Witness describes feeling watched at deserted campground near Beacon Rock

Oregonbigfoot.com file# 03917


Date:March , 1998 or 1999
Clark county, WA
Nearest town:
Skamania/North Bonneville
Nearest road:
Hwy 14
Cool and Damp
late afternoon
Camp Ground in Beacon Rock State Park off of Hwy 14 next to the Columbia River. On the Columbia River side of Hwy 14 there is a parking lot for a scenic overlook for Beacon Rock which sits in the Columbia River. Across Hwy 14 there is a road that leads into a camp ground. This road is pretty steep with a couple of switchbacks.


Description of event: I was living in Portland, Oregon at the time.
In either late March or early April of either 1998 or 1999 I was taking a drive west on Hwy 14 towards Vancouver. I saw a sign for Beacon Rock overlook and decided to stop. I also noticed that across the street was a road that lead to a camp ground up the side of the cliff.

The camp ground was still closed for winter and the entrance gate was shut. Since I like to camp, I decided to go around the gate and walk up to the camp ground to have a look around. The road leading up was less then a 1/4 of a mile long, but was pretty steep.I was short of breath when I reached the top.

I took a quick walk around the edge of the camp area, checking out each site. I then walked to the south edge to get a view of the Columbia River.

The restrooms were between me and the rest of the camp ground. When walking out from behind the restroom building I had a strange feeling that I was not up there alone and that either a person or an animal was watching me from the tree line

I had been camping and hiking many times alone in the past and had never had such a feeling. The more I thought about it the stronger the feeling became and I decided that it was not a good idea for me to be up there by myself and unarmed. I quickly walked out of the camp ground and started heading down the switch back road. Fear intensified as I half walked and half ran down the road. When I reached the bottom next to the entrance gate I was so nerve-wracked that when I looked up and saw the Beacon Rock it startled me. I crossed the street and got into my car and drove home.

I have gone hiking and camping since then, but that is the only time that I have gotten spooked like that for no reason. It is a memory that I have thought about many times, wondering why I got so scared all of a sudden. When I read about some sightings where people have had the same feeling, I decided to include my experience.

I knew very little about the Bigfoot phenomena before just a few months ago.I was just messing around on the internet and I stumbled onto this website which led me to others. In fact I do not even remember seeing the Patterson Film before a few months ago, except for maybe in a documentary where it was explained away by skeptics. I just always remember that experience I had at that camp ground and have never had fear come up on me like that before.

After, doing a little bit of research on the subject, I wonder if in fact I was being watched and my instincts told me to get out of there. I am from Florida and live there now, but I lived in Portland, Oregon for 3 years. Before that I lived in Redding, California for 1 year.

I have physically been, and camped out, in 2 of the places where the recordings on your website have been taken. Klamath. California ( I slept in the back of my pick up truck - had a topper shell on it) for the few nights while I was in that area checking out the Redwoods. I also camped out for 6 weeks straight in a tent near Estacada, Oregon when I first moved to Portland. It was the early summer of 1996 and I was staying at a camp ground in Milo Mclver State Park.

My last year in Oregon I owned an old class C motor home, that I towed a jeep behind. Almost every weekend I would go camping in that area. The two spots I went the most where Yale Lake near Cougar, Washington on the south side of Mt. St. Helens, and in the Tillimook State Forest. Sometimes I would drive this motor home way down a logging road and stay the night. That is an intense feeling. I would also drive my jeep around these logging roads at night by myself. Back then I did not really believe in Bigfoot, because if I did, I do not think I would have done that.
Take Care

Source: oregonbigfoot.com
record updated:2007-09-04 23:24:54