Price reflects Golden Age card. Got here around 2 pm on a walk-in basis, and all the pull-through waterfront spots were taken, as were most of the back-in spots. All sites are uncomfortably close together, nothing like other COE campgrounds we've been in. Back-in sites don't have much of a view either. Those are the reasons for our low score. Lack of on-site sewer hookup doesn't concern us, but proximity to neighbors does. Best get there quite early for best choice of sites, or make a reservation. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a tough stay primarily because there was no Internet or cell phone coverage. Although the campground was at the convergence of the John Day River and the Columbia River - there was not much happening. It was a 15-20 minute drive to the nearest Wi-Fi at McDonalds. Gladly, the gate was not locked at night as we have experienced at other COE parks. I had a teleconference with the East Coast at 8 AM their time so needed to be out of the park and into the nearest town for my cell phone coverage. The park itself was OK. Level sites, decent spacing between campsites, and our water and 50 amp service worked fine. I just hated to be so isolated. We think we'd pass on this place the the next time around. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Would have given 10 except for no on site dump. Observed bathrooms with free showers. Used boat launch for fishing. Fish cleaning station. Used "reserveamerica.com" to reserve site which was really nice. Would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park at the confluence of the John Day and Columbia Rivers. All sites,a combination of pull through, are either on the river or have a river view. The sites are cut out of the hill so while not generous, are reasonably spacious and shouldn't be a problem for most rigs. Each site gets shade at sometime during the day from trees and all sites get late afternoon shade from the hill to the west. All services worked well and the amenities were kept clean, but don't expect grass as this is the desert and beware, this is rattlesnake habitat. Due to the lack of sewer at site, cable and internet it should probably get a "7" but due to the low cost, $11.00 with the "geezer card" and the fact that the tenting rabble are in a completely separate area, I gave it a "9". We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Right on the river. Very close to the interstate and the train track, but it is not as noisy as you might expect. Sites very tight and kind of hard to get into. Nothing nearby. No TV or internet. If you stay here, be sure and cross the river into Washington and go to the Maryhill Winery which has beautiful views and is a lovely place to have a picnic lunch. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate reflects Golden Age Passport and back-in site. River pull through sites are additional $1. Easy access off I-84. 2/22 RV sites are non-reservable. Campground road and sites are paved and level. At nearly every back-in site a tree is closely located on each side of the site entrance. This can make it difficult to park a long RV especially if the RV in the pull through site on the opposite side of the road is not fully in its site. We saw a very long 5th wheel struggle to get in since it alone was the entire length of the site right up to the dirt wall at the end of the site. Our 33' class A made it in fine, but we were not able to put out the awning because of the tree. There is some highway noise, especially for the tent sites which are just below the east bound on-ramp. Power and water are good. Dump station near the check-in kiosk. A very pretty spot along the river. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
$10 with Golden Age Pass. Credit cards accepted. There are reservable and non-reservable sites Paved roads and pads. Gravel between sites. Larger than average sites, each with table and fire ring. Open fire ban may be in effect. Highway and train noise. Pit toilets. Eight pull throughs are all riverfront. No broadcast TV reception. Marginal Verizon signal. Many boats and fishermen. Boat launch, boat trailer parking, day use park nearby. Water pressure 65#. We would come here again. Accidental recycling incidental to collecting aluminum cans for a charity. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A great place for an overnight or few days getaway. A small park with 22 spaces and I think 7 are pull throughs. The pull through sites are great as they parallel the river. I was told fishing is good on the John Day River that is adjutant to the park. No sewer but has a dump station. Not a fancy place but just an easy in and out removed a bit from the train and road noise. I am happy to find this place and if you have the Golden Age Pass it is half price ($11.00) from the regular price of $22.00. Reservations can be made on the internet but about 40% are first come first serve. I rated it a 9 based on the kind of park it is. It can’t be compared to a full service place as it purposes is so different. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It was windy, hot, and dusty although a deal at $10 a night for a senior. The swimming beach on the John Day River was nice and the camp hosts helpful. The flush toilets were a block away and the outhouse ones were an olfactory challenge in the 95 degree heat. I did catch some fish. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice Corps of Engineers Campground. They have a good day use area with covered picnic tables and a swim beach. There are back in and pull through RV sites. They have a dump station and a fish cleaning station. It is right on the river and far enough off of the interstate so that you don't hear much traffic noise. There are a few first come sites but most can be reserved. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
State Park off of I-84. Beautiful setting with ready access to the river, boat launch, swimming area. Tents have a separate area for camping, not sure how many sites. Well maintained. Will stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We didn't even stay here. We drove through and saw how run down it was and decided it wasn't worth $30 a night. We just went and parked in the empty lot at the bottom of the road. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It may lack something in ambiance but it meets a need in a stretch of highway with few alternatives (boondocking, COE usually full). Level sites long enough to leave the toad hooked up, 50 amp power, sewer (at rear of site), good water far as I could tell. Friendly staff although it doesn't seem there is usually anyone in the office. I think they try and catch up with you on entry. Bathroom somewhat industrial but clean. Very slow Verizon extended network data connection, but it was good enough for what I needed, so I didn't pop for the WiFi. