About Us

Big Bear Camp is tucked in its own small valley with year round Miller Creek in the Siuslaw River watershed in the Oregon coastal range near Walton, Oregon. It was once a homestead in the 1800’s. Owners and hosts, Hal and Tonia, found and purchased this amazing property in 2003. We started building the lodge in 2007.

We are currently working on establishing a Conservation Easement to protect this beautiful land, forest, animal and plant life. Miller Creek supports a major Coho Salmon population.

Big Bear Camp’s Mission:

Our intention is to promote greater awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment . We want to to foster stewardship and community through group gatherings and educational programs, as well as provide a beautiful space for comfort, renewal and growth.

Off the Grid:

We love being off the grid and we hope that your group will enjoy your stay without cell phones and internet. So you’ll want to turn off your phone to save its batteries. We do have phone access for emergencies. As one guest said, “You have to disconnect in order to reconnect.”

We designed and built our solar system and lodge to be as efficient and sustainable as possible. Our guests frequently comment on how pleasant and comfortable it is. We have lights in the lodge and bathrooms and showers in the night. We have battery operated lanterns in the yurts. You will want to bring flashlights for getting around the campground at night.

Special contact information you should be aware of:

Because we are off the grid, including internet, we do not check emails daily. It may take up to 2 weeks to answer emails. We do check phone messages daily. Please phone for the quickest response and make sure you leave your phone number. Thanks.

Directions:

Please do not follow your GPS. Although we have reported this error several times, your GPS will send you off on a wild goose chase. Directions are pretty easy –

*From I-5 (Medford to the south and Salem from the North) Take Exit 195 (from North ) or 195B (from the South) aka Randy Pape Beltline or OR 569 W to the WEST. This circuits around Eugene and Ts into Hwy 126.

*Turn Right onto Hwy 126. Go about 9 miles to Veneta. Continue on to the tiny town of Walton about 35 miles from where you joined Hwy 126. Just past the Walton Store and Post Office (that is the town) there is a flashing yellow light, slow to 50, and sign for Nelson Mountain Road.

*Turn Right (the only way you can) and go about 4 1/2 miles to our mail box and a large bear crossing sign on the left with a Big Bear Camp Retreat Center sign on top.That is the beginning of our driveway. Go left and about 1 mile to Big Bear Camp.
Basically it is 2 turns from Eugene. Stay on Hwy 126 west, turn R onto Nelson Mountain. Rd. and L onto our driveway.

Travel Lane County: We recommend that you visit http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org to find beautiful local places to visit, places to dine, and a calendar of events close by.

Your Camp Hosts: t&H

Big Bear Camp Hosts, Tonia Blum and Hal Palmer feel blessed to be stewards of this beautiful property. We look forward to your stay at Big Bear Camp.