Do your RV travel plans take you through the southern end of Oregon? The state's big paper, The Oregonian, recently opened a survey to its readers for their pick of the "Best Campgrounds" in the area. You might want to add these to your planning process.
Howard Prairie Lake Recreation Area, maintained by the Jackson County government, comes in at the top of the list. You may be familiar with the locale by knowing about the annual Shakespearian Festival held in nearby Ashland. East of that little college town is the five-mile long lake on which several campgrounds are to be found. The best of these, say readers, is the Howard Prairie Resort. Dry camp for $18 a night, or run your price up all the way to $30 a night for a full hookup. Trout and bass have to compete with the allure of a store, restaurant, laundry facilities, and full-service boat marina.
Not too far from Ashland, too, is Emigrant Lake County Park. Full hookup sites run $30 a night, and reservations are important. Perhaps the popularity explains the price. Not only will you find fishing, boating, and water skiing, the county has capitalized with a 280 foot twin flume water slide.
Other reader faves:
Broken Arrow Campground on Diamond Lake in the Umpqua National Forest. This one is closest to Roseburg, Oregon. You'll spend $15 per night for a spot.
Josephine County gets kudos from readers for its Indian Mary Campground. $22 per night for full hookup sites, or $20 for water and electric, both in prime and off season. Lots of local history around here.