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Charbonneau Park

Campground Description:  Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this terrific (one of the author's favorites) 244-acre park is fully paved with rolling lawns, trees, swimming beach and an adjacent day use area with BBQ grills, shelters and a privately operated marina.  Charbonneau Park is very well maintained and operated.  The park offers restroom facilities with flush toilets in the day use and campground and hot showers for campers.  A boat launch is available at the day use area (year-round).  Hiking trails are available.  The Northern border of Charbonneau Park is the Snake River's Lake Sacajawea, formed by the pooling of the Snake River behind Ice Harbor Dam.  Ice Harbor Dam (no campgrounds) is approximately 3 miles west, and offers a Visitor Center with fish viewing, fish ladders and powerhouse tours.  Charbonneau Park is located 12 miles Southeast of Pasco, WA, on State Route 124.  Reservations (up to 6 months in advance) are strongly recommended during the summer season - especially for weekends and holidays.

Nearby Camping:  Hood Park (8 miles west on Hwy 124), Fishhook Park (8 miles east on Hwy 124 - turn north at milepost 16 on State Route 124)

Number of Sites:  54 with full or partial hookups

Electricity:  Yes

Water:  Yes, at 15 sites and at central locations throughout the park.  No water available during the off season.

Sewer:  At 15 sites

Waste Water Dump Station:  Yes

Directions:  Highway 395/12 Southbound from the Tri-Cities - Drive South from the Tri-Cities on US Highway 12 for 3 miles.  Immediately after crossing the Snake River, take the exit onto State Route 124 towards Waitsburg.  Follow State Route 124 for 8 miles.  Turn left at the sign for Charbonneau Park at Sun Harbor Road.  Follow Sun Harbor Road for approximately 2 miles to the park entrance.

Fishing:  A Boat launch is adjacent to the park at the day use area.  World class Salmon River fishing (seasonal) for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, trout and small mouth bass.  Small mouth bass are an easy catch from the shore.

Astronomy Opportunities:  Very Good.  Little direct light pollution.  A vacant field lies to the northeast of the park and may be accessed by foot.  Elevation is approximately 460 feet.  Views are limited by the park's abundance of trees.  The exact location for computerized telescopes is 46.25583 North, 118.84717 West.

Nearby Golfing:  Numerous Par 3 to championship courses in the Tri-Cities, 17 miles Northwest.

Sun Willows in Pasco
Pasco Golf Land - 2901 N. Road 40, Pasco, WA 99301 (509) 544-9291
Columbia Park Golf Course - 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick, WA 99336 (509) 586-2800
Canyon Lakes Golf Course -
Columbia Point Golf Course -
Buckskin Golf Club - 1726 Bronco Ln, Richland, WA 99354 (509) 942-0888
West Richland Municipal Golf Course - 4000 Fallon Dr, West Richland, WA 99353 (509) 967-2165

Contact Information: 

US Army Corps of Engineers
Ice Harbor Natural Resources
2339 Monument Drive
Burbank, WA 99323
US Army Corps of Engineers
Make reservations online Reservations or call 1-877-444-6777

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The sign at the entrance to Charbonneau Park

The campground map for Charbonneau Park

The restroom facilities at Charbonneau Park offer flush toilets and hot showers

Most of the campsites at Charbonneau offer lots of area for tent campers

A pull through campsite on the river at Charbonneau Park

A typical back-in campsite at Charbonneau Park

Within the campground at Charbonneau Park there are rolling hills covered with grass and trees

Some of the campsites at Charbonneau Park overlook the marina

The day use area at Charbonneau Park covers many acres of lawn and trees

The day use area at Charbonneau Park offers a swimming beach

Sanitary waste disposal station at Charbonneau Park

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