13 Parks near Rufus, Oregon
Oct 2016 - $11.00
Another nice COE park. Price w/ NPS Sr Pass, but even $22 would be good price for w/el (dump available). All sites have view of John Day River, great for fishing, summer swimming in protected cove or just enjoying the scenery. Set back enough from highway/RR to mute the worse noise and the hill behind blunts the Columbia River Gorge wind. Spaces were available when here for 1 night in October, but it is small park and only 1 - 2 left by evening. Handles Big Rigs. Would love to stay here again. - BandD
Aug 2016 - $11.00
Wonderful, quiet, easy to park, paved spots, water and sewer only. - Trekking
Sep 2014 - $11.00
Rate reflects NPS Senior discount. Level gravel sites, some pull-through mostly back-in. Power and water at all sites, central dump station on-site. This time of year it's full of people fishing for fall salmon, and space can be difficult to get. Verizon data service is mediocre at best, and nonexistent part of the time, so if you need access look elsewhere. - lostinspace
Sep 2015 - $30.00
This is a serviceable campground, pretty much DIY. You put money in an envelope and choose your own site. If you want WiFi (free), you call the park host and he comes down to the office and gives you WiFi passwords for as many devices as you'd like to use. WiFi works well. The sites are fairly level, have full hookups, and some have some shade. The picnic tables are good. The views are quite nice--you can see the river and the surrounding hills, and it is quite pretty. Nice rather small trees. Grass at all the sites. This is a place where overnighters come, and there are also temporary people, and up the hill are people who live there. No complaints at all. The overnight fee is fair. The showers/restroom is okay. The showers are not very private. Cleanliness is so-so. This is a place where the restrooms are open for showers at $3, and there are locks on the TP dispensers. You can figure it out. No complaints here. I'd stay here again for an overnight or even for a few days. Peaceful overall. - LeeL
Sep 2015 - $30.00
The park is graveled but the site we stayed in was level and had a little shade. Wifi was charged for so we did not use. VZ cell service worked great. No cable TV, but all other utilities worked fine. It was quiet at night although trains run along the west side of town about every 20 minutes. They never blow their horns so it didn't bother us. They don't take reservations, you pick your spot and use the envelope system at the office to pay. We stayed in a pull through site and stayed hooked up to a 37' travel trailer. They have both 30 & 50 amp power. We stayed one night and would stay there again. - Arlen
Jul 2015 - $22.00
Nightly rate reflects weekly discount, $150 for a week. Basic, no frills, park. Quiet place. No loose dogs running around during my stay. Mgr was friendly enough. He prefers you just drop your money in the box at the office and pick a site, but he picked up the phone each time (3) I called. RV park options are limited in this area. Pull thru site was long enough for my 41' coach and longbed dually to fit. Good water pressure. No cable and zero antenna tv stations. Pretty good wi-fi for streaming. Laundry is $1.50 wash and $1.50 dry. No fenced-in dog area. Lots of permanent residents, but not a lot of traffic coming and going in the park, which is a good thing. I wouldn't put in in my schedule to stay here again, but if I was in the area and needed a place to stay, this would be o.k. - TH travelers
Jul 2016 - $30.00
A pleasant green campground with small trees and riverfront views. Clean and comfortable. We would happily stay again.
After seeing the neighboring state park was going to cost $53.00 for one night, I selected Peach Beach for our overnight stay in the Maryhill area. The only difficulty was in making a reservation. We called during the posted hours on their website, and had no luck reaching anyone. The voicemail box was full, so we could not leave a message.
We pulled into the park around 4pm on a Thursday afternoon with no reservations, and took one of the few open sites remaining. It was a water and electric back-in site with a fairly level gravel drive. The site was moderately narrow, but we fit.
