City RV Park Review – Pier 38 RV Park, Astoria, OR
Pre-Post Note/ According to latest info from blog readers (see comments) this RV PARK HAS SHUT DOWN As of SEPT 1st, 2016. So, unfortunately this is no longer an option for RVers visiting Astoria. See “Other Camping” section (below) for other places to camp in the area.
A very basic “no frills”, but excellently-located city-owned park on the waterfront in Astoria, NW OR
Link to park here (Facebook Page): Pier 38 RV Park
Link to map location here: Pier 38 RV Park
- Site quality = 2/5
Site quality here is best described as very basic. The park is simply several rows of parking area (dirt/grass) with areas approximately divided into sites. There are a range of hookups available from dry to full (50Amp/water/sewer) and sites are mostly level, but not entirely so (we had to use levelers). No picnic table, “sitting area” or privacy between sites and the road getting in has a few bumps/holes. The upside? Most sites do have slices of water views of the Columbia River.
- Facilities = 1/5
Not really anything in terms of facilities here. No toilet, showers, laundry, WiFi or other.
- Location = 5/5
Location is the ENTIRE reason to stay here, and honestly it couldn’t be much better. You are right on the waterfront in Astoria, opposite Pier 39 (with the most excellent Rogue Brewery & Coffee Girl) and next to the riverwalk trail (a lovely ~1 mile walk/bike to downtown) and the historic trolley (you can catch the trolley RIGHT by the park). We biked everywhere and didn’t use our car once the entire time we stayed here.
- Pet friendliness = 5/5
Very dog-friendly spot. The park is right next to a large field and the wonderful riverwalk trail. Lots of space to walk doggie. Extra bonus? Rogue Brewery & Coffee Girl (both just across the way over the wooden plank bridge) are both establishments with outdoor dog-friendly seating.
Overall rating = 3.25
BONUS ALERT = Camp right on the riverwalk trail in Astoria, OR!
Summary: I’ll be the first to say that is not a park for everyone, but I have to admit we (personally) enjoyed it. We chose to stay here on a heavily-booked week-end where almost everything else (incl. the 2 state parks) in the area was booked solid (this park is first-come-first-serve), and ended up staying a full 5 days. This park is right off the main road (Hwy 30) and has ~30 or so sites, only ~10 or so of which are open at any one time. On the surface this park is best described as “run down”. Sites are really nothing more than open spots to park on dirt/grass and there is no landscaping, separation, privacy or any of the facilities or amenities that you’d usually expect in a regular RV park. There are a range of hookups from dry to full, but otherwise zero other site extras, plus you will hear some road noise from Hwy 30. This is a basic NO FRILLS park, folks and you have to take it as-is. Also, many of the sites are taken up by permanents in older rigs so if this bothers you, you won’t like the place at all. If however, you’re like us and you don’t care at all what the park or the neighbors rigs look like then you’ll find yourself in a friendly place and most excellent location to explore wonderful Astoria. This park is the only “in city” park in town and it’s right on the Columbia River waterfront (several sites have water views or slices of water views), next to the wonderful riverwalk trail (only ~1 mile into downtown) and the historic trolley (there’s a stop right at the park), within walking distance of Safeway and just across the way (over the wooden plank bridge) from the most excellent (and dog-friendly) establishments of Rogue Brewery and Coffee Girl. While we were here we met several of our neighbors (all were nice), biked into town daily and enjoyed the location most thoroughly. Like I said, not for everyone, but if we need a place to stay in Astoria we’ll definitely be back.
Note/ A few “quirks” of this park which you should know if you come here -> sites are first-come-first-serve (at least I know of no official way to book them) and the main office is usually closed, so if you come here your best bet is simply to park in an open spot and search out the manager in his trailer (he is in site 26 on the left-hand row towards the river). Also, site pricing depends on what hookups you chose and doesn’t appear to be completely fixed (?). I believe the “official” price is $40/night for full hookups, but if you ask for less hookups, you’ll likely get a discount (we paid $25/night for electric only).
Extra Info: Excellent Verizon & ATT signal (4-5 bars of LTE ). No on-site amenities, but there is a cheap laundry inside Pier 39 across the plank bridge (2 machines located inside the building).
Extra Info – OTHER CAMPING? There are plenty of other parks available in this area including two State Parks (Fort Stevens & Cape Disappointment, both of which we have stayed at and enjoyed), as well as a very well-rated private RV park which many rave about (Lewis & Clark Golf & RV). No legal boondocking that I know of.SPONSORED LINK:
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