The McGovern Residence is a magical little world we’ve created at the base of the Blue Mountains. We’re about an hour South of Palouse Falls, an hour East of Walla Walla wine country, and about an hour West of Lewiston. Our property consists of 28 acres on the Tucannon River with mature Ponderosa Pines, wildflowers, curated gardens, hiking trails, incredible valley views, and direct access to 1.4 million acres of public land. Multiple stocked lakes are accessible for fishing just a few miles up the road.
Close to the river, The Flat can accommodate up to 2 tents and 4 people. The main campsite includes a hammock, picnic table, fire ring with benches, and parking for up to 2 cars. Immediately off the parking area is a secondary site with another picnic table and fire ring for those camping directly out of their vehicle. Campers have a faucet for fresh potable water and an outhouse for 24/7 bathroom needs. A short path from either campsite leads to a small river clearing for cooling off and lazy afternoons by the water. The Flat is the only site that we offer and we keep the group size low to ensure a peaceful and relaxing experience for everyone. We allow tents, cars, and smaller camper vans, but unfortunately cannot accommodate trailers or RV’s.
The main property is a pocket of green with mature cottonwood, ponderosa pines, choke cherry and elder scrub. Our property borders the Wooten Wildlife area which leads into the Umatilla National Forest – so that’s 1.4 million acres of public lands directly to our South. Just down the road are some really great hiking trails and access points to the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, or if you prefer to stay close, our property gains 1000′ from river to property line. An afternoon trek to the top is challenging but provides a spectacular panoramic view of the Tucannon River valley. Pack some beer and some snacks and hang out for a wicked sunset. We’re working hard on our hiking trail – currently it’s 1/2 mile (1 mile round trip), and growing in length by the week.
During your stay you’ll probably see some wild turkey, quail, and some white tailed or mule deer. The area is known to have cougars (we run into them occasionally) bighorn sheep, rattlesnake, black bears, bobcats, and even the occasional moose! There’s no shortage of wildlife in the area, and we enjoy when they visit us. Be on the lookout at dusk for the nightly bat show! We also have a flock of chickens that free-range during the day, so don’t be surprised to get a visitor or two poking around for scraps.
Our property is rural, but not isolated. Depending on where you stake your tent you might see some neighbors, but we can direct you to the right spot if you want to avoid it. The towns of Dayton and Pomeroy are both about 20 minutes away. Both have their own charm and offer a grocery store, a couple bars, gas, and supplies. There’s an RV park and general store about a mile up the road if you need some quick essentials or a few gallons of gas.
At the center of the property is a log cabin we’re slowly renovating. We live here full time so when we’re home we’re out and about working on projects or clearing brush. You’ll see us wandering, so interact with us as much as you want or just do your thing. This is our home and we like to host, but it’s not necessary. On that note, this is not a ‘campground’. We have a beautiful property with a campsite and want to share it! We hope you enjoy yourself while also respecting our home 🙂