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  1. #21
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    Default US-20, A Long-Long Road, Coast to Coast!

    Public campgrounds along US-20, which runs from the west coast in Oregon out to Boston, Massachusetts, are plentiful. Unless otherwise noted, all campgrounds are within 20 miles of the highway, one way. Some campgrounds may not be listed; please inquire locally.


    OR:

    South Beach State Park, Newport
    Mary's Peak Campground, Suislaw National Forest
    Waterloo County Park Campground, Waterloo
    Trout Creek Campground, Willamette NF, Cascadia
    Lost Prairie Campground, Willamette NF, along US-20
    Note: This is really a group campground. But if the place is not reserved by a group, the individual sites are up for renting. Managed by Linn County.
    Suttle Lake, Sisters
    Note: The Three Sisters area is gorgeous. But be advised that some of the campgrounds that show up on Rand McNally's maps are walk-in only, and it's a good hike to get to them. They're backpacker's campsites. But this link takes you to two campgrounds that are car campgrounds.
    Allen Springs Campground, Camp Sherman
    Note: Though it looks a bit far on some maps, it's just 12 miles from Santiam Pass.
    Tumalo State Park, Tumalo



    ID:

    Note: The first few miles take US-20 concurrently and/or parallel to I-84. Please see those listings through Mountain Home.


    Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco
    Warm River Campground, Caribou-Targhee NF, Ashton
    Grandview Campground, Caribou-Targhee NF, Ashton
    Henry's Lake State Park, Island Park


    MT:

    Lonesomehurst Campground, Custer-Gallatin NF, West Yellowstone
    Cherry Creek Campground, Custer-Gallatin NF, West Yellowstone
    Baker's Hole Campground, Custer-Gallatin NF, West Yellowstone
    Beaver Creek Campground, Custer-Gallatin NF, West Yellowstone
    Note: 14 miles north of US-20, but total mileage from YNP is 24 miles.


    WY:

    Yellowstone National Park Campgrounds near US-20, which goes through the park:
    Note: Madison Campground, Norris Campground, Canyon Campground, Fishing Bridge Campground, Bridge Bay Campground are the closest to US-20. Fishing Bridge RV is closed for renovation in 2020.
    Three Mile Campground, Shoshone NF
    Note: There's a reason they call this "Three Mile Campground": it's 3 miles from the eastern entrance to Yellowstone NP.
    Eagle Creek Campground, Shoshone NF
    Note: About 8 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone.Newton Creek Campground, Shoshone NF. Due to grizzly bear activity, this campground is restricted to hard-sided units only with a maximum complete length of 40'. No tents or pop-up tent trailers. About 16 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone.
    Rex Hale Campground, Shoshone NF
    Note: About 18 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone.
    Clearwater Campground, Shoshone NF
    Note: About 21 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone.
    Elk Fork Campground, Shoshone NF
    Note: No water! About 25 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone
    Big Game Campground, Shoshone NF
    Note: About 25 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone.
    Wapiti Campground, Shoshone NF
    Note: About 25 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone.
    Buffalo Bill State Park, Cody
    Note: Two campgrounds.
    Boysen State Park, Shoshoni
    Riverside Park, City of Douglas, Douglas


    NE:

    Toadstool Geological Park and Campground, Nebraska NF
    Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford
    Chadron State Park, Chadron
    Red Cloud Campground, Nebraska NF, Chadron
    Note: No water.
    Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, Valentine
    Note: 26 miles south of Valentine, and 34 miles from Nenzel.
    Smith Falls State Park, Valentine
    Note: 19 miles from US-20.
    Wood Lake City Park Campground, Wood Lake
    Note: This is one where you should inquire locally. Several websites mention its location, and this one is the most reliable, but there is no website for the park itself. It is a very tiny town (population under 100).
    Long Pine State Recreation Area, Long Pine
    Atkinson Lake State Recreation Area, Atkinson
    Carney City Park, O'Neill
    Bruce Park Campground, City Park, Creighton
    Note: This is another where you should inquire locally. Several websites mention its location, and this is the most reliable one, but there is no website for the park itself. It is about 10 miles from Plainview on US-20
    Willow Creek Recreation Area, Pierce
    Scenic Park Campground, City of South Sioux City


    To be continued in the next post....
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 06-02-2020 at 09:05 AM. Reason: updated links; fixed HTML issue

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    Default Continuing on with US-20

    Last edited by DonnaR57; 06-02-2020 at 09:15 AM. Reason: updated links, fixed typos

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    Default Us-12

    Public campgrounds along US-12, which runs from Aberdeen Washington to Detroit Michigan, are plentiful and mostly close to the highway. All campgrounds are within 20 miles of the highway, one way, unless noted. Other campsites may exist; inquire locally.