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While I only intended to stay overnight, it was so quiet that I opted to stay a second day. The restrooms and showers were clean, with plenty of hot water for my shower. The sunsets were magnificent and more than made up for the lack of some other amenities. I had 50 amp service, and a large lawn at my site. The manager was friendly, but appeared overworked. Laundry was clean and had extended hours. I would definitely stay here again when traveling I-84. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park was not difficult to find or approach. It is not the one next to I-84, but just up the hill two blocks and further from road noise. The manager was working on the grounds when we arrived and he promptly met us on his golf cart. He led us to our site which was level, w/FHU and without difficulty we were connected in little time. As it was a warm afternoon in the Columbia Gorge, we ran the air for a few hours. Power was unremarkable at our site. The park occupants were a mix of travelers and monthly folks. The place was clean with no clutter. There are few shady sites. The interior roads are gravel, but in good condition. The sites are roomy with mowed lawn between sites. We did not use the park Wi-Fi, restrooms or showers. This park fully met our need for a good overnight stop and we would use it again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Hard park to rate, older, a little neglected, but owner is very friendly. His business is primarily fisherman, hunters and folks who work in the area for the energy companies. This is a great park to use as a base camp for fishing, hunting or working, but don't think I would bring a family here. Electrical, water and sewer are in good working order, restrooms are kept clean and well stocked. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were looking for a site for the night and pulled into this park. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The sites are narrow. We were barely able to put out our slide. The neighbors were only 3 feet away from the slide, if that. Even though there was 6 sites for overnight, only 3 of them are usable by rigs longer than 30 feet. And that is questionable. The site we were in was really too short for us. Our rig is a 30 foot Class A motor home and Jeep toad. The sites are gravel and fairly level though. WI-Fi is an extra charge. I did not get it. Although the manager was out mowing, he was mowing mainly weeds, very little grass in the park. We may or may not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We blew in here with a 30 knot tail wind in July. We had called ahead to make sure of our reservation. The host met us at the office. There is a local sign that says church on the street corner. The sign looks like a road name sign right in front of the real street sign for the street you are looking for. Drove by the first time. The sites are tight for our 36' fifth wheel. All gravel roads with some grass around the sites. The site was level, no blocks required. The wind howled the whole time we were here. The stabilizers made it so we were rocked to sleep that night. This is a plain Jane park with mostly semi-permanent RV's. Mostly workers in the area. Did I mention the wind? It was a convenient stop after a days drive. We would use it as an overnight rest again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Of 5 "overnight" pull throughs (30A only) only one had a functioning water spigot, and the plug was broken on that site. Do yourself a favor and keep rolling. Nice managers, it is a shame they don't do repairs or can't find a decent park to manage. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Gravel park with little bits of lawn at most or all sites. Clean park with no amenities. Wi-Fi didn't work; laptop air card worked intermittently. Laundry room was spotless but was very busy, apparently because non-RVers from town also use it. Extremely windy town: too windy to enjoy being outdoors. It is OK for a one-nighter. There are other RV parks in Biggs nearby. Easy after-hours check-in. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed for several months. The hosts were friendly and kept the laundry, restrooms, and grounds neat and tidy. The park is quiet and the sunset views were magnificent. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We travel for work frequently and needed to stay at The Rufus RV Park for four months during October, 2009 to January, 2010, so we really got a chance to learn all about this RV Park. First off the spaces are very small and yes you can park a big rig here but you will be very cramped. If you have a slide and your neighbor does also, then there may be three feet between your RV's in most spots. None of the spaces are paved and none have cable television but all do have sewer, electric and water. The laundry room is very small with five washers and five dryers and serves as the public laundry room for all of Rufus and the other surrounding communities. We had laundry stolen once. The shower/bathroom facility is public and is not safe. Each side (men and women) has only one door that opens onto three toilet stalls and three shower stalls. The shower stalls do not lock, do not contain a dressing area in the stall and some do not even close. Also not all of them work and in the female side only the middle shower has hot water and that stall door will not close all of the way. The shower room is not secure and anyone can and will walk in on you! The main door (on the female side only) locks but the manager will unlock it anytime anyone wishes to enter. There will be no knock, no warning, no nothing and you will be walked in on. Also many truck drivers stop here to use the showers and laundry room. This RV Park is kept very clean and the winter management (the only ones we knew) are very friendly. But if you are looking for something safe, secure, paved, with a laundry facility or showers, look elsewhere. The problem is that this RV Park is the only one in the entire Dalles area unless you choose to stay at a State Campground and they are only open seasonally. So if you need to plan an extended stay this is your only choice. For that I give it four stars but no more because it is not safe and there are no real amenities like you will find at most other RV Parks. Also, Wi-Fi is offered here at the cost of $20.00 per month per computer and they do track your computers unique identification, so you really can only register one per $20.00. You may also purchase Wi-Fi at the rate of $10.00 per week or $5.00 per day. I should also add that the Wi-Fi does not always work. The electricity is included in the price of the rent and for monthly it is $330.00. So the electricity is a good deal but they don't offer 50 amp so you are limited if you need that. We have dogs and this park is pet friendly, we had no problems with our dogs during our stay. I should also add that our RV is a travel trailer with a slide and is 33' long. Any longer and we really would not have fit in our spot. Oh, one more word to the wise and that is that there are very strong winds in this area, often at 35 mph or higher! Be warned to not lower your awning. :) We camped here in a Travel Trailer.