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Spool Cart Campground
Campground Description: Spool Cart Campground is owned and operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Spool Cart Campground is a fisherperson's dream. Imagine RV camping or tent camping along the Grande Ronde River and being able to catch bull trout and (seasonally) steelhead from your lawn chair. Even without the fishing, Spool Cart offers river wading for the kids and bird watching for the adults. Spool Cart Campground offers 9 fully paved campsites for either RV camping or tent camping. Convenience store like shopping is available in Starkey, 3 miles north or full shopping and restaurants are available in La Grande, 24 miles east. Open May through Early November. Reservations are not possible.
Number of Sites: 13
Waste Water Dump Station: No
Directions: From Interstate 84 Eastbound or Westbound - Follow I-84 towards Le Grande. Take exit 252 (8.9 miles north of La Grande) and turn onto Highway 244 westbound. Follow Highway 244 west for approximately 11.8 miles to the Starkey turnoff which is Forest Road 51. Follow Forest Road south for approximately 4.7 miles to the entrance to Spool Cart Campground (on the left (west) side of the road).
Fishing: Yes. On the banks of the Grande Ronde River, Spool Cart is known for fine catches of bull trout. Seasonally, steelhead are a prized catch
Astronomy Opportunities: Not at Spool Cart Campground. There are too many tall trees
Nearby Golfing: The nearest golfing is in Union, Oregon, 38 miles eastBuffalo Peak Golf Course 1224 East Fulton Street
Union, OR 97883
(866) 202-5950 Buffalo Peak Golf Course
Contact Information:Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
La Grande Ranger District
3502 Highway 30La Grande, OR 97850541.963.7186
Spool Cart Campground
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The sign at the entrance to Spool Cart Campground
The campground at Spool Cart offers modern pit toilets but no tap water
One of the tent camping or RV camping campsites at Spool Cart Campground
Autumn foliage at Spool Cart Campground
All of the tent camping and RV camping sites at Spool Cart Campground are wide enough for two vehicles
The Grande Ronde River runs alongside Spool Cart Campground
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