    WA:

    Lake Sylvia State Park, Montesano
    Lewis and Clark State Park, Toledo
    Ike Kinswa State Park, Silver Creek
    Iron Creek Campground, Gifford-Pinchot NF, Randle/Packwood
    Tower Rock Campground, Gifford-Pinchot NF, Randle/Packwood
    Mt Rainier National Park Campgrounds
    Note: Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh are the campgrounds in the southern section of the park, closest to US-12. Watch out for tent sites at Cougar Rock, as many are reported to be laden with tree roots. We experienced that, years ago, and it appears that things have not changed!
    Clear Lake South Campground, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Natches
    Clear Lake North Campground, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Natches
    Yakima Sportsman State Park, Yakima

    US-12 runs concurrently with I-82 to Kennewich.

    Lewis and Clark Trail State Park, Dayton
    Tucannon Campground, Umatilla NF, Pomeroy
    Note: About 22 miles from Pomeroy, but even the NF says it will take 50 minutes.
    Fields Spring State Park, Anatone
    Note: About 30 miles, 40 minutes, from Clarkston.


    ID:

    Hells Gate State Park, southern edge of Lewiston
    Winchester Lake State Park, Winchester
    Note: About 27 miles south of US-12.
    Dworshak State Park, Lenore
    Jerry Johnson Campground, Nez Perce-Clearwater NF, Lowell
    Wendover Campground, Nez Perce-Clearwater NF, Lolo
    Powell Campground, Nez Perce-Clearwater NF, Lolo


    MT:

    Lee Creek Campground, Lolo National Forest, Lolo
    Lolo Creek Campground, Lolo National Forest, Lolo

    US-12 now runs concurrently with I-90 from Missoula to Garrison

    White Earth Campground, Bureau of Reclamation, Canyon Ferry Lake, Townsend
    Silos Campground, Bureau of Reclamation, Canyon Ferry Lake, Townsend
    Cottonwood Recreation Area, Bureau of Reclamation, Canyon Ferry Lake, Townsend
    Indian Road Campground, Bureau of Reclamation, Canyon Ferry Lake, Townsend
    Map of the Canyon Ferry Lake Area for Download (a PDF)
    Skidway Campground, Helena-Lewis and Clark NF, Melstone/Townsend
    York's Islands Fishing Access Site, Missouri River, Townsend
    Note: My husband and I drove into this one hoping for a good place to sit by the Missouri River for a bit, while enroute between Three Forks and Helena. We were surprised at the numbers of RV's and tents in this little spot, but it was quiet -- except when the train went by (about a mile from the river).
    Grasshopper Campground, White Sulphur Springs
    Spring Creek Campground, Helena-Lewis and Clark NF, Checkerboard
    Deadman's Basin Fishing Access Site, MT F&W, Harlowton


    ND:

    Butte View Campground, Bowman Parks & Recreation, Bowman
    Bowman Lions Park Campground, Bowman Parks & Recreation, Bowman
    Mirror Lake Campground, City of Hettinger, Hettinger


    SD:

    Llewellyn Johns Recreation Area, Shadehill
    Note: About 12.6 miles down SD-73, about 20 minutes.
    Shadehill State Recreation Area, Shadehill
    Note: About 16.6 miles down SD-73, about 25 minutes.
    Indian Creek State Recreation Area, Mobridge
    Mina Lake Recreation Area, Mina
    Richmond Lake State Recreation Area, Aberdeen
    Pickerel Lake State Recreation Area, Grenville
    Lake Farley Park, City of Milbank, Milbank


    MN:

    Big Stone Lake State Park, Ortonville
    Monson Lake State Park, Sunburg
    Note: About 10 miles, 20 minutes, from US-12.
    Sibley State Park, New London
    Note: About 16 miles, around 20 minutes, from US-12.
    Lebanon Hills Regional Park Campground, Apple Valley

    US-12 runs parallel to I-94 through Eau Clair, WI.


