After a nice drive through eastern Washington we made our way over Deadmans Pass and on to Emigrant Springs State Park campground.
The Emigrant Springs State Park lies between Deadmans Pass and Meacham, Oregon directly off I-84 on the summit of the Blue Mountains. Travelers along the Oregon Trail used to stop here to replenish their water supply. This campground has lots of tall trees for shade but we would recommend unhooking your tow vehicle at the entrance before securing a site as the sites are very tight and small.
Campground: Emigrant Springs
Location: 4 miles north west of Meacham, Oregon
Services: FHU (30AMP)
Comments: An easily accessible campground directly off I-84 for quick on and off but small, tight, sites of which many are unlevel and lots of highway traffic noise.
The campground offers 18 full-hookup sites year round along with 32 dry camping sites which are closed in winter. The dry camping sites are made for tents but we saw small RVs in those sites. There is no dump station on-site and the closest dump is 7 miles northwest at Deadman’s Pass Rest Area.
The area does have nice hiking trails to help get away from the highway noise. We found the noise from the highway unbearable to be sitting outside at our site but many of our neighbors sat outside and enjoyed a campfire. Obviously, they were not talking to each other!!
We would not recommend this campground for a destination location nor for staying during the winter due to the potential need for chains going over the pass BUT in an emergency it is a great place to overnight.