It’s July. It’s hot and a little muggy inland, with fog and wind at the coast. The kids are bored with no school. It’s two months’ wait for reservations in the mountains, and you have too few vacation days to spend them all driving. What to do?
How about camping 45 minutes from Roseburg at Elkton RV Park? Owners John Baum and Donna DeMarco and several helpful camp hosts would love to welcome you to one of 45 shady, riverside sites sized for everything from big motor homes to little tents. Located right in Elkton at 450 River Road, this is a full-service Good Sam’s park. More information is available online at elktonrvpark.com, or call 541-584-2832.
Sites provide tables and hookups for electricity, sewer and water. There are also restrooms, laundry facilities, a gift shop, a community fire pit with firewood, a dump station, WiFi connectivity and a large covered pavilion for group activities. Groceries, restaurants, gas, propane and a small boat launch are within a block or two. Park personnel will provide shuttle service to launches for larger boats. Well-mannered pets are welcome, too.
Longtime Roseburg resident Jean Horne, said she and her friends try to go to the Elkton RV Park every year.
“It is so friendly and comfortable, and they make you feel right at home,” she said.
The river provides year-round fishing as well as that soothing sound of flowing water for the camper who just wants to put up his feet and relax.
“We always find great things to do around town, too,” Horne said.
Elkton is a great place to do bird watching, with forests, pastures and river habitats in close proximity. The RV park is a great place to start a birding adventure. The osprey nest right across the river provides a perfect view as the birds fish and raise their chicks. Eagles, herons, geese and ducks also visit regularly. Hang up a nectar feeder for both Anna’s and rufous hummingbirds in profusion.
Another prime birder location is the Elkton Community Education Center, which has provided plants that attract birds and butterflies. A slow walk through the native garden can reveal many species, sometimes including Western tanagers, Bullock’s orioles, lazuli buntings, grosbeaks, towhees and woodpeckers.
A short drive out Henderer Road can provide the thrill of seeing the beautiful white tundra swan who lives there with a flock of Canada geese. The umpquavalleyaudubon.org website provides good pictures to get a fledgling birder started.
If music is more your thing, Brandborg Winery often presents live listening in its tasting room. Upcoming schedules are available at brandborgwine.com. The center will hold a barn dance July 19 with music by Mike Brandt, Phil Berglund and Cathy Byle. Check elktonbutterflies.com for more details.
For something brand new in Elkton, drop by El Guerrero Azteca for a Mexican lunch or dinner. Gerardo Aguirre offers an impressive menu from his bright blue stand on Highway 38. The business number is 541-361-9314.
Try out Elkton for some family summer fun.
ODOT has finished its I-5 projects until after Labor Day, so that means all routes to Elkton are open.
Paula Swanson is a member of the Elkton City Council.