Top Tent Camping near Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Best Tent Camping Sites Near Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, OR (249)

    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Campground Yurts and Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Campground Yurts and Cabins
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    1.

    Lost Lake Campground Yurts and Cabins

    35 Reviews
    221 Photos
    588 Saves
    North Bonneville, Washington

    Lost Lake Campground is couched between beautiful Lost Lake and Mount Hood. From Lost Lake Butte, the valley view is breathtaking, and from the viewpoint, guests can revel in the most majestic view of Mt. Hood, its glaciers and Lost Lake. Another one of the many attractions at Lost Lake Campground is the old growth boardwalk, an interpretive trail the meanders through one of Oregon's large old growth stands. Recreation Lost Lake Campground offers an abundance of activities. Campers have access to a resort store, which offers: canoe, kayak, wooden boats, metal fishing boats and stand-up paddleboard rentals. Whether you are a professional angler looking to catch that prized German Brown or a first-timer, there is something for everyone. Additionally, there are a number of trails near the campground ranging in length from 1/4 mile to over 100 miles resulting in numerous hiking and biking opportunities. Other activities include bird watching, berry picking, swimming, waterfall finding or simply enjoying one of the many scheduled activities such as telescoped stargazing, special Forest Service events or live music. Facilities Lost Lake Campground is adjacent to a full service resort with a variety of campsites to accommodate all types of visitors, including group, family and single campsites. In addition to the campsites, there are cabins, yurts, lodge rooms and an extensively stocked general store on site. There is drinking water at designated locations and pit toilets throughout. Each site has a designated tenant location, picnic table and fire ring. Firewood is available for purchase at the general store. This campground has a minimum three night stay on weekends and holidays. Natural Features Mother Nature went the extra mile when it came to Lost Lake. The surrounding topography is rugged, mountainous and magical. The flora and fauna is abundant and easily accessible. These attributes culminate in making Lost Lake Campground one of the most popular in Oregon. Nearby Attractions Nearby Wahtum Lake offers a great daily excursion or hike to one of the four surrounding waterfalls. On the way up to Lost Lake or on the way down, try stopping at one of the many fruit stands that blanket the Hood River Valley. ADA Access: N

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    Ainsworth State Park Campground

    38 Reviews
    189 Photos
    187 Saves
    North Bonneville, Washington

    Welcome to Ainsworth State Park Campground, nestled near Cascade Locks, Oregon. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to explore the Columbia River Gorge. The campground operates from March 10 to October 31, offering a great base for your adventures during the warmer months.

    The campground is known for its cleanliness and well-maintained facilities. You'll find hot showers and spotless restrooms, which are always a plus after a day of hiking or exploring. There are plenty of RV spots with full hookups, and a few tent sites as well. If you're traveling with kids, they'll love the play area with slides and swings.

    One of the standout features here is the easy access to the stunning waterfalls and historic Route 30. Just a short drive away, you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Gorge. The campground itself is surrounded by lush greenery and thick trees, making it a picturesque place to relax.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. And if you need to stock up on supplies, there's a market on-site. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire in the evenings.

    Some campers have mentioned the nearby railway track, which can be a bit noisy at night, but most find it manageable, especially if you're in an RV. Overall, Ainsworth State Park Campground is a fantastic spot to enjoy the great outdoors and explore one of Oregon's most beautiful regions.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Tucker Park Campground

    31 Reviews
    64 Photos
    378 Saves
    Hood River, Oregon

    Tucker Park Campground, nestled near Hood River, OR, is a gem for those looking to escape into nature without straying too far from civilization. This place has a lot going for it, especially if you enjoy the sound of a river lulling you to sleep. The campground operates from April 1 to October 31, offering a solid stretch of time to enjoy its amenities.

    For $25 a night, you get access to flush toilets, showers (75 cents for 3 minutes), and fire pits. The sites are level, making it easy to set up camp, whether you're in a tent, RV, or looking for a bit of glamping. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Visitors have praised the friendly and helpful camp hosts, who seem to go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. The campground is first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly, especially during peak times. There are around 90 spots, and even if you arrive late, you might still snag a spot.

    The river is a major highlight, providing a serene backdrop and a soothing soundtrack for your camping experience. Some campers have mentioned the excellent facilities, comparing them favorably to those found in glamping sites. The bathrooms are clean and spacious, though they show a bit of age.

    If you're looking for a quiet, well-maintained spot with easy access to Hood River's outdoor activities, Tucker Park Campground is a solid choice. Whether you're here for a quick getaway or a longer stay, the combination of natural beauty and practical amenities makes it a standout option.

