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Whittaker Creek, Clay Creek Campgrounds Closed This 2024 Season

Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds, in Oregon’s picturesque Coast Range, will remain closed for the 2024 season. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cited staffing shortages and a lack of volunteer hosts as the primary reasons for this decision.

According to a report by SN Siuslaw News, Ben Watts, a BLM outdoor recreation planner, explained the campgrounds’ temporary closure. “Without adequate staffing, we can’t host visitors,” Watts said.

The affected sites, known among campers and nature enthusiasts, are located off Highway 126 on the Siuslaw River, positioned between Eugene and the Oregon Coast. Both campgrounds were scheduled to open at the end of April.

BLM officials have already begun notifying individuals with existing reservations about the closure, providing them with information to make alternative arrangements. 

Whittaker Creek, one of the affected areas, features 30 campsites equipped with various amenities, including vault toilets, potable water, and picnic areas. It also offers a children’s play area and access to the Old Growth Ridge National Recreation Trail, making it a destination for day trips and longer camping stays.

Moreover, the site is integral to educational programs focusing on local wildlife. Throughout the fall, winter, and spring, the Whittaker Creek Watchable Wildlife Site serves as a learning center for middle school students studying the spawning behaviors of salmon and trout, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Recreationally, the campgrounds cater to a wide array of activities. Visitors typically enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, and fishing in the Siuslaw River. The sites are the destinations for photography and hunting.

Detailed facilities at the campgrounds include tent-only campsites, which are not recommended for trailers, and an accessible campsite. There are also picnic sites, accessible vault toilets, and hand pumps for potable water. The campgrounds are equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, and a swimming beach area available from June to September.

The Old Growth Ridge National Recreation Trail is a significant natural feature of the area. This 2.5-mile loop trail, designated in 1994, ascends 1,000 feet above the river, providing hikers with views of wildlife, geological formations, and old-growth Douglas fir trees typical of the Coast Range ecosystems.

Additionally, the campgrounds include a paved boat ramp that offers access to the Siuslaw River for drift boats and canoes. This access does not require a permit and allows visitors to navigate the river’s Class II – III rapids.

RV park owners and campground operators can draw valuable lessons from the Bureau of Land Management’s handling of the Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds closures. The proactive communication strategy used by the BLM is to inform visitors of the closures. Timely notification helps maintain trust and provides customers with ample time to make alternative arrangements, minimizing potential frustration. 

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greg_grape
greg_grape
May 3, 2024 6:37 pm

Have you checked out other camps like Pine Creek and Lost Lake? They offer similar fun! Keep an eye out for updates on Whittaker and Clay Creeks. Enjoy the great outdoors!

Scarab8Legss39
Scarab8Legss39
May 4, 2024 12:51 pm
Reply to  greg_grape

Exploring other camps like Pine Creek and Lost Lake could be a great idea since Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek are closed this season. It’s always fun to discover new camping spots and create new outdoor memories. Have you visited these spots before?

NolanCreek
NolanCreek
May 4, 2024 2:55 am
Reply to  greg_grape

You better believe I’ve scouted out Pine Creek and Lost Lake! Gotta keep the camping spirit alive, even if Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek are taking a break this season. Let me tell you, it’s like exploring a whole new world out there!

WitCrack3rg4
WitCrack3rg4
May 4, 2024 7:07 am
Reply to  NolanCreek

Exploring Pine Creek and Lost Lake can be a great alternative this season. Who knows, you might discover your new favorite camping spot!

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones
May 5, 2024 1:09 am
Reply to  WitCrack3rg4

You should definitely check out Pine Creek and Lost Lake! You could stumble upon your hidden gem! Who knows, your next favorite spot awaits!

FactFinder831
FactFinder831
May 4, 2024 12:03 am

Just to let you know, if you’re searching for new camping spots near Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek, consider exploring the Siuslaw River area. The Siuslaw National Forest is a hidden gem for wildlife enthusiasts.

Jennifer Young
Jennifer Young
May 4, 2024 2:42 am

It’s a bit of a bummer about Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds closing this season. Let’s check out Alder Dune and Carter Lake campgrounds nearby for a new adventure!

Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward
May 4, 2024 4:11 am

It’s a bummer that Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds are closed for 2024 😔, but there are still amazing spots along the Siuslaw River to explore and enjoy! 🏞️

ChloeStream
ChloeStream
May 4, 2024 6:14 am

I’m curious if there are other cool spots near Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek for those missing out. Wondering about the fix for the staffing issues to reopen these gems?

UlricWildfire
UlricWildfire
May 4, 2024 5:59 pm

It’s really a bummer that Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds are closed this season. Missing out on those scenic spots and outdoor fun is such a letdown. Let’s hope for more support to keep these beloved places thriving for all us nature enthusiasts. What are your thoughts on this?

Kimberly Cook
Kimberly Cook
May 5, 2024 3:07 am

Guess what? With Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds closed, more campers are checking out other spots along the Siuslaw River. If you’re on the lookout for new places, why not explore the other campgrounds nearby? There’s plenty to discover and enjoy in the beautiful natural surroundings!

SyrupForest71
SyrupForest71
May 5, 2024 4:44 am

With Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds closed this season, let’s explore the nearby Oregon Coastline and Siuslaw River. Nature’s calling . are you up for the adventure?

David Wilson
David Wilson
May 5, 2024 5:49 am

It’s a real shame that Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek Campgrounds won’t be opening this year due to staffing issues. I feel for all the outdoor lovers who won’t get to experience the beauty of the Siuslaw River area. But hey, there are always new places to explore nearby!

Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
May 5, 2024 6:36 am

So, even though Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds won’t be up and running in 2024, don’t let that get you down. It’s like a sign to explore new spots in Oregon! Head over to other nearby campgrounds, uncover hidden gems, and make some awesome outdoor memories.

xander_xerox
xander_xerox
May 5, 2024 7:09 am

Isn’t it a bummer that Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds are closed this season? Let’s find other camping spots nearby for our outdoor adventures. Let’s make the best of it!

GraceHill
GraceHill
May 5, 2024 8:10 am

Picture yourself wandering through the serene beauty of Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek campgrounds. These spots promise outdoor adventures and wildlife encounters that’ll truly rejuvenate your soul. Get excited for their reopening!

PeterFlicker
PeterFlicker
May 5, 2024 10:07 am

So, the Whittaker Creek and Clay Creek Campgrounds are on a break this season, letting the wildlife throw their own camping party! Those squirrels might not be the perfect hosts, but they sure know how to stash snacks for the ultimate forest picnic!

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