Parking: Johnson Creek
We had originally planned on going to the Clark Fork Drift Yard, but it was closed for breeding geese (because if there’s one thing of which the NW needs more, it’s Canada geese), so we headed to nearby Johnson Creek. This is a property owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and it has a nice little boat launch and a couple of beautiful camping spots. It has a three day camping limit, but the other two RVs seemed to have already been there a while, and they were they after we left, so I don’t think it’s enforced.
The boat launch is pretty heavily used, but we did not end up launching because our 2.5 hp motor on the sailboat blew an oil seal. We did some canoeing/kayaking and some motorcycle riding pretty much spreading out as large as possible.
It has been really nice finding these free, beautiful, non-crowded locations. I’m sure things will change when we hit the East Coast, but so far, it has been great. Since we have plenty of solar power, we don’t require electrical hook-ups (or have to be the obnoxious folk that run the generator all day), so it gives us a lot of location options.