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    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
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    $25 - $60 / night

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    Mt Hood Village Resort

    42 Reviews
    209 Photos
    281 Saves
    Rhododendron, Oregon

    Reaching an elevation of 11,240 feet, and capped with several large glaciers, Mount Hood is Oregon’s tallest peak. It lies just an hour’s drive east of Portland, and beckons locals and visitors alike to enjoy its extensive outdoor recreation opportunities. With more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails on and around the mountain, there’s a path for every ability and interest. Several lakes and rivers around the mountain offer swimming, fishing and paddling. For the adventurous, there’s walls for rock climbing, and guided ascents to the mountain’s summit. In winter, the mountain offers four ski areas and numerous Sno-Parks for shushing, sliding and riding down its snowy slopes. Unique to Mount Hood, there’s even summer skiing on the Palmer Snowfield, which is located above the historic Timberline Lodge. Located on the doorstep of the mountain, Mt. Hood Village RV Resort offers a wide selection of year-round camping and lodging options. The resort offers 300 full- and partial-hookup RV sites, as well as a tent camping area, cottages, cabins, yurts and tiny houses. All sites are equipped with picnic tables and cooking grills, and have access to water faucets, flush restrooms, and shower and laundry facilities. Most sites are shady and wooded; some are situated near small ponds, others are located near the Wild and Scenic Salmon River. The resort also has a small store that sells firewood, treats and essentials, and cafe that offers breakfast, lunch and snack items. Tent and RV sites range from $35–$62/night; yurts, cabins and other accommodations start at $65/night; reservations accepted. For relaxing and recreating in the resort, there’s a wide variety of amenities and activities available, including a kids’ playground, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, and game room. There are also picnic areas, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and hiking and biking trails nearby. Guests can also participate in hosted arts and crafts classes, games, karaoke, line dancing and family activities, and meet fellow campers at the community campfire circle. Near the resort are several restaurants, a grocery store and an outdoor gear shop in the town of Rhododendron. Timberline lodge, with its many hiking trails and ski slopes is a 30-minute drive east, just past the village of Government Camp and Mount Hood Skibowl. The popular Mirror Lake hiking trail starts on the west end of Skibowl. Swimming, fishing, hiking, biking and paddling at Trillium Lake is another 15 minutes east.

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    • Reservable
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    Camper-submitted photo from Memaloose State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Memaloose State Park Campground
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    Memaloose State Park Campground

    35 Reviews
    150 Photos
    181 Saves
    Mosier, Oregon

    The stars seem to shine brighter at this campground on the east end of the Columbia River Gorge, 11 miles west of The Dalles. Campsites look over the river and the park’s namesake, Memaloose Island, a place sacred to the indigenous people of the Columbia River Gorge. They would lay the bones of their dead on open pyres on the island.

    Also buried there is an early settler and town promoter of The Dalles, Senator Victor Trevitt. A granite monument visible from Memaloose campground marks his grave.

    Today, the park is a gateway to exploring The Dalles and the east end of the Gorge. Visitors will enjoy spring wildflowers and the cooling shade of the maple, willow and cottonwood trees. On summer nights, the park’s grassy meadows are the perfect spot to observe the nightly celestial performance.

    Campground 43 full-hookup sites 66 tent sites with water nearby Flush toilets and hot showers RV dump station

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $27 - $38 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Trillium Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Trillium Lake
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    Trillium Lake

    49 Reviews
    105 Photos
    712 Saves
    Government Camp, Oregon

    Overview

    Trillium Lake Campground is a beautiful and popular campground not far from the quaint town of Government Camp. It provides spectacular views of majestic Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest point. The campground is well-known for its scenery and abundant recreational opportunities, as well as being a great, family-friendly place to camp.

    Recreation

    Boating, swimming and fishing are popular on 63-acre Trillium Lake. A small boat ramp is available within the campground and a larger ramp is available in the nearby day-use area. An accessible fishing pier is also available. Anglers cast for a variety of trout. The 2-mile Trillium Shoreline Trail circles the lake, and parts of it are accessible. Visitors also enjoy hiking and biking on other trails in the vicinity. Tours of the area's historical sites are also popular.

    Facilities

    Boating, swimming and fishing are popular on 63-acre Trillium Lake. A small boat ramp is available within the campground and a larger ramp is available in the nearby day-use area. An accessible fishing pier is also available. Anglers cast for a variety of trout. The 2-mile Trillium Shoreline Trail circles the lake, and parts of it are accessible. Visitors also enjoy hiking and biking on other trails in the vicinity. Tours of the area's historical sites are also popular.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located about 40 miles southeast of Portland, in the Mt. Hood National Forest. It sits alongside Trillium Lake at an elevation of 3,600 feet, and is nestled in a shady, mixed conifer forest that provides privacy between campsites.

    Nearby Attractions

    Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark on Mt. Hood, is located within 10 miles of the campground.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (503) 622-3191.

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    $52 - $56 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Panther Creek Campground
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    Panther Creek Campground

    18 Reviews
    58 Photos
    221 Saves
    Carson, Washington

    Overview

    The Campground sits along Panther Creek at the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail. Driving on FR65, 4.7 miles upstream from the campground, visitors can enjoy an easy hike to Panther Falls. __Campers can enjoy the privacy provided by a variety of shade-loving plants and a thick forest of cedars, ash, firs and alder.

