State sites are available from May 1 through September 30. The length of stay is limited to one night. All have a fee of $5 dollars (plus a $9 “transaction fee” to Reserve America). The entire process is done online: Create an account on Reserve America, select your camping area, choose your stay using an availability calendar, pay, and receive a confirmation email. I always carry a printout on my trips, but haven’t needed it yet.
AMC sites are free and first come first served. They hope to create a chain of campsites, one every five miles along the length of the river.
One site for a maximum of 20 campers in the clearing next to the boat launch. River campers must break camp by 9 a.m. There are no ground fires allowed on the Castle grounds and fire pits are not provided. There are pedestal grills and picnic tables.
Cedars Camp – Down the north end of Selden Creek is the wide and clear Cedars Camp. There is a small beach, fire pit, picnic tables, and a pit toilet. At the western side of the camp is access to the white Paul Robertson trail. Maximum of 20 campers.
Hogback Camp – This camp is easy to access and sits on a low bluff named Hogback overlooking the river. At low tide it can be a muddy/silty walk to get to water deep enough for boats. The sloping site has a flat area with room for a couple tents and there are two picnic tables, a fire pit, and an outhouse. Short paths lead to overlooks facing southwest. Short of bushwhacking there is no access to the trails from this site. Maximum of 6 campers.
Spring Ledge Camp – A nice semi-secluded spot right next to the river and easy to access. It has a fire pit with stone seating, picnic tables, and a pit toilet. There is a trail heading uphill that connects up main trails near the red/white junction. Maximum of 8 campers.
Quarry Knob – This site is the most difficult to access. There is a small break in the growth along the bank where as tree has fallen. Even at low tide it can be difficult to get secure footing and your boat up the bank over the log. There is an easier spot to access a couple hundred feet south. Once up on the bank there are 2-3 flat areas with fire pits and a nearby pit toilet. This site has easy access to the red, blue, and white trails. Maximum of 12 campers.