Cove Oregon, Aka Nelson State Park

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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • 50 Amp Electric Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Wifi
  • Pull-Through Parking
  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • Campfire Ring
  • Off-Leash Area
  • No donation requested for hookups


Pull through Site large enough for 2 40' end to end or when the ground is dryer, a lighter rv (or more) can sit on the grass. We have had 9 rv's on the property.
Enough power for one 50a or two+ at 30a and lots on 20a.
Electricity is free.
Fresh water from the house 150' and I have enough clean hose. Grey can go into the ditch. If your black water fills, time to move on. Nearest dump station is 16 miles.
We recommend your next stay be Eagles Hot Lake RV Park, between La Grande and Union.....
Incredible views both E and W.
Deer often, and occasionally we see elk, coyote or cougar... Have only heard a wolf twice, but they have been sighted within a mile of property
Picnic table and fire ring next to site.
Small pond on property with campfire ring.
Winter might find snow up to 3'

House Rules

Covid. Please mask up when near us.
We prefer to not be around smokers.. medical issue.

Dogs are welcome, as long as they do not chase cows, horses, mules... Deer ok... if a dog chases an elk, then it's the dogs problem and natural selection might apply...

Friendly old people live here.

Access Road Conditions

Paved road. Valley floor is 2800' and property is at 3250.
Site is gravel with a deep sub-base. Often have 40' coaches.

Tow Vehicle Parking Details

2 acres... can park lots of stuff


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Cove, OR, United States of America

Suggested Local Attractions

All of NE Oregon. A long day trip to Hells Canyon overlook.

If you own a Northwood or Outdoor RV Industries product, both plants are about 20 min away and they gladly give tours.

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Member Since
December 7, 2014
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References for Cove Oregon, aka Nelson State Park


September 2021

Great stay

Bobnelson and I both retired from the Navy in 1984 - and our birth dates are 5 weeks apart!

It was HOT (mid 90's) and smokey so the power allowed for air conditioning and our air purifier. Shared hors d'oeuvres, wine and "sea stories" on their patio. Had a great time and a good night's sleep. Oh, and the dog was great!


September 2021

Terrific stay!

We showed up late...after dark :(( But Bob had the light on for us. Guided us into one of his beautiful pull throughs and met up with him on his patio in the morning for coffee and stories. He is definitely on my list to stay with again. Very peaceful with a gorgeous Blue Mountains view!


September 2021

Wonderful stay!

Great experience! The Nelson's are great people and very accommodating. Highly recommend!


September 2021


Friendly host in beautiful area - peaceful quiet evening. Thank you!!


August 2021

Best first visit!

We had a great time with Bob! My daughter loved running with Bea the dog and the view was amazing! This was our first ever boondockers and it was awesome! We will definitely be back! Thanks so much!


August 2021


Perfect! This was our first BW location. Easy to get to. Bob was super nice. Bea was wonderful. We saw an awesome sunset and the property was lovely. Our toddler loved playing with Bea and running wild. We will be back!


August 2021

A wonderful stay at Bob's State Park

This is a fabulous place to stop and an exceptionally cordial host! We're so happy that we stopped an met these folks and hope that we get a chance to see them again, either at their home or ours.

Thanks again!


August 2021

Absolutely Wonderful

Gracious host, beautiful property.


August 2021

Wish I could stay longer!

Absolutely beautiful area. Great hosts. Met me in the yard to show me where to plug in. Great views. I’ll definitely be back ❤️


August 2021


Beautiful place, wonderful host, level gravel spot with electricity, great views!


July 2021

Wonderful experience

This was our first time using BW. Bob and Betsy set the standards high. One of the best camping experiences we have had. Beautiful settings with beautiful people. Would highly recommend stopping here if you have the chance. Thank you Bob for your generous hospitality.


July 2021

Friendly, beautiful, like a park.

Had a beautiful, friendly, peaceful night stay. Generous and kind d people!


July 2021

summer holiday stay

A great break for us, a very nice experience with our hosts. They have lots of RV experience and have been hosting for years. Could not have been more gracious.


