A lovely campground with many water-front sites in a perfect location to explore Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge.
- Site Quality = 4/5
Very nice sites here with just a few dings. All sites are large paved back-in (mostly flat although a few are uneven), spacious ”sitting areas” with picnic table & fire-pit, generally good separation with a selection of full hookup (40 sites total -> 30 Amp/water/sewer) or tent/primitive (66 sites -> all have water spigots). Lots and lots of green grass/lawn and shade trees. The “prime” sites here are the waterfront sites (odd-numbered sites A37-57 (non-hookup) plus B27, B33 (hookup)) which sit above an enormous green lawn with full views of the Columbia River. These are outstanding! The least desirable sites are the sites nearest I-84 (A1-A15(hookup)) which are closer together and have the highway literally right above the sites (way too noisy). The remaining sites are very nice and spacious with good separation and lots of green grass views, but no water views.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Basic, good facilities here. Large warm, showers and toilets all kept spotlessly clean. Biggest ding is showers have those annoying spray-heads and timer-buttons. Green picnic area and lawn on-site plus on-site dump.
- Location = 4.5/5
Fabulous location here. You are just east of the lovely town of Hood River with easy access to windsurfing, day-hiking, the “Fruit Loop” and the road to Mt.Hood. You’re also only ~35 miles from the waterfalls. Plus if you get a waterfront site you are right on the river. The dings? You have I-84 on the back-side of the campground and railroad tracks on the front (river) side. The trains don’t “honk”, but both the highway and the trains do give some noise when they come through. Also Memaloose is only directly accessible coming from the east. If you drive from the west you have to go 3 miles past the campground to exit 76, turn around and drive 3 miles back. A bit annoying on day-trips.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Great doggie site. There are no “official” trails in the park, but there is a huge, green lawn in the front, a large, green day-use area and an “unofficial” trail from the front right-side of the campground along the train-tracks. Also, lots of space to hang-out in camp plus TONS of squirrels to keep doggie interested.
Overall Rating = 4.25
BONUS ALERT = Camp with a view of the Columbia River Gorge!
Summary: What a fabulous spot to explore the Columbia River Gorge! This campground sits just east of the lovely city of Hood River and has an open, green feel with lots of space, separation, lawn and shade-trees. The huge attraction to this campground are the waterfront sites (mostly non-hookup) which sit above a large green lawn under lovely shade trees with full Columbia River views. These are fabulous and well worth the effort to get. Most of the other sites are very green and lovely, but just don’t have the water views. The biggest issues are the fact that the campground is only directly accessible from the east (coming from the west you need to drive 3 miles past, turn around and drive 3 miles back to get camp), plus there is road-noise (mostly in the back sites) and train track noise (in the front sites). Road/train noise is pretty much the norm anywhere on the Gorge and we (personally) found watching the trains pretty fun from our water-site so these are minor inconveniences in my mind for the fabulous location and views. It’s the perfect spot to explore everything in the Gorge, especially around Hood River, and is only ~35 miles from the waterfalls in the west end (Ainsworth State Park is closer to the falls, but not nearly as nice). We loved our site & location so much we extended our stay and would most definitely come back again.
Extra Info: 4 bars of solid Verizon 4G LTE. Sites cost $24/night for full hookups (40 sites -> 30 Amp/water/sewer), $19 for tent sites (66 sites -> no hookups, but water spigot at almost every site) in summer season, all reservable on-line. On-site dump station.
NOTE/ You can see a picture of each and every campsite at Memaloose State Park on campsitephoto.com.
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