A former guard station along the picturesque Alsea River is now a rental property that provides a unique camping experience.

Located about 20 miles east of Philomath on Highway 34, the Alsea Guard Station has historic significance as being the only Depression-era guard station remaining in the Siuslaw District.

The three-acre site was acquired in the 1930s for the purpose of constructing a guard, or forest ranger, station office, says Laurie Starha, director of Benton County Natural Areas and Parks. Then, a residence and garage were constructed in 1935. It is the only station remaining in the Siuslaw National Forest.

A partnership signed between Benton County and the Siuslaw National Forest paved the way for the guard station to become a rental property, operated by the county’s Natural Areas and Parks department. The property has been available for rent since 2016.

If offers a quiet camping area, great for fishing, hiking, nature walking, swimming and possible wildlife sightings. It’s a great way to get away from it all, without having to drive very far.

The guard station’s location across from a county park with a boat ramp to the Alsea River makes the site particularly appealing if you’re looking to fish for salmon or enjoy a quiet retreat on the river.

The cabin has been updated with central heating, hot and cold running water, a full-size refrigerator, microwave, and furniture to sleep seven individuals within the two bedroom, one-and-a-half bath cabin. There is no oven or stove, and no air conditioning. An outside grill is provided for cooking.

There is no smoking or fireworks allowed, and you cannot clean fish in the house. Cost is $80 per night, year-round, with a $10 online reservation fee, and $100 refundable cleaning deposit. Discount given to renters ages 62 and older. Pets welcome with an additional fee. Learn more at co.benton.or.us/parks/page/alsea-guard-station or call 541-766-6871. ☸

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