Pekin Ferry - A Brief History
As a physical location, this bio-rich location has been a part of Native American and Euro-American history dating back hundreds of years. As a buisness, Pekin Ferry was founded in the 1860's as Davis Landing. From the beginning this unique river property has served its local communities. In its founding Pekin Ferry was an important destination linked to the Oregon Trail and the Oregon Land Trust Act and was passed by Lewis and Clark. As Davis Landing this home/business served early American steamers and managed a cable ferry across the Lewis River to the Town of Pekin. In the early 1900's ownership changed and Davis Landing was renamed to Pekin Ferry after the ferry boat that used to service the Town of Pekin on the other side of the Lewis. Although Pekin Ferry has seen multiple owners and many different souls since its founding the core remains the same. A beautiful, soulful location full of unique characters serving a community and a curious worlds need for natural access and personal escape.
Pekin Ferry offers several day use amenities to help you relax and escape including:
Kayak, canoe and boat launching
Picnic tables and sitting areas
Playground with swings, slides and sandbox
Canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals
Be aware that launch and park may be subject to closures. See the events page for more detail.
Camping at Pekin Ferry
Camping at Pekin Ferry is a special experience that changes with the seasons. Our peak season during the summer months is cooled by the river breeze and graced with picturesque sunsets. All camping is by reservation only and check in is required before set up. We follow an 11pm-8am quiet time and offer the ability for after hours check in. We offer several types of sites including pull through, back in, pull in and tent.
Camping availability is dependent on season, weather and scheduled events. Please check the events page to ensure that the field is not rented at the time you are planning your visit. Special events require tickets and may have special guidlines about your camp and visitors that are in addition to the Pekin Ferry guidlines (ex. 21+, no RV's, etc).
Pricing and Reservations
Dogs must be on a leash at all times, please scoop your poop.
No glass bottles are permitted. Please bring plastic cups to pour your glass bottles in to and take all bottles with you when you leave.
Campfires permitted in approved burning containers only, please do not burn the grass and NO fires on the ground.
Guests are expected to comply with any onsite requests regarding noise or space.
All guests will register with the camp host.
Full rules provided by camp host at registration.