The campground is well-manicured, green, and filled with many small trees. A peach orchard just outside gives the campground its name. We enjoyed walking down near the river, and over to Maryhill State Park right next door. The bathrooms were clean and well maintained, but a bit out-dated looking. The dump station was clean and functional. We had a pleasant stay, and would happily visit again. - RobinM
Jun 2015 - $30.00
This park is located just East of Maryhill State Park. It was self check in, we never saw an attendant of any kind. We pick a spot right on the Columbia River. The place is immaculate, nothing out of place. The back in spaces o the river have only power and water, the pull throughs have sewer too at $5 more. There is a dump station. No fires of any kind are allowed. - Clyde Clevenger
Jun 2014 - $25.00
This a great alternative to Mary Hill state park, even if the state park is not full. The rate reflects a site with out sewer hookup. Friendly campsite hosts, level sites, good Wi-Fi, picnic tables, and lots of nicely kept lawn made this a very nice overnight stay. The washrooms, while clean enough, are throwbacks to decades past, and long overdue for a remodel. Train noise may be an issue if you were staying for more than a night or two. We would overnight here again. - EmmaS
Aug 2016 - $53.00
A very pretty, spacious park with nice paved access road, green grass and trees near the Columbia river. The rest rooms were acceptable but nothing fancy, no toilet seat covers. A very peaceful place but no TV or wifi. The trains run nearby but you can barely hear them. - Oregon Glenn
Aug 2016 - $45.00
Campground sites are level and wide but not very private. Restrooms are adequate but the shower could be a little cleaner. There are trains on both sides of the Columbia but thankfully no horn blowing due to intersections or tunnels. Used the A/C at night and so the train and truck noise wasn't an issue. Access to the river was easy and some of the sites had great views. We will camp here again. - dubbyjig
Aug 2016 - $43.00
Nice day use area with a good roped off swimming area. The park is older with the restrooms and showers in need of an upgrade. The park is located close to the Maryhill Museum and Winery. We really enjoy tasting and then partaking in the wine on the patio at Maryhill Winery. The noise is an issue with the two major rail lines in close proximity of the campground. The site are large, but the sewer hook up is in the rear of the campsite (for back in) and have an elevated connection making it difficult to get a good dump since my sewer connection is in the middle of the trailer. We also had some negative issues with the sprinklers coming on at 9 PM in the site where we camped. Other campers also had issues with the watering schedule. The watering times are listed on the picnic table, but it would be nice if they did all the watering later at night so it would not interfere with our campfire. - Chris F
Nov 2016 - $1.00
In November they close the bathrooms and turn off the water so all that is available is the electricity and dump and a porta potty But its a nice park, nice walking trails along the river. The trains always whistle as they go by, which is odd as didn't see any crossings, but its a nice sound and doesn't bother us at all. - Desertthorn
Mar 2015 - $18.00
Great park rangers very helpful. Had a level back in on the river & campfires @ nite. Only bummer is the trains at nite blowing there horns, ear plugs a must! - packardrob
Jun 2014 - $22.00
Beautiful park right on the river. Lots of trees but we were able to get a signal for our dish! Sites are more than ample especially if on the river side of the park. Large open area behind our rig. Only two negatives. First is that there are trains and lots of them and second is that you have to 5 miles up river to a Shell station to dump for $6.00. But we have enjoyed this park so much we will stay there again. - User2209
May 2012 - $25.00
A large field with grass sites. Very rough but useable. The Wi-Fi was very slow and stopped working periodically. We didn't use or see the showers or restrooms, but the whole park is very run-down. Easy walk to downtown. Friendly manager. - AloraDanin
Sep 2016 - $20.00
This is an old fairgrounds in the country that is still used for county fairs. We were pleasantly surprised by the location. It's on a hill with great views of mountains, sunsets, and with a little walk, the lights of all the wind turbines in the distance. And for $20, full hookups, cable tv, and adequate wi-fi. The only down was the somewhat close spaces. But they were plenty long pull through. A good place to spend the night. - Russell G
Jun 2016 - $20.00
I have no idea how this park received such high rating. It's very narrow sites sit on rock with a dead weed patch between sites.
Could not completely open the awning or it would hit my neighbor.
It does have new restrooms and showers; that's the only plus.
This park was built in the 90s as a work camp for the people working on the wind turbines and there a good reason for wind turbines. It blows hard most of the time. It rocked our 30,000 pound motorhome all night.
Cable TV which the host touted is horrible. WiFi is slow, as is expected from an RV park.