July 2021


Wow! Countryside and fresh air abounds at this location that is surpassed by the hospitality of the hosts! Great conversation and friendship that was so genuine, I’m glad we stayed as long as we did! Just wonderful!!!


June 2021

Fantastic hosts and location!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful location! The hosts were very welcoming and we enjoyed socializing with them and their adorable dog! The property is surrounded by beautiful mountains, a huge valley and lots of horses. We viewed an incredible sunset from our spot and we slept so well in the quiet setting. Of course, having water and electricity was an added bonus. AT&T and Verizon reception was good as well. A+++++


June 2021

Brats and Boon Heaven

‘Twas an honor and privilege to stay and dine with a Navy midshipman and his lovey bride. So tender to see your love of decades on Love Rd!!! We absolutely loved you Cove. Would like first right of refusal if you move on…
Very Humbly,
Doug and Pam


May 2021

Superhosts is a understatement!

We absolutely loved our stay at Nelson State Park 😁!
Such a beautiful place, level spot with million dollar views, firepit, electric if needed, picnic table and the best of all, amazing wonderful friendly hosts, that made us wish we lived next door!
We stayed for 3 fantastic nights, slept so well in such a quiet area, enjoyed a lovely meal at the local steak house, and found so much to do.
Thank you for one of the best stays we have ever had! We will most certainly miss you and Beatrice!


May 2021

A slice of heaven

We camped on a nice pull thru site on a grassy hillside of this beautiful small farm just outside Cove, Oregon. We were warmly welcomed and given a tour of this lovely farm with views of La Grande and valley to the west and Wallowa foothills to the east. A lot of love has gone into making guests feel welcome by this wonderful host with easy hookups to 30 amp power, water, even a nice picnic table with fire pit and wood provided. One of the most enjoyable camping experiences ever!


May 2021


What a Lovely spot, hosts and puppy!
A perfect way to wind down after time on the I84 corridor. Hope to stop by again and get to know the hosts better.


May 2021

Gorgeous spot, great host!

Bob was very informative, very welcoming, and quite a comedian. Had great chats with him and got a few tips for places to visit. His dog Beatrice is so sweet and playful and I just loved her. The views are amazing, with sunsets and sunrises that just blow your mind. We were lucky enough to get back from a day of exploring at the exact moment the brightest rainbow I've ever seen came across the sky, and a family of deer ran across the field in front if it. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the area. Bob's spot is so lovely, with a picnic table, a fire pit, and even a babbling brook. Horses and cows are in the fields around, and we saw a bunch of quails, a few wild turkeys, and a fox running around. I cannot express how perfectly picturesque it is! Cove is a sweet little town with a surprisingly good ribeye was cooked perfectly, and the cove drive in has great ice cream. I will definitely stay again whenever I'm in the area.


April 2021

A Sweet Couple in an Earthly Paradise

I thoroughly enjoyed my pleasant, albeit short, stay with the Nelsons. After an enjoyable tour of their two-acre property, they invited me on their cozy porch with a blazing woodstove that kept us comfortable as we toasted each other with a nice cold Sauvignon Blanc wine from New Zealand and chatted away about our personal stories--always a pleasure for me. I heartily recommend staying with the Nelsons, and am certain that I shall return there in the near future.


April 2021

Great stay

We had a wonderful and peaceful nights stay. The sunset and views were incredible. Lots of room to roam for the kids, would definitely stay here again.


April 2021

Mountain Hospitality

Our hosts welcomed us like we were family. The parking site is easy to pull into and water and electricity were available. B and B are perfect ambassadors for


March 2021

So peaceful!

We had a delightful stay at “Nelson State Park”. Bob has a level parking space set up for RVers with electricity available. Our host greeted us when we arrived and gave us a friendly tour of his property.

The view of the snow covered mountains to the east and the valley below was amazing.


March 2021

Great to Catch up Again

This is actually my third stay here. Wonderful hospitality as usual. Thanks so much!!


January 2021

Such an Great Visit!

This is my second time here. As before, this stay was very enjoyable. We were able to have some limited visiting with social distancing and masks.

Thanks for the hospitality.



