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Barton Park, Boring

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  • FYI after 9 pm you are locked out of the campgrounds. Also these means any campers inside are locked in with no means of leaving in case of emergency. 
    FYI after 9 pm you are locked out of the campgrounds. Also these means any campers inside are locked in with no means of leaving in case of emergency.  more »
  • We were there in upper campground for 3 days beginning October 2, 2020. Have stayed here several times and enjoyed the clean, quiet setting, yet close to Portland where relatives reside. The... 
    We were there in upper campground for 3 days beginning October 2, 2020. Have stayed here several times and enjoyed the clean, quiet setting, yet close to Portland where relatives reside. The...  more »
  • This place is amazing! I've only been there once but it has everything a person who loves nature would be looking for Peace quiet serenity and everybody's really friendly there had a great time 
    This place is amazing! I've only been there once but it has everything a person who loves nature would be looking for Peace quiet serenity and everybody's really friendly there had a great time  more »
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  • There's so many places you can start and end. So much fun! Be safe and wear a life jacket or at least have one nearby. An oar is a great help. There's some rocky areas, so watch your butt! There's also 1 or 2 crazy rapids that can flip you, so be careful. Don't litter!! Some areas will provide you with a yellow trash bag. Be safe and have fun!
  • I'm sad to see how Barton has changed over the last 2-3 years. We have a large RV and have always stayed in the East Campground which is reserved for RVs. The trees and bushes are now overgrown so that they hang over the roads and campsites. I get the "pinstripe" type scratches on my RV when I drive through the reservation lane. Then I try to dodge the rest of the branches. They have also "progressed" to a new online reservation system. No longer can you reserve through the camp host or the rangers at the park. I think that must be why they put up "Campground Full" signs at the entrance of both campgrounds. But the campgrounds aren't even a third full. Also the grassy middle area of the East Campground used to be mowed so kids could play ball and run around there. Now it is just left dry and overgrown. It looks like it would fuel a grass fire pretty easily. There are 5 individual shower rooms. Three of them are locked up, one of which is the ♿️ accessible one. So only 2 are available for use. The picture below shows what one looks like. Finally, the prices have skyrocketed over the last 2 years. For you Oregon residents it has gone from $28 a night to $37 a night in that time. I'm a non-Oregon resident. I travel here each year to visit my relatives in Oregon. We like to stay for a month or so. We've spent lots of money at the local businesses. We've attended the churches. We've visited and financially supported local schools. We have volunteered in local communities. But now Barton has decided to raise their non-resident rates to $46 per night! That's up from $28 just 2 years ago. It's now cheaper to stay at a nice RV resort with full hookups at their weekly rates. And of course there is an additional $11 fee to use the online reservation system. If I were to book a Friday and Saturday weekend it would cost me $103! I'm sorry to see all this happen. I miss the old Barton. I can only assume that Barton no longer wants out of state campers at their park. By the way, if anybody wonders why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 star just look at the last picture. Update: We came back to Barton for a few days, and we could see positive changes. The long dry grass was mowed. A lot of the trees were trimmed. The broken fence was repaired. The "Campground Full" signs are now only up when the campgrounds are nearly full (maybe some were reserved by no-shows). Hopefully these are signs of change, and they'll keep working towards a better run park like it used to be. They've still priced us out, but if I were an Oregon resident it would be a place to where I'd return.
  • I am very disappointed in the Primitive camping, no outhouses or garbage cans. The camping spots are over grown and not taken care of. If my event wasn't 2 weeks a way I would find somewhere else. They are charging more and doing less. People are going to the bathroom all over.
  • The river access is the best feature of this park, by far. I personally had a less than positive experience, however. Per policy, this park will not allow any out of date registrations, and we were traveling in an RV with a follow car. Our follow car’s registration (from NC) had just ran out of date (one month), and I am a new resident of Oregon. Just got my Oregon driver license and had already started the process to change over registration of my car. Circumstances were of no concern to them and they wouldn’t allow our follow vehicle in the park. There was even a small parking lot outside of the park entrance (maybe 6-8 spaces), that were available for a nominal fee. They refused us to pay and park here as well. We were forced to park outside of the gates off the road, in a pull-out type area. The next morning we trekked to the vehicle, and the glass on the driver side was smashed out from vandalism. Understand, I take full responsibility for this mishap. And though I’m sure they exist, I’ve never seen any park have such strict policies (I’ve stayed at many, many parks)…and especially not be willing to make any exceptions, regardless of the nature. Very disappointing, to say the least.
  • I've stayed here quite a few times over the last 3 years and everything was great until this last time. Whoever has taken over the "hosting" is extremely rude and nit-picking about nearly everything. We had 3 cars parked in our space for about an hour while we were unpacking the cars the first day (about to move it to overflow parking) the host came over "only 2 cars allowed per campsite, move it." My friend had set up a hammock in between two trees (tied around the trees as to not harm them). We were told not to have that as it's against the rules to have anything but a tent and you can't sleep under the stars. (She had a tarp above it). The guy made a real snarky remark about it. And the 2nd night we were playing scary stories low on a phone after "quiet hours". He could have just asked us to turn it down but instead he said "you can't play amplified sound after 10pm. Turn it off" it was a phone... I read the rules. We are respectful. I feel like this guy's tone was just unnecessarily rude and condescending. I'll be back in hopes it's better next time. Then I'll update.

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