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Trout Creek Camp - a Rustic Get-away in the Williamette Valley

Bedrooms 1
Space sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Trout Creek Camp is a family-owned property of over 200 forested acres, streams and waterfalls located in the foothills of the Willamette Valley, about a one-hour drive from Portland.

Your rustic cabin is located directly on the confluence of rushing Trout Creek and the sparking Molalla River, a tributary of the majestic Columbia.

The cabin has panoramic views of the clean, clear river, teeming with salmon and trout. Birds abound. You may frequently see river otters or beavers building their homes. Old-growth and second-growth fir, pine and cedar trees surround you.

Over 100 years old, the cabin has a large master bedroom, living room, large kitchen/dining room, a sleeping loft and large bathroom. A broad sitting porch looks over scenic Trout Creek, perfect for reading, writing or relaxing. The cabin easily sleeps four.

The soothing sounds of the river and creek will wash away your everyday cares. Plunge into the crystal clear water to swim in the natural pools, or hike up the river to the rapids and waterfalls.

Enjoy rhododendron blooming in the spring or pick blackberries in the summer. Try your luck fishing for the salmon lazily circling in the river (license required). Hike the trails on the property or through the adjacent conservation lands.

This rustic retreat is ideal for nature lovers, writers, hikers, fishermen and contemplative types.

If you require all the modern conveniences, this beautiful property may not be the best fit for you. Cell phone service is spotty. But there are two wood-burning stoves, refrigerator, hot-plate, microwave, washer and dryer, a landline phone and internet access.

Welcome the evening sitting beside a fire in one of two outdoor fire pits, one with the creek view and one with the river view.

More Details

Bill Rowan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Bill Rowan

This rustic retreat is a place to sit and read on the porch overlooking Trout Creek all day long. You can fish for the salmon that swim in lazy circles in the deep cool water of the Molalla River. You can take long walks around the property and the adjacent conservation areas. As a day comes to a close, you can watch the stars from around the campfire, or snuggle up inside near the wood burning stove.

Bill Rowan purchased this cabin in 1910

Why Bill Rowan chose Oregon

This property has been in our family for generations. My feisty grandmother resisted many efforts by logging concerns to buy the lumber rights, or to build logging roads through the property. As a result, it is now a rare example of virgin first and second growth forest. The home is extremely private. Except for the caretaker who lives on site, the closest neighbor is over a mile away. It is rustic, comfortable, and truly away from it all.

What makes this cabin unique

Trout Creek Camp is not fancy and not modern. But if you, like us, appreciate simplicity, and enjoy nature in all its wonder, your needs and expectations will be more than met.


Molalla Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Trout Creek Camp - a Rustic Get-away in the Williamette Valley
average rating of 4.4 based on 10 reviews

Top notch river property for fishing and fireside chats. Cabin is rustic but has everything needed.

  • 4 of 5

I would come back here, particularly in the late spring/early summer.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular setting....

  • 2 of 5

Hosts were charming; setting is spectacular.. the deficits were discouraging: no dry kindling for the fire, not enough paper to get the fire restarted in the morning. The moldy coffee grounds in the coffee maker set me off in deciding not to stay the second night, We had hoped to return for additional future stays and would have preferred to share our concerns directly with the hosts but do not have a means to do so. the hosts are new, and I think the setting is more often used for spring, summer and fall days. We were visiting in the harsh rains of Christmas week to be close to family. I doubt that these issues which caused us to leave after one night, would not occur routinely. Had we discussed our concerns with the hosts I am sure they would have provided for our needs. We had accomplished our visits with family and simply preferred to go home without discussing our reasons with the hosts---.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We wondered where you guys had gone. I'm sorry that you found the setting so outside your taste we regret if we as hosts played any part in that. I understand that it can be quite a challenge to start a fire without a large base of very dry kindling. I apologize if there wasn't enough provided. I would have happily chopped some of the maple that was outside the door or even gone across the street to find a dry cedar log if I had been aware. You are the first unhappy lodgers we've hosted so far and I hope that we can have you back for another night some time and impress you with a better experience. Please let us know if you would consider giving it another try and we'll cover you for the night you didn't spend at the cabin and then some. Sincerely, Zeph
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Paradise close to home.

