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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $29.00
Good location for visiting Hood River. Pretty state park, with nice views of the Columbia River-however (as others have mentioned) there is a bit of highway traffic and train noise in this state park. Even with the noise, which we found tolerable, we would consider returning the next time we visit the Hood River area. The highway traffic noise is noticeable through-out the park, with the sites directly along the highway experiencing the most traffic noise but conversely the least train noise (i.e., the screeching sound that occurs when a train rounds a track bend, but thankfully no train whistles). As would be expected, the train noise is more easily heard the further back in the park you stay. I do not consider this state park big rig friendly, but big rig possible. The outer loop around the park (less so the inner road) had trees trimmed high enough for us to drive down the road, but long RVs do need to watch as the go around curves in the road to clear branches on both sides of the road. Many of the sites did not have branches trimmed high enough for us, but many others with shorter in height RVs should be ok. The larger issue for longer RVs is the needed swing room to back into some of the sites. If the park is fairly empty, longer RVs would likely be ok, but if the park is full then those with RVs our total length would have a challenge backing into many of the sites. The widest road in the park parallels the highway and is in front of sites A3-A14. That road provides plenty of room to back into a site, but these sites are a little short for bigger rigs. A park ranger nicely moved us to one of the sites along the highway, which we could just squeeze into, after our reserved site B41 did not work for us due to low tree branches. We did like this park--the above information is shared for the benefit of other long and tall RV owners. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $29.00
Park hosts were helpful & friendly. As were the state park rangers. The sites were fairly deep given that this is a state park. our site "B-39 was 50' deep and our 36' coach fit just fine. The water pressure was excellent, But did smell of chlorine a bit. But that's better than drinking bacteria. The hook ups were located properly. The 30Amp power pedestal worked fine, although as it was very cool out and we didn't need A/C so didn't keep to close an eye on the voltage. The trains were not a bother at all as there are no crossings nearby. We only heard a bit of low frequency rumbling from the trains. The park does have a large population of Squirrels that are very friendly & always hungry. They really weren't a bother. But then as it was cool we ate our meals in the coach. The trees near the parks roads could use a bit of trimming for clearance. I scraped a bit while taking my car trailer to the overflow parking area. We would gladly stay here again. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 34
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 10
Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $29.00
Nice enough state park in a beautiful area. We were able to obtain a site for one night large enough for our 34' 3-slide 5th wheel without a reservation. All utilities worked well. The park itself was clean and quiet. The big drawback here was the proximity to the noisy interstate and the very nearby interstate rest area. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $36.00
We stayed at Memaloose late in the season. The park would close two days after we left. Hence there weren't a lot of services. The park was most;y empty and quiet. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Difficult access. You can only enter the park going westbound on I-84 from The Dalles. You can only leave westbound toward Hood River. So to travel in the area you wind up doing a lot of freeway exit reversals of course. No access to the river. There is a fence along the railroad right of way.
Review Count: 46
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 10
Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $19.00
This is a very pretty campground that is also very noisy. The road noise is so loud we didn't have to feel bad about running our generator as we couldn't even hear it! It did quiet a bit at night, though. All the sites and roads are asphalt and in good shape. Ours was fairly level. The "tent" sites are plenty long for an RV, our site was occupied by an 38 foot fifth wheel before us. The tent sites have a water hookup. The flush toilets were very clean. It's a good place to stay to explore, but I wouldn't want to hang out at the campground. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 96
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $28.00
We've never stopped here before and didn't know it existed, but we will come back. We reserved one of the longest sites (A9) which backs up practically to the freeway, but we don't mind the noise. Our TV dish worked! Down into the park further it would not have. We can see bits of the Columbia river and the Gorge from our front window. Didn't notice the train noise. Walking thru the park was good exercise. Lots of tents - 110 sites, in addition to 44 full hookups. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $28.00
We enjoyed this park's location as a jumping off point to explore the area. The lawns were very poorly irrigated, though dust was not a major issue. Most of the lawns were dormant in late August.
The large yellow jackets and ground squirrel populations are nuisances.
I carefully picked a site based on an aerial photo to enjoy some afternoon shade; the tree turned out to be dead, though still standing.
The showers are free. The water in the showers and at the sinks is temperature-controlled warm water. They provide paper towels. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Travel Trailer.
The view across the river is wonderful.
Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2016
Nightly rate is 0 because I am entitled to a special access pass which allows me to camp for free 10 days a month, max 5 days in a row. Lots of space but hot, hot, hot since we had a partially shaded spot. Lots of noise from the highway and the train. Bring earplugs! Plenty of space to play. Dogs on leash not enforced. Entrance/exit a little strange because of how the highway exits are arranged. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Tent Trailer.
