As we were sliding down the Oregon coast this fall, we needed a campsite close to a town. Anne had just completed one of her photography video courses and needed a good cell data connection to upload and work on the promotion. I pulled up the Passport America website and looked for a deal on a campsite. Up popped the Turtle Rock Resort, right in our southern snowbird path and on the edge of the town of Gold Beach.
Being November and the off-season, the park was offering Passport America rates 50% off their regular high season rate of $40 a night. We snagged a site for two nights, and Anne got to work. The weather the next day was horrible, pouring rain so not too much outside exploring to be done. However, it looked like better skies were on the horizon. We extended our stay hoping to get out and explore the Gold Beach area a bit.
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Turtle Rock RV Park Review
I contacted Turtle Rock Resorts by email asking if they had sites available and if Passport America rates were being honored this time of year (mid-November) I received a prompt reply saying yes on both accounts, and they looked forward to our visit. Access to the RV park is easy. A road leads off highway 101 just as your leaving the south end of Gold Beach. The park entrance is about a 1/4 miles or so down it. The only tight spot is a short narrow old bridge however its a low traffic area so not much of a problem if approached slowly.
There is plenty of parking space in front of the park office. The staff was friendly, and we were quickly booked into a campsite. This time of year there were numerous of sites to choose from. We picked #66 a pull through in the middle higher ground area as some mucky areas and puddles were a concern. The coast had just had a few big storms pass through.
The site was relatively level and plenty long enough for our 45-foot rig. It had full hookups which I would class as fair. Good enough but not great. As is the norm on the Oregon coast the electrical plugs showed signs of weathering. The water pressure was excellent and of good quality. The sewer was at the back of the rig, so I needed to use my extension hose to reach it.
There were some basic free cable channels and free WiFi. To my surprise, the WiFi was actually somewhat decent, likely because there were so few RVs in the park this time of year. They have laundry, bathrooms, and showers. However, I didn’t check them out we use our own.
The best attribute of the park is its location. Set along Hunter Creek with trees on the backside and the ocean just a short hike away. The place has a peaceful ambiance. Our beagle Angie gives big paws up for the beach. It was nice to head out the rigs door, and in a few minutes she was running and romping and exploring the beach.
A Few Other Things We Did While at Turtle Rock
I guess one of the biggest attractions in Gold Beach is the jet boat trips up the Rogue River. Unfortunately for us, they close for the season on October 15th. One day I have to take the trip!
The highlight of the stay for me was a hike on the bluff at Otter Point State Recreation Site. The road to the point was narrow and lumpy and same with the path, but then it opened up to a fantastic Oregon Coast viewpoint. It was a dead calm day so we could enjoy the high bluff without battering winds. The rock formations were interesting; there were even a couple arches and sea caves. If we had more time before sunset, I would have liked to hike down to the beaches below and explore more. Another one to add to my extensive Oregon coast must-dos one day list.
A funny thing happened when we arrived at the RV park, shortly after we got a knock on the door. It was a Love Your RV! reader. He said he was on the blog and saw us pull in at the same time, haha. Mark and his wife are work camping at the Turtle Rock Resort. We met them for lunch one day at the Port Hole cafe. A great little seafood eatery at the marina on the mouth of the Rogue River. Next door to the Port Hole is a fresh and frozen seafood sales shop. After lunch, I loaded up on frozen fish and seafood for our upcoming time in the desert.
Another nearby attraction to the area is the wreck of the Mary D. Hume steamer ship. It has quite the colorful history and makes for a nice photo op with the old 30’s art deco era Issac Lee Patterson bridge as a backdrop. As the sun was going down, we stopped off for a look see. We were lucky to spot a little mink, or maybe it was an otter on board the old ship. What a gorgeous scene.
Our last day at Turtle Rock was capped off by another walk on the beach to enjoy a rare late fall Oregon coast sunset and look for agates. Can’t beat that! Oh, by the way, I assume by now you know why the RV park is called Turtle Rock. 🙂