Eagle Creek campground is located above Interstate 84 among tall trees. It was the first developed campground in the Forest Service system. Campsites are well-spaced creating a feeling of privacy. It is, however, located on the bluff above Interstate 84 and railroad tracks so it can be noisy.
This campground is part of the Eagle Creek Recreation Area featuring the classic and popular Eagle Creek trail and access to several other hiking and road biking trails. There are outstanding day hike opportunities with views and wildflowers as well as access to the Mt. Hood National Forest and Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness with extended overnight trips. Boating, river activities, interpretive centers, fish hatcheries, bird watching and picnicking are in this area.
There are 16 campsites available, each with a paved parking apron and most are fully accessible. There is a central restroom, and faucets for drinking water are scattered throughout the campground. A full-time host is on site.
Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Eagle Creek campground is situated in a classic Douglas fir and maple forest with osprey nesting overhead. Salmon fishing is popular on the nearby Columbia River.
See huge sturgeon and other fish at the underwater viewing area at Bonneville dam and hatchery or take a self-guided tour of the onsite Cascade fish hatchery. Cascade Locks Museum and Sternwheeler are five minutes away to the east. The iconic Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway are a short drive to the west. World-class kite boarding and board sailing are in Hood River, Oregon, about 20 minutes east.
ADA Access: N
Expensive for a non electric slot right on the highway. All the trails surrounding the campsite were closed when we stayed so we were kinda stuck. Hosts were not very kind. Ok if you need to get off the road I guess.
Eagle Creek is a small campground (something like 20 sites) located high above the Columbia River. The sites offer good privacy and are quite large. Drinking water available, the restrooms were out of order so there were porta pottys located throughout the loop, but they were very clean. Great jumping off point for the various hikes and falls located in the gorge. Multnomah Falls, Larch Mountain, Eagle Creek Trail among others are all located nearby. Easy highway access. Only downside is the train noise a few times during the night. Was here right before the massive fire in September. Not sure how the campground fared and a number of hikes/site seeing options are closed until spring.
This was a lovely forested location on a hill by the gorge. The sites were very nicely spaced out. There was some noise from the interstate, but the location was very convenient. There are tons of trails around, although if you are driving there is no ramp to get back on the road headed west. You will have to drive to Cascade Locks to turn around. The bathrooms were out of order when we were there. Portapotties were available. We only came across one water spigot, which was by the host. They do have buckets to borrow however, for dowsing your fire. There were definitely some bugs at this time of year, but once we had the campfire going they stayed away. Closest firewood is in Cascade Locks. We had a great time, and really appreciated the sites being fairly distant from one another. There was only one tent pad, but another could have been fit on the pull in, I think. We had a blast, and I didn't really notice the road noise--I slept very well. In the morning we were close to a hundred different adventures!
How was my visit? HOT, HOT, HOT! Temperatures exceeded 90 degrees - so staying cool was a bit of a challenge. Eagle Creek Campground is full of lovely trees and shade; but, my campsite was sunny from morning till late afternoon. I must admit that the secluded feeling of my campsite more than made up for too much sun! Eagle Creek Campground is situated above I-84, so there is a lot of road noise and noise from the occasional train. There is a campground host and plenty of other campers…so this solo tent camper felt safe and secure!
The campground has ready access to the Eagle Creek Trail #440 that accesses the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. The trail was VERY popular during my stay; so, instead of hiking the Eagle Creek Trail, I took in other sights: the Bonneville Dam; Multnomah and Horsetail Falls; the History Museum of Hood River; the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Musuem; a hike to Wahtum Lake; and, a "cool" visit to Starvation Creek (the perfect place to soak your feet on a hot day).