficial” dog park at the nearby school (follow the river left from the park along NE Bridgeton Road to get to the gated field (all the locals take their dogs off-leash here outside of school hours), and about 20 mins (~1 mile) walk to a gorgeous, 28-acre green area called the Columbia Children’s Arboretum (turn right out of the park, walk 3 street down to NE Meadow Road and look for the gravel trail leading to the park on your left). Lastly you are an easy 15-30 mins drive to some excellent dog-friendly Portland parks including Forest Park, Kelly Point Park and the most fabulous off-leash doggie paradise of Sandy River Delta Park. The latter two provide access to the Columbia River so doggie can also swim. The only ding? Like many private park this place has breed restrictions (no pit bulls or rottweilers).
Overall rating = 3.7
BONUS ALERT = Bike from your RV site right onto the Columbia River Marina Trail!
Summary: We use this park as our “base” everytime we visit Portland and it suits our needs perfectly. It’s a fairly typical private RV park with row-upon-row of plain sites, but it is in a great location to visit the city and has the bonus of a very decent price and some nice, little touches. All sites are large, flat and spacious concrete plots with small slices of green, full hook-ups + cable and a parking spot. No privacy/separation, but everything is clean and well-kept. Basic, but decent amenities including a nice book-swap, recreation room and large, clean laundromat. There’s not much in the way of frilly extras, and sadly the WiFi no longer works well (it used to, but it’s deteriorated terribly). Location-wise the park is only ~6 miles from Portland airport so it’s great for anyone that needs to fly, but that also means you get regular airplane noise throughout the day (including the occasional fighter jet!). Outside of the airplanes however, the park is actually really quiet. Most of the residents are semi-permanents (on monthly & yearly leases), so there’s lots of working folk and very little in the way of party or holiday revelers** (we often “hide out” here on big holiday weekends). The location is also fabulous for visiting all the top things you’d want to do in Portland. You’re only a few miles from downtown, right next to the lovely Marina bike trail and an easy 15-30 mins drive to several large, green public parks (Kelly Point, Forest Park and Sandy River Delta) where you can hike and play with doggie. It’s not fancy, but it’s clean & well-kept and as far as location and value for money, I don’t think you can find a better deal in Portland proper. Whenever we stop in the big city, this is where we stay.
**Note/ Since this park mostly caters to long-term rentals, there are only a limited number of sites open to short-term stays, so if you’re coming for a quick stay definitely BOOK ahead. The park is often completely full!
Extra Info: Verizon & ATT both had good signal (4 bars LTE). Free WiFi on-site, but it’s very poor. Sites cost $35/night (daily rate), $199/week (weekly rate), $425/month (monthly rate) for full hookups plus cable. Good Sam’s & AAA discount available.
Video Overview: Want to see it on film? Feel free to click on our short ~7 min video overview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLv_o1jVL4M
P.S. Need a good RV Wash? There’s an excellent mobile detailer (Juan’s RV Detail 360-241-8927, 360-567-6715) who’ll come and do everything right at your site. He got our roof gleaming white for the first time since we’d bought the RV. Highly recommend them!
Also if you want EXCELLENT Thai food delivered right to your rig, call up Pon Thai Restaurant. They are just around the corner and do super yummy stuff!
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