Bay Point Landing
Coos Bay, OR
We continued our drive down the Oregon coast and stopped at a “new” RV park. We tried to get into Winchester Bay where we have stayed at before, but they were booked solid. They recommended we try this park. We had high hopes as a new park often means that the park and grounds are still in good shape. Unfortunately it didn't quite turn out that way. From the look of the buildings you can tell that they are fairly new and modern. But the grounds look old and neglected.
The RV pads are gravel, as are the roads. The roads are in dire need of more gravel to help keep the dust down. There are large what used to be sod grass areas that have been let go, and now are mostly weeds and stickers. In some areas the weeds have been cut short and other areas just allowed to grow wild. The patio's at the site are a type of “grass paving grids”. If they were grass, it may have been acceptable, but now were just taken over with weeds. Diane actually weeded part of the patio to make it easier to walk on. Each site had a block fire pit. Ours was in front of the RV which was good, but the neighbors was right under our dining window. Fortunately it wasn't used during our stay. We were also lucky enough to have a large electric transformer in our site that hummed constantly. All this may have been easier to accept if we hadn't paid $72 a night for the “premium pull in” site.
We were in site #1 which was right next to the enclosed pool and gym buildings. Normally that may be a good thing. But the second night we were there at 10:00 PM, it suddenly sounded like someone had started up a diesel motor on our patio. The rig was reverberating and the walls vibrating. My discovery was that the maintenance crew had chosen to pick that time to powerwash the pool deck with a big gas powered pressure washer. The inside of the pool building is just a big hollow shell with cement floors. The outside hallway between the pool building and the gym turned the hallway into a sound cannon pointed right at the side of our rig. I went over to try to “calmly” reason with the guys, who's only reason was that the pool was open until 10 PM and they would have had to close it to clean the floor. And the problem is?? I walked off hoping that I convinced the guy that this was not the time of night to be starting a job like that. Within minutes, the roar started up again. This time Diane went over and a lot less calmly explained the facts. They finally shut down after 11 PM, rather unhappily.
Then there was the third night there when a tsunami siren started blaring at around midnight. Sounding like an air raid siren, it sounded for about 15 minutes, with a prerecorded warning of “Danger, fast moving wild fire approaching on the installation”. We never received any info from anyone at the park, and the next morning learned that the activation was “accidental”.
OK, but there were some good parts. The site was fairly large but open. The roads were wide and easy to navigate, and the restrooms were newer and handicapped accessible. Dogs could be off leash on the beach, and we got decent signal from our on board Wifi from T Mobile. The indoor pool was fully enclosed and had a bathroom in the pool area. A sign on the door limited the pool to 10 persons at a time, but I don't think that was being enforced.
The ocean water in the bay would go in and out a couple time a day, and low tide would see the water retract 50 to 100'. Some hearty souls would go into the low tide area and hunt for clams. One negative at least for us was the “Sand dune” area across the bay where sand rails were running day and night. Surprisingly, some nights till way past midnight. Gunfire could also be heard daily across the bay. So it really depends on your personal interests. This park reminds me of the saying, “you pay your money and take your chances”. Your call.