Armstrong Campground
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Armstrong Campground
On the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River. Armstrong is one of a number of popular campsites along the river. It's close proximity to the Portland metro means this campground is full every summer weekend. Reservations are accepted and likely required to get a spot. This is not the spot to go if you want to get away from it all.

The Clackamas river is popular with fishermen, kayakers, rafters. Hiking is also an option. Fishing is typically for small native rainbow trout and stocked hatchery trout, but salmon and steelhead are also present in season. Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in this stretch of the river. Both flyfishing and gear fishing are popular.

No all-terrain or off-highway vehicles allowed in campground. Pets must be leashed at all times. Quiet hours are between 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. Maximum 6 people per site. Fires must be contained within provided fire circles. Campsite must be occupied the first night. Vehicles must be parked on the spur.
Camping Types: RV Camping, Tent Camping

Geography: Mountains, Waterfront (River)

Drinking water Fire Pits Firewood
Garbage Service Pets Allowed Picnic Tables
Reservations Vault Toilets  

Fishing (Fly) Fishing (Lure) Kayaking

Access: Drive in

Number of sites: 12

Max People: 6

Max RV Length: 16 feet

Elevation: 900 feet

Availability: April 20 - October 12

Hours: Check in: 2pm
Check out: 12pm

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Website: Armstrong Campground

Address: Hwy 224

City: Estacada

State: Oregon

Zip code: 97023

Country: United States

Phone: 877-444-6777 or (503) 630-6861

GPS Lat: 45.16276

GPS Lon: -122.15221

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My Average Rating: 3.50
I am from Oregon
Reviewed by: Chilidog
Review date: Jul-19-2015
The hubby and I camped here for a weekend in site #2. The site is on the smaller side, but we loved the fact that we weren't on top of campers to the left or right. (There is a hill and forest to the back of the site and no one in front.) Cons to this campground are the vault toilets (that are near full in the summer time) and trash dumpsters located throughout (one directly in front of our site). Pros are shaded sites, hearing the Clackamas River at night and friendly rangers/camp hosts. 

My Average Rating: 3.75
I am from Oregon
Reviewed by: PacificNWgirl
Review date: Jul-27-2014
To clarify, I didn't actually stay here either... well, not yet. I have reservations to stay here in a couple of weeks, and I decided to drive up to check it out and see if I wanted to book a couple sites for a family trip later next month, too. I'm really glad I did, because I'll probably never book at this campground again, and I'm going to try to change my reservations for the weekend I did book it. Like others have said, it's not that it's horrible, there's just too many other options out there that are phenomenally better. Campsite #4 is definitely the diamond here, with most of the others being tiny and with little to no privacy. Most of the sites on the water sit only yards from hwy 224, so I can't imagine how fun that would be if big trucks are driving through at night. Overall, here are my personal notes on the different sites, if you have to choose to stay here: #1 medium sized, #2 small, not much privacy, but they sit up above the other sites so if they were booked together they wouldn't be so bad- plus they aren't right on the hwy so they felt a little quieter to me. #3 NO, tiny! #4 big, private. #5 big, but open on all sides basically- no privacy at all. #6 NO- small. #7 + 8 both medium sized, nearer to the hwy noise, on the water (above the water actually, didn't seem like really easy access from the sites to me), but these two sites were close to each other and would be good to book together for a group. #9 NO, small. #10 medium size, on (above) water, nice view but right under the hwy bridge, #11 NO, small. 

My Average Rating: 3.51
I am from Oregon
Reviewed by: Blitzfan
Review date: Jul-31-2013
I agree with everything that Sloshed said. Outside of site number 4, which is large and right on the river, this campground is average at best. It has the distinction of being open earlier than other sites in the area, but the exact opening date is difficult to pinpoint. They seem to open the campgrounds when they get to them. The campground is at river level which is nice. It makes river access much easier.  

My Average Rating: 3.42
I am from Oregon
Reviewed by: sloshed
Review date: May-08-2013
We had reservations for 3 sites at Armstrong. Unfortunately, gave us these reservations before the campground was accepting them. When we arrived there were people in our sites and we were told it was first come, first serve. That has nothing to do with my rating other than to note that we didn't actually stay here, however, we did spend some time in the campground while we were waiting for the concessionaire to come open a campground for us. Anyway, most of the sites here are small and only a couple of them are waterfront. We had reserved sites 4, 5 and 6. Site 4 is a 5 star site on the river - it is huge and is great for large groups. Site 5 is across the road from the river and site 4. It is fairly good sized, but lacks privacy. Site 6 is awful. It is tiny and literally right in the middle of the campground with no cover.

To sum it up, if you can get site 4 then do it. Otherwise, there are better overall campgrounds in the area. 

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