Date Of Stay: August 25 – 28, 2015
Nestled by the Sandy River and a short walk to the charming shops and restaurants in historic downtown Troutdale, the Sandy River RV Resort is everything you need for a larger motorhome. Permanent residents occupy the back-in spots next to the water, but the sites in the middle are pull-throughs. There is ample parking for your rig, your toad, and a guest vehicle, and there is also a large amount of guest parking at the park exit.
Speaking of permanent residents, that can go either way. On one hand, they may have the pride of occupancy. On the other, down and out folks can make for lousy neighbors. Thankfully, it is the former at the Sandy River RV resort. RVs range from Class A’s to fifth wheels to trailers, and everything in-between. However, no matter the size or vintage, the RVs are well taken care of, and their landscaping is also well-maintained.
Trees abound in the park, but on the edges; there will be no limbs to damage your air conditioners or satellite dish. The community center is well-appointed with a laundromat, simple put-put golf course, horseshoe pit, and basketball court, although there is no way that net is regulation.
There are garbage receptacles throughout the park, including recycling bins for glass and cardboard.
While quiet hours are officially from 10 PM to 8 AM, it is darned quiet in the park all the time.The permanent residents and the return visitors tend to be 60 years of age or older. You will hear crickets at night, literally. Even the sounds of the passing trains are not that bothersome; they add to the ambience.
The resort has a small patch of riverside only for residents, but the better vistas (and swimming) are across the road at Glenn Otto Park. There are even lifeguards on duty there. A half-mile away are the Troutdale outlet stores – small, but tax-free!
At $39 per night the campground is a good value, especially since there are no charges for electricity or water (unless you rent monthly, in which case electricity is charged separately).
I was impressed not only with the way that the management kept an eye on everything, but the fellow residents as well. By the end of my week-long stay I was welcomed by many of my neighbors. Several were curious about my travels and viewed my blog!
One vexation is the automatic sprinkler system for the grassy patches between the RVs. Be prepared for wet outdoor furniture, including everything on the picnic table. Watering begins promptly at 10 PM, and if you fumble with your keys you will be soaked from the knees down.
Troutdale is a 20-minute drive into Portland. The Sandy River RV resort is a great place to make camp if you are planning to explore Portland or the Columbia Gorge.
There is good coffee across the road from the resort, at Mark’s Snack and Tackle. Mark is a super guy who admits he keeps sporadic hours, so if the drive-through is not open he hasn’t made it into the office yet.