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Deschutes River State Recreation Area, OR

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...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri May 22 2015   Later Dates

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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.

Maximum of 2 vehicles per campsite, including your camping unit. The second vehicle will be charged the nightly Extra Vehicle fee upon arrival.
As of May 1, 2014 the nightly Extra Vehicle fee is $7.00.
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.
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Overview

Description

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.

MAKE SURE YOUR SITE MEETS YOUR CAMPING NEEDS
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.

Booking Window
Sat Aug 23 2014 - Thu May 21 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Prime Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Discovery Wed Oct 01 2014 Thu Apr 30 2015
Prime Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Firewood Sales
  • Ice Sales
  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Recycling Station
  • Showers
  • Water Drinking
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Prime Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
STANDARD $22.00
PRIMITIVE $10.00
HOST SITE $20.00-$22.00
GROUP TENT ONLY $71.00
ADA STANDARD $22.00
Discovery Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Apr 30 2015
STANDARD $16.00-$18.00
PRIMITIVE $5.00
HOST SITE $16.00-$18.00
GROUP TENT ONLY $51.00
ADA STANDARD $16.00-$18.00
Prime Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
STANDARD $22.00
PRIMITIVE $10.00
HOST SITE $20.00-$22.00
GROUP TENT ONLY $71.00
ADA STANDARD $22.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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
89600 BIGGS-RUFUS HWY
WASCO  OR  97065

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)739-2322
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