    WI:

    Willow River State Park, Hudson
    Black River State Forest, Black River Falls

    US-12 runs parallel again to I-90 to the Wisconsin Dells

    Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo
    Lake Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton
    Kettle Moraine State Forest, Palmyra
    Note: Two campgrounds!


    IN:

    Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton


    MI:

    Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer
    Note: About 9 miles northeast of US-12.
    W. J. Hayes State Park, Onsted


    Now we have reached the eastern terminus of US-12!
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 06-02-2020 at 09:20 AM. Reason: corrected HTML issue

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    Another amazing resource thread

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    Default US-40: The National Road

    For US-40, which is also known as The National Road (a historical highway), please click here. It is posted in the National Historic and Scenic Highways thread.
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 10-09-2019 at 05:00 PM. Reason: adding a title

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    Default US-93, Arizona to the Canadian Border

    Public campgrounds along US-93, which runs from Wickenburg, AZ to the Canadian border in MT, do exist, though it may mean some trekking down a dirt road. All campgrounds are within 20 miles of the highway, one way, unless noted. Other campsites may exist; inquire locally.

    AZ:

    Lake Mead Camping


    NV:

    Valley of Fire State Park, Overton
    Note: Visitors should note that this is in the desert. It gets HOT in summer! It's also a little more than 20 miles from US-93.

    Cathedral Gorge State Park, Panaca

    Spring Valley State Park, Pioche

    Great Basin National Park
    Note: Included because it may be a destination. It's not particularly close to US-93.

    Cave Lake State Park, Ely

    Timber Creek Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF

    Bird Creek Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF

    East Creek Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF

    Angel Lake Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, Wells


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    Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco

    Mill Creek Campground, Salmon-Challis NF, Challis

    Mosquito Flat Reservoir Campground, S-CNF, Challis
    Note: 17 miles down a dirt road. Nothing longer than 32 ft total length. BYO Water!


    MT:

    Indian Trees CG Bitterroot NF, Sula

    Alta Campground, Bitterroot NF, Darby

    Lake Como Campground, Bitterroot NF, Darby

    Black Bear Campground, Bitterroot NF, Hamilton

    Charles Waters Campground, Bitterroot NF, Stevensville

    http://stateparks.mt.gov/finley-point/]Finley Point State Park, Flathead Lake, Polson

    Big Arm State Park, Flathead Lake, Big Arm

    Wayfarers State Park, Flathead Lake, Big Fork

    Glacier National Park
    Note: Campgrounds on the western side of the park are Apgar, Fish Creek, Sprague Creek, Logging Creek, Quartz Creek, Bowman Lake, and Kintla Lake. Bear in mind that if you are towing, and wish to camp on the eastern side of the park, you will need to utilize US-2 for the purpose. Large rigs are not authorized on Going to the Sun Road.

    Whitefish Lake State Park, Whitefish

    Les Mason State Park, Whitefish

    Tally Lake Campground, Flathead NF, Whitefish

    North Dickey Lake Campground, Kootenai NF, Libby

    Rexford Bench Campground, Kootenai NF, Rexford


    You have reached the Canadian border!

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    Good one, Donna! Have you considered doing one of these for US 89 (one of my personal favorites)? It starts and ends in about the same places as US 93, but goes through some very different country on the way.

    Rick

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    Already done, Rick: it was the 6th one in this series


    Donna

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    Default I need to look before I leap!

    Whoops--my bad. As usual, Donna, you were way ahead of me! Thanks again for putting this together. I'd really love to try some of these on for size, the further north, the better! Here's hoping that next year will be a better year for road trips in general, and camping trips in particular!

    Rick
    aka: Stir-Crazy in Phoenix!, (where, on top of the pandemic, we're having the hottest, driest summer in our history, with no relief in sight)!

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    A friend of mine in Maricopa posted a photo of her vehicle's dashboard....120! Now I know those are notoriously a little hotter, but really?

    I had to run to work today. It was 104 at 11 am there. It was about 6 degrees cooler at our house. Still too hot.


    Donna

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