January 2021

Beautiful Property, Friendly Hosts

We loved our short stay here. They have a dedicated pull-through spot that's really well set up. You can see they've put a lot of effort into making it nice for their guests.
Hope we get a chance to stay there again.


September 2020

Wonderful stay!

Our overnight stay was wonderful. We were provided with directions that were spot on. Beautiful sunset and went to sleep with horses grazing across the street. This is a definite recommendation to stop here. Socially distanced visiting with our host was great!


June 2020

A wonderful stay in a beautiful location with an awesome host

bobnelson has such a wonderful location, the drive in from the Interstate is beautiful! Easy to find with wonderful accommodations near a nice little town. Being retired U. S. Navy, the host had a common bond with us as we are also retired Navy. We used the electric hookup. Water was available but we didn’t need it. I believe wifi was available too, but my T-Mobile signal was adequate to stream online television so we didn’t need it either. Host gave a tour of their property and we learned a few new things about RV’ing from our conversations. We didn’t meet Bea(trice), their doggie, but Bambi (the neighbor’s cat that hangs out here) made herself at home, even coming into the trailer when invited. She was a friendly kitty. We would love to spend more time here if we find ourselves in the area again.


November 2019


Welcoming, making us feel right at home!


October 2019

Unparalleled hospitality

I was treated to dinner and wine after Bob assisted me in setting up my rig. I was treated like family. Thanks bobnelson!


October 2019

Gracious hospitality, peaceful setting

Great site, wonderful hospitality (for which we are grateful). Couldn't ask for better. The owners are dedicated RVers and understand the need to decompress after a long day on the road. We look forward to seeing them again.


October 2019

Beautiful Location

We didn't get to meet our hosts since they were out of town, but they were kind enough to let us stay anyway. The location is BEAUTIFUL, we couldn't believe it when we woke up in the morning with the sunlight coming over the mountains. Perfect first stop in Oregon :)


July 2019

What a Delightful Stay!!

B and B are wonderful! They invited me to join them for a hamburger supper (guaranteed to be zero calorie burgers - yay). We visited until bedtime.

After supper I gave a demonstration on home roasting coffee. I think I hooked their granddaughter, C, on this hobby. Two batches were roasted and the results packed into a special coffee bag to savor after I depart.

The next morning, I gave a demo on how I use an Aeropress to brew coffee. We all enjoyed a cuppa before everyone left for various destinations.

Thanks for the wonderful hospitality! I hope to visit again someday.


July 2019

Our newest friends

We arrived as strangers but within 5 minutes of meeting our hosts felt like friends. It was pretty obvious from the response to our stay request and the first phone call that our hosts were going to be fun people. We were welcomed and spent a short time getting to know each other. They made sure we knew where everything we needed was and left us to set up with an invitation to come back later to enjoy some talk around the fire. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and relaxing at their peaceful, beautiful property. This was only our second BW stay but it is going to be hard to beat. We'd love to visit them again next time we are in the area (or meet up somewhere on the road).


July 2019

One Of Our Best Stays Yet!

What can I say about Bob & Betsy, they are great people. Betsy was gracious enough to make us some amazing home cooked meals. Betsy loves white wines from New Zealand & Bob enjoys wine and beer. They were some of the most amazing host we have ever had. They made us feel like family and after we worked during the day we spent the evenings with them sitting around a campfire with some drinks and great conversation. We work remotely in our RV and we were able to get a lot of work done during the day in such a quiet and relaxing environment. The property is beautiful with amazing views of mountains and the valley. We are already looking forward to seeing them next time we are in the area!


June 2019

Highest level of satisfaction

Difficult to exceed others’ very positive reviews of not only the accommodations but more so the hospitality offered by the hosts. They make it so easy to feel totally comfortable d at home. I have absolutely no reservations about recommending them as top-notch hosts.


June 2019

Excellent Boondocker

Thank you for the opportunity to stay in your paradise. Your hospitality was very much appreciated. I would love to come back if we ever get back in the area. Loved spending time with Bob and Betsy their location and boondocking area is perfect. Thanks so much my new friends. Safe travels.


May 2019

Super Friendly!