If you're in the area go 20 miles further north to the Washington side of the Columbia river for much better parks. - traveler1952
Jun 2015 - $20.00
This was the first night of a long trip to places we have never been to. Chose this park because it was the only one that took us toward John Day OR from the Tacoma area in a one day drive that seemed decent. Only about 7 other trailers in park and I think they were full timers. Park had very new restroom/shower facilities that were roomy and very clean. Park was out of town about 1/2 mile and very quiet. Being part of the Grant County Fairgrounds made for excellent pet walking potential. The views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams were nice especially at sunset. We did not go into town so cannot say anything about it. The host was very pleasant and helpful. - Vault
Apr 2016 - $10.00
This is Oregon's newest State Park and we couldn't be more impressed. There are 21 primitive campsites, a tent area with 7 sites and a group tent camp for up to 25 people, all first-come, first-served. The setting is the beautiful John Day River canyon. The sites are very well spaced. There is no real privacy except for wind breaks that are set up at each picnic table. The campground drive loop and parking pads are gravel. The pads are fairly level. The vault toilets were the cleanest I've seen. There are at least 4 water spigots available for filling your fresh water tank. The nearest dump stations are in Moro or Condon (each about 40 minutes away). Recreational opportunities abound. Before choosing this park, please visit the campground website. This is a wild and natural area with abundant wildlife viewing opportunities and some wildlife that are to be avoided. As for us, we can't wait to come back again. - RickB
Aug 2016 - $40.00
We were in site 23 with a view of a wooded Hill side and an apple tree in our site. Sites with numbers above 20 are more private.
Downsides include creepy crackle from 500 kv lines, yellow jackets and no AT&T cell service. - Janet H
Aug 2015 - $44.00
Daily rate is $40 plus $8 reservation fee and $5 non-resident fee. The site was a FHU, 50 amp, paved and level site. The rate seems high for a State Park that has no other amenities. We had very weak Verizon cell and MiFi reception. Satellite dish could only pick up two of the three satellites limiting the channels available. On our last night a pack of coyotes howled for brief time adding a bit of ambiance. We stayed here in a 33' motorhome. - Dave51
May 2014 - $33.00
There are basically two RV loops. Half of one side is semi shaded (#11 thru 15), the other is mostly sunny(#1-10). The other loop (#16 thru 23) are mostly sunny, but have better lawn. All of the "northern" most sites, that is 15, 16 to 18 and 8 to 10 are under the high-tension power lines and some people find the hum objectionable. We were in 22 and could not hear the hum inside the rig. No broadcast TV reception and cell-phone is spotty - wetterwashington
Oct 2016 - $28.00
Nice little State Park, fairly level sites, #8 is the largest, but most can handle large RVs w/ a little careful parking; everyone used their slides, but were warned not to leave awnings out when away due to wind. Water was cloudy but cleared up fine. Camp host was great. Very glad that other reviewers warned to go to the Horse Thief Lake entrance as there are several park entrances. Lewis and Clark camped here. Guided tours of Petrographs are only on weekends. - BandD
Sep 2016 - $28.00
This is a great small park. It is right by the lake. The problem is that the wind is very very windy so you can't put your awnings out. We had a hell of a time finding this park because there is three Columbia River Parks. You want the Horsethief Lake Park. - Kwanyen
May 2016 - $35.00
The sites are back in only, If you are skilled at operating your vehicle that should not be a problem. If you are not, you will probably hit the tall concrete divider pillars and damage your rig. The sites are close together, if you had slides this could also present an issue. For my stay the issue was the wind and the neighboring fire ring. The fire ring was located at the front tire of my rig, and the wind easily pushed it too close to the rubber. Had I not been paying attention, this could have resulted in severe damage to my rig. The main issue is space. Noise, and parking were also issues. This is no fault of the campground, but the layout is not conducive for silence or for space. I drive a 36 foot rig which is 8'9" wide and 12'8" tall.
The camp host was friendly, and very helpful. The petroglyphs are within walking distance, and the lake is quite beautiful. The grounds are well kept, and the grass is trimmed. The anthropological history alone is well worth a one or two day stay. I would have liked to arrange a guided tour of the glyphs, but was unable to due to time constraints.
This makes a good base camp, but not somewhere to hang out and spend the day. Other than the lake, there is not much there. The glyphs are about 1/4 mile down the road, and Horsethief Butte is a great climbing place or even a short hike, is also down the road. - Zach Merritt