Well, that was an adventure. The campground(site A39) is more like an overnight rest stop. It sits on the site of the old Viento railroad station with the railroad on one side and the highway on the other. That configuration works well for loading and unloading of trains but not so good for the city dweller who's trying to get away for a few days.
The site was level and nice enough, but it sits approximately 25 feet from Interstate 84 where the sustained decibel level is 71db. That's not enough to cause permanent damage but it will prevent normal conversation. More like a constant running vacuum cleaner.
The amenities on site were fine but the weekend we were there, there was a problem with both the water pressure and drainage in the bathrooms. The showers didn’t seem to experience the same issues.
The water was beautiful and a short walk from the camp to the day use on the river. We also explored the backwater referred to as Viento Lake. It's more of a stagnant pond but a nice walk none the less. We had some difficulty finding the improved path due to the only entrances being through occupied campsites(and those are unmarked). I think 17 and 39?
On Saturday we took the 11-minute drive into Hood River and the Western Antique Aero/Auto Museum (WAAAM). They have the largest collection of still operating antique airplanes in the US. I highly recommend visiting them on a Second Saturday when they select some cars and planes for'exercising'.
On Sunday by midday, we packed up, leaving Viento State Park knowing that we would likely never visit again.
Spent two nights here with my kids. It was well maintained, clean restrooms and was right near a creek. It was about .5 miles away from the Columbia but it wasn’t really safe to travel by foot since it crossed the freeway. It’s right by I-84 and the railroad track so there was constant noise. Bring ear plugs and be prepared for the sound of cars, trucks and trains at all hours. It’s about 5 miles south of Hood River, so it was easy to hop in the car and have some fun there as well. Despite the noise, we had a great time. My kids enjoyed themselves, made friends and even had a visit from a friend beaver passing out stickers and junior ranger pins
This is very close to I-84 and to a very active railroad, so it's pretty noise. The sites are small (we were cramped with 1 large tent and a small trailer). BUT, it's less than an hour prom Portland, and when other sites are booked, this one still had a few options. The camp hosts were very kind and helpful
Nice campground. Clean, plenty of rv hookups.
Short, 5 minute walk to the river.
A train track runs throught the middle of the campground. Trains run every hour or so. VERY loud.
Tent spots were $8. Rv spots were $24.
Lots to offer here and is good for one night for more avid tenters wanting the sights or nature, or multiple nights for social campers or RVs. Good trails, well run, clean, and smack dab in the middle of Columbia Gorge, one of the most beautiful places in the country. Plenty of tall trees. I grew up next to a freeway and I love trains, though the highway and train honks are substantial if your idea was to relax in nature for the weekend. Would be four stars if the sites were a little more spread out, I reckon'. Bring your kayak, fishing pole or wetsuit - as of today, theswimguide.org indicated locations up- and downriver from Viento were safe (though it's harder than it should be to find that kind of information). Video from the tent sites south of I-84, most of the photos are from the north, river more RV-ish side.
Viento is a nice state park along 84 right outside of hood river. It is along the columbia river and has beach access. The campground is split in two with the tent sites on one side and the rv sites on the other. The highway and a railroad track run right through the campground. There are mulitple trails perfect for day hikes. The sites and bathrooms are clean. Oregon State Parks offer free showers.
When I camped here it felt like I was at a local park. The sites here are walk in and it is not necessary to make a reservation. Came in on a weekday and a local told me that if you were to camp here on the weekend the sites would be full. There a two sections where you can camp: a north and south. The north had a majority of the campgrounds.
The weather was pretty unstable and drizzled in the middle of the night. The sites were pretty beautiful. There is a fire pit and table. The restrooms were surprisingly clean and well stocked but had no lights and was pitch dark
This campground was a last minute overnight stop on a long road trip. It was very close to the interstate and also very close to a railroad, which is not good if you are tent camping. Sites are well maintained and very close together. Bathrooms and showers were clean. This would be an ok place to stop and sleep in an RV that can block out the noise.
We were so happy to find a last minute spot here after all of Lost Lake filled up while we were en route one Friday evening. There is however a reason why it was not also full. It is close to the freeway and the sites are not at all secluded. We were happy to stumble upon it in a pinch, though.
Pretty clean and can take a short walk to the river. The bathrooms were clean. Really the only complaints can't be fixed. The campground is a non private loop where if you park on one side you are right next to freeway and the other side is a pretty busy rail line and most trains use their horn there which is extremely loud!