Review Count: 41
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $28.00
What a beautiful park! Our spot backed up to the Columbia River with great views. The spots are dirt but the surrounding area is grass. Hook ups are water and electric only. Each site has a picnic table. Do to the tree blocking our satellite dish, we were unable to use ourTV. Well taken care of, lots of campers this weekend, but very quiet. The park is patrolled frequently by the park rangers and is quite clean. We stayed one night. Would come back again for a longer stay. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 33
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $28.00
Pretty campground, lots of grass and trees, but a lot of highway noise in the sites bordering I84. Other sites closer to the river seemed quiet. Full hookup sites included sewer. Not much to do here, no hiking trails, and no river access. But a good place to use as a base to see the sights along the gorge. Entrance is kind of strange, you have to drive through the rest area to find the campground entrance. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Motorhome.
See the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Spooky's Pizza in The Dalles has great pizza.
Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: September, 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. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Motorhome.
Columbia River Gorge is incredible with waterfalls galore (especially the amazing Multnomah Falls) and don't miss the historic scenic Highway 30, Rowena Crest viewpoint and every other stop along there, Mosier Twin Tunnels, watch the windsurfers in Hood River, train ride around Fruit Loop - there's so much to do here, you could never be bored.
Review Count: 43
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: July, 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. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Motorhome.
Numerous actities to do from here: Mt Hood, Lost Lake, Bonniville and The Dalles dams; the town of Hood River, Cascade Locks.
Review Count: 31
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 19
Date of Stay: June, 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. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Motorhome.
We used this camp for a base camp for day trips on our motorcycle. There is no other reason to stay at this park except it is close to the water falls and fish hatchery.
Review Count: 212
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 30
Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $28.00
This is a nice campground but is definitely in need of a little TLC.
All of the interior roads and site pads are on asphalt.. The interior roads are a bit narrow but doable. There are 44 full hookup sites and 66 tent sites. All of the sites have a fire pit, picnic table and water available. The FHU sites had 15/30 amp electric service and were located on the appropriate side.. The electrical voltage was good, hovering around 120 volts. There is a dump site at the entrance to the park.
The bathrooms and showers were minimally cleaned. The showers were dirty with clogged drains. I would not use them. The amphitheater was in sorry shape.
Considering that we are in the beginning of the summer season I was surprised to see the trees not pruned. Many of these tree limbs have the potential of rubbing against your RV. There are also a number of dead trees that need to be removed.
Most of the sites were under trees.
Only sites A1 thru A15 are fairly level however they are directly underneath I-84. The remaining sites are not level. Tree roots broke up the asphalt on many of the site pads. The asphalt was also crumbing on many of the site pads due to the weight of the RVs.
The noise level is subjective. From my point of view I-84 was noisier then the trains. The noise level was definitely lower at night. We had no problems sleeping. The park did not have WiFi. Our Verizon air card and cell phone worked well.
The state really needs to put maintenance higher on their priority list. We would come back to this park. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 85
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 6
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $32.00
Like others have said this is a beautiful park right on the river, which unfortunately backs right on to the rail tracks. You will encounter a few trains going by but the track does not seem to be terribly busy. Our site (B29) backed right on to the river and the tracks and we found it to be quite acceptable. We'll definitely stay here again. We camped at Memaloose State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Difficult access. You can only enter the park going westbound on I-84 from The Dalles. You can only leave westbound toward Hood River. So to travel in the area you wind up doing a lot of freeway exit reversals of course. No access to the river. There is a fence along the railroad right of way.RnBRV • October 2016
The view across the river is wonderful.Civilguy • August 2016
See the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Spooky's Pizza in The Dalles has great pizza.LMH • November 2015
Columbia River Gorge is incredible with waterfalls galore (especially the amazing Multnomah Falls) and don't miss the historic scenic Highway 30, Rowena Crest viewpoint and every other stop along there, Mosier Twin Tunnels, watch the windsurfers in Hood River, train ride around Fruit Loop - there's so much to do here, you could never be bored.Journeyer • September 2015
Numerous actities to do from here: Mt Hood, Lost Lake, Bonniville and The Dalles dams; the town of Hood River, Cascade Locks.TRDAWG • July 2015
We used this camp for a base camp for day trips on our motorcycle. There is no other reason to stay at this park except it is close to the water falls and fish hatchery.SteelHorseRider • June 2015
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