“Freebie” Site Review – Kla-Mo-Ya Casino, Chiloquin, OR
An easy and green overnight spot just north of Klamath Falls in S.Oregon
Location: Kla-Mo-Ya Casino, Chiloquin, OR
Coordinates: 42.536278, -121.884208 Link to map location HERE
Cost: FREE. Unknown stay limit.
How We Found It: From overnightrvparking.com.
Nearest Dump/Water: On-site trash and porta potties. Nearest dump & water at Collier Memorial State Park ~5 miles north.
- Access – 5/5
Super-easy access here. The Casino is just off Hwy 97, road is paved throughout and there are marked RV parking slots in the middle of the large asphalt parking lot. RV’s can also park around the perimeter of the lot, but are asked to stay clear of the passenger parking areas right in front of the Casino.
- Nature – 3/5
Despite the fact that this is right off the highway it has a surprising amount of nature. The surrounding area is pine trees, so your view is likely to be nice and green, plus there is a large on-site field to walk/exercise doggie. Limited walking in the woods north of the Casino too.
- Isolation – 1/5
Not much in the way of isolation here. This is a well-known overnight spot so you are not likely to be alone. There were 5 other RVs in the lot while we were there. In addition the Casino operates a travel center next-door with gas/diesel/propane so you will find truckers using the parking lot (especially the north area closest to the trees) overnight too. So, you are likely to have truckers as neighbors too. On the positive side the parking lot is large enough to allow you some privacy, and all the people who were there while we were in the area were very considerate about noise.
- Pet Friendliness – 5/5
Great spot for pooch. NO doggies allowed in Casino, but they have a HUGE onsite field specifically for doggies and provide on-site doggie bags too. Limited walking in the woods next-door, but there are MILES of hiking trails just north along the Williamson River in Collier Memorial State Park.
Overall Rating = 3.5
Summary: We were looking for an easy overnight (with preferably a bit of green) to stay near Collier Memorial State Park (which was pre-season and so closed) and Kla-Mo-Ya Casino fit the bill perfectly. The Casino itself is not very large, but it has a very large, flat parking lot as well as a comprehensive next-door Travel Center (gas/diesel/propane), plus it’s RIGHT off Hwy 97 making it a super easy multi-purpose stop spot. RV’s can stay for free for multiple nights (unknown stay limit, no check-in required) as long as they don’t block the passenger parking spots nearest the Casino. There are marked RV spots in the middle of the lot, plus lots of space around the perimeter. As an added bonus there is a HUGE doggie field right next to the lot plus nice, green views of pine trees all around. The only negative? Since the Casino operates the Travel Center next-door this is also a popular trucker overnight spot, so you will likely have truckers as neighbors during the night. Most just come to sleep, but some do idle their engines and if you’re parked too close it will keep you awake. The truckers tend to park at the far northern end of the Casino (in the dirt parking area), so just avoid that area if you stay here. Also, since you are close to Hwy 97 you WILL get some road-noise. Overall however we found this a super-easy and surprisingly green spot to spend a few nights. We loved the doggie-field and appreciated the easy access to Collier Memorial (Logging Museum & hiking trails). If we come back for a longer stay we’ll stay at the nearby NFS or State Park sites (see below), but for short stays this is a perfect stop.
Extra Info: Excellent cell/data signal with 4 bars on Verizon LTE and 3 bars on ATT 4G. Porta potties by the RV parking area plus toilets in the Casino and a few trash cans around the parking lot. NO hookups or dump station on-site.
Extra, Extra Info – OTHER CAMPING:
- State Park Camping -> Collier Memorial State Park is just ~5 miles north of here and gets outstanding reviews, plus it can take “beast-size” RVs. If the park is open (May 1 – Oct 1) it is well worth the stop.
- Forest Camping -> Just a mile down the road from Collier, Williamson River Campground is a lovely forest service campground that can also accommodate “beast-size” RVs. Only $10/night. Opens Mid-May.