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Scaponia County Park

Campground Description:  Scaponia County Park is owned and operated by Columbia County.  This primitive tent camping park is on the banks of the Nehalem River, 10.5 miles east of Vernonia and 15 miles west of St. Helens.  RV camping is not allowed at Scaponia County Park.  In fact, pulling a trailer or driving an RV into this park is dangerous.  Tent camping at Scaponia County Park is very tranquil due to the dense forest cover and the nearby Nehalem River.  Nearby are hiking trails and the tiny Gunne and Floater Lakes.  Both lakes are a unique find with very few visitors and lots of wildlife viewing.  Before hiking, obtain a good map of the area.  Scaponia County Park is open year round, but can be very muddy and wet in the winter and spring.  Reservations are not available.

Number of Sites:  10 tent camping only sites

Electricity:  No

Water:  No - pack your own in

Sewer:  No - a pit toilet is available

Waste Water Dump Station:  No

Directions:  From Portland Westbound on Highway 30 - Follow Highway 30 to Scappoose, approximately 20 miles from downtown Portland.  At the north end of town turn left (west) on to the Scappoose Vernonia Highway.  Follow for approximately 15.3 miles to the park.  Scaponia County Park is on the left (south) side of the highway between mileposts 5 and 6..

Fishing:  Yes on the Nehalem River in the park.  Note that this section of the Nehalem River is catch and release using artificial flies and lures only

Astronomy Opportunities:  Telescope camping is very difficult because there are too many trees

Nearby Golfing:  In Vernonia 11 miles west

Vernonia Golf Club
15961 Timber Rd E
Vernonia, OR 97064
Vernonia Golf Club

Contact Information: 

Columbia County Forests, Parks and Recreation
1054 Oregon Street
St. Helens, Oregon 97051
Scaponia County Park

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The sign at the entrance to Scaponia County Park

One of the tent camping sites at Scaponia County Park

The restroom facilities at Scaponia County Park consist of a single pit toilet

The footbridge over the Nehalem River at Scaponia County Park

A tent camping site at Scaponia County Park

A tent camping site at Scaponia County Park

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