I enjoyed this little trail running along the riverbank.
You can access it here to the left of the boat dock in the day use area, or from the other direction in the campground area in back of the two group sites.
I came across this fly fisherman and asked what he was catching and he said today he was just practicing two handed casting. He said with the recent rain the conditions weren’t great, but that rainbow and steelhead trout are caught here. You do need a fishing license and you can get that at the nearby ShopKo.
Crilly Nature Trail
Here is another trail that you can access from the day use parking area or there is another entrance from the dog park seen below.
You can pick up a trail map that tells you about the trees and natural features you’ll see along the way at the trailhead by the parking lot.
It’s an easy half mile with a few steps.
This was my favorite tree met along the way. It’s like it became a natural container for the lush ferns and moss that covered it.
Here’s one of the covered shelters in the day use area. Picnic tables are scattered all around and this shelter and two others like it can also be reserved. The trees were toward the end of their colorful fall displays when I was here, but were still beautiful to this southern gal not used to that.
Dean Grossman Off-Leash Dog Park
This 2 acre area is across from the campground near the main entrance. Amenities include water, doggie bags, picnic tables, shaded areas, and ‘blinds’ for training use. Sign says there is a $4 charge, but that doesn’t apply if you’re camped here. Be sure to display your camping receipt in your car window. This receipt also allows entrance to all Lane County Parks.
Other Activities: Armitage is the southern terminus of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, a 134 mile route that starts at Champoeg to the north and offers many options for doing the whole thing or just parts.
Meet the Manager:
It was fun for me to walk around with David Stockdale (Senior Parks Analyst) whose enthusiasm was contagious as he told me about the plans in the works to expand and improve the park.
Here he is standing between the River Trail and the upper larger path seen at the right. On the Site Map, this is the trail shown alongside the McKenzie River.
The upper paved path will become pull-through sites for RVs and also eight new cabins with river views. The little path below will stay the same but there will be steps with direct access to the river.
One neat thing they’re doing is that some of the cabins will have a site pad to accommodate an RV with full hookups. I thought this sounded like a particularly good deal for family get-togethers: those without RVs rent a cabin, which includes two extra vehicles (which could be an RV) at no extra charge (with maximum of 8 campers per site).
These are just some of the things they’re projecting to have done by Memorial Day, 2018. Basically, the park will double in size and will then have a total of 65 long and wide campsites, all designed to accommodate modern RVs which are also getting longer and wider with multiple slides.
Dave said he knew what a concern wi-fi is for campers and that is something that is in the works with the soonest deadline. By the end of next month (November 2015), they are placing a brand new wi-fi repeater tower on the newer bathroom that will give good coverage throughout the campground as well as the day use area.
Kid Friendly: Swimming and other river activities are popular and there are a lot of open space to play ball, games, etc. Plans are in the works for a playground that will be a blend of man-made things like swings and slides, but will also incorporate natural features like boulders and tree stumps for climbing.
The trees here are just incredible. This area is near where the new playground will be adjacent to the day use area.
Location/Contact: 90064 Coburg Road; Eugene, OR — 541-357-5481