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Deschutes River Recreation Area


Campground Description:  Deschutes River Recreation Area is owned and operated by the State of Oregon.  This terrific campground is far more than an overnight stopping point.  The recreation area offers miles and miles of hiking and trail biking trails, swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and inner-tubing, and horseback riding.  Located along the banks of the Deschutes River, the park offers mature shade trees and large lawn areas.  The park is located approximately 1 mile from the confluence of the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers.  Restrooms are available but no showers are available.  Open year round but water is not available during the winter season.

Number of Sites:  33 RV/tent with electricity, 25 primitive tent/RV sites and 4 tent group sites

Electricity:  At 33 RV campsites

Water:  Yes, seasonally

Sewer:  No

Waste Water Dump Station:  No

Directions:  Interstate Highway 84 Eastbound from Portland - Drive East on I-84 for 97 miles to exit 97/Highway 206.  At the stop at the bottom of the exit, turn right (south).  Turn right again at the next intersection (Fulton Canyon Road) and follow for 1.6 miles to the entrance to Deschutes River Recreation Area.  Interstate Highway 84 Westbound from Pendleton - Drive West on I-84 for 112 miles to exit 97/Highway 206.  At the stop at the bottom of the exit, turn left (south).  Turn right at the next intersection (Fulton Canyon Road) and follow for 1.6 miles to the entrance to Deschutes River Recreation Area.

Fishing:  Yes, on the Deschutes River from within the campground as well as fishing on the Columbia River, less than a mile away.  A public road follows the east bank of the Deschutes River from the campground south for 18.5 miles offering access to the Deschutes River.  Another public road follows the Deschutes River south along the west bank for 1 mile.

Astronomy Opportunities:  Good with little light pollution.  Local hills obscure some of the skies.  The exact location for computerized telescopes is 46.63165 North, 120.90812 West.  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:  12 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:  Information: (541)739-2322 Project Office: (541)739-2322 Oregon State Parks and Recreation web site

Printable map of the campground (Adobe reader required)

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Sign at the entrance to Deschutes River Recreation Area


Map of the campground at the Deschutes River Recreation Area


Winter rates (October 1 to April 30) for camping at the Deschutes River Recreation Area


The Deschutes River Recreation Area's campground offers plenty of mature shade trees


Campsites in the tent camping area


Typical back-in campsite for RVs


Typical campsite with hookups for RVs


Information for the adjacent horse trailhead parking area



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