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Celilo Park


Campground Description:  Celilo (pronounced see-lie-lo) Park is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Celilo Park is a small, well established park on the banks of the Columbia River.  Although not widely known, Celilo Park does offer free camping for RV camping and tent camping with a 14 day stay limit.  The park offers flush toilets but no showers.  No RV camping hook-ups are available.  The mature trees offer plenty of shade on summer days and picnickers are often found at the park.  On windy days Celilo Park is typically crowded with wind surfers.  Be aware that the railroad tracks 65 feet to the south are very active, seemingly most often at night.  A paved public boat ramp is available at the west end of Celilo Park.  Convenience store shopping, fast food and gas is available in Biggs, 3 miles east on I-84.  Full service shopping and restaurants are available in The Dalles, 12 miles west on I-84.  Open year round.  Reservations are not possible.

Number of Sites:  Unknown because there are no markings.  At least 8 RV campers and 10 tent campers could conveniently fit.

Electricity:  No

Water:  No

Sewer:  No

Cost:  Free - 14 day limit

Waste Water Dump Station:  No

Directions:  From Interstate 84 (I-84) Eastbound or Westbound - Take exit 97.  At the base of the exit turn north (towards the river).  Celilo Park is less than 100 yards down this road.

Fishing:  Yes, on the Columbia River.  Fish for bass and, seasonally, steelhead, salmon, walleye and sturgeon.  Celilo park offers a boat launch at the extreme west end of the park.

Astronomy Opportunities:  Good, so bring your telescope camping with you!.  The skies to the south are obstructed by the local terrain.  There are too many trees in the park for good viewing.  Set-up at the south end of the boat ramp area.  For computerized telescopes, the exact location is 120.9458 W, 45.64830 N  Note that this park is only a 25 minute drive to the famous Goldendale Observatory State Park.  The observatory is operated by the State of Washington's Park Service and is open to the public.  for further information go to Goldendale Observatory State Park

Nearby Golfing:  15 miles west in The Dalles

The Dalles Country Club (9 holes) 541-296-5252 The Dalles Country Club take exit 82 from I-84

Lone Pine Village Golf Course (9 holes) 541-298-2800 take exit 87 from I-84

Contact Information: 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 564
The Dalles,OR,97058-0564
541 - 296-1181
The Dalles Dam and Lake Celilo

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The sign at the bottom of the westbound exit ramp for Celilo Park on the Columbia River


The restrooms at Celilo Park offer modern pit tiolets but no running water


The parking area for RV camping is unmarked at Celilo Park


The day use area at Celilo Park


The far west end of Celilo Park is where most tent campers set-up


Celilo Park is on the Columbia River, allowing access for boating, swimming and sail boarding


The Paved boat launch at Celilo Park is fully paved



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