At first glance, this sounded like camping paradise: family-owned, close to a drop-dead gorgeous beach, highly recommended by friends. We arrived on a Thursday evening, planning to stay for three nights with several friends; we had booked five separate sites to not exceed the 6-person per site limit. Our site was the next to last at the back of the campground.
We very much appreciated the well-kept sites, spotless bathrooms (though dividers you can see over are a bit odd, as are shared showers), and the laundry sink for doing dishes. Beautiful surroundings and a short, pleasant walk to the beach add to the appeal. Plenty of cute signs reminding folks of the rules (keeping fires in rings, washing off beach sand, recycling, etc.) create the sense that this is a family place and reminds you to to be on your best behavior.
We had no issues until the next night: At 1 a.m., we were woken by the sound on metal crunching on metal and lights flashing into our tent. It was clear that someone was arriving very late, but we weren't the only ones roused from a deep sleep to wonder if it was our fender that had been bent (it wasn't). After half an hour of listening to them backing a trailer into place, with commensurate yelling and headlights and flashlight light show on our tent wall--into the already full spot next to us, they proceeded to noisily light a fire and open a couple of beers to shoot the breeze. At this point, we joined the parade of fellow campers in asking them to please finish up quietly so we could get some sleep.
When we emerged from our tent the next morning, we counted at least ten people in the site next to us: the limit is six. Two other parties had arrived during the same night: no one had heard them come in. Police, summoned by someone else, arrived and talked to the folks in the overfilled site: noted that there were too many of them (police counted twelve), and left. The owner showed up, surprised that someone had called the police, since it wasn't her.
We took this the opportunity to talk to the owner to convey our concerns and to make sure that she was going to ask the excess campers to leave. She told us that if we were unhappy with the number of of people in the site next to us, we could leave: as long as we were out in two hours, she wouldn't charge us. Needless to say, we were flabbergasted: she made it amply clear that she did not intend to enforce either the six-person limit or quiet hours, stating that it was bad for business. What floors us is that she made these statements in front of a long-time repeat customer, who was equally appalled. Apparently, she thinks it more important to not mess with rule-breakers, preferring to alienate repeat business.
The bottom line: a beautiful, clean campground, but you risk being chased out by hooligans and cannot expect support from management.
- Also Known As:
- Wright`s For Camping Hotel Cannon Beach