Accessible Adventures: Camping in the Pacific Northwest

Accessible Adventures: Camping in the Pacific Northwest


Oh hi John Williams here just packing up for
another Accessible Adventure in The Pacific Northwest. You know whether you get the family
together or you head out on your own camping is an American tradition. On this Adventure
we’ll explore camping in the Pacific Northwest. Let’s see fishing rod tackle where’s my fishing
hat? Honey where’s my lucky hat? Thanks! Man I feel lucky already. Let’s get
going you guys come on. In 1990 Congress passed the Americans with
Disabilities Act and since then the US Forest Service has been working hard to make your
forests including campgrounds as accessible as possible. With 17 National Forests across Oregon and
Washington and more than 100 accessible campgrounds, you may have a tough decision camp at the
coast the mountains along a river or lake maybe the wide open country east of the mountains? Many campgrounds in National Forests require
camping fees. Some are managed by the US Forest Service with self-pay stations. Other sites are operated by concessionaires
partnering with the Forest Service like Portland General Electric here at Timothy Lake in the
Mt. Hood National Forest. PGE park manager Tony Dentel explains. We want to look for opportunities where ever
we can to make sites more useable and accessible to everyone. So with each of our designs with
each of our facilities we look for opportunities to do that. Whether it be from flatter trails
with better surface different campsites with different ammenities that make them more useable
to restroom facilities and even to our boat launches and boating access. Some campgrounds may even offer amenities
like Yurts! So this is what they mean by “glamping” or
“camping lite!” Equipment rentals. Whatever your camping desires may be the Forest
Service has a campground for you. From the more primitive To campgrounds that may feature showers and
flush toilets. Accessible sites with paved pads for parking
trailers. Concrete pads with wheelchair friendly picnic tables and some sites have raised grills. Campgrounds that even have Wi-Fi hot spots.
But really…with all this? Many US Forest Service campgrounds are reservable
at recreation.gov Campgrounds can fill up fast so remember reservations are the key! Just sitting around a campfire with friends
and family is an outing on its own. But Chances are there’s a US Forest Service Campground
nearby your favorite recreation site! With 17 National Forests and millions of acres
to explore I hope you’ll get out and spend some time around a campfire real soon. Information
and details are available at any US Forest Service Website. Well as soon as we break
camp we’re headed out on our next Accessible Adventure in the Pacific Northwest! I’m John
Williams I’ll see you next time!

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