SP Campground Review – Hilgard Junction State Park, La Grande, OR
A pretty, green and inexpensive ($10/night) overnight spot along the river right off Hwy 84 just west of La Grande, OR
Note/ Review updated as of last stay July, 2016
- Site Quality =4/5
Consistently good site quality here. This is a small park with only 18 total sites. All sites are paved and flat (back-in only) with spacious grassy “sitting area” containing picnic table and fire-pit. Most are large enough to accommodate RVs up to 40-feet, although you may overhang a little at the end. Excellent green & separation, plus several sites (#13-16) have wonderful water views. Only ding is no hookups (primitive camping only). Note/ For larger rigs and/or if the park is full, the host does allow parking in the over-flow by the day-use area.
- Facilities = 2/5
Very basic facilities here. There are on-site flush toilets which are clean and well-kept, but no showers. Nice day-use area (with picnic tables). Several water spigots around the park. NO dump station.
- Location = 3.5/5
Nice location here, except for the highway noise. Surroundings are lovely and green, plus you are right next to the very pretty Grande Ronde river (which does add a lot of positive location value IMHO). You also have easy access to La Grande for shopping/eating/hiking in the area. Biggest ding is that you are also very close to Hwy 84 which means fairly consistent road-noise, although you are parked below the highway so there is some dampening.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Great location for doggie. There is good space in camp and plenty of space to walk in the grass along the campground and just across the road in the day-use area. No real hiking trails in the park, but there is a nice ~1-mile fire-road that follows the opposite side of the river (turn left out of the park, cross the bridge and you’ll see it on your left).
Overall Rating = 3.6
BONUS ALERT = Camp with a view of the Grande Ronde River!
Summary: We chose this spot as a green and easy stop-over along Hwy 84 and for that purpose it worked perfectly. This is a very small park of only 18 sites located right off Hwy 84. All sites are paved and flat (no hookups) with excellent separation and lovely “sitting areas” in wonderfully green surroundings. The sites back-in to the gorgeous Grande Ronde river and several (#13-16) even have direct river views. Main dings are that the park is very close to Hwy 84 so you do get consistent road-noise (night and day) and there is absolutely NO internet signal (1X only on Verizon and nothing at all on ATT) even with boosting. For this reason it serves best as an overnight or a few nights spot. We were able to fit easily into our site with GORGEOUS river views right out the front window and only had one other car (a tent camper) as company while we were here. Larger rigs may have trouble fitting into the sites, but can park in the large overflow by the day-use area. Overall it was the perfect overnight spot and we found it nicer/prettier than Emigrant Springs State Park just north of here where we stayed a few years ago. We enjoyed our short stay and will certainly come back here for an overnight stay if we pass through this area again.
Extra Info: VERY POOR internet/cell signal. We were only able to get 1X on Verizon and nothing at all on ATT, even with boosting. 18 total sites, all first-come-first-serve (no reservations) $10/night. No hookups & no on-site dump station.