    Recreation

    Hikers have close access to the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. Outstanding scenic views are available all along this trail.

    Facilities

    Hikers have close access to the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. Outstanding scenic views are available all along this trail.

    Natural Features

    Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982. Panther Creek Campground is located in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. Elevations here range between 1,200 feet at the Wind River Work Center, 12 miles north of Carson, WA and 12,276 feet at the summit of Mt. Adams. The Mount Adams Ranger District offers a diverse array of habitats and natural features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.

    contact_info

    This location has limited staffing. Please call (509) 427-3677 for general information.

    Nearby Attractions

    Panther Creek Campground makes a great base to explore Mount Adams and the Columbia River Gorge. The town of Carson is nearby, which is known for its hot springs. It also has a golf course, restaurants and shopping.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellations Individual Campsites: Cancellations up to 2 days before a reservation start date incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.__ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee including tax and applicable add-on for a campsite. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. No-Shows A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.____ Refunds Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.__ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

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    • Equestrian

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Beacon Rock State Park Campground
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    Beacon Rock State Park Campground

    18 Reviews
    95 Photos
    188 Saves
    North Bonneville, Washington

    Campsite information The main campground has 28 standard campsites. It is an older camp in a forested setting suited more for tents than RVs. There are a limited number of sites that accommodate RVs over 20 feet. This campground closes seasonally.

    The Woodard Creek Campground has five full-hookup campsites that provide electricity, water, and sewer. The sites have a maximum length of 40 feet. These campsites are open year round.

    There are two standard equestrian campsites located at the equestrian trailhead that will accommodate a horse trailer each, a hi-line for horses, livestock water and a CXT vault toilet. There is no potable water and no electricity. Primitive camping fee applies.

    Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. Check-out time is 1 p.m.

    Winter facilities at the moorage area include two tent sites, one shower and one restroom. Overnight moorage and the boat launch are available year round.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Oxbow Regional Park
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    Oxbow Regional Park

    29 Reviews
    105 Photos
    315 Saves
    Corbett, Oregon

    Welcome to Oxbow Regional Park, a gem nestled near Gresham, Oregon. This campground is a fantastic escape from the hustle and bustle of Portland, offering a serene retreat in the heart of nature. The park is open year-round, making it a perfect destination no matter the season.

    Oxbow Regional Park is known for its lush, old-growth forests and proximity to the Sandy River. The campsites are spacious and well-spaced, providing a good mix of privacy and community. Each site comes equipped with a fire pit and picnic table, and the park offers amenities like hot showers, flushing toilets, and even ADA-accessible sites. The park's playgrounds and hiking trails are great for families and those looking to explore the beautiful surroundings.

    One of the standout features of this campground is its peaceful atmosphere. Visitors often mention the abundance of wildlife, including deer that frequently wander through the campsites. The river is a popular spot for swimming, boating, and fishing, although be cautious of the undertow. The park also provides life jackets near the water entries, which is a thoughtful touch.

    For those looking to disconnect, Oxbow Regional Park is perfect. There's little to no cell service, allowing you to truly unplug and enjoy the natural beauty around you. The park is just a short drive from town, so you can easily pick up any supplies you might need.

    Whether you're biking in from Portland or driving in for a weekend getaway, Oxbow Regional Park offers a tranquil and scenic camping experience. Enjoy the ancient trees, the quiet nights, and the chance to reconnect with nature.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    • Tents

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Viento State Park Campground
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    Viento State Park Campground

    15 Reviews
    51 Photos
    66 Saves
    Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

    Welcome to Viento State Park Campground, nestled near Cascade Locks, Oregon. This spot is a gem for those looking to explore the eastern half of the Columbia River Gorge. The campground operates from April 14 to October 31, offering a mix of tent, RV, and glamping accommodations.

    One of the standout features here is the river access, perfect for windsurfing or kiteboarding. While there's no boat launch, the proximity to the water is a big plus. The campground is also a great base for hiking, with trails leading to nearby Starvation Creek and Lindsey Creek State Parks. If you're up for a bike ride, the Historic Columbia River Highway offers a scenic route.

    The campground itself is well-maintained, with clean showers and restrooms. However, be prepared for some noise from the nearby freeway and active train tracks. Some visitors find the sound of trains charming, while others suggest bringing earplugs for a more restful night.

    Hood River is just a short drive away, making it easy to resupply or grab a meal. The campground is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. You'll also find amenities like electric and sewer hookups, picnic tables, and reservable sites.

    In summary, Viento State Park Campground is a solid choice for those looking to explore the Columbia River Gorge, with plenty of activities and amenities to keep you comfortable. Just be ready for a bit of noise and close quarters with your fellow campers.

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