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Deschutes River State Recreation Area, OR

Photo: Deschutes River State Recreation Area
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri Jan 16 2015   Later Dates


This is The Deschutes River Rec. Area, which is on the Columbia River, not the Deschutes campground at The Cove Palisades State Park near Madras.

Welcome to Deschutes State Recreation Area.

We have 32 miles of bike trails and 7.5 miles of hiking trails.
Restroom bldg closed from Nov. 1 through March 15. Port-a-potty available.
There is no water available from Nov 1 to March 15.

Before reserving, please become familiar with the particulars of your chosen site, including the size of the tent pad area and the type of equipment that you may bring to the park. Site details and tent pad sizes can be viewed online by clicking on the site name.

Services & Amenities:

Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Firewood Sales
  • Ice Sales
  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Recycling Station
  • Showers
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information
There is no water available from Nov 1 to mid March, weather permitting.
Restroom bldg closed from Nov. 1 through mid March. Port-a-potty available.

Sherman County Fire Ban
Campfires are banned July 1 through September 30.
Propane, white gas and briquets are allowed.

Please note: The campground is located near railroad tracks. Trains use their horn at all hours.

*Reservations for more than five nights/days that are later changed to fewer nights/days will be charged a fee equal to the nightly/daily site fee for each night/day canceled as well as the $8 transaction fee.
Please be aware that only the person whose name is on the reservation may access, change or cancel the reservation.

You can stay 14 consecutive nights in a single campground, and may return after spending at least three nights out of the park (it can be another state park campground; in fact, we recommend you DO select another state park campground). The maximum time allowed within any Oregon State Park is 14 nights within any 17 night period.

Customers who wish to secure more than one site within a park for a continuous date period in order to accommodate their reservation request (i.e. split reservation), should be aware that the $8.00 reservation fee would apply to each site reserved. Reservation fee adjustments will not be made after reservations have been confirmed using the internet reservation service. If you are viewing inventory and find you are unable to secure one site to accommodate your request please consider calling the call center at 1-800-452-5687 to make your reservation.

Discount programs which may be offered through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department cannot be processed when making an internet reservation. For additional information on discount programs call the OPRD Information Center at 1-800-551-6949 or visit us online at www.OregonStateParks.org.

Reservations can be made 24 hours a day, from 2 days to 9 months in advance. Campsite availability is based on call center hours, meaning sites become available when the call center opens.

Call center hours are: Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.

Getting There:

Directions to Deschutes State Recreation Area
Traveling east: On I-84 travel 12 miles east of The Dalles to the Deschutes State Recreation Area exit 97/Biggs Rufus Hwy. Continue eastbound 4 miles, cross the Deschutes River Bridge. The park is the first right after the bridge.
Traveling west: On I-84 travel 34 miles west of Arlington to exit 104, turn left on Hwy 97. Go 1/4 mile and turn right on Biggs Rufus Hwy. Continue westbound 4.5 miles, turn left into park before crossing the Deschutes River Bridge.
Traveling south: On Highway 97 travel approx. 10 miles from Goldendale, WA. Cross the Columbia River to Biggs Junction. Turn right on Biggs Rufus Hwy. Continue westbound 4.5 mile. Turn left into park before crossing the Deschutes River Bridge.
Traveling north: On Hwy. 97 from Bend travel to Biggs Junction, turn left on Biggs Rufus Hwy. Continue westbound 4.5 miles. Turn left into park before crossing the Deschutes River Bridge.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Deschutes River State Recreation Area
WASCO OR 97065

Phone Number:

Information: (541)739-2322

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Sherman County Fire Ban July 1 through September 30. Only campfires are banned. Propane, whitegas and briquets are allowed. from Jul 01 2010 to Sep 30 2010