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Rob DeHarpport’s Mountain correspondence report: Keeping it in the family at Crescent Creek Cottages and RV Park

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Crescent Creek Cottages’ office and store Rob DeHarpport photo

By ROB DEHARPPORT/ For The Herald  —   As we are hopefully navigating through the final stages of 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been devastating to so many businesses, perhaps we should focus a bit on those that have survived and maybe even thrived.


Up here “on the mountain” near Crescent Lake, we have several that I will write about in future articles. Today’s article will feature Crescent Creek Cottages located just a couple of miles east of Crescent Lake Junction.

Crescent Creek Cottages were built beginning in 1935 before Highway 58 was completed. The Highway construction was completed and dedicated in 1940.

Bill Brock, the legend

Bill Brock’s Crescent Creek gas station/store in the 1930’s

Bill Brock is an outdoorsman of local Cascade Mountain legend. He purchased the Crescent Creek acreage where he built a tourist camp in 1934. He did this after selling his homestead that was located across the Creek from Crescent Creek Campground on the cut-off road. Brock was a hunting and fishing guide in the area from 1906-1935. He also took over management of Odell Lake Lodge in 1918. Brock had also worked to build the Odell Lake log resort with Thomas McCord in 1912.

It is believed that Brock and his two bear hunting hounds “Nip” and “Tuck” pursued and killed one of the last grizzly bears in the Cascades in October of 1906. Numerous newspapers at the time account for the story.
Nip and Tuck Lakes are named in honor of Brock’s bear dogs. Brock Meadow and Brock Creek on the North Fork Willamette are namesakes of Brock’s family who settled in the Oakridge area.
But I digress. Back to Crescent Creek Cottages. After a handful of owners succeeded Mr. Brock over the years at Crescent Creek Cottages, Darrel and Kerry Ellington purchased the Cottages, RV Park and store in 2000. Kerry left a career as a paralegal to sell real estate and operate the resort. Darrell had just retired from the Air National Guard.
Soon after getting settled at Crescent Creek Cottages with their young son Bill, their adult daughter Mary would join them in a few years. Darrell was called back to active duty twice to the Middle East conflict and Iraq war as they began their new adventure along the banks of Crescent Creek.

Keeping it in the family

The Crescent Creek family: Mary, Chris and young Joe Dershon on left. Kerry and Darrel Ellington on right Rob DeHarpport photo

Recently, the Ellingtons have passed the torch of ownership to their daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Mary Dershon. The transition began in May and has been seamless. Chris had been a co-owner with his brother of Crescent Creek Construction in the area for several years. Mary had recently worked at the Gilchrist schools.

COVID-19 has been rough on many people and businesses. Social restrictions have been noted to bring depression, anxiety, and sadly, even suicide. People have sought the outdoor activities and camping as an escape more than ever. In the National Forest campgrounds, it’s hard to find a camp spot. Most have been booked full. Resorts such as Crescent Creek Cottages and RV Park have survived quite well as folks have been yearning for the outdoors and any chance to get out of the cities and the houses.
Crescent Creek Cottages offers 5 fully equipped cabins, several nice RV spots with water, sewer and electrical hookups as well as several tent sites. All are located along the serene Crescent Creek. A small store provides ice, beverages and more. Showers are also available. Located at mile post 71.5 on Highway 58, phone 541-433-2324 for reservations.

Close to everything outdoors

Chris, Mary and their son Joe will be happy to offer advice on where to explore beyond the resort. Crescent Creek Cottages is located centrally to all of the High Cascade Lakes. The Willamette Pass Ski Area, miles of snowmobiling, off road and hiking trails, and the Pacific Crest Trail are close by. It’s only 3-4 miles from Crescent and Odell lakes. Crater Lake, Miller Lake and Diamond Lake are also all close enough for day trip from Crescent Creek Cottages and RV Park. It is a great place for your outdoor recreation base camp!
Darrell and Kerry worked very hard for 20+ years to make their guests comfortable and feel like family. Many returning guests have commented exactly that in many reviews. Numerous guests return annually and reserve cabins or RV sites for weeks or months at a time.
Chris, Mary and Joe are striving to continue the friendly legacy passed on by Darrell and Kerry. They have not left the area, though. In fact, you are often likely to see them around the resort visiting with guests or lending a hand.
So, if you’re looking to get away, bring the family, relax, enjoy the area, and become part of the Crescent Creek Cottages family of friends.

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