This month, several campgrounds in the Columbia River Gorge will begin to reopen, even as many popular day use sites and visitor’s centers remain closed.
Expected opening dates for campgrounds in and near the Columbia River Gorge:
· Columbia Hills, Maryhill, and Brooks Memorial Campgrounds open June 5. Reserve a campsite on the Washington State Parks website.
· Memaloose Campground will open June 9. Reserve a campsite on the Oregon State Parks website.
· Viento Campground will open June 15. Reserve a campsite on the Oregon State Parks website.
· Wyeth Campground will open June 15. Reserve a campsite at Recreation.gov.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects delays in the opening of LePage and Plymouth Campgrounds due to recent storm damage. Dispersed camping remains closed at all Corps parks.
Fewer trails, activities, and visitor services will be available this summer. Land managers are following CDC and state health authorities’ guidance for the outdoor recreation sector. Currently, most waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls and others along the stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway known as “Waterfall Corridor,” remain closed, as do crowded trails such as Dog Mountain, Beacon Rock Trail, and Angels Rest. Several trails in the Eagle Creek Fire burned area (including Eagle Creek Trail and day use site) remain closed.
Plan your trip to the Columbia River Gorge at ReadySetGorge.com to see what is open. Planning ahead is more important than ever, to verify what is open and to identify alternative activities in order to have the flexibility to avoid any sites that are too crowded to avoid large groups and maintain social distances.
Recreation sites may open or close with little advance notice. Visitors are asked to respect any posted closures and should never tamper with signs, flagging, or barriers on the assumption that they no longer apply.
A bi-state group of federal, state, and local and tribal leaders continues to monitor site use, the local economic situation, and community health outcomes. Community leaders caution visitors to expect recreation to be different this summer, as the Gorge is still in recovery. Visitors are asked to be more self-sufficient than usual by bringing plenty of water and hygiene supplies, avoiding unnecessary risks while enjoying the outdoors, packing out all trash, and complying with new measures in place to protect public health.