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Campground Description: Windust Park is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers and located 3 miles downstream from Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River, approximately 35 miles east of the Tri-Cities, WA. The remoteness of this campground is a big draw as are the fishing opportunities both above and below the dam. Of the 24 available campsites, not all are suitable for RV camping. There are 10 easily-accessible sites surrounding the downstream parking lot, tent sites at the upstream end of the park, and some of the sites inside the fenced area near the playground allow for equipment to be dropped off (then park out on the asphalt). All are located on lawns, and each have a BBQ grill or fire ring. No hookups are available of any kind, and the campers must plan to pack their own drinking/cooking/washing water from the RV holding tank dump station, where fresh water is available (seasonal). Check to see what the current status is for use of Windust Park before heading out; due to budget cuts, the recreation season can change.
Number of Sites: 24
Waste Water Dump Station: Yes
Directions: Highway 395/12 Eastbound from the Tri-Cities - Drive South from the Tri-Cities on US Highway 12 for 2 miles to the Pasco Kahlotus Highway. Follow the Pasco Kahlotus highway east for 30.7 miles to Burr Canyon Road. Turn right (south) onto Burr Canyon Road and follow for 6.1 miles to the campground. Highway 12 Northbound from Walla Walla - Follow Highway 12 North for 42 miles to the town of Delaney. At Delaney turn left onto Highway 261. Follow Highway 261 for approximately 28.2 miles to Sperry and Highway 260. At Highway 260 turn left (west) and follow for 8.2 miles to Devils Canyon Road. At Devils Canyon Road turn left (south) and follow for 8 miles to the park entrance. Highway 12 Westbound from Lewiston - Follow Highway 12 westbound for 52 miles. At Delaney turn right onto Highway 261. Follow Highway 261 for approximately 28.2 miles to Sperry and Highway 260. At Highway 260 turn left (west) and follow for 8.2 miles to Devils Canyon Road. At Devils Canyon Road turn left (south) and follow for 8 miles to the park entrance.
Fishing: Excellent fishing on the Snake River from the shore or, better yet, from a boat. Small mouth bass are an easy catch either way.
Astronomy Opportunities: Very good. No significant light pollution although skies to the northwest and southeast are obscured by tall hills. The exact location for computerized telescopes is 46.53466° North, 118.57834° West.
Nearby Golfing: Near by? None. Otherwise look to Dayton, Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities.
Volunteer Opportunities: Park Host and Mower/Irrigator positions are available each summer, with full hookup site in return for service. Per the USACE: "We actively recruit for volunteer park hosts each year. This is one key factor that allows us to have the park and campground open during times where budgets are cut so drastically. We welcome inquiries about volunteering directly!"
USACE--Ice Harbor Project
2339 Monument Drive
Burbank, WA 99323
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Please note that these photos were taken during early February when foliage was not in bloom. In the Spring, Summer and Fall months, this park is very attractive.
Highway sign for Windust Park
Campground map of Windust Park
Tent campsites near the boat launch
The RV sites are gravel with picnic tables on the adjacent lawn areas
Almost all tent sites have views of the Snake River
Most campsites at Windust Park are walk-in tent sites
Walk-in tent camping sites
The restrooms offer flush toilets but no hot showers
Playground equipment at Windust Park
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