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing. Please just take my word for it and do not go see for yourself.

Who knew that paradise could be so close! Such friendly people... ( Ian... you are the best )

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Trout Creek was awesome

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed 2 days and I added on a day and then almost added on another day because it was so wonderful. The cabin is cozy, yes it is rustic, but very nicely outfitted. Slept well in comfortable beds listening to the sound of the creek. Had a great time swimming in the river. It was chilly, but so private and peaceful. The owners even had inner tubes and air mattresses on the beach so we were able to just float and relax and watch the bald eagle fly overhead. The caretaker was very helpful and easy to communicate with. He is right next door but not at all intrusive and made me feel safe being there alone for a night. I got to meet the owners who were very nice, welcoming people that showed me some old pictures of a covered bridge that used to be there. No tv, but a nice stereo to keep us company while we played games in the evening. Kitchen was well equipped with really pretty dishes.

Two feedback items. It doesn't sleep as many as it says it does. If our original plan of 4 of us staying would have happened, we would have been tight for sleeping. There are two double beds. A person could sleep on the couch, but if you have 4 single people and two of them on the large side it would not have been comfortable for any of us. The other thing is that you have to climb a ladder to get to the loft. A challenge for this fat old lady, but I made it. Keep in mind that getting to the loft may be difficult for older or people with physical challenges.

I would go back on a moments notice. I almost hate to review it so well, for selfish reasons. I want it to be available when I want to go. The outdoors is perfectly set up. There is a porch with a table and chairs, so even if it was raining, you could eat outside in view of the creek. Closer to the creek is a fire pit and a barbecue area. Great place for reading a book or watching kids play in the creek.

Be sure to bring warm clothes even if it is 100 degrees outside. The evenings get really cool being by the river and the creek. I was told that ahead of time and didn't listen. I should have listened as I got very cold at night...good thing for the wood stove and the nicely cut kindling and fire wood.

I recommend for age 55 plus, since I am 65, but be aware of the challenge of getting to the loft.

My one wish is that they allowed dogs. The dog would have been great company on my one night alone and he would have loved swimming in the river.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic, Restful, Rejuvenating!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved our time at the Molalla cabin! The young ones loved Trout Creek and the older folks swam and fished in the river! My son- in-law caught a huge salmon on our last day! The claw foot bath tub was piece of the past as was not having a TV, how wonderful to have a respite from technology. The caretaker had everything ready for us and he was friendly and helpful. It was a vacation to be remembered!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic yet Roomy

  • 5 of 5

The size of the rooms are much larger then they appear in the images. The house had all the kitchen items I have in my own house which made cooking a breeze, down to the olive oil and measuring cups. The most important aspect of this cabin is the outdoor gathering spaces that are available. There is a cooking area where the grill is, a scenic seating area near a bubbling brook, a scenic elevated overlook great for picnicking, and a PRIVATE BEACH. It is tiny, but it is beautiful. All four of these outdoor spaces are so separated you cannot see any of these outdoor spots from the other, as the property extends several miles. We will visit again perhaps with more people, as just going with the two of us seemed like a waste.

Roger the caretaker was very friendly and helpful. Felt like I could knock on his door if I needed something, but also did not feel intruded on at all.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Molalla Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Firewood $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Portland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
The Tap Room, The Spot, White Horse Saloon,
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Arrowhead Golf Club
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mt Hood Ski Bowl, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Car: necessary

The closest town, Mollala, is eight miles away by a newly paved road, for those times when you want groceries, a hearty lumberjack breakfast, excellent Mexican food, or to start a day of antiquing and exploring. Wonderful wineries, hiking trails, hot springs, and Mount Hood are within easy driving distance for day trips.


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