Sunday, April 8, 2012
usbackroads destination- Seven Feathers RV Resort, Canyonville, Oregon
We were on our run back to Wenatchee and the choice was between staying at the Valley of the Rogue State Park or pushing on to Canyonville, Oregon and the Seven Feathers RV Resort. We loved the Valley of the Rogue State Park, but one time in my working world I spent a day with a lawyer that represented the Indian Tribe that manages Seven Feathers RV resort and the adjacent casino. So for me it was an opportunity to see what he was talking about and how well run the Casino and adjacent area is managed.
The casino and campground is run by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe. The facilities consist of a Casino, Hotel, Truck Stop, and the campground.
First things first. This is the best managed campground we have stayed in our travels the past two years. Our plan was to spend just one night. Well we extended for one more night to take advantage of the pool and hot tub. Yeah, it was cold and rainy and that pool and hot tub with a temperature in the high 70's and high humidity was the perfect spot to read that book on Steven Jobs that was in the exchange library.
Well managed, they have a escort to your site. Most sites are pull-through sites.
The fees for the campground are very reasonable for the level of services provided. Sites with discounts range from around $32 to $39. A bargain given the level of amenities. The sites is just off I-5, but up a small draw and it is quiet at night. As noted, before we extended for one night to take advantage of the pool and hot tub. Then it snowed NINE inches in Eugene and we extended for another day so we did not have to travel in the snow. The office handled it without the slightest blip. Like I said a well run and managed park that is highly recommended for a stop to just recharge the batteries as you travel up or down I-5.
We are not casino folks. I believe it was my statistics professor that said "gambling is a tax on people that do not understand statistics". That said, we did go to the casino to spend $5 of our money and $5 of Cow Creek Band money, but never did figure out have to operate the slot machines!!! What ever happened to nickles and dimes!!
We had the "special" at the restaurant and we not impressed. However, the other food looked better when we walked the dinning area. The best buy at the casino was the ice cream parlor. Don't miss it!
The truck stop has good access for RV's from I-5 and accessible pumps plus a easy return to the "mother road" of I-5. We did have breakfast at the truck stop and visited the gift shop. Great breakfast and the gift shop has some unique items for sale and well worth the visit.
Canyonville and the Seven Feathers will be a stop on our travels up and down I-5 from here on. Oh, damn I do remember all those English teachers telling me not to end sentences with prepositions. English is my third language....so sorry.
The Forest Service and the Indian tribes have always had a close relationship due to treaty rights, proximity, fire crews, and a shared history of the American west. I am impressed with what the Cow Creek Band has done here. I ran into a Forest Service Job Corps crew that was constructing a sidewalk for the tribe. The tribe was paying for the work and the Job Corps crew got training in how to build a sidewalk. A great partnership between the tribe and Federal Government. So go visit that Casino and consider it entertainment or maybe payback for mistakes and errors made several generations ago.
As I walked to the truck stop I noticed a "Forest Service flower" hanging in the creek. This flagging probably marks the spot of a spawning redd for salmon or steelhead.
Like the salmon we will return to Seven Feathers RV Resort in the future.
Posted by Vladimir Steblina at 7:58 PM