As much as I love to explore new places, I find myself always going back to Blue River Reservoir. Our friend, Alex, was kind enough to share the location to this gem when Sailor Jerry sent me out for an off the grid camping trip a few years ago. Alex hand drew a map and provided a drop pin near the location so that we could find it easily. About 2 hours and 40 minutes Southeast of Portland, located in the Williamette National Forest, the Blue River Reservoir was created for flood control and irrigation. The water is a stunning shade of turquoise and perfect for swimming in the summer, but you can also boat and fish there. Camping along the rim of the reservoir and creek that runs into it is free, but there’s also neighboring campgrounds. Our camping location is a secluded one, but it comes with a few challenges to get there..