Campgrounds in the Columbia River Gorge

The campgrounds in the Columbia River Gorge are a treat. Whether you are travelling with an RV or using a tent, there is plenty to do to keep even young children entertained. While Multnomah Falls is the star of the show when it comes to waterfalls, there are many other waterfalls to see. There is a network of hiking trails in the Gorge with varying degrees of difficulty.

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Campgrounds in the Columbia River Gorge for Hikers

Ainsworth State Park

This beautiful campground is just three miles east of Multnomah Falls on Highway 30, the Historic Columbia River Highway. If you are travelling on I-84, you need to take Exit 35 and follow the signs. The park has 45 full hookup sites with 24 of them being pull-through. Maximum length including car is 60 feet. Each site has paved parking, a picnic table and fire ring. There is a walk in primitive site for tents. Flush toilets and hot showers are available and there is an RV dump station. A camp host is on site and firewood is available.

This park has a connection to the Gorge Trail 400.

This is a first come, first serve park and it is open mid-March through October.


Campgrounds in the Columbia River Gorge for Windsurfers

Viento State Park

This park gives you access to the Columbia River and is a good place to stay if you plan on windsurfing. It is also a first come, first serve park. Located 8 miles west of Hood River, you need to take Exit 56. It has 56 electrical sites with water. There are 18 tent sites with water nearby. Like all Oregon State Parks, each site has paved parking, a picnic table, and fire ring. The park has flush toilets and hot showers. 


A word of warning about this park and the one following. It is close to I-84 and the railroad tracks. Trains come through here at all hours of the day or night and they have been known to blow their whistles even in the middle of the night. So if traffic noise and locomotive whistles will bother you, this is probably not the place for you.

The park is open mid-March through October.

Memaloose State Park

Colby Otero

Located on the banks of the Columbia River, it is a good place to stay if you plan on windsurfing. There are grassy areas for children to play. A short trail leads down to a sandy beach on the river. It is 11 miles west of The Dalles on I-84. If you are eastbound on I-84, you need to take Exit 76.

There are 44 full hookups for RV's and 66 tent sites with water. Each site has a picnic table, paved parking space, and fire ring. Flush toilets are available as are hot showers. The showers in this park are solar heated--this could be good or bad news depending on the weather. There is a RV dump station. Read above about likely noise.

The park is open mid-March through October. For reservations, call 1-800-452-5687.

These are the only three state park campgrounds in the Columbia River Gorge, at least on the Oregon side. There are a number of privately owned RV camps but it has been difficult to get information as to quality. When I do, I will add them here.



Campgrounds Columbia River Gorge