Saturday, March 17, 2018

Annnndddd we're off!

What a great start to our camping season 2018. The pre-season luncheon today was a terrific way to kick off this year’s campouts. The food was excellent and the company even better! Can’t wait to get out there actually camping!

Upcoming events:

  • April 27-29: Bully Creek Reservoir in Vale, Oregon. Please call for reservations – 541-473-2969. We have reserved sites 5 (Beccie & Jim), 6, 9 (Janet & Tino), 10 (Rita & Jim), and 11. Just mention the TUMBLEWEEDS when making your reservations.

  • Now is the time to make reservations for these upcoming campouts – spaces go fast and you don’t want to be left out!

  • Several of you mentioned you are interested in joining Jim and me during our trip to the Swiftwater RV Park in White Bird, Idaho on July 6th-9th. I contacted Anna (the owner) and they do have a couple of spaces available during that time. Below is her email response to me. ALSO, there is a lot of good ATVing in the area so she included information about that. If you are interested in joining us, here is Swiftwater’s information.
Anna and Duane Ousley
Owners, Swiftwater RV Park - White Bird, ID
Our website:
Our phone number: 208.839.2700

Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll see you all on April 6th!

Rita 😉
Rita Anderson, Vice President
Good Sam Tumbleweeds Club

From: Anne Ousley []
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2018 4:17 PM
To: RitaA53
Subject: Re: June Camping Inquiry... Swiftwaterrv - RitaAnderson

Good to hear from you, and thanks again for creating the flyer to distribute at the meeting!

Friday, July 6th, the Park is pretty full, at least on the riverfront, though it totally (at the moment) clears out on Saturday the 7th.  If the other group members have travel trailers 24' or  less, there would be 3 spaces next to your reserved spot (#26) and if they are larger, there are 4 or 5 pull-throughs in the center lawn area that are currently open. 

Available July 6th:
       -----   2 spaces next to you for trailers your size or less (24’ or less)

      ------   Four spaces for larger RVs in the center lawn area

Then, on July 7th, lots of riverfront spaces open up and folks could move their trailers over there, if they let me know when making their reservation in the 1st place.  Otherwise, they would just stay put!

 Would be fun to have more Tumbleweeds in the Park when you are there!

ATV Information:
The roads out of our driveway are maintained by local road districts, and of course, the USFS roads are maintained by them.  

A very helpful website is Stay On Trails, which includes lots of Idaho riding information.  Scroll down the list to Rides #44 and 45 and you'll find information about two Hells Canyon Rides, which are very popular with guests.

White Bird has an active ATV organization - Idaho Pathfinders Association (IPA) and they emphasize efforts to be good stewards of our public lands, to keep our forests clean, and to help protect individuals’ rights to ride trail machines on Public Lands.  Their website:  You could even join them (not necessary, but they have lots of out-of-the-area members) $20/year.

The most recent map innovation from Nat Geo now offers printable topo maps from their website, and it's pretty cool! So you might want to do some printing before leaving, and load up your map case.  Here's the website:

USFS Maps:  Another option is to contact the Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forests to obtain maps ahead of time. Here's a link:

Here's a link by Idaho Parks & Rec regarding ATV rules etc.:

Let me know how else I can help....glad to!

Anna and Duane Ousley
Owners, Swiftwater RV Park - White Bird, ID
Our reviews: TripAdvisor
Our website:
Our phone number: 208.839.2700
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