Sam Owen Campground is on Lake Pend Oreille; pronounced Pond O’ray.
We workamped as Area Managers here in August and September of 2010. I thought potential visitors might like some photos of the campground.
Sam Owen Campground is in a deer reserve. The deer are used to people being around so they don’t startle easily. However, they are still wild animals and can turn on you in a moment. Deer are known for stomping someone to death with their front legs. So, don’t send your kids out to feed them!
The campground has a nice Day Use area with a sandy beach for swimming without pets. The shoreline on the right side of the boat launch is available for pets with their owners to swim.
Look for Sam Owen Campground about 12 miles east of Sandpoint, Idaho. It is open from May to September. There are both reservable campsites and first-come-first-served sites. There are no hookups but there is drinking water available and a dump station in the campground. The map indicates sites that are reserveable via www.recreation.gov:
I love it when I can get 15 seconds of fame! So, when Kelly Fenley from the Eugene newspaper The Register-Guard called, I jumped on it!
Occasionally, a journalist wants to do a story on ‘what local retirees are doing’. When Kelly called American Land and Leisure, Gary referred him to us. Gary Huntington is the Hiring Manager in the Orem, Utah based company. Don and I are Area Managers for AL&L in the Siuslaw National Forest, Central Coast Ranger District.
Since I’m already talking about myself, I’ll just extend this 15 seconds to 20.
I’m not above laughing at myself. I think Don wanted to document the size of the tree that I actually cut down. Don gets up-close-and-personal with a real chainsaw. But I’ll only use this battery-operated pole saw. I usually just trim off branches. When he showed me the pix, I thought I looked a little nervous. hahaha Like, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 6 foot pole!”
If you can’t make work fun, what’s the point in getting out of bed in the morning? Mind you I was whining, the whole time, that the battery wouldn’t last.
You’ve got to love people to workamp in campgrounds. If you are happy to greet people, between shoveling fire pits and cleaning toilets, they will feel welcome.
Another aspect of workamping for AL&L is fee collection. Most people are good about paying their fees “within 30 minutes of arrival” as the rule goes. But for those who don’t seem to think it is important, Don has a unique way of explaining what the campground and day use fees are used for…and timing can emphasize the point.
What? You say there’s a log in the tent area?
We are ready to tackle anything for you!
We appreciate all the customer feedback.
If the customer gives any negative feedback, it is an opportunity to fix something that is broken. If they give positive feedback, we have a better chance of repeating our good behavior!