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Alder Glen Recreation Site

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • Roadside sign marking the recreation site.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Paved river access to the dock.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Side trail off of the paved pathway.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Swimming area just down river from the dock.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Side trail off of the paved pathway.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • View upriver from the dock.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • The fishing dock. Primarily for persons with disabilities.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Paved river access to the dock.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Informational sign regarding the purpose of the river dock.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Pay station and informational plaque in the center of the campground.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • One of two toilets and small overflow parking area.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • The single source of potable water and pump house.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Campsites in Alder Glen Recreation Site.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • One of two waste water disposal sites.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Campsite 8.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • An unnamed seasonal waterfall pours into the Nestucca River.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • View of the waterfall from a campsite.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • A streamside campsite in Alder Glen Recreation Site.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Typical campsite in Alder Glen Recreation Site.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • Typical campsite in Alder Glen Recreation Site.- Alder Glen Recreation Site
  • - Alder Glen Recreation Site
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Small campground. Swimming hole. Isolated.
Cons: 
Isolated. Minimal amenities. No reservations.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Managed by: 
BLM
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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The Nestucca River meanders through the Coast Range at a rate-controlled pace, thanks to the McGuire Reservoir. But this means perfect conditions for summertime dips!

This is quite the scenic area to do so, particularly in late spring and early summer. Tall alder and maple trees line the river, bowing over it with a canopy of leaves. Moss covers the trees and the forest floor. A seasonal unnamed creek pours over a cliff just across the river from the campground, providing an ideal backdrop and adding the perfect ambiance to a classic Oregon forest destination.

The aptly named Alder Glen is a quaint, small campground where you can quickly escape, disconnect, and enjoy the river and forest. There are limited amenities to be found here: one source of running water from a small pump house, two vaulted toilets, and only 11 campsites. Nine out of the 11 sites lay along the river, each with their own private river access.

There is no garbage collection service, so be sure to pack out your trash and follow the Leave No Trace principles. If you're lucky, you may get the site with an out-your-tent view of the little waterfall that pours into the Nestucca River. Campers can enjoy brief walks up and down the main access road and the paved pathway to the viewing dock, which is also an ideal place to fish. This dock is ADA accessible. Just downriver from the dock the current slows and the river deepens, naturally creating an ideal swimming hole.

Keep in mind there is no cell phone service in the area. In case of an emergency, see the on-site campground host.

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