2 Parks near Hood River, Oregon
Sep 2015 - $28.00
I found this a great spot for exploring the Columbia River Gorge. Yes, there are trains going by on the river side and the highway on the other side, so just expect there to be more noise than a state park in the middle of nowhere. That's just the way it is on this narrow, scenic corridor. To me, the convenience and beauty of the location made that part worthwhile. And yes, the highway is divided, so you do have to travel some in the opposite direction to get to an exit if you're going the other way. Having the option of full hookups in a beautiful, scenic setting, with good space between the sites, large shade trees with river views made this seem like a good deal to me. There were three camp hosts that I saw at various parts of the two loops and all were really nice and helpful whenever I talked to them, as well as the ranger I met. I remarked to them how impressed I was with the cleanliness of the park, including the restrooms. - Journeyer
Jul 2015 - $30.00
You have to understand that: this park is accessible only from a westbound I-84 rest area; as it is right next to I-84 there will be road noise 24 hours a day; to get to the campground if headed east, you must pass it and turn around at the next exit 3 miles east; although hardly noticeable there is a very busy train track nearby (although they don't have to blow their horns).
If you're OK with all that then stay. The sites are big, the range from no hookups to full hookups and they are paved and level.
There is a lot a tree coverage so satellite reception may be sketchy but there are local stations available on an over the air antenna.
I rated the service as poor/bad. Upon our arrival it took a few minutes to understand the check in process (or lack there-of); that could have been due to our first time experience "checking into" an Oregon state park. But the host on duty never bothered to ask if he could assist us. I had to approach him (as he sat in his RV) to ask where our site was and how to get to it. After a short answer, with no additional information, he returned to his camper. I'm not sure what the hosts do other than move sprinklers around. The park ranger who came around in the evening was much more friendly, talkative and engaging. This is quite different that most campground hosts/hostesses we encounter. - TRDAWG
Jun 2015 - $28.00
We stayed for 3 days at the Memaloose State Park in our 40' RV. There was no check in due to our having reservations online and our name was on the camp post at our spot. No one ever questioned our being there. Our space B37 didn't have a view of the Columbia River but, we did see a lot of trees and squirrel activity. Our hook ups were located in the right location and they were in working order. Our Verizon Hot Spot worked surprisingly great for not having a town close by. There are trees so we had to adjust to the right parking to get our satellite to work. The space wasn't level so we needed to use blocks. We had a fire ring and picnic table.
While we were there we saw the person camped next to us let his aggressive dog lose and it attacked a couple who was walking their dog on a leash. The dog continued to cause problems and the owner made excuses for his dog's actions and was not responsible. He made us concerned because he would talk to himself. I feel safe for myself based on my L.E. background but, I was worried for others and my wife. The camp host never did anything about it even after the dog attack was reported. So, no this park is not safe if the host does not do anything about dangerous situations. Oh and the camp host spot looked like a hoarders home. It was filled with trash and junk. So that was the first thing you saw when you pulled in.
There are no paths to the river. You are cut off by train tracks and a chain link fence with no trespassing everywhere. It would be nice to know that before choosing this place since we were there for the river. Instead the RXR tracks are the attraction. We tried hiking around the park but, the foliage was too thick and there were no trespassing and employees only signs everywhere we walked to. - SteelHorseRider
May 2015 - $2.00
Previous reviews are right, the trains sound like they're going to plow right into your RV. And they run all night long. The highway is noisy, too but we tuned it out after two days. Despite what phone reservation reps tell you, there is no RV dump station here. They have electric and water hookups but no dump station anywhere except the camp host site, which they will not let you use. The closest dump station is 6 miles one way in Hood River at the Water Treatment Plant on the north side of exit 64. The showers are hot. We had great AT&T coverage. TV antenna only picks up two PBS stations. No laundry facilities. The Columbia River is accessible from the campground. - LifeRidingShotgun
Aug 2012 - $20.00
Very nice park. Right off the freeway. It is about 100 yards wide between the freeway and very active train tracks. Good park, clean restrooms, noisy trains. Would stay here again if in the area. About 1 hour to Portland. Good place to stay and visit the River and Hood Mountain. Rode up to Mt. Saint Helens which is about 2 hours away. - JimSC
Oct 2011 - $16.00
This place is a God -send for anyone in transit down the Gorge needing a place to bed down for the night. It's beautiful, right between 1-84 and the Columbia River. In a motorhome with windows closed noise was not an issue, but I could see how it could be in a tent. My dog and I enjoyed the river in the morning before heading back on the road. - Oregon Ms