Thanks guys! Host were super friendly and extremely accommodating! Invited us in for wine and a great chat on their back porch. Nelson State Park is obviously well cared for 😂!


May 2019

On a scale of 1-10, definitely a 10!

The hosts treated us and our dog like beloved family from the moment we met them and by the end of our 3-night stay, we didn't want to leave and felt like we gained lifelong friends. Their place was amazing and we found ourselves calling it home when we were out sightseeing. They are the epitome of perfect boondockers hosts, exceeding our wildest expectations! Their 2-acre "park" was outstanding for great views, headquarters for exploring Hell's Canyon and the
Interpretive center, and enjoying the beautiful nature including the neighborhood outside cat that befriended us. If you have the opportunity to stay with these folks, we highly recommend it!


April 2019

Awesome Stay

Bob and Betsy are fantastic and generous hosts.
Very much enjoyed their company. A great setup for visiting RV's. Beautiful views.
Would love to get back there sometime.


November 2018

Best stay yet

You will never meet kinder, more inviting people than Bob and Betsy! We had a lovely time sitting around the fire and having a glass of wine with them... and we hope to do it again soon! Their place is peaceful and wonderful as well :) thanks for a great stop and electrical hook-up!


October 2018

Highest Rating for Bob and Betsy

Bob and Betsy are the best hosts you can imagine, and their dog's not so bad either. We had a fantastic stay here, the site was perfect (easy parking, beautiful views, picnic table, fire ring, and a lovely yard available for use) and Bob and Betsy provided a lot of useful local information. Hop we can get back to stay here again!


October 2018


So much more than I expected. Friendly, opened their house to me . Long pull through with power and Bob went out of his way to pull hoses for me to fill up with water before I left. My first and it was wonderful. My thanks to the N..

for their hospitality.


August 2018


Like old friends. Hope our paths cross again.


August 2018

All I can say is "WOW"...!

Bob, Betsy and Violet the wonder dog…
Thanks you for providing me with a fantastic boondocking experience. Soon after arriving I was parked, set up and hooked up in record time… I really appreciate all the consideration both of you showed me, you are very giving family… Your property truly is a park, and it shows many years of TLC and I’m glad I was able to experience it. A bonus for me is your hillside location that gave me a panoramic view of the night sky to enjoy my telescope… Another special treat were the dinners and conversations we shared. In our short time together all three of you became very special to me.
Thanks also for allowing me to extend my stay so I could take the AF plant tour. When I come this way again I’ll definitely give you a call.


August 2018

Delightful hosts in park-like setting

I can’t overstate how positive our experience was at the Nelson’s. Their property on the eastern side of the Wallowas is breathtakingly beautiful. They have outfitted their space to be graciously accommodating to those of us visiting their property — complete with electricity on a level space with views in every direction. They were generous, informative, and friendly hosts. I hope we can remain in touch and return the favor of their hospitality.


July 2018


Bob and Betsy are absolutely two of my favorite people! Violet is amazing! This is a little piece of heaven. The parking and hospitality are exemplary.


June 2018

Wonderful stay!!

The spot is a little piece of heaven on earth. Everything has been taken care of. The garden is beautiful, the view is beautiful and the host very funny!! Thank you for a wonderful stay.


May 2018

"A Wee Bit of Heaven!"

Betsy, Bob and Violet always hit a warm and friendly 'home-run' out of their lovely "Nelson State Park"!
Thank you for another great visit to 'NSP' in Cove, OR! Susie and Doyle Hughes


May 2018

Superlative Stay

There are not enough wonderful adjectives in our vocabulary to describe this stay. Our hosts were so friendly and welcoming and made us feel right at home. And such a beautiful spot!! Our one regret was that we could not stay longer. We highly recommend this stay.

Poste family

September 2017

Fantastic hosts

I cannot tell how much we loved to stay at bobnelson's place. We were received like family, had a great night and the kids really enjoyed the company of their lovely dog.

