This recreation area is part of The Dalles Lock and Dam, Lake Celilo
Nice park like setting.
For a large busy park it has everything you need: showers, garbage, water, electricity…however, this geared more towards travelers with RVs and travel trailers that are passing through the area. It is quite noisy (interstate meets highway meets railroad at Biggs Junction). Not somewhere I’d recommend for extended stay unless you enjoy hanging out at camp or like wine (Maryhill and Waving Tree are a stones throw away). The river access is a bit awkward as you had to basically walk through other camper’s campsites to access the beach. The swim beach was very small with shallow pools of seaweed/algae. The campsites were decently sized though giving enough room to be somewhat private from your neighbors even though everyone can see each other clearly. There were lots of dumpsters available and bathrooms are conveniently located in the center of the camping loops so walking from all camp sites are about the same distance to the restrooms.
I really enjoyed our stay. We loved being so close to Marysville Stonehenge! It’s a beautiful site and was quiet when I stayed. Clean bathrooms and great hosts and had fun by the windy Columbia River.
This State Campground is very close to the highway, so it is very convenient! Some reviews mentioned noise from the highways on each side, but we couldn’t here road noise in the RV with the air conditioning on!!!! The RV spots are very big with a little privacy! Lots of area to walk, and a nice, well maintained swimming beach where you can watch the windsurfers! Dog friendly, too!
This campground is wide and spacious, especially the group site. It has Columbia River access, has the Maryhill Winery just up the road, and has a Stonehenge replica to explore. There is a roped off swim area at the day use park.
This campground has a great water front location on the Columbia River. The current is very slow here, allowing campers to tie their floaties to the shore and enjoy the water around them. The song, Redneck Yachtclub? that was my family during our annual Labor Day trip.
Each campsite is very large, giving multiple families enough space to spread out. There was very little bugs so many of my cousins were able to sleep under the stars.
There is a great winery nearby for the adults and a museum and the Stonehenge construction for the little ones.
Friendly to both tent and RV campers. It has flushing toilets, showers and a dump station.
Great place to camp and boat! the water is excellent in the mornings. just like glass! The sound of the trains stopping and going in the middle of the night is interesting. Close to Biggs and Goldendale so you can get supplies if needed.
This is along the river bordering WA & OR. There are some nice parks, museums, etc. to explore in the immediate area. The campsite itself is just ok…a little too urban for our tastes. The highway and railroads are close. If you need a place to stopover, or are traveling with people who need to be closer to “civilization” there is nothing wrong with this park. Just not our personal preferences. Random weirdness: there is a model of Stonehenge nearby.
This is an easy stop on a road trip along 84. You can see Mt. Hood from this area. Randomly, there’s a full scale model of Stonehenge a short walk or bike ride into town. Without a boat or interest in swimming, there isn’t much to do here. There are some trees to offer a little bit of shade but very little privacy. A few sites are close to the water. There is some highway and train noise. I wouldn’t come here for a serious nature experience, but it’s ok for what it is.
We went here when another camping trip was rained out in spring. We looked on the map and it was the only dry spot we could find within a few hours of Portland. It was a nice last minute trip, and we easily found a spot without a reservation. The sites are priced by popularity, but upon arrival, we actually preferred one in the second tier instead of the priciest (although we would have paid the extra $5 had we loved one of those instead). There was a short walk from our site through the blackberries to the riverfront, a great place to enjoy a morning coffee. There were clean bathrooms and showers and within the park there is a protected beach swimming area. It looked like there was also a large group sent site off to the west of where we were staying. There are lots of touristy things nearby, like visiting the Maryhill Winery, the beautiful Maryhill Museum, and the Maryhill Stonehenge (all with stunning views). Due to its location, it was quite windy, so don't forget your stakes!