Monday, December 4, 2023


Campground hosts needed in Pacific Northwest

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Unless the COVID-19 pandemic locks everyone down, there’ll likely be a large call for camping this season. Governments are still planning ahead, and campground hosts are needed. Here are some opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

Idaho’s Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest needs hosts in several locations. Salmon River/Riggins needs a campground host at the Spring Bar Campground, located along the main Salmon River, from approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day. Touch bases with Sam Manifold at or (208) 983-4018.

Along the Lochsa River/U.S. 12 an opening for a host is available at Wilderness Gateway Campground, located at milepost 121 on U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River, for approximately one month from early August to early September. Kearstin Edwards is who you need to contact at or (208) 926-8926.

Another waterfront locale, the Selway River/Lowel needs a host at O’Hara Campground, located near Lowell approximately eight miles from the junction of U.S. Highway 12 and the Selway River Road, from mid–May through mid–September. Contact Kearstin Edwards at or (208) 926-8926.

And along the North Fork Clearwater River: One volunteer campground host position is available at Washington Creek, Kelly Creek, and Hidden Creek campgrounds, each located along the North Fork of the Clearwater River, for a total of three available positions. Each volunteer will work from June to October; dates vary by location. Contact Joe Loehner at or (208) 476-8293.

In Washington state, Skamania County parks need a volunteer host at its Big Cedars Campground in Willard, Washington. A campsite with hookups is available for a camp host who’ll be needed on-site from April to the end of September. Contact 509-427-3924, or send a resume to


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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