REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you've already reserved your spot to join us for the Eclipse Campout, please see the FAQs and list of items to bring below.
- Pricing – $400 reserves a 100 ft x 100 ft campsite for a total of six people for three nights (Saturday 8/19, Sunday 8/20, and Monday 8/21). If you want to reserve for more than six people, please book more than one site!
- Check-in and check-out – Check in at 3:00pm Saturday 8/19 and checkout is at 11:00am on Tuesday 8/22.
- Location and directions – Peoria Gardens is located at 32355 Peoria Road, Albany, OR 97321. [directions]
- See below for more specific Frequently Asked Questions.
Schedule of events:
- Saturday, August 19 at 3:00pm – Check in
- Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20 at 5:00pm – Enjoy hiking, biking, and boating nearby (see list of local activities below)
- Sunday, August 20 from 5:00pm - Midnight – Food available for purchase from Quiroz Tacos from Springfield; Mazamas Brewing pouring free beer; live music from Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints (Seattle, WA swing/rock n roll/country band); a conservation talk; bonfire; and drive-in-movie double feature of Apollo 13 and E.T.
- Monday, August 21 at approximately 10:18am – the total solar eclipse begins!
- Tuesday, August 22 at 11:00am – Check out
- Walk Snag Boat Bend and the William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge. Snag Boat is great for birders and only 6 miles or so south of us on Peoria Road.
- Quiet country road bike ride to Thompson Mill State Heritage Site. This old mill is 10 miles from us via the Willamette Scenic Bikeway. They have a nice park there and often have a ranger who will give tours of the mill's inner workings.
- Bike into downtown Corvallis for one of many eclipse-themed events, especially those put on by the university. It is 5 miles into downtown Corvallis.
- Canoe/kayak/paddle-board the Willamette River from Peoria boat landing to Willamette Park in south Corvallis. Plenty of wildlife. Very nice float of about 4 hours.
- Take a day trip to mountain bike Alsea Falls. The MOST fun you will have on a mountain bike. Rentals can be arranged at Peak Sports in downtown Corvallis.
- Go blueberry picking on one of many U-pick farms in the area. Peaches might also be in season at a farm just up the road.
Right in the path of totality!
What to Bring:
In addition to your regular camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, camp chairs, etc.), please make sure to bring:
- Adequate water for your entire group to drink and clean for the duration of your stay.
- Your own food and whatever dishes you need.
- Trash bags or a receptacle to pack out your own garbage. Peoria Gardens is a commercial nursery and is not set up to handle garbage for such a large group.
- Sunscreen and pop-tops if you have them - all campsites are in an exposed, sunny field. Please plan accordingly.
- Anything else you need to have a safe and fun weekend, including bicycles, kayaks, river rafts, frisbees, field games, etc.
How big are the sites?
- The camping lots are a generous 100 ft. x 100 ft.
How many people can I bring to each site?
- You can bring up to 6 people per site.
How many vehicles can we bring?
- You can bring up to 2 vehicles onto your site, RVs included.
Can I bring my RV?
- Yes, it counts as a vehicle.
Is there a dumping station for RVs, etc.?
- There is no dumping station on site, but there are several available in Corvallis about 5 miles away.
Are there restrooms on site?
- Yes, we will have toilets available.
Are there showers on site?
Can I have an open fire?
- NO FIRES. NO SMOKING. This is a pasture and every precaution must be taken to avoid a grass-fire. Thanks for your help! Weather permitting; we will have a central bonfire on Sunday evening.
Can I use a gas/propane stove and lantern?
- Yes, you certainly may.
Is there any water on site?
- No, this is dry camping. There will be no water provided. Bring your own adequate water for washing/drinking. We aren't far from a store and town if you need more.
Are there picnic tables?
- There are no picnic tables or chairs. Feel free to bring your own.
Can I bring alcohol onto the site?
- Yes, you can bring your own alcohol. Please enjoy it responsibly!
Can I bring a generator?
- Out of respect for your fellow campers, please no generators.
Are dogs allowed?
- Yes, dogs are allowed, providing they are leashed or under voice command, and that campers pick up after them to avoid any unpleasant surprises for your neighbors.
Are any of the camping areas shaded?
- No, all campsites will be located in a mowed pasture. Please bring whatever you may need for shade, and take advantage of the many suggested day trips!
Do I need special glasses to view the eclipse?
- Yes! Regular sunglasses are not safe to look directly at the sun with. Here's what NASA has to say about eye safety: https://www.nasa.gov/content/eye-safety-during-a-total-solar-eclipse
- The good news is we'll have complimentary pairs of eclipse glasses for all campers!