Judy and Larry

August 2017

So warm and welcoming

Bobnelson were just what we needed. Our front brakes had to be unexpectedly replaced. We'd been towed to Baker City on Monday morning - finally got brakes fixed by 4pm. We're not a fan of state parks and we were hot and tired - not sure where to go. On a whim, I emailed Bob and he called back almost immediately. We were only an hour away. Their property is beautiful - they invited us in and treated us like family. Even shared dinner and non-stop conversation. Thank you!

Judy & Larry
(Wanda & Vern)


August 2017

Such nice hosts!

Bobnelson are fellow RV'ers so they know just what is needed; great instructions, flexibility and such warm hospitality! They let me ask 1000 questions about their area, the history and they gave me wonderful beef tacos! Great discussion and a wonderful young woman (their granddaughter) made this a memorable stop. The spot where they live is special too; a great view, lots of critters (wild and domestic) and a nice neighborhood. I would love to come back and stay longer but I was within kissing distance of seeing my son so I had to move along!

Hope they come visit NY!



August 2017

Wonderful Host and Hostess; and your property is gorgeous!

Thank you, Nelsons! We had a most wonderful time in June this year! All your efforts to provide for a lovely stay was met and surpassed! Many Thanks, Doyle and Susie Hughes


November 2016

A VERY short 15 miles off the hyway

Wow what a great experience, gave a LOT more than just a gravel lot to park beef stew, apple pie and great friendship. Oh ya I guess I'm not suppose to tell you about the stew and pie. Don't be put off by the short drive off the hyway, the view at night alone is worth it. The only downside was we didn't have enough time to stay long but there is always the return trip home from the Baja right? Thanks again Bob and Betsy

Larry Dean Jackson

September 2016

Great communication

Was unable to stay because he already had so many staying. But was great at communicating, especially as he checked for extra space. Thanks


September 2016

They set the bar HIGH

Bob and Betsy are the friends you've always had but never met! WOW all I can say is they are amazing. Had a blast at dinner with some beers and as Bob would say, swapping lies and telling stories. They also brought water and 50 amps right to the rig. Their pup violet is amazing too! We came as strangers and left as friends. Truly great host!


July 2016

Wow... what a lovely host couple

We stopped for one evening on our southbound journey to Mexico and we will definitely be stopping by again. What a wonderful host couple... and so organized !!! Shelley was taking photos of Bob's camping gear and workshop to post inside my shop just to keep me motivated on how it should/could be done. We had a lovely evening. Thank you.


July 2016

Outstanding hosts!!

We only stopped for a night, but ended up staying two nights because our truck needed some repairs. I'm only mildly mechanical, so with Bob's lead and tools, we found the problem but weren't able to fix it because the issue was a bit advanced for both of us. He recommended a local mechanic and the truck was fixed the next day. Thanks, Bob!!

The evenings were cool and pleasant, and so was the company of Bob and Betsy, sharing stories of our RV adventures, mishaps, and good times. We'd love to see them again when we pass back through the area.

And then there's Violet. Violet is a dog. Violet is a big, happy dog. My kids love Violet. Violet loves my kids. You'll remember one another fondly. :)


July 2016

Boondocker Heaven !!

Thank you - "B,B,V&PC" for a great stay! Very welcoming, informative, & supportive, great RV site, easy in and out, loving golden-doodle, very well behaved - "Pet Coyote", Our very first Boondock Welcome experience and they set the 'hosting bar' very very high! Love you guys !! D&S, DPS Life Members


October 2015

Wonderful folks with great location

Bob and Betsy were wonderful hosts. The are a bit off the beaten path (I-84) however, it's worth the drive. Lovely, quiet rural, scenic spot with electricity and water. Had a lot of fun talking over a delightful dinner. Got to meet sweet Violet Labradoodle and her friend, a visiting inspiring dog, Bell. It was the highlight of my week and I'll surely make my way back any time I'm in the area to reconnect. Highly recommend!


June 2015

Warm Welcome

Warm welcome, delicious dinner, beautiful and shaded parking space, electricity, laughter, and friendship.
Bob and Betsy are wonderful people, and made us feel at home and part of the family immediately.
On our next trip to Montana, we will make it a point to travel this direction again, just to reconnect.
Thank you for hosting us and becoming our friends!

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