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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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Ripplebrook Campground is an unassuming but pleasant place to pitch a tent or park a small RV along the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River. The Oak Grove Fork, which feeds both Timothy Lake and Lake Harriet, rambles slowly by Ripplebrook and can be accessed by nearly every campsite. Of the string of campgrounds situated along the Clackamas River, Ripplebrook is further south, which deters many visitors from considering it as an option. The the extra few miles may be worth it, however. In addition to having direct access to Oak Grove Fork, most sites have a balanced mix of sun and shade, a rare occcurance in the densely vegetated region. Amenities include campfire rings with grills, picnic tables, vault toilets and drinking water.

Visitors to the area enjoy fishing, hiking, mountain biking, birding, and rafting. There are also plenty of swimming holes and places to plant a camp chair in the river when temperatures get high. Rainbow, Riverside and Indian Henry campgrounds are the closest alternatives, with several others nearby.

Note: Ripplebrook Campground is open May 24 through September 15.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Large, well-distributed and private campsites. All sites along the river.

Cons

Heavily shaded and often damp campsites.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Mount Hood Recreation

Reservation phone number

1 (877) 444-6777

Features

Vault toilet

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area

Comments

07/08/2017
We stayed in site 12, which has a very shady spot for a tent while riverside is sunny for most of the day. Plenty of room for the kids to run around and explore in the campsite. The river sounds are wonderful.
07/09/2016
My husband and I love this campground and have gone twice this year so far. We've stayed in sites 3 and 4 - both are really nice but I think I prefer 4. The campground is the perfect distance from Portland - not too far but far enough that you feel like you're getting out of town. The sites are spacious and most are right on the river, and the white noise from the river drowns out sounds from other campers so you almost feel alone, which I consider a bonus. If you're interested in feeling a little more secluded - site #14 looks perfect. Also, there's a really nice ranger station close to the campsite with everything you might need.
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