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Beacon Rock State Park
Campground Description: Beacon Rock State Park is a 4,650 acre park owned and operated by the State of Washington. The park consists of 4 main areas - the campground with its 29 campsites, the trailhead with restrooms and parking for the miles and miles of hiking trails, the group camping area that will accommodate up to 200 people, and the day use area on the Columbia River. The park was under construction from 1939 to 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (Civilian Conservation Corps), and has been open continuously since. The campground is designed primarily for tent camping. RVs over 20 feet in length simply will not fit these camping sites. The day use area offers 9,500 feet of shoreline for fishing or swimming, rock climbing, a boat launch, moorage and a foot path up Beacon Rock. The trailhead for the hiking trails is the starting point for more than 20 miles of wilderness hiking. There are two kitchen shelters with electricity in the day use area, plus two sheltered and 53 unsheltered picnic tables. The lower picnic-area kitchen shelter is located at Hamilton Mountain Trailhead, available first-come, first-served. Water and power are available in the shelter. The upper picnic-area kitchen shelter is available by reservation for groups of up to 100 people. Water and power are on-site. To reserve, call (888) 226-7688. Beacon Rock State Park is an extremely popular camping site for tent camping and it fills regularly. All individual camping is on a first come basis as reservations are not accepted. Additional camping is available in the near area (see the links at the top of this page). Overnight camping is available April 1 to September 30. Two tent camping sites are available in the day use area, near the boat moorage, and are available year round.
Number of Sites: 29 for tents or RVs 20 feet long or smaller
Water: At a number of central locations.
Waste Water Dump Station: No
Directions: Located approximately 35 miles east of Vancouver, Washington, on State Route 14 (SR14). From SR14 watch for milepost 35. Turn north to the campground at the sign for Beacon Rock State Park Campground. The campground is located approximately ½ mile north of SR14 on a very steep paved road.
Fishing: Beacon Rock State Park's campground is not located on the Columbia River. Excellent fishing is available nearby on the Columbia River as well as numerous smaller creeks and rivers that flow into the Columbia River in the area. Columbia River fishing is best from a boat.
Astronomy Opportunities: Although the skies are very dark there are too many trees at the campground to allow practical viewing. The baseball fields at the public park in Home Valley (15½ miles east on SR-14) offer better than average astronomy opportunities. See the Home Valley Park link above.
Nearby Golfing: Stevenson (9½ miles east on SR-14):Dolce Skamania Lodge Golf Course 1131 Skamania Lodge Way Stevenson, WA 98648 1-800-293-0418 Dolce Skamania Lodge Golf Course
Contact Information:Washington State Parks - Beacon Rock State Park Beacon Rock State Park 509-427-8265 360-902-8844
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Sign at the entrance to Beacon Rock State Park
The restrooms at Beacon Rock State Park offer flush toilets and hot showers
Fees for camping at Beacon Rock State Park
An RV camping site at Beacon Rock State Park. Note that RVs over 20 feet in length will not fit in the camping sites.
Typical wooded camping site at Beacon Rock State Park
Typical tent camping site at Beacon Rock State Park
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